Rating: 4 / 5
I bought this in part motivated by a glowing review in Backpacker magazine, plus this review from Outside:
And it was also only around $100 during a Patagonia sale.
My version is a couple years old, so I don’t know if the current version is any different, but here goes:
- Stretchiness makes it very comfy to wear, just like a soft shell.
- Abrasion resistance also like a soft shell.
- Waterproof so far in my experience (including sideways wind-driven rain recently on Mt Hood that started to soak my Schoeller Dynamic pants – short ski tour, with easy bail points, so wasn’t worried about the safety implications of wet legs).
- Breathability is *not* like a soft shell!
I view this kind of like a niche garment on my quiver, that gets used only for specific purposes, although when I use it for those purposes, I like it:
– backcountry skiing tight glades, where I don’t need a hard shell (since the weather is ok), and a lightweight windshirt would get ripped to shreds, so the Spraymaster is much lighter than a Schoeller Dynamic or Dryskin soft shell yet fulfills the same purpose (breathability doesn’t matter that much since I skin up just in a regular shirt with nothing else on top)
– short hikes when I know I’ll be in rain, so a lightweight windshirt is just going to get wet, and the Spraymaster is more comfortable than my lightweight hard shell (original TNF Diad), even though it doesn’t breathe any better.