Patagonia Men's Mixed Guide Hoody

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Patagonia Mixed Guide Hoody Jacket - Men's:  The Mixed Guide Hoody Jacket combines hard-weather protection where it’s needed with a soft-shell breathability everywhere else.  Created for the athlete that has the stop-and-go cycles.  The upper torso hard shell (shoulders, chest, upper arms and hood) utilizes our H2No Performance Standard 3-layer 100% nylon ripstop fabric with a waterproof/breathable barrier. The remaining soft-shell areas are made of heavy-duty but highly breathable Polartec Power Shield fabric. This durable stretch-woven blend (57% polyester/36% nylon/7% spandex) uses Hardface Technology that dramatically enhances the Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish’s resistance to wind, water, snow and abrasion. The jacket’s brushed interior provides a uncompromised comfort; the helmet-compatible, 2-way-adjustable hood with laminated visor allows optimal visibility in bad conditions; and gusseted panels let you reach high without raising the body of the jacket


Weather and Wind:

  • Polartec Power Shield durable stretch woven blend dramatically enhances the Durable Water Repellent finish's resistance to wind, water, snow and abrasion
  • DWR coating repels passing snow showers, dripping ice, and drizzle so you aren't soaked on a pitch
  • All with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • Chest pockets with DWR-finished reverse coil zippers; two harness- and pack-compatible handwarmer pockets with reverse coil zippers and storm flap for secure storage


  • Brushed interior gives next-to-skin comfort


  • Two zippered chest pockets holds small items like a snack or a radio throughout the climb
  • Two zippered hand pockets hold your frigid fingers while you wait for a partner to tie into a harness
  • Water-resistant front zipper, chest pocket zippers, and storm flaps for the hand pockets prevent vulnerabilities to wet and snowy weather


  • Stretchy Polartec Power Shield softshell fabric in the lower front and sleeves is lightweight, highly breathable, and provides great mobility
  • Patagonia Mixed Guide Hoodie features rip-and-stick adjustable cuffs and drawcord hem
  • Hood, upper front, back, shoulders, and upper sleeves features the H2No hardshell fabric, which consists of a tough nylon shell, a waterproof breathable membrane, fully taped seams, and a wicking interior liner to keep worst weather out while remaining breathable
  • Polartec Power Shield stretch-woven fabric with Hard face Technology is durable, highly breathable and wind-resistant; waterproof/breathable H2No Performance Standard fabric in the shoulders, chest, upper arms and hood repels precip
  • Upper torso (hood, shoulders and upper arms, lower in front than in back) utilizes H2No® Performance 3-layer nylon ripstop fabric with a waterproof, breathable barrier


  • Regular fit


  • Remaining soft-shell areas are made of heavy-duty but highly breathable and wind resistant Polartec® Power Shield®
  • Adjustable hood and hook-and-loop cuffs tabs seal out the wicked weather
  • With weather protection where you need it and breathability everywhere else, the hybrid design maximizes the benefits of hard- and soft-shell technology


  • Helmet-compatible, 2-way-adjustable hood with laminated visor for optimal visibility in bad conditions


  • Made in Vietnam.


  • Entire jacket only weighs 22 ounces so you don't add a lot of weight to your climb
  • Full Reach Gusseted Panels let you reach without raising the body of the jacket
The Patagonia Mixed Guide Hoody is one of the most advanced hybrid style soft shells around. Completely waterproof, the Mixed Guide Hoody from Patagonia combines Polartec® Power Shield stretch-woven fabric and a H2No® Performance Standard 3-layer nylon ripstop shell to create one ultimate jacket, perfect for the extreme alpinist.

FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's Mixed Guide Hoody.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Men's Mixed Guide Hoody.
As you work up a multi-pitch alpine route or boot up a 4,000-foot couloir with skis on your back, the Patagonia Mixed Guide Hooded Softshell Jacket keeps you protected from the elements while efficiently regulating your core temperature. This jacket features two strategically placed technical fabrics to meet the needs of the most technical climbers and backcountry skiers. Waterproof breathable H2No fabric technology in your exposed areas seals out flakes and dripping ice while highly breathable Polartec Power Shield allows sweat expulsion and mobility as you travel through the volatile alpine world.


The Patagonia Mixed Guide Hoodie jacket combines soft shell mobility and breathability with key area storm protection for the best alpinist protection around.


Combining the waterproof breathability of H2No® and stretchy Polartec® Power Shield fabrics, the Patagonia Mixed Guide Hoody takes on alpine adventures with ease. Full Reach Gusset panels brilliantly allow you to raise your arms without sacrificing coverage, while zippered pockets are strategically placed to secure items without interferring with your pack or harness.

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Also available for: Women
Back length:Hip-length
Back length (in.):27 inches
Clothing Fit:Regular Fit
Fabric:Polyester / polyester blend
Fabrics/Materials:Hard Shell
Fit:Regular Fit
H2No Performance Standard shell:4.8-oz 70 denier 100% nylon ripstop with a waterproof/ breathable barrier. Soft shell
H2No® Performance Standard shell:4.8-oz 70 denier 100% nylon ripstop with a waterproof/ breathable barrier. Soft shell
Hem:Drawcord hem
Hood:Helmet-compatible, 3-way-adjustable hood with laminated visor
Seam Taped:Yes
Shell fabric:(Body) 57% polyester/36% nylon/7% spandex / (panels) ripstop nylon
Shell lining fabric:(Body) bonded polyester fleece / (panels) brushed tricot
Soft Shell:9.5-oz Polartec Power Shield stretch-woven 57% polyester / 36% nylon / 7% spandex with Hard face Technology
Softshell Weight:Midweight
Technologies:[Polartec Power Shield, H2No]
Type of Waterproofing:Hard Shell
Weight:1 lb 6 oz / 623 g
Zipper:DWR-treated reverse coil zippers
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Patagonia Mixed Guide Hoody Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Best shell I've owned

The mixed guide hoody is the best shell I've owned. I've never had a soft-shell jacket as general conditions in the US Southeast makes you stick with a hard-shell. But, this jacket is a combo of the two and a nice "mix" as I get the benefits of the stretchable jacket for high reaching while wearing a harness. The day after I got the Mixed Guide Hoody, I used it on a mixed climb in the alpine hinterlands of the North Carolina mountains. Due to the stretch, I was able to tuck in the jacket more so than with previous hard-shells, allowing me to see my racked gear and foot placements better. Then on an ice climb I had to endure a drip zone for a few moves, and the water just beaded off and kept me dry. All the zippers are fantastic as they are protected by fabric or seam-sealed and the pockets are in the perfect locations to access while wearing a harness. The hood works great with a helmet on, even while your zipped up all the way. The hood feels bulky when you don't need it, but the idea is for it to work with a helmet. Even the details at the cuff of the sleeve is well thought out and is shaped to work well with gloves. This jacket is also pretty thick for a shell, which is warmer, so, it's not as ideal for a summer thunderstorm compared to a lightweight shell. The only room for improvement I see is the soft/fleece patch that goes against your chin is not big enough. When I commute on my bike in inclement weather, I'd rather feel more soft material against my face rather than the hard/cold feel when fully zipped up. When looking at the detailed design and manufacturing of the inside of the jacket, it's truly impressive with all the patterns and reinforcements at crucial places. This shell is simply the epitome of a superior alpine garment.
Appalachinaeer at Patagonia on 01/28/2013

Best Softshell for Movers and Shakers

As someone who probably has too many softshells (Patagonia Adze, Mountain Guide, Mountain Guide Light), the biggest problem I had was one softshell that was good for cool (not cold) temps and active pursuits when snow or light rain might be an issue. I heard about this jacket and decided to see if it fit my needs. My first purchase was the Paintbrush (Orange) color and it went back because it is hunter blaze orange, so beware. I exchanged it (no problem) for the Cilantro (blue-green) coat. When you look at it, the green is the hardshell and the blue is the breathable softshell material. The colors are pretty nice and brilliant. But looks aside, the performance is very is my go-to now for spring skiing when temps are more than 30 F or so. The coat is quite breathable...better than those with pitzips. With this in mind, know that in colder and more passive activities you might be too cold. This is a coat for shakers and movers who stay warm. While in other softshell coats I get too warm, this one is always just right and cool for active pursuits. It works very well. And for those that are concerned, the stitching and "merging" between the two different materials is well done. The inside looks like a hardshell. I loved my first one so much that I bought a second one in gray for around town/walking in cooler temps. There are some improvements that could be made. First, the zipper garages are a bit tight. Mine are fine, but they could be better. Second, the fit could be a bit looser for layering. And I'd like to see more colors in the next run of it rather than just the three. So if you get too warm in your softshell when you are active, try this one.
thetrailboss at Patagonia on 04/26/2013

These body mapped harshell/softshell jackets have prooven themselves with the proliferation of positive reviews. They can handle some serious weather and keep the wearer comfortable even with the start and stop nature of resort skiing. This particular jacket benefits from Patagonia's updated sizing where they have taken in the waist a little bit to make it more form fitting. The new powershield material is supposed to be pretty darn weather resistant while maintaining breathability. I wore mine on a very warm day skiing and can attest to the breathability. Jury is out on the stormproofness but I have a feeling it's going to be good. Hood fits a helmet fine. The one drawback for this jacket is sleeve length. Great for skiing, too short and restrictive for climbing. Only took one pitch of ice in this jacket to send me back to the others in my closet (mammut tempo hoody, arcteryx gamma mx, patagonia houdini, patagonia super alpine all do very well ice climbing). It's also still a bit baggy in the waist (characteristic of patagonia size L for me...M is too tight in shoulders...what's a guy to do...?) I'm 6", 180#, 33" waist, 42" chest and the mixed guide hooded fits well in a L with room to layer. I wear it with the mixed guide pant in a 32 for touring and fair days at the resort. - EDIT TO ADD - The chest pockets are great, however the hand warmer pockets are NOT set high to be out of the way of the harness. They are set at a perfectly normal position that TOTALLY interferes with the harness. Oh well, like I said, use it for skiing. It's also a bit heavy for a climbing jacket but quite durable for skiing....

jrc at on 07/18/2013

I have loved this jacket and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice light shell. I am a traditional layering guy and this is a fine shell. I have used it mostly this fall in the rain and I have found to be very good in the down pours. The hood has a great elastic flap sewn in that hook around the brim of a hat to keep it in place. I don't think that the hood is large enough to fit over my ski helmet but I usually don't bother with a hood while skiing anyway. It lacks a little in the pockets as there are no internals but if you are using a Patagonia then you probably don't have one in your current jacket. Fit is good, I am 6'1" around 190 lbs and the XL is a little big around but I have longer arms and they arms fit just right. The size around is ok and will allow for a down underneath if it goes sub. Hopefully this is helpful.
I am biased because I am a life long Pat fan.

Chabidiah at on 10/04/2013

Patagonia's amazing customer service!

This is a great jacket! A few years ago I bought a simply wonderful jacket from Patagonia, the Ready Mix. The attention to detail and high tech nature of the jacket was great. It was silky smooth and feather weight. I really liked that jacket. This year a seam in that jacket came open. I sent it back to Patagonia expecting a repair, and instead received this jacket, worth $100 more, in return. I think that's fantastic service! I have to say though the quality is not quite the same. The old jacket had welded seams, this one is sewn. This one is stiffer (and probably much more durable). And, it weighs slightly more. You can tell I really liked that old jacket. But, I'm amazed with the quality of service from Patagonia. Don't get me wrong, this is a really good jacket, and the quality is great. I won't hesitate to order more items from Patagonia. This kind of service makes it so worthwhile.
RusG at Patagonia on 10/06/2012

Great all around jacket

I have been wearing the jacket since November for different purposes (ice-climbing, back-country skiing, alpine climbing) and I think it is one of the best designed jackets I ever had. It is a great water repellent and wind breaker layer, but above all, it doesn't get in my way when I need dexterity and maneuverability. The hood is just the right size and doesn't hang over my face. The sleeves are just long enough and don't wrinkle on my arms. There are no gaps when I zip it up and that makes it easier to reach for gear on my harness. It stays under my harness as well. Pockets are the right size and I can fit there what I need. It also seems to be fairly resistant to abrasion. It breathes well and so far I haven't had issues with excesive moisture.
quino at Patagonia on 02/05/2013

I have been wearing this jacket for over a year now. This jacket has been though it all, from a light mist to full on poring rain. The only time it has let me down and has actually seeped through and gotten me wet was about a month ago. After about 30 minutes of pure downpour if finally started to leak and I was able to feel little droplets seeping through the non waterproof seams. But other than that I have never had a problem with getting wet. Then again, if you are into sitting in the rain all day you probably aren't looking for a water resistant softshell anyways. If anyone is contemplating getting a softshell I wouldn't think twice about the Patagonia Mixed Guide jacket. This jacket has been amazing for me and I surely would buy it again.

Michael Denman at on 11/20/2013

Good technical shell

Repels water well, tough and stretchy where need. I've been out in mid 20's a couple times with proper layering under this and been great. The hood cinches down nice and follows your head direction if needed. I like the chest zips too. Wish more jackets had the double chest zippers.
Cons, Seems like it could be a little longer. I end up with a cold lower back if I'm crouching down much. (maybe I need a better belt)
Seems to work okay as a every day jacket, but you of course need a decent layer under it for insulation. (so far I've only had it in the winter though so I guess it will be okay in the spring/fall too)
ArkHunter at Patagonia on 01/19/2013

Essential Layer

The arms are flexible, the wrist Velcro is burly but wont scratch, the shell itself keeps water and wind out, and its fit does not catch too much wind when "oh, i was just getting to the bottom a bit quicker, sorry, ill keep it slower next time." Its a fantastic top layer for skiing, snowshoeing, skinning, and the boot pack. Without a down layer underneath it handles the hike up or the warm day, and with an R1 and down sweater you are toasty even in the back of a pickup on your way back up Teton Pass. Its simple. It works. I am glad I went with it.
Livewell at Patagonia on 01/27/2013

I have only worn this jacket a handful of times but initial impressions are that it fits very well, seems to be extremely durable and is fashionable to boot! even for a night on the town (I have the forge grey)! An east coast ice climbing guide friend of mine swears by this jacket and wears it every day (reason I bought one). I'm looking forward to using in on climbs and expeditions in Patagonia coming up in a couple months as well as for ice climbing and backcountry ski touring in Alaska this winter!

Seth at on 07/15/2013

Negative Reviews:

Jacket clearly not for cilmbing

I just received this jacket on sale and it's getting returned. #1 - the pockets/zippers are totally in the way of a harness or backpack waist belt = terrible pocket placement design. Other manufacturers have figured this out. #2 -the jacket is ginormous - Having a smaller waist than shoulders - I would need to have about 8" of waist/midsection taken off to have the jacket semi-form fit. As it is, w/ a harness on (ignoring the discomfort of that being right over the zippers on the pockets) the jacket billows out ginormously = would be difficult to see my harness due to it being puffy. Sadly the PM who put this jacket together does not ice climb, wear a pack or know what shape a climbers body is. Disappointing as the red/orange is among the coolest looking technical jackets ever.
COclimber at Patagonia on 08/21/2013

Not my favorite

I have had this jacket since last spring and took it on some spring time dumps and nice days in the backcountry of the Mt Hood and Central Oregon cascades. The concept is good, a lightweight, breathable, soft-shell-hardshell concept. But unfortunately there are a few design flaws. This jacket is really puffy in the mid-section, possibly from the hand pockets that are way too low to work with a backpack or harness and puffs out. The soft-shell material itself is not that weather resistant nor are the seams that combine the two different materials. I am, and always will remain a die-hard Patagonia fan but this jacket is not what I was hoping it would be.
cjsvela at Patagonia on 10/08/2013

Patagonia Mixed Guide Hoodie Jacket

It was love at first sight, and that love was confirmed by the perfect fit and feel of this jacket but my love was quickly replaced by disappointment when I attempted to cinch down the hood and saw the cinch locks were too weak to keep it tight. I tried serveral other Patagonia Mixed Guide Hoodie Jackets only to find the same issue, it looks like someone at Patagonia didn't test the cinch locks before making this jacket, too bad.
CW LM at REI on 09/09/2013

Neutral Reviews:


The mixed guide hoody is a good execution of not-so-great idea. First, I am 6'2", 175 lbs and am a patroller, guide and avid outdoors man (mostly bc and lift-served skiing, rock and alpine climbing). The large fits pretty good but like most patagonia "regular fits," it is a bit too wide and a bit too short. Everything Patagonia just fits a little big in the large. M's are too small and short and large has too much girth but I am used to that and it is good for layering. Now about the jacket - While it does breathe better than my goretex pro hardshell, it doesn't breathe like thinner soft shell jackets. Also, the soft shell layer is not windproof at all and I will often feel cold or chilled when in the wind. Basically, I would not recommend this jacket as it is not great at any one thing and pretty much mediocre at all. The only time I have been happy is while skinning or hiking on very cold days (15f or below) where I am protected from the wind. That being said, it looks cool, has great pockets (location, zippers, size) and has a great hood. It lacks windproofness, lacks waterproofness (for heavy precip) but is good enough for cold, low density snow. It doesnt breathe great as it is just a little too thick. It also is not very packable. Overall, a decent jacket but not great at anything. I should not have purchased it.
PaPatroller at Patagonia on 01/13/2013

So, this jacket is flashy and fun in that way but I am not so sure of its purpose. Not a hard shell, not a soft shell...but both. I guess it offers a slightly better level of protection for wet days than a hardshell. However, I bought it for its soft shell properties and plan to use on cold clear days of ski touring. Cool, jacket, fit is a little boxey as many regular cut patagonia items are. I wear a L at 6'2", 175lb, tall, thin, athletic build. Cool jacket but not totally sure where it fits in unless you dont already have a softshell and want this for the cool look and get a deal or something. Would not replace a serious hardshell for those that are out there every day!

The Prophet at on 12/25/2012