Patagonia Primo Jacket
Bombproof, high quality and stylish. The Primo is…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £299
Bombproof, high quality and stylish. The Primo is totally waterproof, highly breathable, lightweight and comfortable and fully featured.
- Price, but you get what you pay for and Patagonia lasts forever
The Primo is an awesome piece of kit. For me at 5'11" and 40" chest the fit in medium is good, allowing for layering (I've worn base layer, fleece and gilet without feeling restricted) and the cut allows for completely comfortable movement without anything pulling or binding. The fit suits me fine, just long enough in the sleeves and waist but not so much as I look like a park grom. The Goretex is totally waterproof, highly breathable, lightweight and comfortable, it's also really tough.
There are loads of features most of which are excellent. Internal and external pockets are all well placed, big enough and with tough waterproof zippers (on the outside). The zips are a little fiddly with gloves on (small pulls and don't glide totally smoothly) but not impossible to use. The music device pocket inside the chest pocket is a bit tight for an iphone but would fit an ipod mini/nano.
Cuffs are well thought and easy to adjust, powder skirt stays put and seals out snow, even better when attached to the compatible loops on Patagonia pants (yes, I'm a fan boy!). Waist and hood draw cords work but there's a knack to it, although I've not really needed to use them. Initially the hood feels a bit tight over a helmet but it stays put, seals out snow and allows good movement. The collar is independent of hood so whether the hood is up or down it sits reasonably comfortably round neck and chin if perhaps a little bit tight to duck your chin and mouth into. There is nice fine fleece around the inside of the collar to help movement and reduce chafing.
So it's a pricey piece with colours perhaps not to everyone's liking and a few very small compromises, but the design, build and material quality - it's all there in spades. This jacket is going to last me a long time and won't ever leave me wanting!
Fit is odd, pockets small, quality jacket. I have…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250
Fit is odd, pockets small, quality jacket.
- Quality product throughout
The fit is odd with this model, I originally bought a large thinking I would have room for layering, it was way too big. When I returned it for a medium everything fit except for the arm length, I knew from talking to Patagonia and reading their fitment chart it would be a little big. I weigh 160lbs. 5'10"
The pockets are too small, I have to squeeze my fingerless wool gloves and my winter hat in the pockets (hat in one and gloves in the other) but once I get them in they fit fine because they are deep pockets.
Let's start. I'm Italian and I paid this jacket a…
Fabric: 2 layers gtx xcr
Fill: no fill. shell
Price Paid: 300 euros
Let's start. I'm Italian and I paid this jacket a lot: 300 euros (391 dollars) on sale, from 399 euros of the bill (520 dollars) -- our customers are totally crazy and thieves!!!. So, I paid it more than how much Patagonia makes it cost (350 dollars) on its on-line shop.
Anyway it was my only possible way to buy a good gear here in my town.
This is the first review and it concerns the "us in town", and I used it biking in the street with cold and rain sometimes:
it behaved as a marvellous jacket! Awesome!
goods: Light, comfortable making movements, absolutely wind/waterproof, pitzips everywere. Great hood.
bads: very minimalist shell. few pockets, and not so deep to easily pack-in a thick beanie. the "neck-mouth wall" sometimes goes under the chin cutting. I must use a thin but usefull fleece-necklace.
Ok. I bought the Primo for harder conditions, so I'm going to try it on the snow. So I'll make the second part of the review later. Bye!
Update: April 24, 2005
This is the second review I make about this gear, as I promised, because I managed to use it snowboarding on Dolomiti Mountains the last three months.
I can't rate it 3 stars because the Primo is a really good ski-jacket (it has powder-skirt). Comfortable, strong with reinforces on shoulders and bottom, great hood, warm neck, and typicall Patagonia finishes.
BUT, I can't rate it 5 stars, and so I can't be so enthusiast as other reviewers, because of the lack o pockets, and because Primo has got only two taped zips, while the zip of the breastpocket is not (why?), and pitzips are quite impossible to open/close with one hand wearing gloves (expecially wearing snowboard gloves).
I wouldn't pay 300 euros for this jacket again. A TNF hyvent cheaper jacket (es. caber hybrid) wouldn't be useless for my needs. Surely is an all-around alpine jacket. But the price is too high.
Confirmed 4 stars. And I keep it hoping it will last years.
My jacket was purchased at the Patagonia outlet in…
Price Paid: $260
My jacket was purchased at the Patagonia outlet in Reno and is the previous version of the Primo Jacket. I skied with it last month at a resort overlooking Lake Tahoe on a day when it was blowing and snowing hard, no one else was on the slope. We stopped at the top overlooking the lake before skiing downslope. At that point we cracked open some ice cold beers and enjoyed them and the view in very cold conditions. That jacket is a beautiful thing. Of course I also had on Primo pants and gloves.
As a professional skier I must count on my gear. I…
As a professional skier I must count on my gear. I wore my Primo Jacket and Primo Pants yesterday in -10 conditions. With my layers under them I was warm as toast. Wind doesn't bother me a bit. They wear well and I love them enough that I just bought another color set today. Enjoy the snow!;-)
I work on the ski patrol in the winter. I have used…
I work on the ski patrol in the winter. I have used the Primo Jacket for three winters and am lost without it. I am planning to buy another one for my off duty skiing. This jacket is a real best buy, it is tough, looks good, and wears great.
This jacket is awesome! I bought it to go on a winter…
Fabric: Gore-Tex Shell
Fill: Polyester grid lining
Price Paid: $350
This jacket is awesome! I bought it to go on a winter backpacking trip, but I ended up wearing it as a main winter coat. No wind or water will get through it! It is very warm as well.
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Patagonia's Priom Jacket is their most durable hard shell for diehard riding, this lightweight, waterproof/breathable nylon jacket is made with 3-layer GORE-TEX fabric
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
The Patagonia Primo Jacket is a waterproof 3-layer jacket for big-mountain riders and skiers who need the ultimate weather protection. This is the most durable lightweight hardshell in the lineup, for those diehard athletes that need their gear to outperform them. Tough 3-layer recycled nylon shell with waterproof/breathable GORE-TEX(R) Performance Shell and a Deluge(R) DWR (durable water repellent) finish protects against cold, wet snow 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 (patented) 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 Pockets: Two handwarmers, one chest, one forearm, 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
The new styling and fit of the Primo make it the go-to jacket for ambassadors Pep Fujas and Josh Dirksen. A perfect complement to their legendary shred anything style, the Primo is our most durable hard shell for charging in all types of weather from bell to bell. Built with bomber, 3-layer, recycled nylon GORE-TEX(R) fabric for durably waterproof/breathable and windproof protection in all conditions, while a DWR (durable water repellent) finish fends off slush and sleet. The 2-way-adjustable, helmet-compatible hood has a laminated visor for optimal visibility in bad conditions, and the patented Touch Point System? embeds cord locks in the hood and hem for on-the-fly adjustments. Other details include coated, watertight Slim Zips for reduced bulk; burly Vislon(R) center-front zip that's easy to use; a sleek, low-profile powder skirt that stays in place whether secured or not (with a webbing loop that connects to any Patagonia(R) snow pants); pit zips for ventilation; a highly articulated fit for ease of movement and an embedded RECCO(R) avalanche rescue reflector. Pockets include two handwarmers, one chest with a secure media pocket and cable routing, one forearm, and two interior pockets (one drop in and one zippered stash).
- Patagonia.com refers to the men's version
Like its sibling, the Primo Pant, the Patagonia Primo Jacket is Patagonia's toughest weatherproof ski and snowboard jacket. From its super-tough recycled nylon main body fabric to its 3-layer Gore Tex laminate, you know the Primo jacket will be around for a while. And, as always, Gore Tex means guaranteed waterproof and guaranteed breathable, so you can handle anything that nature throws your way without feeling moist and clammy. Patagonia didn't hold back when it designed the Primo jacket. Gore-Tex 3-Layer represents the absolute best that the industry has to offer. The main body fabric is recycled nylon--known for its durability. The helmet-compatible, 2-way-adjustable fixed hood has a laminated visor for optimal visibility in bad conditions. Patagonia's patented Touch Point System embeds the cord locks in the hood and hem for quick adjustment. Patagonia also equipped the Primo with a sleek, low-profile powder skirt that stays in place whether secured or not. The powder skirt also features a loop of nylon webbing that connects to any Patagonia Snow pants to form a single powder barrier. The Primo jacket's fit is Progressive, which is Patagonia-speak for loose. The highly articulated fit moves with you while you hike or ski and feels comfortable and natural, and the articulated elbows and gusseted cuff fits easily and comfortably over or under gloves. Zippered underarm vents make it easy to dump heat when you need to. Patagonia finished the jacket off with a Recco reflector, which aids in search and rescue should you become involved in an in-bounds avalanche.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version