Great fit, weight, color. The real problem is the material under the arms stinks after one use.... I loved this jacket both under hard shell for skiing and on its own for snowshoeing, banging around etc.... The bad news is that after one activity it smells like old school poly pro that you have had for years, Didn't want to, but had to return it.
Powder Slayer Bib feedback:I purchased these bibs for a heli trip in BC and in general had been looking for a good bib. Fit was a bit looser than I like, but they were very light weight and overall comfortable. Day one I realized a major issue, the gaiters did not fit tightly around my ski boots. They were so loose that snow came up with ease and pretty much everywhere we stepped was knee deep so this caused me major problems in the back country. Could not have been more disappointed with Patagonia on this and myself for not checking before we were in the middle of the Canadian Rockies. The second day of the trip I had a small tear in the knee, so out came the duck tape. Patagonia also moved the loop for jackets to snap into to the middle, so now any snow skirt on the jacket you owned with clips on the side can't clip in. For a company that prides themselves in long lasting goods and not wasting what you have, it's odd that they make new products that won't work with their old ones.... Lastly, belt loops should have been on this product, especially since a lot of jackets won't clip to the bibs, if snow does get up over the bibs... and it does...., then a belt could prevent the snow from going down your legs and towards your boots, which already have snow in them due to the gaiters not fitting. A lot of potential here, but missed the boat by a mile on these. I guess the magazines that reviewed these and picked them as top gear never left the office to try them out.... Big fan of Patagonia, but couldn't be more disappointed with these. Dear Patagonia, when your ready to take another crack at these I am happy to help...
Was looking forward to this piece for wearing under my hard shells, wearing as a bang around top layer etc.... fit is normal, not fitted and color is darker in person. Basically, looks cooler on the site than in person. It is thin, which I didn't mind, warmth was average, but arms started to pill immediately, even before a wash. Everything sticks to it, as well. I actually like the fitted cuffs, great to slide into gloves, but the downside was they are so tight they get caught on my watches or anything else around your wrist. If they had made the cuffs of a stretch material and the pilling didn't occur, I would still own it and given it 4 stars.
As far as pushing and pulling it out of your pack this bladder can't be beat due to it having a frame. It is also very easy to hold while filling since it does not flop around, but around the screw mouth opening it has extra plastic extended which makes it sometimes tough to get close to the source of your water, i.e., fridge filler, water cooler etc..... The real down side is that it does leak and blew out in my pack. I got another and so far so good, but I would not buy this anywhere else, but BC.com or REI as you will need their excellent service to replace this item.
After playing with the padding or should I say limited padding that comes with the helmet and then adding two additional strips from of extra pads from my bike helmet stock this helmet now fits perfect. visor is great for keeping sun and snow off face and deflecting branches. helmet strap is great. was afraid i could not flip zeal goggles up, but i just pull them onto end of visor and they stay on better than if there was no visor at all. Super light and circle adjustment in the back is very useful. ventilation not great, but since it is a true fit helmet, again with limited padding it's not a huge issue. I am M/L in most helmets, briko, smith, etc..., but an XL in POC. Overall, the quality seems a cut above the competition and it looks awesome, which is not the priority, but always a plus.
I have a normal size head, nose face and all but the Link are huge, espcially if you dont want your helmet tilted back on your head. My only concer with the Links are that they don't give you as much peripheral as the others....
Great jacket for what it is. As other reviewer wrote, not bomb proof, but for price I did not expect it to be. I had the DAS parka, but it was too warm for anything, but walking the dog, so opted for the Rubicon Rider which has more versatility. Still great for walks, but end up skiing in it on cold/dry days. Great for powder as it clips into my patagonia pants so never rides up. A bit heavy, no pit zips which would help on any jacket, but other than that it was a welcome addition to my arsenal of gear. On storm days I ski with a core skin patagonia and lightest simplest bullet proof shell arcteryx makes.
Hoping this is the replacement to the Salmon Foil, which is probably one of the most fun and versatile ski I have been on, minus some high speed chatter.... Has anyone skied it yet to compare?
Great shoe and much cheaper here than REI. limited quantity and sizes at BC.com which is the usual, but great service.
I bought the Das for New England mornings and nights and wanted something I could be out in no matter what the weather, because the black lab goes out.... no matter what the weather. I can throw it on over a t-shirt and the upper body feels like you never left the house. Only bad thing is you notice how cold everything else is cause your upper body is so damn warm. The hood is huge and can get in the way, but serves its purpose as very warm. As far as sizing, I would have worn a small at 5'11" 165 lbs, but the sleeves were too short, so I have a medium and that is what I wear normally in patagonia. I will also use this for frigid skiing and snowhoeing
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