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Awesome durable jacket
I bought this jacket in 2012 and used and abused it for 10 years. Im really tough on my gear and this thing lasted. Its a super lightweight shell that I used backcountry touring, at the resort, heliskiing in Alaska, and everything in between. It never let me down and Im glad Patagonia is still making it! Im 6 foot 1, 205 lbs athletic build and kind... Read More of big in the chest/shoulders. The large is plenty big for me to layer underneath and never feel restricted. Goretex is a real differentiator here and the pockets are huge and awesome.
Great quality, odd fit
I won't get too technical as it really is superbly constructed, fantastic pockets, breathable and bomb proof. However, the fit is very strange. I am 5-10, athletic build, and found the L to be a great fit except for the portion around the hips. If you have muscular legs/butt, sitting on a chairlift with the size L would be very uncomfortable f... Read Moreor you. I would have to pull the jacket up over my behind in order sit which isn't ideal on a snowy chair. Sizing up to the XL solves the hip dimension issue, but the rest of the jacket becomes comically long. I really recommend trying on a couple sizes before ripping the tag off.
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This might have been the previous version, as the material felt more crinkly than some of the other Goretex pro kits I've tried. My (rough and self measured) measurements are: Height 6'2" Wt: 250 lbs Collar to navel: 17" Chest: 47" Stomach: 40"/44" (tight/extended) Hips: 40" Seat: 46" I was swimming in ... Read Morethe XL jacket. Tons of space around the chest and even more around the waist, and super long The XL bibs on the other hand, hips had a good fit, but tight at the seat and taut at the stomach (relaxed, tight if extended). Its like the upper part of the bib got narrower than the waist for some reason. Also posting on the bibs. Recommendations would be appreciated.
Large Had an Odd Fit
Originally went with the size large but I found it strangely tight in the armpits, so I returned it for the XL. The fit on the XL is a bit baggier than I would like, but the sleeves fit. I had a similar issue with the bibs -- the large was too tight in the rib cage, so I up sized to the XL. Again, but bit more sag that I normally opt for, but I c... Read Morean breathe.
Little stiff but very weatherproof
Really was looking for a civilian version of my Ski Patrol Coat. This is a good shell, very wind and water proof. Little stiff compared to my patrol jacket. But seems to move very well and just may be a question of braking in. No insulation, make sure you get it larger than you think so can fit insulating layers. This worked well enough
Best of the best
I tried a few different brands in my quest to find the best snowboard shell jacket and the PowSlayer stood out the most. I ordered both a large and a medium to make sure that I nailed the fit. The medium looked on the smaller side of decent with a fleece layer underneath, but was too snug around the waist and shoulders when I tried swinging my ar... Read Morems around. The large could have been a 1/2 size smaller to fit perfectly, but does give the flexibility for layering on colder days. I took this jacket on a snowboard trip to British Columbia and it performed beautifully. Great wind protection, vents and wicks perfectly. I was getting steadily dripped on riding the chair up but the water just beaded away and was easily brushed off at the top. The smaller zippers weren't an issue with gloves, especially after a few zips up and down to break the zippers in. I'm looking forward to years of good use.
Perfect Ski Shell
I own a couple of these. I fit in Large and XL. Large is a perfect fit and XL is a baggier fit. I weigh 200lbs and I am 62. These are lightweight, durable and extremely waterproof gore-pro. Needs a DWR re-up every few years with a product like Nikwax or something but these have never actually wet thru. This jacket and the Powslayer bibs are the bes... Read Moret kit on the market. Easy.
Bomb proof outer layer
Love this jacket. It is bomb proof and fits really well. I like a baggier fit to allow for more base and mid layers and this fits the bill perfect. I am a rounder shape and have plenty of room to allow for the mid layer to have full room to insulate. I wore this with a base t-shirt, base fleece and a down sweater in -7 degree resort skiing and was ... Read Moresuper comfy. Layout of pockets is great and hood is a good size. One element to change, the upper neck/face section is too tight when layering with a second hood that is insulated (hooded down sweater). I am not able to get a good fit (restricted movement) when I zip up all the way wearing a ski helmet which is a bummer on frigid cold days. Overall I would buy again!
Large big, medium small
The powslayer is an awesome jacket. Unfortunately it doesnt fit me. Im 58 190lbs, mostly in the shoulders and thighs/booty. Im a large in almost everything patagonia, but this was silly big. Ive tried the medium and it almost fits perfectly, but limits range of motion in the hips. In general, longer jackets arent good for us thick bois, so I should... Read More have guessed. Pluma in a large fits me great, I just wish it had more ski friendly pockets, including a pass pocket.
Excellent warmth and dryness in varied conditions!
I really like that the PowSlayer jacket breaths so well and keeps me dry during cardiovascular skin sessions. It also keeps me dry during warm and wet snowstorms. It's super light and packable. I appreciate the abundance of pockets that saves me from wasting time going in and out of my pack. The only thing I would change would be to make the l... Read Morearge inside pocket larger, so that it could fit my gloves.
Substantial Protection and Versatility (when it fits well)
This is a substantial hard shell for extreme weather that delivers a degree of protection commensurate with its price tag. Feature set and quality meet the expectations for its class. Gore-Tex Pro is effective and offers very good breathability while keeping a check on weight. However its pretty stiff and the end of the front zipper may feel a litt... Read Morele obtrusive to the neck and chin without a neck gaiter. The only issue, for me is fit. For people falling in between the current standard sizes, it feels big and baggy (the stiffness of the material doesn't help either). For tall, athletic but slim people I would certainly recommend trying before buying (good luck to find one in your local store!). Unless you plan on using it in extreme cold with heavy layering, you may want to go one size down which may reduce versatility. For my preferred layout for skiing (thermal weight or R1 base layer, micro puff mid layer, un-insulated hard shell) size L feels moderately big and definitely baggy. However, for extreme cold or winter climbing and mountaineering, when the mid layer is replaced with a parka, this size works OK. Therefore, despite the price, I decided to keep it and look for something else, maybe a Patagonia Untracked or Pluma jacket for day to day skiing. I finally opted for the Untracked in size M which fits me much better but shifts the usability range towards milder weather. Overall this is a versatile hard shell with ample possibilities of layering which makes it adequate for most of the cold weather activities, notably skiing, climbing, and mountaineering. It deserves 4.5 stars considering other people might be more fortunate with the fit and enjoy better versatility.
Ultimate powder shell
Really like this jacket. Skied 2 days in it. I am 5'10 195. 44in chest and XL fits perfect, large would be too tight. It may be slightly oversize. I usually wear XL. The fabric is thin and lets heat out a little more than my previous shell, layer accordingly (today must have been around 0 with wind chill factor). The zipper pulls are small and... Read More will not work with cold hands and gloves. All the zippers/pockets are very functional. Hood works great over helmet. Overall I am very impressed with this shell and hope to have it for years to come. Will be the shell I grab for A/T skiing too. Oh, another thing. This thing seems to breathe very well, no condensation in shell at end of day. My old Descente DNA Moe shell was rated at 20k waterproof, 3 layer and would build up condensation inside all the time, this one did not.
I purchased the medium based on other reviews, Im typically a large. Sleeve length was fine but the bottom which fits below the hips is wicked tight. Wouldnt be able to put an insulating layer. Disappointed.
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My new favorite jacket.
Ive owned the Untracked Jacket for several years and while I absolutely love that jacket, Ive been wanting to purchase the Powslayer for its supreme breathability via Goretex Pro. I ride hard, run hot and sweat pretty quickly but like to keep my jacket fully zipped while riding so having the extra breathability has been amazing. The jacket is also ... Read Morelighter than the Untracked which I love as well. It is noisy and the zippers are a little stiff, but all comes with the territory for the Goretex Pro and waterproof zips. Fit is kinda big, which I like though thats personal preference. Beyond stoked to finally have this piece!
This Jacket is Rad
This jacket is rad. In fact, thats the problem with it. It changes you. It makes you want to ski. No, not the buy a lift ticket and go on vacation kind of ski. It makes you want to quit your job, break up with your girlfriend, move to the mountains, live in a van with your dog kind of ski. If thats what youre into, look no further. Buy it, pack you... Read Morer bags and leave the burbs. If thats not what youre looking for, you should probably get back to mowing the lawn.
While we're normally looking for feedback on the fit, sizing, features, fabric and performance in our product reviews...we appreciate you making us laugh with this one, Justin!
Great jacket, awful tiny zippers
I use this jacket for snowboarding, primarily in the Northeastern US. The jacket is great! It's breathable, lightweight, and has kept me dry during heavy rain and moderate snow. However, I gave it 4 stars because the zipper pulls are comically small. I can't grip them at all with my gloves or mittens. It seems like such a large blunder fo... Read Morer a company that I think generally makes really well-thought out utilitarian pieces. I've replaced the zipper pulls on mine and I'm happier for it but it's frustrating that I had to.
Best Jacket ever
This thing is bombproof. The material is super noisy, kinda like eating a bag of sun chips, but I digress. I will never ride in another jacket. Live in Maine, and its got plenty of room for layering. Would highly recommend. Super tight colors too. Also you get some real Nick Russell vibes when riding.
The pow slayer has been my go to snowboard jacket for 7 years. This is my 3 one and I expect it to last 3-4 seasons of heavy use of 50+ days a years. Fit is just right allowing for as much layering as I need with ample pockets for extra gear and snacks for the kid to keep us in the hill all day and stay as dry as a bone. Love this coat!
Ludicriously Good Hardshell
This jacket excels in every possible category for a snow hardshell. The durability of the material, pockets, hood, sleeves, and coverage are absurd considering how light it is. It feels bombproof, covers your bum just enough even on ski lifts, seals in heavy glove cuffs with Velcro sleeve hems, and has a slew of accessible pockets. All this, and it... Read More weighs as much as a light rain jacket. The hood easily goes over my helmet, and I can zip it up and bury my face behind this fortress if needed, which means I dont even need a balaclava under my helmet to stay warm. On a recent trip, it poured rain from 9-10 AM. After that point, we had fluffy snow and even some sunshine in the afternoon. My two buddies were wearing decent jackets, but after the morning downpour, their shells were soaked through, and for the rest of the day they had to go in and warm up about every hour. On the other hand, this jacket (which weighed probably half of what theirs weighed) kept me entirely dry underneath and remarkably dried out once the rain stopped. The gear made all the difference that day. I am 511, 160 lbs, 31 waist, 34.5 sleeve, broad shouldered, and the medium is slightly large. I wear medium in most Patagonia items. I could probably run a small, but the quality is so good that Im ok with the oversizing. I use a wool base layer, R1 fleece, and Coreloft puffer in various combinations to be comfortable at any temp. None of those is in anyway weatherproof, but this shell keeps out all rain/wind. I don't over heat or feel weighed down either because of how light/breathable this shell is. It is pricey, so if you're a casual skier and turned off by the price tag, it may not be for you. But if you want to ski open to close and never have to think about being uncomfortable, I highly recommend this shell.
Nice jacket but a few issues
Size: I am 6'-0" and ~192 lbs. I almost always wear a large in all of my clothes so the first time around I ordered the PowSlayer in an L. It was HUGE. It was like I was wearing a blimp and could not even get the powder skirt to tighten around my waste. I exchanged it for an M and the fit is very good. Its not baggy but also not too tight... Read More to prevent me moving around while snowboarding. Pros: Construction of the jacket is solid. The zippers are very stout, although they can be a big of a struggle to move, especially with a gloved hand. The Gore-tex is great and it has kept me dry, which has been an issue with previous gear I have worn that would saturate after extended time in the snow. Cons: The powder skirt doesn't like to stay down, even when its clipped to my Patagonia snow pants. It tends to start to ride up. In the past I had worn overall-style pants and this wouldn't be a big deal, but my new pants are regular pants and snow has found its way in a few times. I also wish the vents on this jacket had a screen in them to help keep out snow. Past(and much cheaper) jackets have had this and its nice when riding powered on a warm day. Last but not least, I wish there were wrist cuffs? I don't know what exactly they are called but the fabric cuff that your thumb fits in and extends down to your palm inside the glove. Again, previous(much cheaper) jackets have had this feature and its very nice in the deep snow help keep snow off of you. TLDR: The jacket is well built, but for a jacket that seems to specifically marketed for back country skiing and deep snow, it sure does not do the best job keeping the snow out. For the price it lacks some features that jackets 1/3 the price had.
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Great coat with an irritating missing piece
Love the performance, look, and comfort of PowSlayer coat. However, it is missing an inexpensive, literally irritating piece for a jacket designed for snow sports. The little soft chin rub piece behind top of zipper. The jacket is a bit stiff to begin with. When cold and zipped all the way up, the hard fabric can irritate if rubbing against chin. M... Read Moreost other stiff shells will have a 2 or 3 inch piece of softer fabric behind top of zipper to protect from the irritation. Would have been nice to have on this coat.
Everything but the zippers
This is a great jacket. I use it for mountaineering and its been working out very well. Its lightweight, excellent pocket configuration, hood works with a helmet, fit is spot on...etc. The one concern I have is that the zippers are stiff when zipping the main and 2 chest zippers up. I wish these were smoother .
Saved My Life today
Ive had the jacket for three years now. And every season it keeps me dry and hidden from the wind. It is an a,zing product that makes me feel safe and is something I can rely on in the resorts and out in the backcountry. Today it saved my life from a one hundred pound pit bull. I was attacked in the grocery store parking lot today in my upper arm. ... Read MoreIf it was not for my jacket and my ski pass in the pass pocket my arm would have been torn and the dog would have punched an artery. Thank you again Patagonia and if you are even thinking about this jacket....you will not be sorry.
I am 62, 205lbs. I wear a 44Long sport coat. I bought a size Large, and its comically too big for me.
We're sorry to hear that the fit was off for you, we've taken note! In the meantime, if you're interested in doing an exchange you can start that [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
I have been waiting for this jacket for 2years. I did my research looked around and settled on the PowSlayer in black however it was sold out. Last year I went to purchase and it was again sold out in my size. This year I have claimed my prize. Hands down the best jacket Ive owned its roomy enough to layer anything from the micro hoody to a tech fl... Read Moreeece. Alone this jacket is perfect for a fall or spring storm and wont steam you out as a year round rain coat. The only downside I have found is the visor had a bit of a crease at first which made the hood sit funny. A good heavy book fixed the issue.:)
Great ski jacket
I like to wear a shell for skiing and layer based on the temperature. I generally prefer a softshell jacket if there is no precipitation because of its superior breathability. But this jacket is so breathable that I wear it all the time. It runs a bit large but I don't mind that because I don't like restrictive clothing when I ski. Overal... Read Morel this is the best ski jacket I've ever owned in my 45 years of skiing.
Killer jacket (if on sale)!
Great jacket (on sale)! I love it because it's light enough, breathable enough, and pack-able enough that I use it for both a ski jacket and a rain jacket (yeah...it does has a powder skirt and Recco, but those are so lightweight they're almost negligible). It does have a few things needing improvement: 1) I wish it tapered in at the was... Read Morete. It's a straight cut. So if you're wearing a backpack with hipbelt, the jacket bunches under the belt, which is annoying. 2) The handwarmer pockets need improvement. They're low enough so if wearing a backpack with hipbelt, the hipbelt will cover them. This isn't a dealkiller because the chest pockets are still accessible, but it would be better if the handwarmer pockets were also accessible. This would also prevent the zippers from digging into your hips. Also, I'm not sure why the handwarmer pockets have flaps over the zippers since the zippers are watertight. They could shave off a sliver of weight (and look a little cooler) by getting rid of the flaps. 3) The sizing does seem to run a little large. Maybe it's just styled to be baggier than you'd guess? I'm tall and very trim - 6'2", 155lbs. A medium drowned me out so I sized down to small and it works; it's not perfect - the sleeves are just a hair too short for those super long reaches - but the jacket length is still more than sufficient and I can still under-layer so it's a trade-off I took, knowing I have a difficult body type to match up with. 4) The zipper pulls are small - would prefer something a tad more substantial for ease of use with gloves and mittens. If Patagonia addressed these 4 things, I think they'd have the perfect technical ski shell - one that would make Arc'Teryx tremble. But despite these imperfections, I can't complain! It's constructed very well, has the basic features down solid (Gore-tex Pro, helmet compatible hood, large chest pockets, watertight zippers, good length) and it comes with Patagonia's warranty. Would I pay retail for it? No way. But it's a killer jacket on sale and will last years!
Everything I Expected In Patagonias Best Ski Jacket
First off, I want to say that my expectations are extremely high for this jacket. It should be able to brush off the kitchen sink if it were thrown at you. I've owned the powslayer for a few months and have been able to ski, fish, and hike with it through nasty snow storms, rain storms, and beautiful sunny days. I can definitely say I wouldnt ... Read Morechange anything about this jacket, its the perfect shell. It is a simple yet very functional, lightweight, and invincible jacket. Overall, it has met my expectations and I love this jacket, but time is the true test so I shall report back in a few years. As for sizing, I am 6ft 165 lbs. I usually buy Large for patagonia stuff but a Medium is perfect for me with this ski jacket. I put down that the sizing is just right but thats cuz I think most other stuff Patagonia makes runs small. I was hesitant to get the medium but I definitely recommend it if you're my size. Its perfect
Patagonia nailed it with the Powslayer: a minimalist jacket that strikes a balance between being lightweight/packable while providing some nice features for the slopes. Three features differentiate the Poweslayer from my other minimalist 3L shell: (1) Extra length to cover your butt and extra width in the chest for layering. The extra length really... Read More helps keep heat in and snow out. (2) The draw-cord system is better than any other type I have used. The hood compatibility with my helmet is excellent. (3). Extra packets. Most light weight minimalist jackets are really short on pockets. This has a couple extras to help keep your pass or transponder away from other items. There are only two things I would suggest as improvements: (1) I really wish the front zipper was 2-way allowing it to partially unzip from the bottom when you need to duck behind a tree to pee. (2) The material is ‘crinkly’ compared to my other 3L nylon shell. My other shell is a different brand and has seen a lot of use. I don’t remember the material ever being this stiff and noisy but I am hoping the Powslayer will break-in and become more limber with wear. Overall it’s a great product. Time will tell on durability but I have had great luck with 3L 40-denier nylon in the past. If you need a versatile shell with the distinctive features above and minimal bulk, the Powslayer is tough to beat.
Awesome Jacket so far
I've only worn the jacket twice, but so far I really like it. I am a ski instructor and was looking for a jacket that would accommodate thick layers for really cold days of -10 F and below. I am 72 and have a bit of trouble staying warm on those days using a down sweater and vest, so I decided to get the big gun and ordered a Fitz Roy down jac... Read Moreket and it did the trick (even though the Patagonia rep said it wasn't designed for that purpose). The only problem was, the big puffy Fitz Roy wouldn't fit well underneath my Powder Bowl jacket. Then I found out that the Powder Bowl Jacket is a slim cut, that the Untracked jacket was a bit bigger and the PowSlayer jacket was the biggest across the chest. I can comfortably fit the Fitz Roy under it, but haven't had a chance to wear that combination in really cold temperatures. I'll be interested to try it under those conditions because the shell jacket itself is super thin and super light. I'll also be interested to see if the Gore Tex Pro actually feels more breathable than regular Gore Tex - I have never really felt that the regular Gore Tex kept me from feeling clamy on warm days involving lots of effort. I read several reviews about the sizing being an issue, but to me it fit very well and looks good. I am 5' 7" and weigh 135, and bought a small. The fact that the arms may be a bit long is no issue for me because I just use the cuff closure to keep the end of sleeve from going too far over my hand, and I like having a bit of slack in the sleeves. Also, using the cuff closure allows me to easily get my gauntlet style gloves on.
after reading a lot of comments lamenting the fit of this jacket, I had some fears when I ordered the medium (6'2" `180lbs). The fit is great, and I'm usually one of those the medium is a little small and the large is kinda big types. Love the generous allowance of pockets while maintaining a light weight. The construction on the pow... Read More slayer series is bomb proof.
After reading a bunch of reviews and looking at the size guide I was sure I was a medium after seeing other people with similar weight and height (180lb, 5’10) but when it got here it was boxy and it looked like I was drowning in it - my wife’s words. I reordered a small and it fits terrifically! I guess I was looking for a tighter fit but I’m wear... Read Moreing this with the nano air light jacket underneath and it feels great. Some people mentioned it’s a noisy jacket and it is. I’m hoping it gets worn in a bit so I can wear it off the mountain but I’m excited to try it out this season
PowSlayer is an Outstanding Rain Jacket
I have purchased a number of rain jackets over the last few years for trekking only to find them too heavy or too light. The PowSlayer is outstanding because it feels more like a cloth jacket rather than a stiff, noisy jacket. The cut is ample and it drapes well. I wish Patagonia would make the chin area on all their garments a little bigger. Still... Read More, I rate this trekking rain jacket outstanding.
This jacket has a great balance of features. I've been blessed to own too many snowboarding jackets over the years from a number of brands, particularly Arc'teryx. This PowSlayer piece just works best for me. Long and roomy enough without being bulky and can easily work as my rain shell as needed. The hand warmer pockets can be overlooked... Read More in more technical pieces and I appreciate that this has 'em. Also, a plus is having a phone pocket that I can access through the front without having to unzip the main zipper. I'm not in the backcountry, but I do try to keep things as light/minimalist as possible. The Gore Pro is strong and breathes so well that you stay warmer than you'd think because you're just getting that moisture to the outside. Paired with an active mid layer on the cold days or just a base layer on the warmer ones and you're good to go! I'm 6'0, 175 lbs. 42" chest/ 35 sleeve. Medium is perfect.
Fantastic quality but the sizes are huge !
I purchased this as I wanted to upgrade my snowboard outerwear. I was specifically looking to go with Gore Tex Pro . I’m a small guy at only 5’5” but I have a fairly large chest 39” so I’m a medium in most outdoor brands. Anyway, this jacket arrived today (11Feb) and I couldn’t wait to try it on. Man was I disappointed. The jacket is beautifully m... Read Moreade, the colour (Big Sur Blue) is amazing but the sizing is was way way waaay off for me. I measured the main zip on my size Medium and it’s 80cm long. Unfortunately the jacket is being returned tomorrow and I will have to try another brand.
love this jacket
I've been skiing hard in Utah wearing this coat since 2013 and it has stood up to everything I've thrown at it. It's warm, dry, easy to layer under, resistant to snags and tears, good storage and venting (even with the touring pack on), and a good hood that fits over my helmet. Then I picked up the 2019 version of the coat, and som... Read Moreehow it got even better. The breathability is up without compromising warmth, and while i never got wet in the old coat, the new outer layer seems to work even better in keeping me from getting soggy and ruining a storm day. I hear what the other reviewers have said about the zippers, but they've never bothered me. This is a good coat for a serious skier.
Best ski jacket I’ve had
I just picked up the powslayer in textile green (medium), and I have the untracked and a few Arc’teryx shells. I absolutely love the powslayer. Pockets are awesome and the fit is perfect. I also love goretex pro - totally bombproof and releases heat better than the untracked when you warm up. The untracked is also an awesome jacket. For touring an... Read Mored hard/active alpine skiing I’ll wear a light merino baselayer (haven’t tried cap air yet but that’s next up) and the nano air light hoody. Perfect setup for temperatures from 10F to 35F. If colder or if I’m not working as hard, I’ll switch the nano air light for the regular nano air hoody. The textile green color is the best color jacket I’ve seen in a long time. I’m 6’2”, 185 pounds, athletic, and the medium fits perfectly. The large was too big.
Amazing light weight and extremely techinal handfeel
I was lucky enough to catch opening day at Mt.Baldy here in Southern California. When you think Gore-Tex pro, Southern California and jacket called Pow Slayer I doubt you'd ever think they all need to live in the same sentence. Well - Dec 8th was POWDER and packed powder on trail. Good news is down low it was a bit warmer so the jacket had awe... Read Moresome breathability. Up high is was aroubn 28 degrees and I was able to wear a t-shirt under it and was plenty warm. I also have the Nano-Air in my back pack to layer up but never had to bust it out. Attention to detailed was not spared on this coat - you'll see that no extra treads hanging around, zippers work flawless and it just fits good. I'm 6'1" and have the size L in the rad Yellowy green colorway.
I liked the old one better
I have skied in a PowSlayer for 5 seasons,and that version was an absolutely phenomenal jacket. Really intelligently designed pockets,length in all the right places without being huge,as breathable as a hardshell can be,and awesome looks. After several years of use,the jacket was overall in great shape,but the Gore-Tex in the hood area started to... Read More delaminate at the end of last season - Patagonia was absolutely fantastic about doing an immediate warranty replacement,and thank you,thank you for that. I would have been more than fine with a durable repair. So,onto this jacket: The new recycled fabric is very cool and the zippers and cords are now better. The soul of the jacket is the same,but there are three meaningful drawbacks for me that make this one less than perfect: 1) Patagonia changed the sizing this year,going from a Relaxed Fit to a Regular Fit. That means that the S that I used to wear is now too small at the bottom hem for my (admittedly ample) thighs,but going up to an M results in a jacket that really is just too big everywhere else. I'm typically an M in Pata Regular Fit stuff. Note that overall measurements haven't changed that much,but for me there really isn't a PowSlayer that fits properly now. 2) The old pockets were incredible for me - I loved the velcro flap pockets on the front of the jacket for keeping a snack handy to eat on a lift or going uphill,but those are now gone. This was one of my favorite features of this jacket,because I always had everything exactly where I needed it,without having to dig around in a pack. Presumably removing them saved some weight and bulk 3) I don't think the current design/colors are as good as in past years,although the Paintbrush Red is a pretty sharp look In the end,I switched to the Pluma jacket this year. The PowSlayer is still a great jacket with incredible fabric,but it wasn't my best option.
fantastic hard shell - but I'm holding back 1 star
I'd love to give this 5 stars and if I could give 4.5,I would,but I've got a gripe with this new design. Others may find this trivial,but why on earth would you eliminate the dual front zip Patagonia? I get that this jacket is a minimalist bombproof piece of technical gear where weight and pack-ability is a major priority,but the new zipp... Read Moreer pulls on this shell are already so tiny to begin with,I can't for the life of me understand why it wouldn't be a two-way zip. I'm sorry,but I don't get it--especially at the price and as one of your flagship outerwear snow products. On the positive side,and outside of that nitpick the jacket is nothing short of fantastic. It's the second one I now own. My first,which is 3+ years old is still going strong along with the bibs,but I wanted to try the redesign and sized up after they tweaked the sizing on it (I own a size medium in the older version). For what it's worth,I'm 5ft 11in and a little over 200lbs with an athletic build,big arms and broad shoulders. The large in this is perfect for me. It's roomy and still has a bit of that freeride fit,which I love because there is zero restriction in movement. I can easily layer with the nano-air jacket or nano-puff vest underneath. Lastly,this jacket is loud and crunchy,but I'm betting it mellows after it's broken in. My older one did.
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