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A loaded-to-the-gills Gore-Tex jacket built for days in the white room.

Designed for the absolute best ski days you'll ever experience, the Patagonia is packing all the protection you'll need on snorkel-worthy powder days. Made from tough, lightweight polyester and built around a 2-layer Gore-Tex membrane, the Powder Bowl Freeride's Progressive cut and modern styling represent a new direction for Patagonia. And, as always, Gore-Tex means guaranteed waterproof and guaranteed breathable, so you can handle anything that nature throws your way without feeling moist and clammy.

Patagonia designed the Powder Bowl Freeride jacket with 2-Layer Gore-Tex. While slightly less resistant to abrasion than 3-Layer Gore-Tex, 2-Layer is more supple, more flexible, and the fabric tends to be quieter. The main body fabric is 150D polyester, which is both durable and soft to the touch.  The removable, helmet-compatible, two-way-adjustable fixed hood has a laminated visor for optimal visibility in bad conditions. Patagonia's patented Touch Point System embeds the cord locks in the hood and hem for quick adjustment. Patagonia also equipped the Powder Bowl with a sleek, low-profile powder skirt that stays in place whether secured or not. The powder skirt also features a loop of nylon webbing that connects to any Patagonia Snow pants to form a single powder barrier.

The Powder Bowl Freeride jacket's fit is Progressive, which is Patagonia-speak for loose. A slew of pockets keep your stuff (everything from climbing skins to your MP3 player) safe and secure while you lap the chair or a favorite backcountry shot, and zippered underarm vents make it easy to dump heat when you need to. 

  • Tough polyester face fabric with Gore-Tex 2-Layer membrane and DWR
  • Progressive (loose) fit
  • Mesh-lined underarm vents
  • Coated, watertight Slim Zips
  • Loop on powder skirt to attach any Patagonia Snow pant
  • 2 hand pockets, 1 chest pocket, 1 media pocket, 1 sleeve pocket, 2 internal pockets

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5 5

Red Delicious!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

Got this jacket for my boyfriend and I have to say, this is one of the top ski/winter jackets. The red color is super pretty, insulated, keeps you dry, not too bulky, or heavy, waterproof zippers, plenty of pockets and storage for all your snow needs. If you can splurge a little bit on yourself, definitely get this jacket, it'll be the only winter jacket you'll need for many more snows to come. :)

5 5

Awesome ski jacket.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I've had the Powder Bowl jacket for about 1 season now. Like all the Patagonia jackets that I've had, it runs a bit large. I am a solid Medium (5'-7" 165 lbs). As a ski jacket it has performed awesome. Keeps the wind out, solid zippers, comfortable, a really solid jacket. I like that there is a small pocket in the forearm for my RF Epic Pass. The hood fits well over my helmet. If I had to say something negative it would be that the zipper pulls are too small and not the easiest to negotiate with gloves on. Aside from that, the Powder Bowl is an outstanding Patagonia jacket. If you want a looser free ride style fitting ski or snowboarding jacket, I'd highly recommend the Powder Bowl.

3 5

Pretty Good, But Expect More...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

This a great jacket and functions highly, especially in precip. Highly breathable and very waterproof. It's a great fit in general - bought a L and I am 6'1" 205lbs, and even that is baggy on me. My issues are (i) they have little fleece around the face side of the collar for comfort, (ii) the hood frequently blows off and the hood cords do not stay tight - seemingly poor design, and (iii) no lift ticket/pass attachment other than sleeve pocket or a zipper pull for a pocket - what do they think we'd use it for, a stroll in the park?

This seems to be a favorite among skiers....

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This seems to be a favorite among skiers. I was considering buying one for daily use, but more importantly for snowshoeing. Mostly long day trips in VT and NY. Is this recommended for that type of use, or would you guys suggest something else? Thanks.

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Definitely Brent, this would be a great jacket for snowshoeing. It's got nice big pit zips if you start to overheat, and the Gore Tex will keep you dry.

5 5

Passes the Test...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

When your Bowl gets filled with powder you will be stoked you have it. It is the perfect weight to tour around in with a few layers on, and will be a great spring jacket. It is essentially just a burly shell that will stand up to everything, which is what I have been looking for. The Large size was sold out when I purchased it so I sized up to an XL (I tend to wear baggier clothing, 6', 175) and am quite pleased. Fits me great. The large would have been nice so I wouldn't have to cinch the bottom up, but that only has to be done once so it does not matter too much to me. If you are looking for a lighter coat that will provide you incredible protection from water and wind, look no farther. The 2-Layer Gore-Tex is all I need for Utah pow, and would hold up just fine to a quicker blast of rain. Stoked to have it for many more years!

Passes the Test...
5 5

It's a great jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Good Lord, how many Patagonia jackets do I own (or have owned) I hate to really sit down and count, but this has got to be one of the best of the bunch.

The fit is dead on for me 5 10, 40 chest, 32 waist. The pockets are numerous and large enough to hold crap. The 2 layer GoreTex feels pretty tough and durable. Hood is huge and easily adjustable. Pow skirt has a couple snaps and doesn't pop when you yard sale your gear after biting a 360 landing.

Other really good features - The zipper pulls are good and easy to find with gloves. The pit zips are large and vent off heat after mogul runs. The wrist Velcro patches are large, synch down tight and stay in place.

Wear this jacket with a good wool layer, and maybe thin down (down undershirt is really nice, or Patagonia DAS/Nanopuff) and you've got a bomber set up.

The one issue I found is this jacket is supposed to integrate into Patagonia pants, and there are 3 small snapped straps on the inside of the jacket to accommodate, HOWEVER they are oriented vertically the same direction as the my Patagonia 2 layer GoreTex pants belt loops? Seems like a design flaw to me, or more likely I'm not as smart as the folks in Ventura.*

Regardless, it still gets 5 stars from me.

*EDIT: After a little more investigation the Patagonia pants have three small loops that the jacket snapped straps fit into. I'll try them out and report back.

what is the breathability and waterproof...

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what is the breathability and waterproof rating on this jacket? Does the nylon mesh inner effect the ratings?

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claims goretex 2 layer and 3 layer are each 28,000 waterproof and 25,000 breathability. I think powder bowl is 2 layer as it has a mesh lining. I think Patagonia top of the line shells [i.e Primo or Powslayer] are 3 layer as they don't have the mesh. They also cost a lot more ;-)

5 5

Patagonia Iron Clad Guarantee is REAL

I apologize; not really a review as I've yet to use shell, but wanted to share experience with Patagucchi ICG & describe fit.
Had a Patagonia Nitro shell that was 15 ys old, seldom used, as I've lived in HI for 20 years, but waterproofing was flaking off. [Nitro was 2 layer waterproofing w/ mesh liner.]
I now ski 1 week a year in Sierra Nevada. Need waterproof shell for snow days, w/ skirt and pit zips, big enough for layers [or not] as temp of CA storms can vary. I've always been between a M and L, no matter the brand, & got a bit of belly as I approach 50 [5'8" 175lb]. I'm not long limbed.
I also fall in the pow, especially when its thigh deep Sierra Cement. Don't wear shell when its blue bird.
Got large. Agree it's "progressive fit" compared to most Patagonia stuff. Big enough for my belly, layers, & will keep skin in midsection covered if I raise hands above head & start doing cartwheels in the pow. Sleeves a bit long 4 me but that's better than snow in my butt crack.
Clear they field test their stuff: can adjust helmet-compatible hood with gloves on, double chest pocket, stash pocket inside, etc. Sleeve pocket 4 new-fangled lift ticket is Hello Kitty cute & fact that avalanche becon is built in amazes me. I'm old enough to remember the hard-to-use avi electronics. The "coated" zippers look cool, but hope they work.
Cue music for Patagonia ICG commercial now...Took 15yr old Nitro into HNL Patagonia shop. Young man was great, but fair enough to tell me that I'd have to pay for repair or if replaced I would get mid level shell comparable to Nitro -- not top of line.
Low and behold 3 days later a brand new Powderbowl arrived on xmas eve - FREE - & I've been naughty!
Don't know of another outdoor clothing company that would do this. Plus they support the National Ski Patrol, which u can appreciate if u ever got hurt at a ski area.
It's also smart business as I've since bought more stuff for family.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This jacket is my long-time favorite for skiing. I think it's Patagonia's best pure skiing jacket. I've owned it in several colors and been very happy with both the fit and durability. It's long enough to cover your butt and the powder skirt is great. I for a long time before buying this jacket skied in The North Face Mountain Light, and I think this jacket is more durable and more waterproof. In my personal opinion, Patagonia and Arcteryx make the best shells around.

Of note, you will need to layer with this. It is primarily a shell. But I prefer layering over a thick insulated jacket. Just a personal preference. They do make a nice one that's insulated, however.

5 5

Awesome Ski Jacket

I've been wanting this jacket since I saw it two years ago at SIA and am psyched to finally be the owner of one. I passed on last year's because I didn't like the colors but the red delicious is right down my alley. I've previously owned a Primo but feel that its 3L Gore-Tex is overkill for skiing here in Utah, particularly with the $150 price difference. The powder skirt works great and I love its compatibility with Patagonia pants. There's plenty of pockets and the progressive (loose) fit looks good and works well for me. Consider me a happy camper with yet another great product from Patagonia.