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5 5

Excellent Jacket - All around!

I purchased this jacket pre-last winter (the insulated version). I'll get into sizing first since that's the big topic, I'm 6' tall, 180lbs, 42L suit size,32 waist...slender build. This jacket fits me perfectly. The length of the jacket is nice too for my height, some jackets are short to your belt line, and some are long like a Burton/snowboarding fit. This jacket is between those lengths, where it should be -- around mid-butt length.
I live in Chicago, this is my go to jacket when down to negatives, including our 20mph winds -- with proper under layers. Then when it's a little more mild out, you can still wear it, just open the pit-zips and it breathes well.
The outer layer is very tough fabric, i've scrapped it against many different materials -- wood, metal edges, etc -- no tearing or scratches anywhere.
I would highly recommend this product for its warmth (even though its only 100g), the proper under-layering can make it even warmer very easily, when needed.
Best of luck with your purchase!

5 5

Highly recommended

Got this great-looking jacket (in Paintbrush Red, which should be called Safety Orange, the actual color and what I wanted) just in time for a long weekend at Beaver Creek. Temps were down to minus 15, and never got above 0, but this jacket over my Arcteryx soft shell was more than adequate. The medium weight insulation should be great alone for milder days. No complaints, but a couple of comments: I'm pretty big, 6'4" and 205#, but the XL swallowed me up and I had to exchange for L, which was great on length but still a bit generous through the torso. Also, the wrist band Velcro closures would be improved if they could cinch down a bit more snugly without running out of overlap. I really like the bright olive lining and accents, which wasn't apparent until I saw it in person. Quality of materials and construction seems stellar so far.

2 5

Doesn't Meet Functional Requirements

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

After reading all the reviews, I was pretty sure this was going to be the right jacket for me. When I actually tried it on with my other gear, I found that the Powder Bowl just wasn't going to meet my functional requirements. It's definitely a good looking jacket with some great features and a good price, but there are too many flaws for me to keep it.

1) The body of the jacket and sleeves fit perfectly, but the back (between the shoulder blades) was too tight on me. I felt a constant pull. The jacket material just doesn't flex very much. My shoulders are moderately broad for my generally thin frame.

2) The main zipper is very difficult to get past the 3/4 point. You have to really yank on it to zip the jacket all the way up.

3) This was the deal-killer. If you are wearing a helmet, you cannot put the hood up AND zip up the collar. It's just too tight. I tried a smaller helmet and had the same issue. So the only way to stay warm on a cold snowy day is to leave your hood down, or not wear a helmet.

Over on the Patagonia website, there's a review by a diehard Patagonia guy who summed it up well:
"[It's] hard to describe, but I have never felt like this is a jacket I can put on and forget that I am wearing it."

FYI, I ended up settling on the Outdoor Research Stormbound jacket instead. It has as few extra features, and the hood is functional. The fit isn't quite as stylish, but the jacket works the way it's supposed to and I forget that I'm wearing it.

I'm 5'11" 145lbs, and I ordered a size small in the Powder Bowl.

Unanswered Question

How comparable is it to Marmot Fulcrum?

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How comparable is it to Marmot Fulcrum?
in terms of warmth, hood comfort and general fit.

Is the sizing with the insulated version...

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Is the sizing with the insulated version the same as the non insulated jacket? I recently purchased a medium in the regular powder bowl and everything is perfect other than in the shoulders. I'm considering returning for the insulated version but don't know if I should go M or L. THe large will most likely be too big.

I'm 5'9 175lbs.


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I'd guess medium for you since you're 5'9 175. Sizing is pretty similar to the non insulated jacket, but the shoulders might fit a little better here due to the insulation taking up a little room?

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Ty- Thank you for for the quick response. I was thinking it might be a tighter fit due to the insulation. it's more in the pit area when extending arms where the medium seems small (too tight) while the rest of the jacket is perfect or slightly loose.

How does the Primo (non insulated) compare to the Powder bowl shell? I may go that route if it tends to be a little more forgiving.

THanks again!

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I am 5'10 175 and just recently purchased the primo jacket in a medium and it fits perfectly. Not to tight anywhere and is not to baggy either. Really happy with the purchase.

4 5

Love everything but the color!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Bought this jacket and returned it, but only because of the color. I was hoping the Larimar Blue was more of a "smurf" blue but its on the teal or aqua-marine side.

The jacket is killer though. It is very well constructed with superior features throughout. It seems to be lightly insulated such that with a base layer and closed vents you'll be fine in the coldest conditions, but in similar jackets with only one layer underneath and vents open, you can ride on a spring day.

All the seams are clean. The pockets are so snug I know a drop of water won't be getting in, and it hangs on you nicely. Some jackets bulk up and bugle but this is very comfortable and looks great (if you like the color teal).
Just a super featured jacket over all.

4 5

Not Red

Paintbrush red is not red - it is orange. It is not even reddish orange. It is orange - period.

5 5

Great Jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great Jacket!
to hot for 40-30's great in 30-10 but blow 10 it need layers. holds up to the winde very well. (I am on the east coast)

I am 5' 9" 135lbs wear a 15 1/2 x 32 shirt. I went with a small and it fits great. room enought for layering and not to big

Great Jacket
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Hey Dav4150872: Quick question on your photo -- are you wearing the Paintbrush Red version of the 2012 jacket? The color on backcountry makes the jacket look a little orange, but the jacket in your photo appears to be red.

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I think they have changed the colors since I bought this about a year and a half ago. The one I have is red, with gray under the arms. I do not see any gray in the Paintbrush red at all. So I do think the colors have changed.

That does not change the fact that I love this jacket.

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new one is Orange this one is red, but still great jacket

4 5

Happy except for -

I replaced a 6 year old Spyder jacket with the Powder Bowl. A good Spyder jacket is just too expensive. For the money the Powder Bowl is a great jacket. Skied some cold howling winds and was always comfortable. My biggest complaint is there's no attachment point for a lift ticket. I considered using a zipper pull, but I was worried that I would catch it on a tree branch (love those trees). Not as many pockets as I would like - another chest pocket would be great. The pocket arrangement is such that my wallet and radio are both on my left side, and nothing is on the right. The XL size was just barely big enough for my 6-1, 210lb frame. I got the insulated version and I suspect that the jacket was sized as a shell and the insulation was added afterward. The sleeves seemed slightly longer than average, which I liked as I never had an air-leak around my wrist as I have had with other jackets. Overall - glad I bought the jacket.

5 5

Warm and comfortable!

I bought this jacket as a gift for my brother and he loves it! He usually wears a shell and a fleece, but since he only skis at resorts I thought that this insulated piece might be easier. Even though it's insulated, it's still very breathable and comfortable in a range of temperatures. While on vacation we had a great variety of weather conditions and he was comfortable in everything from cloudy,windy and 10 degrees to sunny. It does fit a big large. He's usually a large (which is what I bought him) and it is a loose fit.

4 5

Happy with this jacket.

This has been a great jacket. I'm on my 2nd season with it. Very warm even on those days when it's blowing 40 and 15 degrees. Lots of pockets and the powder skirt works well. It also has the ability to attach to my Snowshot pants but I've never tried it. The jacket works so well with wicking and keeping you dry that I find I have to move my phone to the internal pocket rather than the chest pocket. Otherwise, my phone is soaked with condensation.

Not a fan of wearing it around town when not dressed for being outside. I usually wear a plain polo shirt to work and when it's cold out this jacket just isn't warm enough. I prefer my Wanaka for that. Then again that's not what this jacket is intended for.

5 5

Excellent Jacket

Excellent jacket, well worth the money! Insulation is perfect for cooler days and not so thick that you will overheat when the sun comes out. I'm 6'2" 175 pounds and wear a large in absolutely everything, but I had to return it for a medium which fits perfectly.

5 5

Great Jacket!! A+++

Awesome jacket!! I decided to switch from my Spyder jacket that I purchased last year to this one! Best decision I've made yet!! Super warm, waterproof, and overall great fitting and looking jacket! Highly recommend!!

5 5

Superb - but think through your sizing

A phenomenal ski jacket. Skiing in the teens with this + one Capilene (level 3) and I'm totally warm. A fabulous balance of dexterity & warmth. One thing worth noting is the sizing -- I typically wear Medium in all things upper body (including Capilene), but the Small jacket was the better choice for me (5'10", 175). I paired it with the Patagonia Powder Bowl insulated pants. Perfect!

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5'10", 175
size small?
Do they really run that big?

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Yes - it does run bigger than the normal Patagonia fit. My husband usually wears Medium (5'9, 170) , but the small in this jacket fit him much better.

5 5

Awesome Winter Jacket

So far i have had nothing but good things to say about this jacket. Its extremely waterproof with the gore-tex shell. It is also very warm. I have worn it through a some cold rain storms and snow storms so far this year and have never been cold in it. The hood is even big enough for my Smith helmet to fit under it no problem. The only thing i would love to see Patagonia add to this jacket would be the powder cuffs that go around your wrist. Other than that this jacket is awesome