With the Women’s Dimensions Softshell Jacket, Patagonia introduces a new paradigm in alpine softshells. The only new softshell from Patagonia this fall with Gore Windstopper technology, the Dimensions jacket won’t let banshee winds ruin your hike, climb,ski, or stroll along Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. Even if the sky clouds up and fat raindrops start to fall, triple layer construction and DWR finish give you ample time to find substantial shelter, even if it means pitching a tent in gale-force winds. Sandwiched between two synthetic layers lies Gore Windstopper. This laminate give you guaranteed windproof protection, even from the old gasbag who taught your ‘Introduction to Baby Mammal Sounds’ class in college. While not waterproof, DWR finish on the face fabric plus Windstopper provides a high degree of water resistance. Windy or calm, wet or dry, the tech in this jacket takes your sweat away so you stay comfortable,whether you’ve hauled ass to the summit and are now waiting for the rest of your crew, or you are slowly and steadily making your way to the pre-determined campsite. Stretchy fabric in your pits ensures your ability to reach for high pitches without fear of ripping stitches. Gusseted underarms adds to your range of motion and the regular fit lets you layer as needed. The hood slips over your helmet and stays in place when you zip the collar all the way up. Now your chin and helmet stay protected from the elements. Two chest pockets stay accessible even when you’re toting a load or wearing a full body harness. Stick an extra piece of candy (or three) inside the pockets to avoid morphing into your alter ego, Ms. Nasty-When-I’m-Hungry.