Patagonia’s Triolet Jacket is a breathable and waterproof jacket that held its own against southeast Alaska weather.

For this issue, I decided to have my eldest niece, Kiah, test Patagonia’s Triolet Jacket. Through the years, it’s been a privilege to get to share experiences with Kiah and her two sisters—whether it’s been on hunts, hikes, or other adventures. Now 16, Kiah is half wolf and all beast, but still nice enough to not hurt my feelings by leaving me behind when we go hiking together. A mountain addict, regardless of the season or weather, Kiah is building her own repertoire of stories. The Triolet lived up to her every hope of what a jacket can be.

“Patagonia’s Triolet is far and away the best jacket I’ve ever had,” Kiah said, after testing it hard for six months. During winter, the jacket kept her dry and warm through blizzards, snain (a mixture of rain and snow) storms, and heavy winds while skiing at Juneau’s Eaglecrest Ski Area. During the spring and summer, Kiah put in hundreds of miles in the mountains, woods, and ocean around her home in Southeast. She found the Triolet up to the challenge of facing often wet and nasty weather. It’s more durable than most rain jackets, which Kiah says is vital to surviving bushwhacking and fishing expeditions. It’s still light enough to allow her to move like a cheetah and leave her favorite hiking partner, her dad, in the dust. The Triolet is also stylish, but Kiah doesn’t care about things like that.


Bjorn Dihle is Alaska magazine's gear editor and a lifelong resident of southeast Alaska. You can follow him at instagram.com/bjorndihle or facebook.com/BjornDihleauthor.

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