Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket
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.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Patagonia's Powder Bowl Jacket is made with a 2-layer jacket is built with tough polyester GORE-TEX fabric for the best in waterproof/breathable protection in all of your adventures.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
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
Delivering all-conditions comfort and the waterproof protection of Gore-Tex(R), the Patagonia Powder Bowl jacket is a excellent shell for your inbounds and out-of-bounds powder days. Sturdy Gore-Tex waterproof, breathable shell fabric ensures you stay dry in heavy storms; 2-layer construction incorporates a sweat-wicking mesh lining to keep you comfortable. Embedded RECCO(R) reflector enhances radio signals from search-and-rescue RECCO detectors, helping speed up the search for a buried avalanche victim. Adjustable powder skirt features webbing loops that connect to compatible ski or snowboard pants to keep snow out (pants sold separately). Removable, 2-way adjustable and helmet-compatible hood has a visor for added protection in bad conditions; tall collar protects neck and face, even when hood is down. Zippered pockets-including handwarmers, chest, forearm and interior-offer ample storage for small items; separate secure media pocket features cable routing. Pleated gussets at wrists create a secure fit over or under gloves. Coated zippers are watertight and optimized for reduced bulk and weight. Underarm zips in the Patagonia Powder Bowl jacket let you vent excess heat, whether you're skinning up your favorite slope or hanging out in the lodge.
- REI refers to the men's version
We make the Powder Bowl Jacket for the season-long chase of the perfect ride, wherever and whenever you might find it. Our most versatile hard shell for going anywhere in any condition, the Powder Bowl features a 2-layer polyester GORE-TEX(R) fabric for durably waterproof/breathable and windproof protection. A DWR (durable water repellent) finish increases wet-weather performance by sloughing saturated snow and icy rain. The torso lining uses a brushed polyester mesh to wick moisture; slick mesh in the arms glides more smoothly over underlayers; pit zips release heat on long posthole climbs. The removable, 2-way-adjustable, helmet-compatible hood has a laminated visor for optimal visibility. Other details include coated, watertight Slim Zips; cord lock adjustments at the hood and hem; a fully featured powder skirt (with webbing loop that attaches to any Patagonia(R) snow pants); an embedded RECCO(R) avalanche rescue reflector; and a progressive, highly articulated fit for dynamic motion. Pockets: two handwarmers, one chest with a secure media pocket and cable routing, one pass on the left forearm and two interior pockets (one drop in, one zippered stash).
- Patagonia.com refers to the men's version