Rated 5 out of 5 by JPS12345 Thanksgiving in upstate NY - winter wonderland!
Utilized this shell along with the Ascent Pakaway Jacket ... perfect combination for a very cold and windy Thanksgiving in upstate NY.
December 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by sbolio Great for wind and rain use
I like the jacket's fit and feel. My only negative comment would be about the hood. It blows both up from behind and off when heading into the wind.
November 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by RobtimusPrime Worth Every Penny
The day this jacket was delivered, it was raining. I got home from work, took the jacket out of the box, threw it on, and went for a walk with my dog. I was still in the act of closing the gate to my front yard when a neighbor walking by complimented me on its looks. I thought it a funny coincidence, but have noticed I get compliments almost every time I wear it.
Fast forward a few weeks and I'm on a multi-day hike through the monongahela backcountry in west va. A tropical storm turns inland, way more than anybody had anticipated. To say the least... things get wet. I stay dry. Many trees were downed due to the high wind, and navigating through them was a serious trial. Climbing through the felled evergreens worried me the jacket might tear on one of the many broken branches, but it stood up incredibly, and is no worse for the wear.
This is my first rain jacket that was more than $50. I had an incredibly difficult time justifying the purchase, but figured I'd give it a chance. Now I just wish I had gotten it sooner.
November 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Agave1 Pathfinder Shell
Great fit and quality. Hood adjusts to fit snug to resist blowing off in the wind. Roomy pockets.
November 10, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by John88 Not bad
Material and construction are top notch. I like the chest pocket and the overall look of the jacket however, it could use some design improvements. Too tight under the arms. Even a regular shirt gets restricted going into the sleeves. Hand warmer pockets too small and shallow. Not practical to put anything (keys) in these pockets unless you zip it closed to make sure nothing falls out. Still, I have used often and really keeps you dry in the rain.
November 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beancustomerfor52years efficient and user friendly
arrived soon after ordering. quality was what one would expect from bean and went beyond my expectations in every regard.
November 6, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Rontr The Pathfinder shell
Impossibly uncomfortable around the neck. All the draw strings seem to be for show and at least for me and my partner could not make it tolerably comfortable.
We returned them because we never would have worn them for longer than taking out the trash.
October 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by NewEnglandViking Home Run!
Finally, the shell I have been looking and waiting for!
For years I have been equipped with three-ply Gore-Tex shells, from LL Bean and other companies. However, over time my life and its recreation habits have changed. I no longer find myself in gnarly wintertime conditions as often as I used to, and so when my last Gore-Tex parka blew its seams apart across the shoulders, I seriously hunted around for a suitable and more price-competitive counterpart that would do most of the job.
Enter, the Pathfinder Jacket. I love it. It is everything I wanted in a technical shell that commands the mid-price point. Simple, effective, well designed, well cut. I also bought one for my wife, and she loves hers and how it fits as well.
I have worn it in the rain and found no leaks or places where water will pool or drain. I have hiked strenuously in it and found it to be breathable. Anyone who is/was disappointed in the TEK2.5 fabric found in the other cheaper shells will be pleased with the TEK3, there is a significant difference in performance.
The hood is deep and tall, and adjustable in multiple ways. On a ridge in Maine I experienced 40+mph winds the hood easily stayed in place. When the hood is cinched down and the jacket zipped up the neck sits tall and I can easily duck my chin and cover it up (I hate parkas that don't let me cover my chin, especially in deep winter and windy cold).
The fit is great-- it is "fitted". I believe a medium should be a medium and a large a large and this jacket is just that. I am a tall, skinny guy. I buy Medium-Tall (*thank you for offering this size!*) and this jacket came as advertised, with a trim/slim cut that doesn't float on me. I can still layer underneath but it doesn't look like I'm lost in it. This is an athletic-get-outside-and-do-something-in-bad-weather jacket, not some baggy sports windbreaker for sitting in the stands at a football game. The cuffs are designed in such a way that water flows off easier down the hands and doesn't lap back inside the sleeves around the wrists.
Pockets and adjustments are well placed and easily reached. It packs smallish and light. The fabric is tough yet light and pliable but does not crinkle. There is nothing extra or unnecessary bells and whistles, what you see is what you get, and that's exactly what I wanted.
Now again, if I needed a more high-end technical shell for routine above-treeline slogs in bad weather, I would certainly buy the phenomenal LL Bean Ascent Gore-Tex jacket, but I'm just not doing that kind of climbing anymore on a routine basis.
I wanted a technical, breathable, waterproof jacket for a good price. This one meets all my criteria between price-point, fit, and performance.
Great jacket, Bean!
October 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by GAwinterguy Exactly what I wanted
Great jacket for the price. I have only worn it two or three times and can only comment on fit and finish, not ultimate performance. Seems durable though. Jacket fit runs a tad large. I am 5' 10" and skinny @ 140lbs and I got a regular small. Torso fit is great but sleeves are just a tad long. Plan on wearing it all winter long as my primary jacket. Oh, and the green color is nice - to me, it's a little brighter in real life than the pictures appeared on my web browser, for what it's worth.
October 28, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Outdoorsalot2 What I expected
Wanted an inexpensive, weatherproof shell for spring, summer and fall. That is what I got. Comfortable and kept me dry during two weeks of hiking out west with more rain and snow at 14000' than is reasonable. Light weight. packed well. That is the upside. Downside, like other reviews the jacket is not cut very full and a little more room would have been nice. I did get a medium. At 5'8" and 160 I am not a large. There is very little room for any type of layering so it will not get used in the winter here in New England. Seems to be well made but time will tell on that.
October 4, 2013