Is there anything Patagonia can’t do? When it comes to their Storm Racer Jacket, it certainly doesn’t seem like it. An incredibly lightweight, breathable, and durable jacket, it’s designed specifically with trail running in mind.
In fact, the Patagonia Storm Racer Jacket meets all the requirements for the UTMB and other major ultra trail races. At the same time that it meets the high performance needs of serious runners, it’s the perfect choice for those less serious about the sport. If trail running is your hobby, this jacket will comfortably get you from point A to point B in even the drizzliest of conditions.
Patagonia Storm Racer Jacket Review and Features
The Patagonia Storm Racer Jacket is one of those jackets that pack in the features without going overboard. Despite its unique design, it never feels bogged down. It’s a simple and straightforward jacket through and through.
Let’s start with the material. Fully seam-taped with a DWR finish, the Storm Racer Jacket utilizes a 2.5 layer, 30 D, nylon, ripstop fabric, making it completely waterproof without sacrificing breathability. You can rest assured that the overall quality of the jacket is top notch, as is everything from Patagonia.
The textured finish of the Storm Racer Jacket’s interior is a design feature that Patagonia doesn’t get enough credit for. The inclusion of it was a very deliberate choice as it helps create separation between the jacket and your skin. This helps prevent your skin from sticking to the fabric when you’re sweating, even in the hottest conditions.
Another design feature that sticks out immediately is the jacket’s lack of pockets. Other than a zippered interior breast pocket, the Storm Racer Jacket is completely pocketless. Now, this isn’t a negative as far as we’re concerned. When you’re running you don’t need to carry much on you other than maybe your phones and keys (both of which easily fit in the interior pocket).
Drawstrings keep the jacket comfortable and give you even more versatility. The brimmed hood comes with a single-pull drawstring to keep it close to your head. The hem also comes with a single-pull drawstring that helps seal up the bottom opening when the going gets cold.
We were very impressed with the Patagonia Storm Racer Jacket. Putting it through the hoops on some long and sweaty trail runs, we never experienced skin sticking. Alternatively, we never had a lick of water get through the jacket’s exterior during rainy day runs.
Perhaps the thing that stuck out most, however, was the jacket’s breathability. Arm vents on the sides and back on the jacket (four in total) kept the jacket breezy. In fact, the air works its way through the arm vents and out the back vents. Not only allowing air in, but also allowing it to circulate about the body.
The Patagonia Storm Racer Jacket is a top quality jacket that’s nearly perfect for trail running. It fits true to size and the bright color options all look great. Seriously though, you’ll be amazed at just how light, breathable, and waterproof this jacket is. Run and watch the water bead right off the coat!