Simple and unpretentious, Patagonia’s trusted Torrentshell 3L Jacket uses 3-layer H2No® Performance Standard technology for exceptional waterproof/breathable performance, all-day comfort and long-lasting waterproof durability. Fair Trade Certified™ sewn.

Stay dry in less-than-ideal conditions in our Torrentshell Jacket. Using H2No® Performance Standard technology to provide long-term comfort and protection in soaking storms and steady drizzles. The 3-layer jacket has a 100% recycled nylon face fabric, a DWR (durable water repellent) finish, a tricot backer for next-to-skin comfort, and self-stuffs into left-hand pocket (with a carabiner clip-in loop). An adjustable hood with laminated visor can easily roll up and stow with a simplified cord-and-hook design. The center front zipper has interior and exterior storm flaps; pit zips and hand warmer pockets all have storm flaps and DWR-treated zippers. With a microfleece-lined neck, self-fabric hook-and-loop cuff closures and a drawcord hem.


• 3-layer waterproof/breathable H2No® Performance Standard shell provides the highest levels of comfort and performance, and long-term waterproof durability; Fair Trade Certified™ sewn

• Two-way-adjustable hood with a laminated visor rolls down and stows with a simplified cord-and-hook design

• Microfleece-lined neck provides comfort and protects with a waterproof/breathable barrier

• Snag-free center-front zipper with external and internal storm flaps and zipper-garage chin guard

• Two zippered handwarmer pockets and venting pit zips; all with welted exterior storm flaps and DWR (durable water repellent)-treated zippers

• Self-fabric hook-and-loop cuff closures and adjustable drawcord hem seal out precipitation

• Jacket self-stuffs into left handwarmer pocket with carabiner clip-in loop

Why did Patagonia switch from 2.5-layer to 3-layer construction? What’s the quality difference?

Performance: There’s a reason all the best, high-end technical shells are 3L—3L performs better. The addition of a backer improves the comfort of the product by lifting the membrane and fabric off the skin, giving space for air to move and whisk away sweat and moisture, facilitating the movement of the vapor (heat and sweat) back through the membrane.

Durability: 3L constructions are inherently more durable: the addition of that third layer better protects the membrane from contamination as well as abuse. In addition to the mechanical durability, we also reengineered the membrane itself to better withstand degradation caused by heat, water and UV. The result: a membrane that will withstand the abuses of outdoor ventures for years to come.

Impact: In addition to elevating performance and long-term durability, we focused on reducing the environmental impact of the Torrentshell. The Torrentshell 3L uses ECONYL® recycled nylon yarns (50% postconsumer recycled from things such as carpet and fishing nets). We also introduced 13% biobased content into the membrane, thereby reducing the need for petroleum inputs.

Seriously, a 3L shell for $149? How was this achieved? Is there anyone else out there making a 3L rain shell at this price point?

Patagonia has some of the best material engineers on the planet and spent years collaborating with their partners and suppliers, who share their dedication to delivering a top-tier performance product with a lower environmental footprint and at an approachable price point. A couple of private label pieces are in the ballpark of this price point, but not many, and no major brands or competitors.

What is the 3L Torrentshell used for? Who should buy it?

The 3L Torrentshell is versatile everyday rainwear. Whether setting up the tent in the rain, out on the trail, or on hand for when the skies open up, the Torrentshell 3L is your take-anywhere, do-anything rain piece. Customers looking for a basic rain jacket that can cover the spectrum of their activities from daily driver to a weekend adventure. Great for moderate outputs and below (whereas a customer who is more sport-specific and/or higher-output focused may want to shop other products in the range).