The Patagonia Mixed Guide Hoody is an interesting mix of soft-shell and technical hard-shell materials. The idea is to give you the best of both worlds in one jacket, or “a quiver of one jacket”. Soft-shells tend to breathe much better than hard-shells given a specific membrane, but hard shells usually provide much better protection from the elements. So by combining both soft-shell and hard-shell fabrics into one jacket, you get a piece of gear that is highly breathable, and yet still offers really good wind and water resistance. Although this is a great idea, I can’t say that were completely sold on the Patagonia Mixed Guide Hoody for skiing. I think the big debate here is similar to the idea of a quiver of one ski. They tend to sacrifice overall performance in any one category for all around versatility. I think the same can be said for the Patagonia Mixed Guide Hoody. It won’t protect you as well as a technical hard-shell, nor breathe as well as a technical soft-shell, but does both decently well. But enough about the idea of a combination jacket, let’s talk about some features. The Patagonia Mixed Guide Hoody has a brushed interior to make it feel a bit more comfortable. It also has a helmet compatible hood, and plenty of pockets for storing gear. The two hand-warming pockets are also positioned a bit higher, so they can be used with a harness on. The one feature the Patagonia Mixed Guide Hoody is missing for skiers is a powder skirt. It also doesn’t have pit zips, but the jacket is pretty breathable and not insulated so you might be able to get away without. The fit is pretty true to size, and even with the small I had plenty of room for layering underneath. The length is average, and right at the waist. The arms do seem to run a smidge short, but not too overly so. The arms are gusseted and never felt restricting when moving, but can feel a bit loose. Overall the Patagonia Mixed Guide Hoody is a solid jacket, but it does lack a few ski specific features. It’s also hard to decide if it’s worth having a quiver of one type jacket that may sacrifice specific performance for overall versatility.
Jacket Size – S
Normal Specs– 5’10”, 160 lbs,
Upper Body– 34.5” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 30” Waist, 38” Hips, 30” Inseam, 22” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets. And of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Size S Jackets that are too tight, and Size M jackets that are too loose in the waist. I really don’t like a loose waist that can allow cold air in, and I don’t like having to cinch down the waist. I also don’t like jackets that ride up when I’m skiing, The jacket should stay in place. Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets.