Patagonia Rubicon Windstopper ReviewDecember 4, 2013
- Comfortable, supple fit
- Insulation is 70 percent recycled material
- Long hem length, makes it a good wet-weather rig
- Helmet compatible hood
- A tad boxy
The Rubicon windstopper was the tester go-to. It’s just more comfortable than the others in the test. The quiet, soft Gore soft shell fabric drapes well and had a roomy, free feel. Make no mistake, though, this is a full-featured, weatherproof jacket ready for the slopes.
The outer shell is Gore’s windstopper. It’s remarkably supple, breathable, and windproof. We were really impressed by the warmth to weight ratio of the recycled Primaloft Eco insulated fill. It lacks the stiffness of much recycled insulation. Of course, it kept us pretty warm even when riding wet chairlifts in Whistler early season.
The Rubicon has a freeride cut, meaning pretty roomy for new-school dynamic skiing. It’ll also fit husky dudes pretty well. But its not just oversized—has well articulated elbows and is roomy around the shoulders. Testers loved the relaxed fit on this one. Like a thick sweatshirt in a very good way. Long hemline means it kept us dry even on snowy chairlift seats.
We like the RECCO reflector, which may help save you if buried in an avalanche or lost out of bounds. The hood is plenty large enough for a ski helmet and adjusts down three ways if you aren’t wearing one. The pit zips are nice and big in case you overheat. Its got a powder skirt, goggle pocket, media port. We liked the fleece lined pockets, and loved the cuffs that easily velcro down to go under gloves, or open up wide enough to go over them, all without feeling bulky.