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Mountain weather is varied and fickle, and the Patagonia Traverse Jacket for men is ready for it all. This lightweight softshell jacket is ideally suited to aerobic pursuits where you don't want changing weather conditions to slow you down.

The defining feature of this jacket is its breathable softshell fabric. The durable four-way stretch material is reasonably weather resistant, quick-drying and treated with a durable water repellent finish to bolster its storm protection. True to Patagonia's environmental commitment, the material has its origins in recycled polyester fibers. The Traverse is a great match to mountain trail runs, lengthy climbing approaches and rigorous hikes. The mesh-lined collar zips to your chin for stand-up protection, and the zip pocket on left bicep has a cord portal for your iPod headphones. There's also a pair of zippered handwarmer pockets and reflective logos at the front and back.

Old soda bottles have never been so functional, the Patagonia Men's Traverse Jacket is sure to be your new best friend for high mountain adventure.


  • Fabric: 4.7 oz 70-denier, 93% all-recycled polyester, 7% spandex; with 4-way mechanical stretch and a Deluge® DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish
  • Durable and comfortable recycled polyester is fast drying and features 4-way stretch
  • Shell fabric is treated with Deluge DWR finish for weather-resistant protection
  • Mesh-lined zip-through stand-up collar with full wind flap and zipper garage
  • Strategically placed zippered handwarmer pockets and a zip pocket at left bicep with interior cord pass-through
  • Gathered cuffs with encased elastic provides a secure fit at wrist
  • Reflective logo at front chest and center back
  • Slight drop tail with single pull drawcord
  • Made in Vietnam
  • Slim Fit: closer-fitting; slim-fitting technical garments may be worn over baselayers and light midlayers
  • Weight: 314 g, 11.1 oz

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Review Summary

4.7 out of 5

19 Reviews

  • Great value: 7
  • Ease of use: 6
  • Great design: 6
  • Performance: 5

  • Cost: 2
  • no self-packing pocket: 1
  • water/wind resistant: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Wind Protection: 5 / 5
Durability: 4.7 / 5
Quality: 4.7 / 5
Fit: 3 / 5
Wind Protection: 2.9 / 5
Water Protection: 2.8 / 5

19 Ratings & Reviews

ComfortShoes: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WindProtection: 5 / 5

Perfect for my needs
October 06, 2010

Excellent jacket for fall or any high output winter sport. Great for biking, running, hiking ect. Very lightweight but not crinkly at all. Love it!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Cons: Cost

excellent jacket
April 15, 2010

This is a great mild weather jacket. Very light, but wind proof and very resistant to rain. One of the first times I wore it I was in a heavy down-pour and I stayed very dry and the jacket was dry itself in only a few minutes.

Warm ang snug jacket: great product!
March 25, 2010

Perfect for wearing over dress shirt when the weathers a bit brisk. The fit is great, though sizes run smaller than some other producers. Really loved the product and it arrived on time.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
WindProtection: 2 / 5
from Northern MN
55-64 yrs

Great outer layer
January 09, 2012

Jacket has no liner so it is perfect as an outer layer. Jacket is lightweight and can be used for packing when biking. For running the sleeve is long so it can be pulled down over gloves until hands warm up.

Pros: Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 2 / 5
WindProtection: 2 / 5
from california
25-34 yrs

NOT bad, very light
February 02, 2012

comfortable, light and has a good feel to it. provides some water protection. could be a little warmer. arm pocket can be a little bigger for cellphones or larger mp3 players

Pros: Great design, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Jackson Hole
35-44 yrs

Great Choice
July 06, 2011

Great jacket for an early morning run. The fit is true and the quality is great. Also endures repeated washings over and over. Would recommend this product to any serious runner.

Pros: Build quality
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from La Puente, CA
25-34 yrs

Great jacket!
November 01, 2011

Lightweight, comfortable, looks great and performs well. Light precipitation rolls right off. Athletically cut but roomy enough so that I can easily layer a fleece underneath for temps into the mid 20's. The lightweight fabric seems like it wouldn't be as durable but rocks and branches have left no marks.

Pros: Build quality, Great value

A better Track Suit
January 12, 2010

Perfect "track suit" for those whose activities are off the beaten path. Just the ticket for a drizzly run, cross country skiing or snow shoeing or signing in for a rainy bike race. The Traverse jacket (and pants) keeps you dry, keeps the wind off and looks great.


Great Travel Jacket
May 18, 2010

Great jacket for travel especially in warm climates where the evenings get cool. It packs compact in a backpack when not in use. Extreemly wind proof and water resistant. Very well constructed.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5

First time buyer
November 23, 2011

Did my research and purchased the traverse jacket. It is very light and yet very warm for the amount of material. It is my first patagonia purchase. Would highly recommend. Medium fits just fine for me...6'1", is fitted (w/o excess material in the midsection) and sleaves are long enough. If you like a more "tailored" fit, then this will be great for you.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use

After years of searching it looks like the right Jacket for me
November 23, 2009

I have been looking for a quiet, light weight jacket to use for Cross Country Skiing for years. Most jackets I tried had sleeves that were too tight or a goofy collar. This jacket has adequate room in the sleeves without being too loose. The collar seems very nice and I like the pockets. It has an unobtrusive waist drawcord compared to most, at least for someone who typically does not use this feature. Since snow is slow in coming I have not tried it for skiing, but it was fine on hikes. I just cannot give it 5 stars without trying it for its intended purpose for me. Relative to most jackets it is sized on the small side as are the matching pants.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
WindProtection: 3 / 5
from Gainesville, FL
25-34 yrs

Men's Traverse Jacket, good but not great
January 30, 2012

The Jacket has an excellent fit and the price was right. It keeps me somewhat warm, but does not have great wind protection. I would say it is more wind resistant. The pockets are a very nice addition. The drawstring is a little difficult to use and does not tighten all that well. Love how the mesh is inserted in the neck.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 2 / 5
WindProtection: 2 / 5

from Detroit, MI
25-34 yrs

Great jacket for what your getting
September 18, 2011

The Patagonia Men's Traverse Jacket is a great jacket. It is definitely slim fitting so don't plan on layering much more than a capilene 2 long sleeve underneath it but the sleeves are a great length. The adjustment of the hem is a nice touch and the cuffs are elastic to keep the drafts to a minimum. I'm using the jacket for cold weather, light drizzle running and it seems like it will be just perfect for that. Definitely recommended but again, know you are not getting too much water or wind protection wearing it.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value, Cons: water/wind resistant

Why didn't I buy this sooner?
February 26, 2010

My first Patagonia purchase and it probably will be the first of many based on this jacket. I was looking to replace a similar (Adidas) light weight jacket mainly for early Fall/late Spring use. This jacket blows my old one out of the water. Solid, solid construction. Fits me perfectly, too. I was a little skeptical about the whiteish front zipper, but it doesn't bother me at all in person. Soon as winter blows through, I'm going to get tons of wear out of this jacket. And, I'll have it a long time judging from the quality. I should have bought this jacket years ago!!

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 3 / 5
WindProtection: 3 / 5
from Boston, MA
18-24 yrs

Good Jacket
September 10, 2011

This jacket is pretty darn good for what you need. It is light enough to wear on hot days and breathes well. The jacket also is great on less than warm but not cold days running. The jacket repels water better than I thought. I am 5'9" 160lbs and it fits pretty well. Could be a little tighter fit. All in all a good jacket worth the money.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

great jacket
April 14, 2010

great jacket for running biking lightweight breathable

FitClothes: 2 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
from Atlanta, GA
25-34 yrs

Great jacket; runs a bit small
March 21, 2013

I'm extremely pleased with this purchase. I bought this jacket to run in and couldn't be happier. It's great for windy and wet conditions (although no hood). Great windstopper for sure. Does run a bit snug. I'm normally between a medium and large (6 ft tall, approx 180 lbs) and am glad I ordered the large. Patagonia continues to make great products!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
from Tacoma, WA
45-54 yrs

Great lightweight jacket
April 10, 2013

I originally purchased this jacket to use as an under-layer. It has turned out to be my go-to jacket for almost any occasion especially now that it's spring. I've had several comments from strangers that this is a "cool" jacket. It'll be great for spring and fall. I have longer arms so it's hard for me to find a coat or jacket in size L that will cover my wrists when I extend my arms, so I usually have to find a size Large-Tall (LT) which typically makes coats and jackets look like tents on me. The sleeve length in the size "L" that I received was more than sufficient. I was a little disappointed that it did not have a self-packing pocket as this jacket can be packed up very small without wrinkling in a stuff-sack- this must have been an engineering oversight, bummer.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, packs small and light, Cons: no self-packing pocket
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Over 65 yrs

A comfortable and functional jogging jacket
August 12, 2011

For cooler days this jacket offers a good, roomy fit, wind-resistance and, with proper layering, ample warmth. The generous cut allows for sufficient layering. The relatively high collar for further protection and the zippers function very smoothly and easily. The material is soft and compliant with a bit of stretch to it. All around, a comfortable and functional jogging jacket.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, good zippers, soft material

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size xs, size small, size medium, size large and size extra large: xs, s, m, l, xl.

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