Gear Review: Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody
Weight: 549 grams / 19.4 oz
Summary: A lightweight, weather resistant, soft-shell jacket that offers superb mobility, breathability, durability, and versatility. Ideal for ski touring, peak bagging, and climbing
The Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody is the ideal soft-shell jacket for most backcountry activities. It has logged more skiing, climbing, and alpine adventures than most of my gear. Patagonia designed the Simple Guide Hoody to perform in alpine environments – and it does a fantastic job.
The Simple Guide Hoody is made from recycled 6.2-oz 91% all-recycled polyester/9% spandex double weave. Top that with Patagonia’s DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish and you have a versatile jacket that is lightweight, durable, breathable, comfortable, abrasion resistant, quick drying, moisture wicking, and wind resistant. Yes, the Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody does everything well.
I’m a big fan of the Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody. I’ve used it on backcountry skiing missions in Chile, Washington, and Montana. It’s been worn as an everyday traveling jacket in Europe, New Zealand, US, Canada, and South America. It’s at home rock climbing, summiting peaks, and in the skin track. It’s good for ice climbing. The Simple Guide Hoody is a multi-purpose garment that has earned a bombproof reputation.
The full zip Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody offers the right amount of insulation, breathability, wind resistance, and weather resistance. It’s also easy to layer up with my Patagonia R1 or my Mammut Broad Peak Down Hoodie Jacket. Even though the Simple Guide Hoody pretty much lives on me, I really like how it stuffs small inside a pack and only weighs 1.4 lbs if I need to carry it.
I’m 6’1″ and opted for the XL. It fits well. I can layer underneath it, yet it doesn’t feel to baggy on its own. In fact I can barely even tell I’m wearing the Simple Guide Hoody most of the time. It offers fantastic flexibility and mobility due to the active cut of the jacket and the stretch woven polyester fabric. The knit is just right to allow decent breathability on the uphill too.
The Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody has a simple, streamlined design for timeless functionality. It has a total of 3 pockets. Two hand warmer pockets on the sides with a mesh lining and one left chest pocket. All pockets are pack friendly making it easy to stash snacks or cameras while on the move.
Other features include… A soft micro-fleece lining around the chin that makes it easy to “turtle” my chin into the jacket on cold days. Two waist drawcords allows the waist to cinch down when the weather ramps up. Velcro cuffs tighten up the wrists to keep the elements out.
Hoods abundantly increase the functionality of a jacket in the backcountry. The adjustable hood with visor is something I use all the time. (If you hate hoods, check out the Patagonia Simple Guide Jacket.)Unfortunately the hood does not fit perfectly over my larger volume ski helmets, like the Smith Vantage, but it is perfect for a climbing helmet.
I have put the Simple Guide Hoody through the wringer. Even with all the exposure to abrasive rocks, crampon points, ski edges, and countless backcountry days the Simple Guide has stayed clean, tear free, and hasn’t faded.
If the Simple Guide Hoody was completely waterproof it would be totally perfect, but it would also be a different jacket. The Simple Guide Hoody sheds snow and light rain really well, but if the weather is looking dismal or if it’s rainy or puking snow, my Patagonia Triolet Jacket is my first choice.
Overall, good work Patagonia. The Simple Guide Hoody is at home in the skin track, on dawn patrols, bagging summits, at base camp, or at your favorite BBQ restaurant. It’s my go-to piece of outerwear. Plus, at a price point of only $149, it’s budget friendly. Don’t forget it’s an environmentally friendly piece of clothing too. Try pairing the Simple Guide Hoody with the Simple Guide Pants and you’ll have one sweet setup.
Learn more about the Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody on Patagonia.com.
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Here are some additional photos of the Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody. Most were taken by friends while on backcountry adventures.