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Gore-Tex and 800-fill down so you can dominate the mountain when cold and turbulent winter weather forces others inside.

The howling winds beat an asynchronous rhythm against the bare branches, your boogers are harder than concrete, and you have no intention of going inside anytime soon. The Patagonia Men's Primo Down Jacket has been revamped, and is lighter and warmer so you can stay outside longer without tiring from the fatigue of wearing a heavy-as-lead blizzard-busting jacket. The GoreTex shell guarantees waterproof and breathable protection, while 800-fill European goose down provides high warmth-to-weight ratio, giving you a lightweight, ultra-warm, jacket for even your stupidest winter excursions (yes, your mom told us everything).

Down remains one of the best insulators when you're faced with extreme cold. Made of feathers and clusters, down creates an intricate lattice in which lots of little air pockets get trapped. The trapped air then acts as a sentry, preventing cold air from penetrating and warm air from escaping. Consequently, thermal regulation is a non-issue. If you're anticipating arctic storms, the relaxed fit of the Primo lets you layer as much as needed. With the Primo Down jacket, it's possible you'll feel the heat when you're working hard building a snow-cave or skinning up a 10% grade on a frigid dawn patrol—unzip the underarm vents for quick cooling.

The helmet-compatible hood sports a laminated visor, and Touch Point System cord locks make quick adjustments easy. Goose down fills the draft collar at the back of your neck for extra warmth in extra windy conditions. The powder skirt comes off when you're not slaying snow dragons, and a webbing loop connects the Primo Down jacket to any Patagonia snow pant. An internal drop-in pocket holds your goggles and gloves when you're reliving the last run of the day over a steaming mug of hot buttered rum.

  • 2-layer 40D polyester ripstop GoreTex, DWR finish
  • 800-fill premium European goose down
  • Relaxed fit
  • Underarm zippered vents
  • Removable powder skirt
  • Helmet-compatible fixed hood, laminated visor

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5 5

Great, versatile jacket

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

I bought this jacket at the end of last year and I've been using it both for skiing, fat-biking and general use here in Colorado. In short: it's great. I've skied with it in heavy snow & wind (notably at Breck on New Year's Day and a few other good, deep storms since then); paired with a lightweight wool base layer and a lightweight fleece, it's plenty warm at 10F-15F and windy. I've used it for fat-biking in temperatures between 0F and 20F and it's managed to breathe really well despite my ability to sweat like crazy when climbing.

It's obviously built very, very well and (like all Patagonia gear) I expect it to last a long time. I've hit more than a few branches with it both skiing and riding with no ill effects. I'd highly recommend this jacket.

Fit-wise, I usually wear L in Patagonia, and this fit as expected, which is to say bigger than most other brands, though not as baggy as their PowSlayer. I'm 5'10", 200lbs, long arms. Layering even with a bulky down vest when it's really cold is no problem.

5 5

Nice and descent jacket

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

I am 5' 9" 160 pounds. I got small size and it's about right for me. Have enough room for using patagonia down sweater as a mid layer for extremely cold day.
Pretty warm, if the temp was not below -5c, I would not use extra layer underneath because It will be too hot inside.

2 5

Runs large

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

This jacket is extremely loose fitting. I am 5'10" and 160 pounds. I bought a medium. Arms and shoulders are the right size, but the mid-section is way too large. If you are looking for a ski/snowboard jacket to keep you warm, the sizing will not work. In other words, there is too much air in the inside because the mid-section is not built for the average active person's body. Otherwise, the jacket seems well constructed and it is one of the few down insulated high end jackets, if you are looking for down. For me, that was irrelevant because the jacket was way too loose to hold in any body heat.

I am trying to figure out if I need an L...

I am trying to figure out if I need an L or XL. I am 6'6'' 195 lbs. I wear an XL in the Patagonia mens "super cell" rain jacket(which the sleeves are a little long but not bad). I guess what I am trying to figure out is if they fit similar.

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Its going to be a lot easier to get your size if we can get your measurements for your chest and sleeve lengths to better judge your correct size. You can compare that info against the size chart provided up by the add to cart button and get a better idea for the size you should get. Also, since this is a relaxed fit jacket, if you are in between sizes you might be able to size down if you are not planning on putting on many layers.

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Just a friend is only 5'9" and about 175lbs. (give or take a lb.), and got the 'L' which gives him room to layer (uses the N.F. Micro Thunder as a mid layer, when needed). He says it fits just right. So maybe you aught to stay with the 'XL'.

Hope this Helps.

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the jackets are designed to fit the same dimensions. but like wayne said, your best bet is to get your measurements.

What are the main differences from the...

What are the main differences from the 2012 model to the new 2013 model?

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Notably, the older version has 700 fill down, while this newer one has 800 fill. Also, this years version boast rip-stop nylon, that's a huge plus!
You can still, at this posting, read the stats for last years version on the ladies' Primo Down page(ladies/men's jackets made the same), where they are offering both this years and last years versions at present; a easy compare.
This years version is far better!

Hope this Helps!

Is the inside liner durable enough to keep...

Is the inside liner durable enough to keep the feathers in without shedding or is the liner somewhat delicate?

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I haven't heard of anyone having problems with this losing feathers. Should be good to go!

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My friend has had no problems with excess feathers escaping; you will always have some down 'shedding' in any down jacket, especially over time and use (especially heavy active usage). This jacket has held up quite well, so far.

The N.F. Micro Thunder is another story, however.

Highly recommend this jacket. While the Primo down is warm, I would still suggest sizing to accommodate a baselayer, and or something like the N.F. Thunder (or any other brand down 'sweater' jacket)for really wicked-cold weather, as it is light weight, just right for layering (if you don't mind a little plucking off a few feathers now and again!).

Hope This Helps!

5 5


  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
  • Fit: Runs large

He says:
Best winter jacket ever. Highly functional. Warm. H20 proof. Windproof. Great venting. problems. Looks: A+.
Only real downside are the rather tiny zip pull tabs.
Jacket is at home both on the slopes, or (more often than not) just general winter wearing.

*Note: some have had questions, and there had been much mis info about whether or not the hood is removable: No, it is attached permanently.

Dual Pit Zips

Dual Pit Zips

Zip tabs a bit small for grabbing with gloves on (only real downside of this jacket). Otherwise, everything in it's place works perfectly.

Another View of Technical Interior

Another View of Technical Interior

Great dual pit zips allowing for custom venting. Abundant, large pockets to carry whatever. Baffles just the right size to keep down in place, and you warmer.

Inside Scoop

Inside Scoop

View of 'powder skirt' and great zips and pocket placements.

Patagonia = Functionality

Patagonia = Functionality

Offering not only superior warmth, rain/snow protection, but also sensibly place zips and pockets.
A jacket that makes sense!

I hear this jacket runs big and I'm concerned...

I hear this jacket runs big and I'm concerned that I am in the middle of sizes. 5' 9", 165 pounds, usually wear Medium in everything. Would a medium be too big? Small too small? Thanks for any suggestions.

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I tried this on and I am 5'10 165lb and usually wear a small in Patagonia but this in a Medium felt way more appropriate for an active ski piece. The small felt restricting and like it would end up making me cold.

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Arthur is right, Charlie, my friend is your size and had got the Large which is what he usually orders (sometimes a XL depends on brand), and it's a bit too big, in my opinion (though it does allow for additional layering, if needed). A medium would have worked better for him, and a small would be way too small for you both. But he likes his clothes roomy, regardless of the bodies ability to heat up only so much space...however, he says it keeps him plenty warm (and again, he can layer for really frigid weather when not engaged in highly aerobic activities.'s a great jacket, regardless, and I hope to get one this coming season, too!

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Hi, will be in states in the summer and after this jacket, do you know the colors for next season?