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Soft, supple, waterproof, breathable. Ready for nature, no matter your favorite winter sport.

Whether you ski, snowboard, snow kayak, throw snowballs, or just stand at the bus stop and heckle the winter crossing guard, the Patagonia Powder Bowl Freeride Gore Tex Pant will keep you dry and comfortable this winter. 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 with 2-Layer Gore-Tex. The main body fabric is 150D polyester, which is both durable and soft to the touch. Tough, reinforced kick patches at the ankles fight off attacks by sharp ski edges, so your cuffs won't fill up with snow after a run in the deep stuff.

The Powder Bowl Freeride pant's fit is Progressive, which is Patagonia-speak for loose. The highly articulated fit moves with you while you hike or ski and feels comfortable and natural, and the articulated knees and gusseted crotch add to this feel. Zippered thigh vents make it easy to dump heat when you need to. Patagonia finished the pant off with a Recco reflector, which aids in search and rescue should you become involved in an avalanche.

  • Tough polyester face fabric with Gore-Tex 2-Layer membrane and DWR treatment
  • Progressive (loose) fit
  • External mesh-lined thigh vents
  • Coated, watertight Slim Zips
  • Adjustable elastic waist tabs
  • Loop on rear yoke to attach any Patagonia Snow jacket
  • Durable, reinforced scuff guards
  • 2 hand pockets, 2 back pockets, 1 thigh pocket
  • Item #PAT3399

Tech Specs

[membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex (2-layer), [face fabric] 150D polyester
fully taped
2 handwarmer, 2 thigh, 1 back
mesh-lined thigh zips
adjustable, belt loops with snap closure
Claimed Weight
1 lb 14.1 oz
Recommended Use
skiing, freeride
Manufacturer Warranty

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Nothing to complain about!

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

So I am half way through my first season with these and I can say that I am very happy with the way they have performed. I have used them in a wide range of weather conditions, from 15 degrees w/ a windchill in the negatives and dumping snow to 40 degrees and raining. I'm happy to say they kept the wind out and kept me dry.

At 6'3" and 185 I bought the large and they are just a bit baggie but that is the way they were designed to be. They have a nice elastic Velcro waist band inside to fine tune the fit to you. Also have belt loops to throw on a belt for that extra support. I keep most of my stuff in my jacket pockets, so I can't comment much on the pockets but I will say they have plenty and they all have the watertight zippers to keep the water out. They also have a more durable layer at the inside bottoms to protect them from your freshly tuned ski edges which I can testify work great after a couple good falls.

I usually just wear a layer of Capilene 3 under them and that's all I need in most conditions. I can say on that bitter cold day with negative wind chill, near the top of the long lift ride I wished for a little bit thicker layer, but that would be easily fixed if I invested in some Capilene 4 or just add another thin layer.

I have gone through lots of ski pants over the years and I'll have to say that these are at the top of the list. Plus on top of the great performance they look great! You may not be the best skier on the mountain but with these at least you can be the best looking!

Nothing to complain about!

Look good, perform better

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

I spent months looking for a pair of pants that fit me, looked good and could perform on the slopes. These pants meet all 3 requirements.

I'm 6'1, 180 lbs. with a 33" waist and 32" inseam. The mediums fit perfectly. The relaxed fit gives me enough room to move in them without looking like I'm wearing parachute pants. They shed water like rubber but breath really well...almost too well. I ski mostly northern VT and a peak temperature of the low 20's requires a heavier base layer than I used with my old pants. I normally generate a ton of heat skiing but these breath so much I don't stay as warm a I used; good and bad.

I just started skinning too so the lightweight is great for that, but not so great on cold groomer days. GET A GOOD BASE LAYER.

Pockets are plenty deep and there are enough to carry what you need. I like that the elastic straps to adjust the waste are on the inside so they don't interfere with the belt loops. The nylon around the cuff seems extra tuff but there is no zipper on the cuff. The cuff is just very large, hence the 4 stars. Pants this nice should have a zippered cuff. I like a zippered/velcroed cuff because I loosen my buckles on the chair and crank them down before i hit the trail.

These pants are worth every penny on sale, but I'm not sure I'd pay full price for them.

Great ski pant!

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

These pants are great. This is my first season on them after picking them up on sale. They show very little wear and are super comfortable. I'm 5'11" 155 and I picked up a medium. I wear either -33 wool tight or fleece pant under depending on the cold. The side zips work well and cool you down quick if running warm. I like the scuff guards on the bottom; they've helped tremendously where my old Burtons got shredded. These are excellent pants for the money but if you can pick them up on sale or at SAC then they are truly a steal!

Get some pants!

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

Echoing others impressions, these are a great pant. I usually prefer a bib, but these appear to work fine, and I don't really encounter any snow creeping into my drawers after a face plant. They "strap" into my powder bowl jacket, and with the 2 layer Gore Tex, appear like a pretty burley fabric.

The fit was pretty close (M and I'm a 32 waist) and the progressive fit seems like it's made for a big insulation layer (Down, DAS or Micropuff) should you need these to go over that. With that, even in teens and 20s, I just do a mid layer of wool.

The waist has 1-2 inches velcro adjustment each side, to take up some slack should you need it.

The right thigh pocket is perfect for a wallet, phone or something moderately flat. Back pocket and front pockets are fine, but I don't find I use them that often.

I accidently ran a ski edge across the front of the leg (in front of the reinforcement area of course) and put a 2 inch slice in one layer of the pant. Stealthy black duct tape will solve for a bit, but I better get them repaired, once the snow melts out. I guess Patagonia could run the reinforcement 150 or 180 degrees around the leg for a possible improvement?

Solid, durable pant for resort skiing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these after returning a pair of Patagonia Primo 3-layer pants towards the end of last ski season. The Primos are awesome pants, but they felt very stiff off the rack and had a slimmer cut than the Powder Bowls. After about 20 days at the resort I'm really happy with the Powder Bowl pants. I wouldn't recommend these for long tours as they are quite loose and bulky compared to the Primo and similar ultralight pants, but the softer material and roomy fit are well-suited for day after day of resort skiing.

I wear 34L 32W pants and the Large fits me well, but definitely on the loose side ("progressive") as advertised. The elastic pseudo-belt on the inside of the waistband does an adequate job of keeping them up, but I found a simple webbing belt to be less bunchy and more comfortable. The blue color is more like a cyan/electric blue than the sky blue that the product photos above indicate.

Solid, durable pant for resort skiing

Great Pant

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

I have used these pants a few times and very happy with them. Cut is nice and loose but not baggy. The blue is a little darker than the pictures and looks nice. Not an electric blue like some of the Marmot stuff. I am a big fan of 3L shell but this is nice and wouldn;t hesitate reccomending to friends

Awesome ski pant

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

I've worn these for several seasons now. My old North Face ski pants frayed apart after two seasons but these Patagonia's are going strong for now for 3 seasons and look as new as the day I bought them. They are extremely waterproof and I've tested them in every condition imaginable. I've always worn them in black. I never get cold in them at all; I just wear some lightweight capilene underneath to serve as a "liner."

Highly recommend, and I doubt there's a better ski pant out there.

Great For Skiing

    I just picked up a pair of these in Captian's Blue to go along with my Powder Bowl Jacket in Red Delicious and complete the skittle. These are an upgrade for me from a pair of Snowshot pants with a H2No membrane. Living in Utah, The Gore-Tex 3L that's found in their Primo and Untracked Pants is overkill for my needs. I'm not sure I'd be able to tell the difference between the two anywhere outside of the PNW, particularly coming from pants without any Gore-Tex at all. I was more than happy to save the loot and have a better selection of colors. The fit great and have the pockets/venting I was looking for.

    Any comments on durability? A little...

    Any comments on durability? A little concerned they felt the need to point out 2L vs. 3L durability...

    Main reason I am looking for a new pant is the fact that my old ones were shredded by my ski edges - but I am liking the look of the scuff pads :)

    Best Answer


    The Powder Bowl is an awesome pant, and you shouldn't have any durability concerns, 3 Layer shells are the most burly of the Gore-tex collection, but the Powder Bowl Pants here have been tested extensively and I've worn a pair myself for the past two seasons. Patagonia back's it up with our Iron Clad guarantee, so your pants will be repaired or replaced if you're ever unhappy with them.