Patagonia Super Alpine Jacket - REVIEW
The Patagonia Super Alpine is a very rugged hardshell that will serve you well in any mountain environment, whether you’re scaling Mount Logan, ice climbing “Amadeus” or skiing the Wapta Traverse. It’s made with 3-layer nylon GORE-TEX® Pro Shell technology that’s light but durable and capped with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. The welded seams are reinforced at every critical junction and the hood is deep enough to fit your helmet but the dual-cinch system snugs it in around your face and keeps the elements out.
Perhaps my favourite feature of the jacket is its Gasket Dry Cuffs, which combine a rubber gasket (similar to what you’d find on wet suits) with a Velcro closure system. When worn with my gloves, the seals at my wrists were virtually waterproof. Unlike some bomb-proof shells, the Super Alpine is well cut and comfortable – the pleated front ensures the jacket stays close to your body and the underarm gussets help keep everything in place when your arms are fully extended.
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