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Staff Pick: Patagonia Spraymaster Jacket

spray.jpgWe had a staff meeting last night where everyone had five minutes to meet someone he or she didn’t know and then to pick our favorite product in the store. Then we introduced the stranger to the rest of the group and told about our product. So, I picked SmartWool Socks because I just won’t wear anything else on my feet (unless I’m wearing Chacos, of course). But the guy I didn’t know picked the Patagonia Spraymaster Jacket, and while I don’t own one, he definitely sold me on it. So I checked it out and it turns out this has been recognized quite a few times as a great jacket.
“Patagonia has virtually erased the line between soft shell and storm shell,” Outside Magazine’s gear testers wrote. With words like “incredibly stretchy, astoundingly waterproof, and impressively breathable,” they lauded the Patagonia Spraymaster Jacket as a shell that creates it’s own category. “Call it a firm shell. And rest assured, it’s the one jacket that will prompt you to seek out bad weather.” From our experience here in Tennessee, this is the perfect rain shell for warmer climates, allowing an unprecedented level of breathability from a waterproof shell.
The Spraymaster Jacket is also perfect for alpine climbers and backcountry skiers looking for a compressible, lightweight hard shell with impressive features and an athletic fit. This jacket has a knit nylon face fabric that provides protection from the elements and, as Outside made perfectly clear, impressive stretch performance and breathability. The surface of the inside fabric wicks moisture away so you don’t feel like you’re exercising inside a plastic bag.
patagonia-logo.gifThe seams are taped and completely sealed. There’s a great chin flap over the front zipper, and that zipper is also waterproof. There are two deep side pockets that also serve as the ventilation should you need it. There’s one interior pocket that you can also stuff the jacket into, and there’s a carabiner clip-in loop on that pocket as well. The hood has a drawstring, as does the hem, so you can customize the fit and seal out the elements. The hood moves with your head, which is always a plus. Oh, and this thing is surprisingly light. Check it out today, because we not only have the brand new 2007 colors, but also the 2006 models which are on sale, so if you hurry you can get a deal.
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