I have two words to describe the Patagonia Light and Variable jacket: flashy and versatile. This jacket is perfect for the outdoor adventure gal who is outgoing and needs a jacket for a variety of situations.
Pack this jacket with you wherever you go. I recommend using it to rock climb, hike, stroll around town, and dance at a music festival. It can protect you from the wind, provide some warmth, and repel light rain off of you. Note that the jacket is not fully waterproof. I stood in a storm for 10 minutes and the jacket got wet and I could feel the wetness on my skin.
With UPF 50 incorporated into the material-the jacket provides great protection against sun burns. If you forget to bring your hat, the hood of the jacket can help shield your face from the sun.
Note: I tested this in Death Valley in direct sunlight for a few hours. The temperature was around 75 and I felt slightly warm while hiking in this jacket.
The shape of the jacket is wide and box-like. I understand that the jacket was probably designed this way to accommodate another jacket underneath it. If Patagonia were to update the design of this jacket, I would suggest them to make this jacket more slim-fitting. Right now it fits more like a boyfriend’s jacket and I would like for the jacket to fit like MY jacket haha.
There are ventilation holes situated at the underarm areas of the jacket which makes it more bearable to wear in warmer weather.
The jacket has large pockets that provide space for all of your valuables as well as necessities such as your phone, snacks and a water bottle. With the Patagonia Light and Variable jacket you eliminate the need of having to carry an extra purse or backpack on your outdoor adventures!
The design shown in my photos is no longer available however Patagonia has cool new prints for 2017.