Patagonia Rubicon Rider Jacket
Fabric: Polyester with DWR
Fill: recycled polyester fiber fill
I've owned and used the Rubicon Rider for going on two seasons now and it has yet to let me down in the slightest.
It is, first and foremost, a snowboarding jacket and in this arena it performs beautifully. The sleeve length is awesome for a tall girl and there is awesome freedom of motion without things riding up or bunching. I love the hardshell reinforcements, especially on the elbows. All in all, it serves its purpose.
However, I also use this as my go-to winter jacket in the deep freeze that is a Chicago winter. I layer with a 200-300 fleece and I do just fine (while everyone else is swathed in uni-purpose down). It's pretty smart-looking too!
Only drawback is: the hood is HUGE. I know it's helmet compatible but I never pull a hood on over my helmet, I find it redundant and impairing. I could, however, use a hood while out walking the dog or on the lift when just a beanie will not do. Even cinched down, it falls over my eyes and blinds me.
But overall, great, great piece that serves two purposes at a relatively low price point.
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When the conditions are just too good to quit, you need the Patagonia Rubicon Rider Jacket. Not only will this jacket keep you warm, the waterproof protection ensures that you'll stay dry so you can ride the slopes until you can't see. Durable, polyester ripstop fabric is breathable and water-resistant 2-layer waterproof/breathable H2No(R) Performance Standard reinforcement panels over the shoulders, elbows and hem prevent wet-through and increase durability Lightweight, compressible 150-g Thermogreen polyester stays warm even when wet Removable helmet-compatible hood has an easy-to-use, single-hand adjustment Microfleece panels at back of neck and chin are soft next to skin Pit zips off-load heat; articulated arms increase mobility Removable powder skirt with snap secure webbing loop at center back, connects to any Patagonia(R) Snow pants to keep snow out Pockets: Two handwarmers, two chest, two internal drop-in for goggles and gloves, one internal zippered stash; includes secure media pocket with cable routing Improved, adjustable low-profile cuff design; drawcord hem cinches to keep out cold; drawcord exits into handwarmer pockets for easy adjustments
- OMCgear refers to the men's version
When your riding takes you down the coldest of slopes, the Patagonia Rubicon Rider jacket delivers loads of warm insulation to keep you in your cozy comfort zone as you plow through the pow. Jacket features a hybrid construction, with the ripstop polyester shell featuring Deluge(R) Durable Water Repellent coating, which is highly water resistant and breathable. Shoulders, elbows and bottom hem are reinforced with two-layer waterproof, breathable H2No(R) panels to prevent wet-through and increase durability at critical points. 150g synthetic insulation (90% of which is recycled material) provides insulating warmth, even if it gets damp; it also compresses easily for compact stowing. Embedded RECCO(R) reflector enhances radio signals from search-and-rescue RECCO detectors, helping speed up the search for a buried avalanche victim. Removable, helmet-compatible hood can be easily adjusted with just one hand; collar is lined with soft microfleece at back of neck and at chin for next-to-skin comfort. Adjustable powder skirt features webbing loops that connect to compatible ski or snowboard pants to keep snow out (pants sold separately). Zippered handwarmer pockets; zippered chest pockets (one with cable routing); one internal zip stash pocket and an internal open pocket for your goggles. Drawcord hem seals out drafts and can be adjusted from within the front pockets; rip-and-stick cuffs fit over or under gloves and adjust comfortably around your wrists. Pit zippers on the Patagonia Rubicon Rider insulated jacket let you control your comfort; articulated sleeves enable easy movement.
- REI refers to the men's version
Snow ambassador Bryce Phillips, swears by the Rubicon Rider for maintaining a redline pace through the coldest days in the Pacific Northwest. The Rubicon Rider manages the extremes of warm interior and cold exterior by combining a breathable and highly durable soft-shell fabric (to vent high-output moisture) with stay-warm-when-wet insulation (to keep you dry and mobile) and burly waterproof/breathable reinforcements (for storm protection). Made of supple, 100% polyester ripstop, the shell has a Deluge(R) DWR (durable water repellent) finish to snub wind and moisture. Inside, a soft layer of compressible Thermogreen(R) polyester (90% recycled) insulation adds heat to icebox temperatures. Tough 2-layer panels, made of 100% recycled polyester with a waterproof barrier and a Deluge DWR finish, beef up the shoulders, elbows and bottom hem to increase storm performance and protect from abrasion. Finer points include pit zips; an easy-gliding liner; a zip-off powder skirt (with webbing loop that attaches to any Patagonia(R) snow pants); a removable, helmet-compatible hood with a single-hand adjustment; zippered pockets: two handwarmers; one chest with secure media pocket with cable routing; one internal drop-in; and one internal stash; and an embedded RECCO(R) avalanche rescue reflector.
- Patagonia.com refers to the men's version
When winter sets in and the temperatures get really nasty, grab your Patagonia Rubicon Rider Jacket and brave winter's worst. The insulated Rubicon Rider comes complete with Patagonia's Thermogreen synthetic insulation (150g) for days when the cost of all that light, dry powder is frigid temperatures. Patagonia designed the Rubicon Rider jacket with 2-layer H2NO waterproof breathable panels in key areasshoulders, elbows and bottom hemto increase storm performance and protect from abrasion. The main body fabric is 75D polyester ripstop, which is both durable and soft to the touch, and features a Deluge DWR finish to allow it to shed light rain and snow. The removable, helmet-compatible, adjustable hood locks in warmth and features soft microfleece panels at the back of the neck and chin. Patagonia also equipped the Rubicon Rider with a sleek, low-profile powder skirt that stays in place whether secured or not. The powder skirt features a loop of nylon webbing that connects to any Patagonia Snow pants to form a single powder barrier. The Rubicon Rider jacket's fit is relaxed for easy layering. A slew of pockets keep your stuff (everything from climbing skins to your MP3 player) safe and secure while you lap the chair or a favorite backcountry shot, and zippered underarm vents make it easy to dump heat when you need to. Patagonia finished off the Rubicon Rider with a Recco reflector, which makes rescue easier if you're involved in an in-bounds avalanche.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version