I have found my winter running jacket! It’s been a concern of mine for several weeks. Yesterday another shipment from Patagonia arrived (yes, I know, i’m an unabashed Patagoniac). Part of the shipment was the Men’s Super Guide Jacket – Pro Patrol, which I hoped would do the trick. I had purchased the Dimension jacket, but when it arrived, I could see it was too heavy for what I wanted.
The Men’s Super Guide Jacket – Pro Patrol is outstanding! I paired it with a Capilene baselayer and R1 Flash Pullover this morning. The jacket performed admirably, giving me plenty of freedom to move, but shedding the light snow with no problem. I fell once, over a hidden root when I strayed off trail, and no water breached the jacket. For the money, I can’t imagine a better jacket for winter running (even better, it’s a Web Special at a greatly reduced price). Highly receommended.
Here’s what Patagonia has to say about this jacket:
“Technical yet burly, our workhorse Super Guides stretch, breathe, and resist weather on clean granite and alpine grovels alike. The superb, durable soft-shell fabric sheds snow and light rain while breathing freely and allowing unencumbered movement. It’s also lightly brushed on the inside for next-to-skin comfort in mild conditions. The no-frills design includes hand pockets that sit high, above the harness-line, and a gasket-style neck closure that forms a streamlined seal. The slim hook-and-loop cuffs, drawcorded hem and chest pocket zipper are all welded in. Articulated elbows.”