The Patagonia Women’s Dual Aspect Jacket enjoys alpine credentials at a cost, according to Lucy Wallace.

Made from Patagonia‘s proprietary H2NO fabric, the Dual Aspect waterproof jacket is lighter-weight and less durable than some waterproof jackets in this test, but it does have plenty of winter-friendly features. 

Firstly, this is another jacket with a fabulous hood that includes both stiffening and a wire to the peak.

The main pockets are waterproof with water-resistant zips, and just about roomy enough to take a laminated OS map. Underarm zips are in place to dump heat and moisture. 

The alpine credentials are secured by the inclusion of a RECCO reflector, which is useful for locating buried avalanche victims; however, the device to do so is only carried by specialist rescue teams so has limited use for finding live victims in the UK. 

The fit is generous, perhaps even unexpectedly large, with wide cuffs tabbed down with hook and loop fastenings to pull over big gloves and bulky layers. Lightly brushed reinforcements around the neck and cuffs add comfort and protect the membrane from sweat and sunscreen.

The Dual Aspect Jacket also has excellent tailoring and a slight stretch to the fabric provides the versatility and freedom of movement needed not just for walking, but also climbing, ski touring or any other mountain sport, all year round.  

Finally, Patagonia has reduced the environmental footprint of this product, using a recycled nylon face fabric that is protected with a PFC-free DWR. 

Discover the best women’s waterproofs tested by The Great Outdoors gear expert and Mountain Leader, Lucy Wallace.