Patagonia Dragonfly pullover
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Aug 9, 2005 at 9:51 am #1216565David BonnMember
@david_bonnLocale: North Cascades
I don’t go anywhere without this pullover. For everything from groomed cross-country ski tours to weeklong climbing trips to long-distance backpacks. This is probably the most useful item of clothing I carry.Aug 12, 2005 at 2:09 pm #1340225Glenn RobertsMember
@garkjrLocale: Southwestern Ohio
What he said.Dec 15, 2005 at 1:48 pm #1347008Caleab SpencerMember
@caleabLocale: New Hampshire
worth the money. very, very light. i dont ever use the pocket. that could go.Dec 19, 2005 at 6:19 am #1347184Ronald FeltnerBPL Member
Most versatile article of clothing I’ve ever owned. So light weight and breathable but provides excellent wind protection.
It’s so breathable a full zipper is uncessary.Dec 19, 2005 at 8:22 am #1347196Bill FornshellBPL Member
@bfornshellLocale: Southern Texas
I have to agree with everyone about the Patagonia DragonFly. I bought 2 on a close-out sale for $29.95 each. You can’t hardly beat that for a really great piece of gear.Dec 19, 2005 at 9:09 am #1347201kevin davidsonMember
@kdesignLocale: Mythical State of Jefferson
A fantastic deal at the close out prices that are going around— and if value were the sole criteria, it would deserve a “5”. A full zip and use of more breathable (and better DWR) Pertex Quantum is what prevents a rating of perfection. Great cut and hood.Jan 6, 2006 at 7:52 am #1347989Mark VerberBPL Member
@verberLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
I have had my dragonfly for several years now. It has gone on countless trips as well as used around town. I actually prefer it to the more recent hodini windshirt. I have found the cut and length to be ideal for me, tight enough that there isn’t a lot of fabric to snag on things, but enough room to move without binding. While durable, the dragonfly isn’t bullet proof. Earlier this fall I tore a small hole in the back of the jacket (without realizing it). Maybe when I was leaning against a tree playing hide-and-seek with my family.
What would move me from 4 to a 5? A better material. Quantuum is more breathable. My wife’s poly based Marmot Chinook windshirt seems as light and breathable much more water resistant.Jan 12, 2006 at 10:53 am #1348425William WebberMember
I like to use mine for the usual use – windshirt or emergency rain shell – but also find it useful worn UNDER my sleeping outfit as a mild vapor barrier.
It’s not impermeable to vapor travel, but it DOES build up a more comfortable humidity next to the skin. It certainly reduces the moisture build up in upper torso insulating layer and sleeping bag(the “wear all your clothes to bed in a light sleeping bag system”) and reduces heat loss via “moist air” conductivity/convection.
Finally, in many cases I find the hood used at night to be just the right amount of head warmth required, without smashing down my ears like the typical “watch cap.”Mar 18, 2006 at 4:40 pm #1352822joseph daluzMember
@jfdiberianLocale: Columbia River Gorge
I’ve worn this shirt for the past 5 months in the Pacific North West, under a poncho at times, and while it may stand up to the occasional drizzle, the arms ultimately “wet-out” in as little as 15 minutes, and I start feeling the water soak into my silk weight shirt. However, it does dry fast, so I suppose that it would be acceptable to wear for fiar weather rain/intermittent rain. Am still looking for the ultimate after market DWR treatment to revitalize it’s water repellency.
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