Laugh in the face of the storm.
It just dumped two feet of fresh snow overnight, so you know what that means—it's time to put on the Patagonia Women's Powslayer Jacket and get lost in the white room. This streamlined shell was tested in Chamonix to ensure it can shield you from the harshest winter storms while also allowing you to ride highly technical lines without feeling restricted or weighed down. The result is a lightweight jacket that's high on mobility and free of unnecessary excess. Lightweight, supple, and extremely durable three-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric offers the highest level of waterproof, breathable protection to keep you dry while maintaining comfort. Fully taped seams and watertight zippers prevent moisture from working its way in through the cracks.
When you're hiking up to your secret pow stash or skiing on warm spring days, open the zippered underarm vents to release excess heat to keep you feeling fresh and cool. The two-way adjustable, helmet-compatible fixed hood features a visor and Cohaesive cord-lock system for quick and easy adjustment when you need to seal out icy winds on a blustery day. The stretchy powder skirt keeps snow from getting up your jacket without restricting mobility, and adjustable low-profile cuffs fit over your gloves or under gauntlets so you can focus on getting first tracks before the pow's been poached.
- A weatherproof shell for getting lost in the white room
- Burly, 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro shell is waterproof and breathable
- Fully taped seams and DWR prevent moisture from seeping through
- Zippered underarm vents keep you cool while hiking
- Helmet-compatible hood with Cohaesive cinch cord system
- Multiple pockets store media devices and other goodies
- Low-profile powder skirt seals out snow
- Regular fit leaves room for extra layers without looking bulky
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Size Bought: Medium
Well, you likely already know I'll be raving about this jacket, so I'll preface it with the most important disclaimer: THIS JACKET FITS BEST FOR TALL, GANGLY FOLKS.
If you're more on the petite side or have a curvier shape/wider hips, this jacket will likely fit baggy in the shoulders and REALLY tight in the waist. I'm a baby giraffe (5'9" and 140lbs, I blame my 6'5" dad for the tall genes), so this is just about the first technical shell that is loooong in the arms and torso, flattering, fits well under a harness, and isn't as wide as a sack of potatoes on me. I've never been so happy with the fit of a touring/alpine shell. HOWEVER, if you don't identify with the slightly-curvy-goofy-stalk-of-asparagus body type like I do, I'd recommend the UNTRACKED or the POWDER BOWL jackets--they're shorter in the torso and accommodate curves/petite figures FAR better.
I purchased the Medium, and it's fitted in the hips (mine are 35in, for reference) and I can fit an insulating layer like the Arc'teryx Atom LT or the Patagonia Nano Air/Nano Puff under it very comfortably. However, if I planned to layer puffier/loftier layers (think Hi Loft Down Sweater or Thorium Parka), I DEFINITELY would have gone with the large. I use this shell for touring, ice climbing, and other alpine pursuits, so the slimmer-fitting medium is a better choice for wear with a harness. I paired the jacket with the Arc'teryx Sentinel Pant in Medium (also amazing) which is pretty low-bulk/low-profile and fits with the shell nicely.
SO, the pros:
Pockets exactly where you need them, ridiculously easy to access. Nice, high collar that sticks up and doesn't curl in under your chin and poke you in the neck (mega pet peeve of mine). Fabulous underarm vents for touring, fairly easy to open/close, and imperceptible when not in use. Two way zipper, which is great for accessing pockets of midlayers. And finally, though it's cosmetic, the vibrant blue color is beyond lovely.
The only two cons for me are that the front zipper is a little tricky to seat and pull when super cold, and the storm skirt isn't removable (I not-so-secretly hate them).
Bottom line, if you're a tall/slim gal that tours, just get this jacket. You'll ski happily ever after.
Loved it but....
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
I had read a few reviews stating how this jacket ran small, couldn't disagree more.. I'm 5'8", 140, not small, I ordered a large because it sounded like it ran so small.. It doesn't, it's very true to size, meaning the large I ordered is too big, I know have to return it and there is now medium.. My point is, ignore the other reviews about fit.. This coat is awesome, wish it fit..:(
First I want to start my review by singing the praises of Patagonia. They definitely are a quality company, which stands behind their products...and they have excellent hardware on the products.
First I will outline the pros to this jacket, which i s a shell.
1. It is Gore-tex -- great, great, great.
2. It has a front two-way zipper -- great, great, great. If you are on the shorter side, it really helps to make adjustments to the fit.
3. It has a huge number of zippered pockets. This is phenomenal for securing supplies. I think I may have counted six or seven zippered pockets. Two large hand-warmer zipped pockets, and two relatively large zippered chest pockets. Great!
4. The jacket has pit-zips. Great.
Now let me list the con's to this jacket.
1. The fit is so, so snug -- ridiculously tight! I had a long-sleeved cotton tee on, tried on a size large, and it felt so uncomfortably tight. There is no way I would have been able to layer a fleece under the shell.
I don't know who is sizing these "slim fits" for women's jackets, but I wish they would stop. By the way, I have always been described a petite, small, slim. No way has ever called me big, oversized or suggested that I lose twenty pounds.
2. A bad case of "sleeve droop." The cuffs do need half elastic with a velcro strap for tightening. As designed now, the sleeves only have velcro. The sleeve are long, and the wearer get an uncomfortable case of "sleeve droop."
3. The jacket is cut too long. I always like some covering on the derriere for sitting on chairlifts and while skiing. Patagonia just made this jacket a few inches too long.
4. Patagonia could save some money by not designing a powder skirt inside the jackets. I have never found these powder skirts comfortable and have never used one.
To conclude, I have been looking for a ski jacket/shell for a long time. I always like to do my own layering. I wish I could find one from Patagonia with a front two-way zipper and generous cut to accommodate layering.