Patagonia Stormstride Jacket and Pants | Review

The Stormstride Jacket and Pants utilise active fabrics and a roomy cut to create a streamlined backcountry outerwear setup

Why we chose the Patagonia Stormstride: Lightweight, active, sustainable 

Weight: 490g (jacket), 476g (pants)
Price: £450 (jacket), £360 (pants)

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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.

Speaking of the fit, Patagonia has cut the jacket and pants with what Patagonia calls a slim fit. Giles, our glamorous model here, is wearing a large (which is his usual size). As you can see, there’s plenty of length in the arms and waist for weather protection, while the pants are loose yet not overly-baggy.


Taking a look at the features, you’ve got everything you can expect to find on a specced-out ski touring jacket and pants combo. All of that, while still retaining a nice streamlined look. It’s the dream, in other words.

Starting with the jacket, you’ve got a huge helmet compatible hood that offers two-way adjustment to adapt the volume. This hood also features a laminated peak to ensure the fabric retains its shape in bad weather.

You’ve then got two large chest pockets on the outside, and another two stash mesh pockets on the inside. We found these internal pockets ideal for dumping your touring skins in. It keeps them dry, plus it’s generally nice just having an easy stash point for quick transitions. Elsewhere, two large pit zips offer an easy way to dump heat during warm ascents or when you’re on spring touring missions. There’s also a built-in Recco reflector in both the pants and jacket.

You’ve got a similar streamlined design on the pants too. There’s two outer-thigh vents to quickly get rid of heat, while two front thigh pockets offer enough storage space for small gloves and snacks. The low-profile waistband is pretty neat as it really lets you adjust the pants for a refined fit.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given Patagonia’s sustainable credentials, the Stormstride Jacket and Pants feature a reasonably eco-friendly approach when it comes to the fabrics used. The fabrics are made from 68% recycled material, while all the sewing has been completed in factories that pass the Fair Trade certification. Nice. 

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