The Patagonia Men's Powslayer is the jacket you'll want when you're slashing pow turns through truly bottomless conditions. Its three-layer Gore-Tex Pro shell with fully taped seams will keep you dry during those days when you spend the majority of your time gasping for breath between prolonged visits to the white room. And since the deepest stashes are often found between the trees, the super durable 40-denier nylon ripstop face will withstand heavy wear and tear when you're hunting down untracked lines between Mt. Baker's pine boughs and Hokkaido's dense stands of ash trees.
- Ski or snowboard shell designed for deep powder days
- Eco-friendly face fabric made entirely from recycled material
- Gore-Tex Pro enhances breathability for backcountry tours
- Underarm zippers provide ajustable ventilation for the skintrack
- Adjustable powder skirt customizes coverage from snow
- Helmet-compatible hood with two-way adjustment or laminated visor
- Patagonia is committed to producing sustainable outerwear
- Item #PAT01Z1
What do you think about this product?
March 5, 2020
Very good, but...
The Powslayer jacket is overall a very good hardshell which is pack-able and a bombproof shelter, but - zipper pulls are non-functional with any gloves on - I didn't like the lower hand pockets - fit is generous, I seem to be between L & XL and L fit me with a fleece layer but was a little restrictive at the bottom seam possibly due to length, seemed like it would put undo stress on zipper. I'd be swimming in extra fabric in torso with XL. - hood worked great for my beanied / non-helmeted head - crinkly Gore Tex Pro fabric but noise wasn't an issue - navy looked great decided to return due to zipper pulls and minor fitment issues. The search goes on to cost-effectively replace my old Arcteryx Theta AR which has given up on me after 15 yrs.
March 4, 2020
I really wanted to like this jacket. I liked the looks, the color and the weight, but walking around in this thing feels and sounds like walking around in a potato chip bag. The Goretex Pro is really noisy. The fit runs a little large. I'm 6'0", 210 lbs and a medium may have worked if I could get over the noise. I really liked the pocket set-up. The material seems durable. As others have noted the zippers are fairly stiff/sticky. The powder skirt feels a little flimsy but is adjustable which is unique relative to the other jackets I tried. Maybe the Goretex C-knit would be the perfect balance between weight and noise for this jacket.
April 3, 2019
Great jacket, zippers could be better
The jacket has a great fit, an excellent number of pockets and all the features I could ask for. My one problem is the zippers - they handles are really small and the zip action itself offers a lot of resistance. They're so small in fact that I had trouble getting a lift ticket hang tag to attach to them. That said, I've had no issues with water getting in the pockets, so possibly the resistance has a purpose. Still, bigger zippers handles would really be nice - especially with mittens on. When purchasing this, it was mostly between this and the Arcteryx Rush. The Rush had way, way, way easier to use zippers, but fewer pockets. I ended up going with this one mostly for the additional pockets and Patagonia's warranty. As others have noted, the material is a bit crunchy. While annoying when trying it on, I've never noticed it while skiing so I wouldn't consider it a bad thing.
March 31, 2019
Awesome shell, lousy zips
Picked up the 2017-18 version and used for a busy 2018-19 ski season plus a few hikes. The Goretex Pro shell material is bomber and stands up to all weather conditions plus yardsales into deep powder while breathing very well. It feels quite a bit sturdier than standard Goretex and has held up to skiing through trees without so much as a scratch. It's not an ultralight jacket, but rather a really solid balance between performance, toughness, and weight. The material is quite crinkly when new and while it softens up over time it remains more noisy than the average hardshell. Sizing runs a bit large in the torso if worn over just a baselayer, but this works well to permit easy movement with multiple insulating layers. Pit zips and pockets are thoughtfully designed with lots of storage space. The one big downside is that the ergonomics of the zips feel totally out of place on such a high-end jacket. After dozens of days of use, both the main zip and pit zips remain very stiff and prone to jamming--the main zip jams nearly every time try to zip it up. The zip pulls are very small and difficult to grasp with mitts or gloves--I get that light weight is the goal, but I would gladly sacrifice an extra gram or two for a more substantial pull. The zips are billed as watertight and they do perform well in this regard, so perhaps that treatment keeps it from zipping smoothly. Regardless, something as simple as the zips on a premium jacket at this price point should just work, not require a wrestling match.
March 27, 2019
Just a quick note on the material
This is a serious skiing/backcountry technical shell which is super lightweight and appears to be wind/water/snow proof. Great. I generally wear a small in my normal clothing and I ordered the small and it fit exactly how I wanted it too. It's made out of GoreTex Pro - which sounds like GoreTex only better, but the Pro is more of a raincoat like material - it moves and sounds like it. Yes, it is much more breathable than an actual raincoat, but it's an encreadably thin material which can only be worn with other jackets and layers. This jacket has no "standalone" ability in terms of getting cold temperature out unlike standard GoreTex. I know that the sort of people who would buy this jacket have tons of layers and are probably prioritizing the light weight over these other factors, but I found it important to note. Awesome jacket, but if you ski at a resort and only at a resort, I would point you towards something a little less high end.
January 4, 2019
March 30, 2018
The color of this jacket and overall design and features are spot on. fit is somewhat of a personal thing but as other reviewers have noted to sizing on this seems odd. I am a 5'9" 155lb male who wears size medium in just about everything I have ever owned (including at least 6 patagonia jackets)I find the medium to be anything but a comfortable/functional fit. It is too long and wide at the bottom, the chest almost is almost right for layering, and the sleeves seem perfect. I found with the hood on my helmet I had pretty significant peripheral vision and head range of motion restriction. Zippers seem weirdly small as well to be used with gloves or mitts in the backcountry. I really was only buying this to replace a 20 year old shell still going strong but no helmet compatible hood so with the weird fit and poor hood function its getting returned.
March 12, 2018
Great and Recycled Material Jacket
This is a great jacket, its from Patagonia so you know they care about the earth and the jacket itself. Honestly, I don’t have much to say other than it just works. I haven’t been in a full on rainstorm yet, but the Gore-Tex has done its thing perfectly so far.
January 21, 2018
Shell great - few asks though
Just purchased this for the 2018 ski season and have gotten a bunch of days in with it so far. Preliminary thoughts - the shell itself is great. Excellent quality as can be expected from Patagonia. Seems durable, and is bomb proof from a moisture standpoint. One bone to pick, @patagonia - Please make larger zippers and larger zipper pulls for your top of the line jackets/shells. The pulls on this jacket feel smaller than those on my nano-puff. The small pulls and small teeth zippers make this jacket tough to zip and unzip, especially with one hand. This is particularly relevant in zipping/unzipping the pit-vents without having to maneuver around ski poles/backpack usage, etc. Maybe zips just need to be broken in? No other complains so far. Like the length as compared to the other Patagonia climbing/hybrid shells.
November 2, 2017
October 31, 2017
Ready for the snowpocalypse
I honestly dont think there is a material or matter known to man that can penetrate this shell. Whether it is torrential down pour or 12 inches an hour of snow you will stay well protected in this jacket. I personally love this for how durable the construction is and how easy it packs away when you get hot on the skin trail. If you have the money to spend and enjoy hanging out in the high alpine as much as I do its a very worthwhile investment!
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November 4, 2019
What is the center-back length of this jacket? Thank you.