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Patagonia SnowDrifter Jacket - Men's



SnowDrifter Jacket

Delivering breathability, stretch, and durable waterproofing for backcountry missions, the SnowDrifter will happily follow you on any pow-hunting adventure. It's Patagonia's most performance-minded H2No ski shell, offering reliable protection, performance features, and constant comfort without the price-tag of a Gore-Tex jacket.

  • Lightweight shell for comfort and protection in the backcountry
  • 3-layer H2No membrane shuts out moisture and breathes well
  • Stretch fabric enhances movement on long skin-track climbs
  • Moisture-managing backer helps you stay dry and comfortable
  • Underarm vents quickly release heat as you work up a sweat
  • Adjustable powder skirt keeps out snow on waist-deep lines
  • Helmet-compatible hood keeps your head protected on multiple fronts
  • Item #PAT02XG

Responsible Collection
[membrane/laminate] H2No (3-layer), [face fabric] 75D polyester (70% recycled), DWR coating
fully sealed
Center Back Length
[small] 31in
helmet-compatible, two-way adjustable
[external] 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 zippered chest, 1 pass, [internal] 1 drop-in
underarm zips
Powder Skirt
concealed reflector
Claimed Weight
1lb 4.7oz
Recommended Use
skiing, snowboarding, ski mountaineering
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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Perfect Freeride Shell

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
210 lbs

I hate the small anorexic fit of most shells. I clock in at 6’ 210# and need a shell to fit broad shoulders and long arms with a full length body. This is it. Stretchy, breathable, quiet. The XL is just right.

>Rating: 5

Tough Call Between this and BC Rustler

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size
Size Bought
5` 10"
195 lbs

I bought the Patagonia Snowdrifter and Backcountry Rustler shells to compare. I was looking for a versatile shell for resort and backcountry skiing. While they are comparable in some ways, the Patagonia is simpler and lighter. I really like the Rustler's two chest pockets, the removable powder skirt, the vented neck with lining, Gore-Tex 3-layer and so many other things. But I don't like the way the left collar is oversized for the off-center zipper. You can fold the collar under to move it out of the way but it feels like one of those things that you would have to repeatedly put back in place. It's just bulky. The Snowdrifter has less pockets than I would prefer but enough that I can get by. The fit and finish on this jacket is excellent. The Snowdrifter is lighter, less bulker, quieter and stretchier than the Rustler. I agonized over the decision but ultimately decided that simplicity and weight were more important than all the great features. I'm not sure that I'm making the right decision, but oh well, here we go over that blind cliff... Out for the first XC tour. ****************** Epilogue: I've now used this jacket 3 times for XC and alpine touring. The simplicity is what makes this jacket work for me. Pockets are few but good, but I wish they added a hook for keys, but I guess I can use my pack for that. All of the times used it was high 20's/low 30's and this jacket did not overheat. It seems to be the kind of jacket you can just leave on all the time. Love it.

>Rating: 5

Top Notch

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size
Size Bought
5` 7"
150 lbs

Recently took this jacket out on a powder day and was pleasantly surprised on how comfortable, waterproof and stylish this jacket was. I've never tried a shell of this caliber and to be honest, I was blown away. The fit was perfect and it kept me dry. Couldn't ask for a better jacket!

I was trying to decide between this jacket and the Powder Bowl. I found the fit on the Snowdrifter to be huge compared to the Powder Bowl and was debating whether or not I needed to size down. Do you have any suggestions or comments on the fit difference between the two (or recommendations)? Are they supposed to fit that differently?