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Patagonia Men's KnifeRidge Jacket

$224.00 $449.00
$224.00 $449.00
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Equally suited for axe-laden alpine ascents and critically steep descents, our KnifeRidge Jacket is built from stretchy Polartec® Power Shield® Pro fabric for remarkable breathability given its waterproof protection.

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From the Andes to Chamonix to the Chugach—and countless steep destinations in between—skiers and climbers unite in their quest for all things frozen. Our KnifeRidge Jacket aids the mission with a unique balance of soft-shell breathability and hard-shell protection in a fully seam-taped, lightweight and stretchy 3-layer Polartec® Power Shield® Pro fabric package that’s waterproof in all but a downpour. The soft, pliable fabric slides easily over layers and withstands abrasion, while underarm gussets and articulated patterning complement the jacket’s stretch. An Optimal Visibility Hood fits over all helmet types and adjusts with a single-pull embedded cord-lock system. The two high handwarmer pockets (above harness line) and single chest pocket close with watertight zippers; the hem cinches with embedded cord locks; and an elasticized strap at the lower back connects to any Patagonia Snow pants (and select Alpine pants) for big powder days. With a concealed RECCO® reflector.
  • Lightweight and stretchy 3-layer Polartec® Power Shield® Pro fabric delivers a unique balance of soft-shell breathability and hard-shell protection
  • Underarm gusset and an articulated pattern with fully taped low-bulk, watertight seams throughout
  • Specially engineered Optimal Visibility Hood adjusts with single-pull Cohaesive® embedded cord-lock system to fit equally well over all helmet types or a bare head
  • Two high handwarmer pockets with watertight zippers and stretch-mesh pocket bags stay clear of a harness or pack waistbelt; single left-chest pocket with watertight zipper and self-fabric pocket bag
  • Elasticized strap at low back connects to any Patagonia® Snow pants and select Alpine pants to prevent jacket from riding up
  • Cohaesive® embedded cord-lock system has two contact points at hem for intuitive one-handed operation either inside pocket or at hem
  • Concealed RECCO® reflector
  • 531 g (18.75 oz)
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Size & Fit
Model is 6'0" and wearing a size Medium
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Shell: 3-layer, 5.6-oz Polartec® Power Shield® Pro 90% polyester/10% spandex plain weave with jersey-knit backer and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish

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Water Resistant

DWR (durable water repellent) fabric finish repels light rain and snow and decreases dry times. When DWR is used in conjunction with a waterproof/breathable barrier, the DWR finish keeps the outer fabric from becoming saturated so that the breathable barrier can do its job.

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Weather Resistant

Designed to strike the optimal balance between weather protection and breathability, Polartec Power Shield Pro fabrics feature a smooth, tightly woven face for great abrasion resistance, and a polyester back for a high warmth-to-weight ratio. The membrane in the middle enables the fabric to block 99% of the wind. The remaining 1% circulates within the fabric which greatly enhances moisture vapor transmission, improving breathability and reducing the risk of heat stress buildup. Polartec Power Shield fabrics have the best breathability in the soft shell market. In fact, Polartec Power Shield Pro fabrics are 30-50% more breathable than windproof soft shells in dynamic or active conditions.

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Men's Kniferidge Jacket is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid shell - Versatile in all mountain weather I bought this shell in December 2016 to replace a 20 year old Cloudveil soft shell of Schoeller fabric - a soft shell that's performed well over 20 years. What attracted me to the Kniferidge was the Polartec membrane. I was able to wear this shell over a great part of my season which started in November 2016 and ended in May 2017. During that time, I wore it in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, plus areas in Vermont and Maine. It was also worn in Snowbird, Utah and the Italian and Swiss Alps at Cervinia and Zermatt. This shell works well in a wide variety of alpine weather and breaths well, despite lacking pit-zips. It was well paired with a nano-air hoody in moderate weather. I think the inherent breathability of both these pieces work well toghether. Hood works flawlessly with a helmet. The color grew on me, I only wish it had some inside pockets, but the nano-air does have a few. I'm 5'7", about 176 pounds, with 42-44" shoulders. The large fit well and layered with numerous midlayers including a belay parka.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stretchy, breathable, keeps out the elements. I bought this at the beginning of the season and have put it through all the winter splitboarding tests I can come up with. It it' real cold, I'll put on the R1 hoody, but usually it is just a baselayer and this. I keep a puffy and a light hard shell in the pack for when it gets blasting cold or too wet, but the for the most part it is only once in a while that I need to rely on the extra help. I finally got a full blast of winter this weekend when a storm rolled over the mountains. Too much wind to take off the pack and add a layer I just had to deal with the heaviest gusts I've ever dealt with anywhere. I had a light baselayer and the Kniferidge jacket and for a person who is always cold I hung in there just fine. Kniferidge plus mucho adrenaline equals cozy. I'm 6'0" and 140 pounds and I wear a large. If I was using this to just climb I'd go for a medium, but I like the extra mobility for riding. Still fits fine enough to wear around a rainy day in town and not look like I'm wearing a poncho.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The material is amazing The design of this jacket is great. Big front pockets, functional phone friendly chest pocket. I purchased online so I didn't try it on but the Large is too big for my preferences. Sleeves are long, waist is a little low (5'11, 188 lbs). I wish the hood had a little bit more of a brim but works great in the Seattle downpours. For touring it is very breathable and stretches so you don't ever feel trapped.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light and warm I wore it during a ski trip and was efficient and warm
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Material, Not Ultra Weatherproof I bought this jacket mostly as a go-to garment for backcountry skiing in cold to medium/cold weather and have about 10 days or so out in it so far. The fit is great: long, but not too long and while roomy, not as baggy as other similar jackets in the same size (for instance the Patagonia Reconnaissance). The small is about as big as I'd want a jacket to be, but moves well and allows for adequate layering. The features of the jacket are just right. I use all the pockets regularly and the hood is exceptional. The velcro cuffs work quite well and the cinch design is great. I really like the material and the breathability is good, although I often find myself shedding all midlayers on the way up almost regardless of temperature (it traps warmth pretty well). I certainly stay dry enough inside it that I know the jacket is breathing as expected. The weather resistance is a little less convincing than I'd hoped, but I've never owned a softshell before and don't have anything to compare it to. It's convincingly wind-proof or at least so resistant as to effectively be: no problem there. Where the DWR coating is mostly intact, the jacket sheds water like crazy: no problem there. Where it gets abraded at all, however, such as on the shoulders and back where a pack rubs on it, the DWR seemed to be gone after 3-5 uses and in a sufficiently wet snowstorm or where the snow is pressed against the jacket (IE, behind the pack), the fabric wets out and eventually (maybe within an hour or so) wets through. The claim was never that the jacket was actually waterproof, however, so I'm not sure if the Powershield Pro or the applied DWR is actually supposed to be more resilient or not. Overall I'm pretty happy with it as long as I'm not expecting to stay completely dry in prolonged rain and snow. I just wish DWR coatings were actually a bit more 'durable'.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ideal for quickly moving in the backcountry! I bought this jacket about two months ago an have used it really heavy since. I have about 25 backcountry ski days and have used it every single time in all weather conditions. I just add or remove layers underneath it. I like to move quickly with very short transitions and generally very few still moments so I tend to not have to put on and take off layers. This jacket has been perfect for skinning up as well as skiing down. Very durable, comfortable, and breathable to an extend that I don't even have to change it out after skiing because I am almost dry underneath. Cannot wish for a better jacket for my backcountry skiing. Absolutely thumbs up!
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well-Suited for It's Purpose Bought a Kniferidge Jacket to take the place of a first generation Knifeblade pullover. One reviewer's extensive critique seems off-base, almost as if the consumer, who would not purchase the jacket anyway, was looking for an ideal garment based on subjective expectations from a past that no longer exists with outdoor garment production. Having used Patagonia products since the 1970s, I have typically found the company's R & D to be top notch. The Powershield Pro fabric is excellent in terms of protection and hand. Contrary to one critique about water permeability, the fabric is not designed to be waterproof (which basic research reveals) and has an excellent ratio of wind and water protection, which has been improved with the taped seams that the older Knifeblade did not have. The fit is relaxed, which allows for light layering without restriction, and the sleeves are a slight bit long to allow for coverage when extending one's reach when climbing. I find the velcro cuff closures to be functional and sufficient. The comfort range of the fabric, albeit subjective also, seems quite wide. I first wore the jacket for general mountaineering in the NH Presidentials last spring in somewhat milder and less windy conditions and was quite pleased with the performance. Recently this fall, once again in the White Mountains, but this time with temperatures in the teens and winds in the 50mph range, the jacket performed well over a light woolen T shirt and an R1 pullover. Overall, the fit and function of the piece are excellent.
Date published: 2016-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but Problematic I have the old Knifeblade Jacket, which I like generally. I had a chance to try on the Knife Ridge at a Patagonia store, and was interested to see how the next generation of my jacket compared to my own. Powerstretch Pro is remarkable for its breathability while remaining water-resistant. Definitely keeps out the wet better the older microfiber shells, and yet remains breathable. Some stretch, though not a lot, which is fine for a shell jacket. Also more wind-resistant than the older microfiber shells (thinking Ready Mix here). Definitely not as wind-resistant as a true waterproof-breathable, but then you would lose the breathability. If it's cold out I over layer immediately when I'm not moving. Overall, pretty good stuff. The face fabric is heavy but flexible and very robust. Fit. The Knifeblade is snug. I'm 200 lb, 44" chest, 36" waist, and a Large fits with room for base and mid-layers (say Cap 1 and an R1); that will keep me warm on the go into some very cold temps. The Knife Ridge feels a bit squarer and larger for my size. This may be better for a general-purpose winter shell, less good for a climber. Body length remains good, and sleeves remain agreeably long. Design. I really like the high-set pockets on the Knifeblade, which keeps them above my harness or a pack hip belt. The lower pockets of the Knife Ridge looked problematic when I tried the jacket in the store; I grabbed a pack and sure enough - the pockets ended up under the hip belt. A step backward in my opinion. Even my Knifeblade hood is a bit too snug and not very protective for me when I'm wearing my Grivel Salamander helmet; I prefer the hood fit of my old Ready Mix. The Knife Ridge hood is not an improvement, plus it has the single pull feature. I didn't try the Knife Ridge with a helmet, but on a hatted head the single-pull did not work well for me. I have yet to try a single-pull hood that actually adjusts well, and this one is no exception. I don't understand why people keep trying this. Cuffs are always a jacket challenge for different users. I don't especially like the flat velcro cuffs on my Knifeblade, which are continued on the Knife Ridge. They don't fit well over or under gloves for climbing, and they don't hold the sleeves down when my arms are overhead for long periods. A skier, boarder, or snowshoer would probably be fine with the cuffs. But what happened to the old Patagonia elastic/velcro cuffs? I don't know what the story is on these flat cord locks, but they're very annoying. On my Knifeblade they either don't release readily when needed (I'm thinking the hood here), or they don't hold adequately (the bottom hem drawcord). Why do Patagonia continue to use these? Knowing my Knifeblade, I would not purchase the Knife Ridge based on my try-on. The new jacket has not improved the aspects about the old jacket that I find problematic as a climber. The fit of the new jacket is not as good for me as a climber. The pockets are not as useful as the old jacket. However, a skier or snowboarder would probably find this jacket more useful. It is remarkably wind- and water-resistant, and sturdy enough to survive long use in the snow. I would recommend to a friend for those uses.
Date published: 2016-04-13
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