Why we chose the Patagonia Stormstride: Lightweight, active, sustainable
Weight: 490g (jacket), 476g (pants)
Price: £450 (jacket), £360 (pants)
As backcountry skiing is becoming more adopted into the mainstream of skiing, we’re starting to see brands cut ski jackets from their most dynamic and breathable fabrics while still keeping a longer fit for full winter coverage. Gone are the days where you’d have to wear a climbing shell, that resembles a crop top, to head out into the hills ski touring.
“Gone are the days where you’d have to wear a climbing shell, that resembles a crop top, to head out into the hills ski touring”
The Stormstride Jacket and Pants from California-based Patagonia are the companies’ most breathable and active shell layers, offering fantastic levels of stretch for fast-paced ascents in the hills. Let’s dive into how they’ve achieved this.
Fabrics and Cut
So the first thing to note about this lightweight and active ski touring setup is, of course, all the technical fabric goodness packed into the jacket and pants. Patagonia has made use of their in-house H2No fabric for the Stormstride, which gives the clothing a full waterproof seal.
A stretch has also been built into the jacket to ensure it’s not restricting you when you’re reaching high during a scramble. You can really feel this when you’ve got the fabric in hand; give it a tug and it’ll stretch over double its length. When you release it, it’ll snap back to its regular shape just like that. This, combined with the cut of the jacket and pants, will go miles in providing a really unrestrictive feeling during tours.