Patagonia’s Dual Aspect Hoody combines soft, stretchy, and durable materials to create a true hybrid between soft and hardshell jackets. Like nothing I have ever worn, Patagonia used their exclusive shelled Polartec Power Shield material with a softer and more breathable Polartec Power Dry material to give this jacket a powerful look and earning it a spot in my kit.
Find out how this piece of Patagonia outerwear held up riding and fishing in the Tetons in my review below :
Patagonia Dual Aspect Hoody Review
First off, what I really like about the Dual Aspect Hoody is the low profile fleece hood and cuffs. Layering becomes an issue when these areas begin to bulk and bunch up. Not the case with this jacket, with a snug fit in these important areas the jacket just feels good. Also the baklava style hood offers a great fit under a helmet for those colder approaches or even when the temps begin to drop on your sanity lap after work. Both are lined with elastic to really seal out weather. I was also very impressed with Patagonia’s new Powershield material and how it shed precipitation just as well as a standard hardshell material.
The Dual Aspect also earns a spot in my fishing bag. Perfect for early spring when temps are still low and weather is unpredictable, this jacket is great to have under your waders for a long day on the water. Again the fleece lined hood cuts the wind helping to stay comfortable on the water. I also dig the the elastic cuffs for keeping sleeves dry when reaching into the water to handle a fish or check the local entomology report. The stretchy Polartec Power Dry material incorporated into the design allows for unrestricted casting and comfortable rowing. And again the waterproofing will prove to be necessary for me and my season in AK where wet days are the norm.
Like I said, this jacket is definitely on my packing list for all my seasonal outings. The Dual Aspect does offer very good protection against the elements, however it is only lightly insulated. Keep this in mind for colder days. My other qualm with this jacket is it’s a bit too “futuristic” in the design. Not saying that appearance is everything, but I like to feel comfortable stopping at the bar on the way back from a long tour or float, and this jacket is just a little too flashy for me to wear out.
On the plus side Patagonia is currently running a killer 30% off deal.