Patagonia Scythe Jacket
Fabric: nylon and polyester with DWR
Price Paid: $100
Great jacket. Great fabric. Great ideas. Sizing is wrong, or at least not good for a Tall person. The sleeves are acceptable, but the torso is barely as long as a denim jean jacket. Raise your arms a bit and your mid section is exposed (the back is a few inches longer).
I can't understand why Patagonia would create such a waterproof and water resistant jacket and not include a hood. They make such a big deal of the waterproof double layers on the shoulders, then why not a hood? I mean, if I want waterproof/resistant jacket to wear in the rain, why not a hood to keep your head dry?
The sleeve zippers are the greatest idea to come along in years (leather motorcycle jackets have used the idea for years). I use a lot of wool products and velcro tends to shred wool. I will be removing the only piece of velcro on the jacket, it is on the collar, so there will be no wool shredding, if I keep it.
The fleece lining seemed weird at first, but as you wear it a while you realize it is really substaintial, and thicker than you expect. I bought it for cool/cold weather mountian bike riding, not skiing. For me, the mini storm skirt is not necessary, but maybe I'll find a use for it if I keep my arms down and the jacket doesn't rise up to my rib cage.
I think if I think of it as a warm, wind and water resistant jean jacket, I might keep it. The short torso and the lack of a hood has me inclined to return it. I think maybe Patagonia is discontinuing the jacket, as they have it on sale from $275 for $110. If only the torso were a bit longer, the sleeves a bit longer, and it had a hood...
Price Paid: $139.99
This is a jacket that needs some fine tuning. The collar isn't quite tight enough to the chin which allows a draft to get in, and the front chinf lap is for decoration. The hand pockets are set at a good height, but the chest pocket is very hard to close (it is curved) with one hand.
I like the inclusion of a storm skirt, and it is very warm and durable, but for me, the fit was off the mark. The cut is too wide in the chest and short in the arms for me, however everyone is different and it may suit you :)
Overall I felt that the waterproof panels in the shoulders restricted movement. Panels in the forearms are great, and more in the lower back would be appreciated.
It is a good softshell, but a little stiff feeling.
As it stands, I prefer the Gamma SV hands down!
While I love the material of the jacket, on a couple of fronts I think Patagonia has missed the mark.
I've used the jacket for both casual wear as well as alpine skiing and really like the breathability, comfort and overall fit. The issues I have pertain to some of the 'minor' elements that I think Patagonia has really missed the mark on.
First, the sleeves have a zipper that is meant to enable adjustment for gloves or just really large wrists. However the zipper doesn't function smoothly and worse the small strap hanging from the zipper is constantly banging into your hand. I end up tucking the strap into the jacket--acceptable compromise yes, but overall this setup is not worth the effort Patagonia went to. A normal elastic or velcro setup would be much better--that's why every other jacket does it that way!!
Also I do not like the way the smaller zippers operate--much harder to open or close the various pockets than Mtn Hardwear, North Face, Arcteryz gear. Makes it a pain to get at stuff.
So with a couple of really minor tweaks (which might be cheaper to manufacture) this could be a great jacket.
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CLOSEOUTS . Patagonia Scythe jacket is the perfect hybrid soft shell for hard-core skiers and riders who seek terrain less traveled. Durable stretch-woven polyester exterior has a water-repellent finish with critical waterproof nylon panels. Breathable and wicking low-pile fleece lining Drawcord hem and collar Minimal snow skirt Expanding zip cuffs Two front pockets Chest zip pocket Interior goggle pouch with goggle wipe Interior zip pocket and stash pocket Length: 27” Weight: 1 lb. 10 oz. 100% polyester Panels are 100% nylon Machine wash, dry CLOSEOUTS . China. Size: S(36-38) M(39-41) L(42-45) XL(46-48)
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version
The Scythe all-mountain jacket cuts through the cold while supplying a waterproof, breathable refuge for all snowriders. Fully seam-sealed, stretch-woven nylon shell with H2No® Stretch HB waterproof, breathable laminate offers strong protection from the elements. Long-lasting Deluge® DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treatment adds extra water- and stain resistance to shell. Two-layer stretch panels on shoulders and hips prevent wet-through and withstand abrasion from sharp board or ski edges. Lined with open, one-directional pile with vertical channels for efficient wicking and breathability. Mini powder skirt with smooth taffeta lining has gripper elastic to seal out cold and snow from slipping underneath jacket hem. Pockets include: two handwarmer pockets, media player-sized bicep pocket, two stealth pockets on chest and right sleeve and two interior mesh pockets. Adjustable collar is lined with soft fleece for warmth and comfort. Anatomically shaped, zippered Centaur cuffs offer more coverage and less bulk. Hidden drawcord hem with integrated cordlocks also helps reduce bulk, seals out cold and eliminates loose hardware. Closeout.
- REI refers to the women's version
A straight-line, rock-hucking jacket for the maximum vertical, the insulated, streamlined Scythe combines soft-shell breathability for ascents with bombproof waterproof protection where specifically needed to prevent wet through or forestall edge abuse. Made from tough Deluge® DWR-treated stretch-woven polyester that's water-resistant, windproof and highly breathable, the Scythe also provides four-way stretch for unparalleled mobility. A lining of open, textured pile has vertical channels to speed moisture away from your core. A mini storm skirt, with gripper elastic, holds firm even when the bottom falls out. Waterproof 2-layer stretch panels protect shoulders, as well as hips, from wet-through and edge abuse; and the adjustable collar is soft and skin-friendly. With two generous mesh-lined interior pockets and zippered cuffs. Deluge® DWR-treated stretch-woven shell is water-resistant, windproof and highly breathable; Shell fabric provides 4-way stretch for the ultimate mobility New fabric package this season increases stretch, softness and warmth; Lined with open, one-directional pile with vertical channels for no-doubt breathability and wickability Adjustable collar is soft and skin-friendly, even in biting cold; 2-layer stretch waterproof panels over the shoulders and hips prevent wet-through and withstands abrasion Mini storm skirt has gripper elastic in back and is lined with easy-gliding taffeta; Two generous, mesh-lined interior pockets Left bicep pocket is sized to hold a communication device; Hidden drawcord hem with integrated cordlocks reduces bulk and eliminates loose hardware Anatomically contoured Centaur Cuffs close securely with an unobtrusive zipper Shorter length that ends at the hips; Shell: 9.4-oz. stretch-woven polyester with Deluge DWR finish bonded to directional polyester pile interior; Reinforcements: 2-layer 4.2-oz. 70 x 50 denier stretch-woven nylon with H2No® Stretch Storm HB waterproofbreathable barrier and Deluge DWR 709 g. (25 oz.) Imported.Insulated, streamlined soft-shellhard-shell jacket made for hard-core riders and skiers whose fuel is maximum vertical. Use it for: Skiing and Snowboarding Backcountry Riding Lift-accessed Riding All Mountain
- Massey's Outfitters refers to the women's version
Now on sale for $110.00, save $165.00! Insulated, streamlined soft-shell/hard-shell jacket from Patagonia made for riders and skiers whose fuel is maximum vertical.
- Patagonia.com refers to the men's version