Patagonia Light Smoke Flash Jacket

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This is truly an outstanding ski/snowboard jacket.

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Fabric: Combination Hard-Shell and Soft-Shell fabrics
Fill: none
Price Paid: $180

This is truly an outstanding ski/snowboard jacket. It is an un-insulated shell jacket. It is a hybrid hard-shell/soft-shell jacket. The main body of the jacket is soft shell (stretch polyester) The shoulders, tops of the arms and hood are hard-shell (waterproof breathable). This gives you the best of both worlds. Hard-shell on the upper parts of the jacket in case it actually rains on you while you're skiing; but stretch soft shell everywhere else to promote good breathability, ease of motion, etc.

It is very well designed and executed. Lots of handy pockets, excellent adjustments, nice powder skirt, nice tall collar that is lined with fleece to keep your chin warm. The collar accommodates my ski helmet with no problems. It even has pit zips for really warm days, or times when you're hiking uphill.

The size is just roomy enough so that I can wear some thick, warm layers underneath for really cold days. Yet, on warm days, I can wear light layers and the jacket does not feel too too big. It's a nice compromise. The fabric itself feels soft and quiet. Very comfortable to wear.

The only problem is the price. $300 list price is excruciatingly expensive for a ski shell - however nice it is. I guess that pricing was pre-economic slow-down pricing. Look for sales.

Highly recommended.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

A hybrid softshell/ hardshell, the Patagonia Light Smoke Flash Jacket is exceptionally breathable while providing bomber protection in high abuse areas. It's able to meet the demands of constant motion skiers and riders through changing conditions, front country and back.

- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version

Patagonia Mens Light Smoke Flash Jacket - This is the ultimate, durable yet lightweight, highly-breathable soft-shell/hard-shell ski jacket for the demands of constant motion through variable conditions in both the backcountry and frontcountry; made from recycled materials 6.5-oz Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) treated, stretch-woven recycled polyester shell provides 2-way stretch, impeccable weather protection and durability, yet remains highly breathable for fast-forward pursuits | 2-layer recycled polyester waterproof reinforcements on shoulders and back of arms are bomber | Welded Seam construction | Powder skirt with handy pass holder and webbing loops to connect to any Patagonia Ski/Snowboard pant | Articulated arms increase mobility | Generous pit zips (accessible even when wearing a pack) | Pockets: Two zippered chest pockets (one is for an audio device), two torso pockets (they serve double duty as fast-forward vents), left internal mesh drop-in pocket (sized to hold skins) and a zip stash pocket | DWR-coated zippers | Bottom hem drawcords adjust from inside handwarmer pockets Freshly brewed skies are no match for the Light Smoke's weather-beating combination of hard-shell and soft-shell fabrics. Lightweight and supple, the shell provides highly efficient breathability and 2-way stretch; 2-layer waterproof reinforcements over the shoulders and backs of arms ensure foul-weather performance. Welded Seam construction keeps weight to a minimum and reduces bulk for streamlined agility. Pit zips and exterior pockets vent heat while a textured mesh interior moves moisture away from the body. Pockets: two chest pockets (one holds an audio device), two torso pockets, one internal mesh pocket sized to hold skins, and a zippered stash pocket. The women's-specific cut has feminine contouring. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program. Body: 6.5-oz 50-denier stretch-woven polyester dobby weave bonded to a 3-D polyester knit interior with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Reinforcements: 2-layer, 5.8-oz 100% recycled polyester dobby weave with a waterproof/breathable H2No barrier. Powder skirt and hood lining: 2.6-oz 75-denier 100% stretch-woven polyester (52% recycled) taffeta with a Deluge DWR finish. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program

- Massey's Outfitters refers to the men's version

Description of Patagonia Light Smoke Flash JacketThis is the ultimate, durable yet lightweight, highly-breathable soft-shell/hard-shell ski jacket for the demands of constant motion through variable conditions in both the backcountry and frontcountry. Freshly brewed skies with their ominous clouds are no match for the weather-beating combination of hard-shell and soft-shell fabrics found in our Light Smoke Flash Jacket. The lightweight, supple soft-shell provides a high degree of breathability for going the distance under a full head of steam, and 2-way stretch to enhance athletic moves. Two-layer waterproof reinforcements over the shoulders and the backs of arms maintain alpine durability along with storm performance. Pit zips vent excess heat when you’ve reached the boiling point on long boot paths, and the Welded Seam construction increases stuffability and softness, reduces weight, and provides absolute wet-weather protection. The textured mesh interior moves moisture a

- US Outdoor Store refers to the men's version

Freshly brewed skies are no match for the Light Smoke?s weather-beating combination of hard-shell and soft-shell fabrics. Lightweight and supple, the shell provides highly efficient breathability and 2-way stretch; 2-layer waterproof reinforcements over the shoulders and backs of arms ensure foul-weather performance. Welded seam construction keeps weight to a minimum and reduces bulk for streamlined agility. Pit zips and exterior pockets vent heat while a textured mesh interior moves moisture away from the body. Pockets: two chest pockets (one holds an audio device), two torso pockets, one internal mesh pocket sized to hold skins, and a zippered stash pocket. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.

- Patagonia.com refers to the men's version

Some days are resort days, some days are backcountry touring days. Thanks to lightweight, breathable fabric and stretchy welded seams, the Patagonia Men's Light Smoke Flash Jacket is ready for both. The two-way stretch fabric adds a bit of give to this ski shell, and the welded seams cut down on bulk while blocking moisture. Recycled polyester reinforcements on the shoulders and backs of the arms resist wear from backpack straps and hard-charging ascents. Pull up the Light Smoke Flash Jacket's removable hood when the storm rolls in, and unzip the underarm vents when the sun comes out. A soft mesh interior wicks sweat, and the powder skirt blocks snow.

- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version

Patagonia Light Smoke Flash Jacket

Discontinued

The Light Smoke Flash Jacket has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$89.70 - $300.00

The Patagonia Light Smoke Flash Jacket is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen January 15, 2013 at Mountain Gear.

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