Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket

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Weight 36 oz / 1021 g
Shell Fabric 2 Layer 4.6 oz 150-Denier 100% Polyester Waterproof/Breathable GORE-TEX® Performance Shell Technology / DWR Finish



A clean, sturdy jacket that reeks of quality. I bought…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: on sale $260


A clean, sturdy jacket that reeks of quality.


  • Extremely well made
  • Waterproof pockets, lots of them!
  • Gore-Tex Performance Shell
  • Powder skirt


  • Plastic buttons feel a bit flimsy


I bought this jacket at a super discount about a year ago, and looking back I cannot believe how lucky I was to find it; I payed 1/4 of the price for what is arguably the best piece of outdoor clothing I have ever owned!

I have been using the jacket (and pants) mostly for skiing, but also for a few weekends out with the snowmobile. For skiing, this jacket is definitely doing the job. A few things that I like about it:

  • Great breathability
  • Very resistant to abrasion
  • Powder skirt + loops connecting pants and jacket to keep that pesky snow from finding a way in

I am a fairly large person, and though that the XL would pose some problems for layering, which is usually the case for me. The Powder Bowl gives me none of those problems, as I could easily fit two layers underneath and probably even a third if need be.

Also, the fabric does a great job of breathing. This was especially obvious when I managed to get my snowmobile stuck in drift snow during a weekend trip: about half an hour with the shovel and some heavy lifting/dragging made for a decent workout. I was pretty much expecting to be soaking wet after getting the snowmobile out, but I was happily surprised that it was not even half as bad as I thought; damp, yes, but definitely manageable.

I find the jacket to be extremely comfortable, and with very clean looks. The build is solid, with the pockets standing out with taped, easy to open/close zippers. The only bad thing I can come up with is that the buttons are made out of some kind of flimsy plastic; replace those with a sturdier material and I would say this jacket has no drawbacks at all.

Manufacturer's Description

Visit Patagonia's Men's Powder Bowl Jacket page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket boasts a 2-layer construction using a GORE-TEX(R) Performance Shell membrane. Completely waterproof and breathable, this jacket is made for the rider who sticks to the slopes from dawn until dusk. Removable, helmet-compatible, 2-way-adjustable hood with laminated visor for optimal visibility in bad conditions Tall collar protects neck and face, even with the hood down Touch Point System embeds cord locks in the hood and hem to offer quick adjustability and seal out snow (Patent No.US05263202) Slim Zip installation with watertight coated zippers for reduced zipper bulk and weight Pit zips quickly release heat Pleated gusset comfortably secures cuff, over or under gloves, with less bulk Powder skirt is adjustable and fully featured; webbing loops connect to any Patagonia Ski/ Snowboard Pants to keep the snow out and the skirt down Two handwarmers, one chest, one bicep, two interior drop-ins and one interior zippered pocket with key clip; includes secure media pocket with cable routing

- OMCgear refers to the men's version

Your technique keeps you ripping in mixed conditions, so your shells should too. Our most versatile hard shell for riding the frontside or the backcountry in any condition, the Powder Bowl features a tough 2-layer GORE-TEX(R) fabric for durably waterproof/breathable and windproof storm performance. A DWR (durable water repellent) finish increases wet-weather protection by sloughing saturated snow and icy rain. The torso has a brushed polyester mesh interior to wick moisture, while slick mesh in the arms glides smoothly over underlayers. The removable, 2-way-adjustable, helmet-compatible hood includes a laminated visor for optimal visibility in blowing snow. Inside, a fully featured powder skirt (with webbing loop that attaches to any Patagonia(R) snow pants) seals out spindrift and cold air and low-profile pit zips release heat when you?re steaming on long climbs. Other details include coated, watertight Slim Zips, cord lock adjustments at the hood and hem, an embedded RECCO(R) avalanche rescue reflector and a highly articulated fit for dynamic motion. Pockets: two handwarmers, one chest with a secure media pocket and cable routing, a bicep pass pocket and two interior pockets (one drop-in, one zippered stash).

- refers to the men's version

Head out on dawn patrol in the highly protective and fully featured Men's Powder Bowl Ski Jacket by Patagonia. Gore-Tex gives this coat guaranteed waterproof breathable protection while the watertight Slim Zip prevents a single snowflake from sliding in. The Powder Bowl's adjustable powder skirt attaches to Patagonia's snow pants via the webbing loops, and underarm zippers help ventilate airflow when you're working up a sweat. The Powder Bowl also features a hood that you can adjust for a snug fit, remove when there's nothing but sun overhead, or slide it over your helmet when conditions get rough. Recco's avalanche rescue reflector can help recco-equipped ski patrols find you in case of an emergency.

- refers to the men's version

On Sale. Free Shipping. Patagonia Men's Powder Bowl Jacket FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's Powder Bowl Jacket Durable 2-layer polyester Gore-Tex fabric for durably waterproof/breathable and windproof protection polyester mesh lining wicks away moisture Removable, helmet-compatible, 2-way-adjustable hood with laminated visor for optimal visibility in bad conditions tall collar protects neck and face even with hood down Slim Zip installation with watertight coated zippers reduce bulk and weight Pit zips quickly release heat low-profile cuff with pleated gusset secures over or under gloves Fully featured, adjustable powder skirt with webbing loop connects to any Patagonia Snow pants Zippered pockets: two hand warmers; one chest with secure media pocket with cable routing one pass on left forearm one interior drop-in and one interior stash RECCO avalanche rescue reflector embedded in back of neck The SPECS Relaxed fit Weight: 34.8 oz / 986 g 2-layer, 4.6-oz 150-denier 100% polyester Gore-Tex fabric with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish Lining: Torso: 100% brushed polyester mesh Sleeves: 100% polyester mesh Powder Skirt and Hood: 3.5-oz 91% eco polyester and 9% spandex This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.

- Moosejaw refers to the men's version