Triolet may be a place in the Alps or something (I don’t know, I didn’t look it up) but the toilet-y sound of the Patagonia Triolet Jacket is a real discredit to the performance it provides onhill.
Patagonia Triolet Jacket Review
Far from being a flushable, run of the mill hardshell, the Patagonia Triolet Jacket is a two-ply, 2L GORE-TEX shell that provides a clean, functional, budget-friendly jacket for those of us that like to get after it.
Straight from toilet bowls to back-bowls (I’m a custodian/tail-guide that appreciates utility and double entendres), the Triolet features commodious chest and hip zip pockets, easy pull pit zips/vents, the RECCO body recovery system, an elasticized inner chest pocket, and no-nonsense styling. It’s simple, packable design and true to size fit are great at a medium for the long-armed skinny set, and the hood is large enough to accommodate your giant head even when you have a helmet on.
Mountain Weekly News Writer Soren McCarty, cuts in line too!
I like to pretend to be a ski patroller, so the crimson guard colorway is my go-to. It’s fun to blow minds threatening to pull passes when in the backcountry, and on the rare occasion I’m riding the lifts I can usually sneak through the singles o/a patrol line at least twice before getting called out.
The oft vetted Patagonia design principles and sourcing ethics ain’t so bad either. I appreciate the effort on their part, and the Triolet Jacket’s backstory fits in nicely with their mission and vision.
Some folks moan about the lack of a powder skirt in the Triolet, but I haven’t had a problem with this as I never fall down. Be a better skier or snowboarder = problem solved.
One item I would alter is the size of the chest pockets- If these were another inch in length I could probably fit my skins folded inside of them.
There’s another feature, too, that has been a bit of a bother when touring- There’s a snap near the tailbone that I assume is meant to interface with Patagonia brand pants(?) that can become a real Princess and the Pea type pain, rubs when your backpack is sitting low on your spine. I should probably just tear it out and be done with it, but what about the resale value?!
Stop falling down so much, pretend to be a ski patroller more often, and save your cash for beefed-up lunches and beers instead of adding a 3rd layer of Gore to your bloody crimson setup. The Patagonia Triolet Jacket ($399.99) is an able uphill and downhill companion and comes highly recommended by this skeezy tail guide slash custodian.
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