Review: Patagonia Super Cell jacket

By Jon Pratt

Targeted at the climbing and mountaineering market, this jacket adapts extremely well to the cyclist. Specifically because of a slightly long back, easily accessible front pockets, a well-cut front that doesn’t bunch when cycling, pit zips, Velcro cuffs, and a hood that cinches over your helmet. Using GORE-TEX Paclite material allows Patagonia to create a jacket that is extremely lightweight, breathable, and packable.

While the jacket was breathable and incredibly waterproof, I did find a buildup of moisture along the protective membrane in the sleeves during sustained rides in humid conditions. Most “breathable” jackets have problems in humid conditions, and this one performed better than others I’ve used. Loosening the cuffs and pit zips helped alleviate some of this issue. Microfleece along the wind flap is a nice touch and softened the material across my chin and mouth when using the hood.

The only real issue I experienced is that the pit zips are pretty much impossible to use while biking. The zippers are watertight and stiff, so you’ll need to pull over to adjust in most cases. Overall, a winner. Fit runs 3/4 to 1 size larger than expected.

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