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Patagonia Granite Crest review

: out of 5

Chris Townsend
Patagonia Granite Crest


  • Overall Rating

    : 4 out of 5

Pros: Lightweight, hood adjustment, recycled fabrics, underarm zips, cost

Cons: Hood peak not very stiff

  • Verdict


Gear editor Chris Townsend has been out testing this Patagonia three-season waterproof. Read more on why he's recommending it.

Chris Townsend dubs the Granite Crest from Patagonia soft and quiet – but not quite stiff enough for winter.

The Patagonia Granite Crest has appeared in our guide to the best waterproof jackets and is made from a soft and quiet recycled fabric with good breathability. It works well but is perhaps not quite stiff enough for the worst winter weather. Then again, it’s not designed for that. The nylon material is made from recycled fishing nets to help reduce ocean plastic pollution, which is excellent.

The design is functional. The helmet-compatible hood is huge, leaving lots of bunched material when cinched down over a hat or bare head, but it can be adjusted to give good protection whilst allowing visibility. The front drawcords are external ones and so are easily tightened with the jacket fully zipped up. The stiffened peak lacks structure and can distort in the wind.

The handwarmer pockets are roomy. The bottom of them is cut off by a hipbelt but most of them is still usable. It’s great to see a fully sized chest pocket that will accommodate a map. The Granite Crest has long underarm zips for ventilation. The zips are two-way and easy to use. They’re so long that you can really get quite an airflow through them to remove any condensation and cool you down if necessary.

A medium size was supplied for the test. As is often the case with Patagonia shells, it’s a similar fit to some UK brands size Large. I can comfortably wear it over a medium weight fleece.

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Written and tested by Chris Townsend

Chris wore the jackets on low- and high-level walks in the Cairngorms and Monadhliath hills in autumn and winter, often in rain and sometimes in blizzards. He describes himself as 5ft 8in tall with a stocky build and short legs.

This review was first published in the Spring 2023 issue of The Great Outdoors.


  • Materials

    3-layer H2No Performance Standard Net Plus post consumer recycled nylon ripstop with PFC-free DWR Hood: helmet-compatible, front and rear adjustment, stiffened peak

  • Front closure

    watertight zip with inner flap

  • Underarm/side zips

    Two way

  • Pockets

    2 handwarmer, 1 chest

  • Hem

    adjustable drawcord

  • Cuffs


  • Sizes men

    XS-XXL (women XS-XL)

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Chris Townsend is known globally as a writer on hiking and backpacking skills and equipment, the author of 25 books – many of them award-winning – and as a record-setting long-distance hiker. He was the first person to complete a continuous round of all the Scottish Munros and Tops and the first person to complete a continuous walk the length of the Canadian Rockies. He has also walked the Scottish Watershed and walked coast-to-coast across Scotland 18 times. In the USA he has walked the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail and Arizona Trail plus several self-devised long walks. Other walks include south-to-north through the mountains of Norway and Sweden and 1000 miles through the Yukon Territory. He has also worked as a Nordic ski tour leader in Scandinavia and other places and as a trek leader in the Himalayas.


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