PAT COM REVIEW: the Patagonia Talus Jacket
I've owned my Patagonia Talus Jacket for almost a year now. I was on the look-out for a great softshell and had been using a decent one from the North Face called the Apex Magic Jacket and I got it for a great deal on backcountry.com. Eventually though I returned it because I just found the fabric to be really rigid.
I then got a nice deal on the Patagonia Guide Jacket from 6pm.com. They have some great deals on Patagonia from time to time, though their stock right now is pretty low. I liked the Guide, but it didn't offer me enough insulation. The wind flowed right through and while I don't live in the coldest of climates (nights might fall to high 20s in the coldest parts of winter), I did want something warmer. So back it went.
I saw the Talus on the Patagonia site, but at $250, it was out of my league. However, during one of Patagonia's sales I saw that it was discounted to a reasonable amount. I saved my pennies and splurged.
I called directly to a few of their stores and found one in black, size small in the Pasadena, CA store. They were really nice, shipped it quickly, and as far as I know, my credit card isn't being hit with fraudulent charges by the person who took my order (note to person who took my order: THANKS!).
The shape, as you can see above, is somewhat trim in the waist. It narrows, somewhat like a women's jacket which is not really my preference. However, it's not too severe, and I think the fact that it's black helps to make that less pronounced.
my Twitter profile pic!) and for the unpredictable pre-spring weather of London, Paris, Florence, and Rome, the Talus was perfect--warm, flicked rain, and in black, low-key. I did have to pull out my Mountain Hardwear Typhoon hard shell (got that one for less than $100 at REI!) a few times though. I was walking down Savile Row in London (snooty, I know) and it started coming down cats and dogs. I put the hard shell on over the Talus, b-lined for an awning and waited the downpour out with a young chap who also was heading my way, though the poor laddy didn't have a Talus and hard shell like yours truly. Okay, no more British terms.