A Patagonia womens rain shadow jacket is an excellent choice to take on a camping adventure. This rain coat has a versatile shell that keeps the body dry and provides durability and a layered, light weight for climbing and hiking.

The Patagonia rain jacket uses an H2No® barrier and a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish to make these jackets a premier choice in rain gear. The jackets are tear-resistant and come with adjustable roll-down hoods that accommodate a helmet. They have drawcord hems and self-fabric cuff tabs. The jackets have two outside "handwarmer" pockets and most have one inside pocket; all zippered. Older models of the jackets have storm flaps on the two-way front zipper and mesh-lined pockets. The 2010 versions of the rain jackets have Deluge DWR-coated zippers; eliminating the storm flaps and the mesh-lining of the pockets. The jackets are lined on the neck and chin with microfleece.

The Patagonia womens rain shadow jacket and the Patagonia men's rain shadow jacket come in 2-layer, 2.5-layer or 3-layer H2No®. H2No® technology is 100% waterproof and breathable. It is created by adding a breathable, waterproof laminate to protective fabric. This makes the fabric able to block wind and water on the outside; yet allows body generated water to escape; thus keeping the body dry and warm.

The 2-layer H2No® Patagonia rain shadow jacket is a general use jacket. While it is completely water and windproof; it uses a hanging liner instead of the raised pattern in the 2.5 layer and the bonded scrim of the 3-layer. It is a bit heavier and less durable than the 2.5 or 3-layer Patagonia jackets.

2.5-layer H2No® jackets are the lightest in weight. They have a raised pattern in the interior layer which protects the waterproof barrier and helps to disperse moisture. The raised pattern makes the Patagonia women's rain shadow jacket with 2.5-layer more compressible. This makes them easily packable and they take little backpack space.

3-layer H2No® is the most durable of the shell fabrics in the Patagonia rain jackets. These use a laminated scrim on the inside layer to disperse water vapor that builds up. This creates faster drying time and protects the waterproof barrier from abrasions.

A Patagonia rain shadow jacket review consistently rates these jackets 4.4 stars out of five. Styles and colors vary and though this jacket can be costly; it will be easy to find a Patagonia rain shadow jacket sale, as many online retailers offer bargains for these well made rain coats.

As you gain more camp knowledge you will realize how important waterproof clothing is on a camping trip. Patagonia's technology that they put into their clothes is the gold standard of camping equipment.