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Patagonia Kniferidge Softshell Jacket - Men's

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    From ice climbing to ski touring.

    Equally suited for technical alpine ascents and hair-raising descents, the Patagonia Men's Kniferidge Jacket offers remarkable stretch and breathability considering its waterproof protection. It combines the flexibility you want with the weather protection you need when venturing out into the high-altitude wilderness.

    The Polartec Power Shield fabric is super-soft, yet shields you from wind, rain, and snow with ease while remaining stretchy and incredibly breathable. A DWR coating adds even more water-resistance, and fully taped seams prevent any moisture from slipping in through the cracks. Gusseted underarms allow you to move freely so you can reach that hold high above you, and the Optimal Visibility hood stays out of your face so you can see clearly when skiing trees in a snowstorm.

    The two zippered hand pockets are positioned so that you can still reach them when wearing a harness or a pack waist belt, meaning you can easily grab that snack you stashed in your pocket while you're on the skintrack. A one-handed hem adjustment makes it easy to seal out chilly drafts when you're crossing exposed ridges. Nothing will hold you back when you're wearing the Kniferidge.

    • Three-layer Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric
    • DWR coating
    • Fully taped seams
    • Jersey lining
    • One-handed hem adjustment
    • Gusseted underarms
    • Optimal Visibility Hood with cordlock system
    • Concealed Recco reflector
    • Item #PAT00V0

    Tech Specs

    [membrane/laminate] Polartec Power Shield Pro, [shell] 90% polyester, 10% spandex, DWR coating
    fully sealed
    yes, helmet-compatible
    2 zippered handwarmer, 1 zippered chest
    Claimed Weight
    19.7 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition, backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Really Solid Patagonia product

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL

    I haven't had a chance to really test this jacket, but the construction is magnificent. Superior stretch and quality you can feel. Hands down the most versatile soft shell I own with the breathability and weather protection ( remember, for a soft shell) it offers. The sizing on most of Patagonia jackets are forgiving, lots of room where you need it, so layering isn't an issue. I would put it at true to size if you're familiar with Patagonia's fit. With that being said, This jacket has cinches at the waist and quality cuff closures. It looks great and relaxed (without major layering). The Carbon color is more of a deep deep forest green, actually quite a pleasant color, just a heads up! Call me to talk about sizing and where you plan on taking this bad boy!

    Sizing is off, colors could be better.

      The bad. The sizing is off. I am a solid medium in most technical clothing. Not so here. I needed to go small with this jacket. Weirdly, in a small both the length and sleeves are just fine even with my long arms at 6 feet tall. Basically the size small fits like snug medium. I can just squeeze my nano air hoody size medium under this. Sizing is always a finicky thing, but this piece is clearly sized wrong. This was also stated in the outdoorgearlab review.

      I have the carbon color which I like apart from not caring for the yellow zippers. Also, it is a dark green color, no idea why they have referred to it as carbon.

      These things aside, it is a great highly technical piece. I would not pay the 450 retail but I found mine for half off (current price on patagonia website as of writing review) and for that price, I would recommend it.

      Great Stretch, Decent Weather Resistance

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

      The Power Shield Pro fabric used in this jacket is extremely comfortable, stretchy, warmer than it should be for how thin it is and, as promised, seems all of 99% windproof. It's fairly breathable, but has worked best for me so far as a cold weather alpine touring jacket. It doesn't quite have the 'bombproof' weather resistance I initially hoped for, but maybe I was expecting too much from a softshell. That said, it is still pretty darn weather resistant. I've gotten wet in prolonged snowstorms, but mostly from snow being caught between jacket and pack, which will wet through most shells. The DWR coating wore off the pack wear area (shoulders, back) fairly quickly as well, but that seems fairly common. So far, the durability has shown to be good as I've beat the fabric up skiing in trees, fallen because I'm a mediocre skier and just generally abused it for a couple of months now with nothing to show other than some very minor scuffing.

      I also wanted to comment specifically on sizing, because I've found it to be a little funky with certain Patagonia garments. I initially tried the Reconnaissance jacket (their other skiing focused softshell) and found the small size to be absolutely gigantic on me. The small Kniferidge, however, fits much better despite having the same 'regular' fit profile. It's a little long, but that's been great for skiing as it stays put under a pack's waist belt. The arms are just on the cusp of being too long but luckily I have slightly longer arms and generally can't size down because I also have broad shoulders. For being stuck in between sizes, this one actually worked out pretty well. I can fit base and mid layers and, in a pinch, can cram in a puffy because of the stretch. Worn over a base layer, it's still not unreasonably baggy either.

      I think this jacket is well worth the sale price you can find right now online. Given that the trade-off for a little added weather protection is less breathability, I might rather have gone for a hardshell and a lighter, more breathable softshell. However, I still love this jacket for what it is.

      Awesome if you can find the right fit.

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: Large and Medium

      Great hood. Wonderfully stretchy. Bomb proof weather protection from snow, medium rain and wind. Great construction and build quality. Very comfortable against the skin and breathable. If you can dial in the size and fit for your body type you'll love it, however the Kniferidge has a really strange fit and cut, even by Patagonia standards, for me. The large is a freaking circus tent with way too much torso volume, while the medium allows only enough room for something like an R3. I prefer being able to wear a light fleece with enough room for a light synthetic like a Montane Fireball or OR Cathode for when temperatures dip. The cut should be alpine-ish and athletic with enough stretch not to be restrictive in the shoulders and arms while accommodating a couple of layers. I actually have better luck with the Patagonia Adze Hybrid in a large as a ski softshell.

      All-Mountain Bliss

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Excellent balance of weather resistance and breathability, with detailed construction and near-perfect features. As an all-mountain jacket, it is a top performer for a variety of mountain conditions, and does wonders in windy places when you need to keep moving and don't want a jacket that'll hold you back. It replaces the need for a hardshell in mild winter conditions and is a go-to pick for a variety of conditions and locations. A rain or hardshell would be needed for prolonged exposures to heavy downpours.

      All-Mountain Bliss

      Picked One Up

      • Size Bought: medium

      Wrote a previous review about an older but similar jacket, the knifeblade. That jacket finally started to wear out so I picked up the kniferidge. It runs a bit longer in the torso than the knifeblade, which I like. 5' 11" 175lbs and the medium fits well. I could probably go down to a small for a tighter alpine fit if I wore with just one layer. Tried the kniferidge pants but they are a bit long for me, I have a shorter inseam and the Arcteryx Procline FL pants fit better in a medium. I'll be using this setup for ski touring in the Wasatch.

      Terrific shell for active sports

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

      The fabric has a nice elasticity that makes it super comfortable and unrestricting for active sports.

      I used the jacket for winter and spring skiing in Utah and found the construction of the shell superior to other shells I've used in the past. The fabric blocks 100% of wind and when paired with other other layers kept me totally comfortable from the low 20's to the mid 50's.

      What a Great Jacket

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

      A great ski jacket for either in or out of bounds. The fabric stretches and has lots of give making the jacket super comfortable. It is very light weight and breathable.

      I pair it with the Recon pants and have worn them from 10 to 50 degrees, including in 50+ mph winds and was never uncomfortable. For the cold, I just added a layer and stayed plenty warm. In the warmer weather, I was never too hot.

      Wore it at Tahoe during a typical wet snow, sleet, rain storm and I stayed dry. This was my biggest concern with a soft shell, but it wasn't an issue at all. Some surface wet out, but nothing got through. Haven't worn it in the shower to fully test, but definitely no issues on the mountain.

      I said this about the Recon pants and it applies equally to the Kniferidge jacket, it's so nice at the end of the day to not be all wet and clammy. I'll never go back to Pro Shell after wearing these.

      Compared to the material in the Recon jacket, the Polartac material seems more wind proof. The fit is also slimmer compared to the recon which has a slightly boxy free ride fit.

      My only complaint is minor, no inner phone pocket or pass through for headphones from the outer pocket.

      tight fit

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: medium

      I never had a chance to use this jacket outside. It was clearly too small for me right out of the bag. The sleeves and the fit through the chest leaves no room for any insulation layer(s). The sleeves are plenty long in the medium (and I have long arms) and should work well for climbing. The quality and fabric look promising for hard work in all kinds of weather.

      Polartec Power Shield Pro

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

      I don't have this specific jacket, but I have the Knifeblade. Very similar cut and materials. I use this jacket for ski touring in the Wasatch. Unsurpassed breathability and the DWR does a great job at repelling light snow. Rarely have to take the jacket off while touring, which is why I love it.