Patagonia PowSlayer Review

December 5, 2013
Patagonia PowSlayer
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
88
Durability
10
Weatherproofness
10
Bells & Whistles
8
Fit
9
Breathability
8
Value
3

The Good

  • Very breathable, durable fabric
  • Lightweight
  • High collar, long hem, means very weatherproof
  • RECCO reflector for sidecountry safety
  • Brimmed, helmet compatible hood

The Bad

  • Expensive
  • Pretty crinkly
THE VERDICT

The Powslayer is meant to be very light, breathable and weathrproof, yet have all the bells and whistles. It succeeds wonderfully on that score thanks to the new Gore-Tex Pro shell fabric and some careful engineering. The material may actually be overkill for most riders, who could save some cash going with a less premium material.

FULL REVIEW

Materials
The Powslayer is cut from the new Gore-Tex Pro, which is lighter and more breathable than past versions. Its downside is expense and crinkliness. It may actually be overkill for most riders.

Fit
The Powslayer is long, to keep weather out, and features a very well designed hood and collar to keep wind out while still fitting over any helmet. It allows great ringe of motion in the shoulders. The perfect ski shell fit.

Features
The Powslayers main cargo pockets are on the outside, but it does have on interior stash pocket for goggles. The pockets all lie remarkably flat, which is nice when cicnching a pack strap over the top of them. The powder skirt is stretchy and very lightweight and engineered to stay out of your way without heavy snapbacks. There’s RECCO to keep you safe near ski resorts and seven well-placed pockets. The pit zips zippers are petite to save weight, but worked fine without snagging, and the front zip is big and burly and easy to tear open in case of sudden overheating.

 


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