The Patagonia Refugitive, now in its second winter since its release, remains relatively unchanged except for color scheme. It uses a GORE-TEX 3L membrane with the new GORE C-Knit backer technology. Designed as an all-around winter jacket that is equally capable as either a ski jacket or climbing jacket, the Refugitive delivers on its promise. It has perhaps the best and most functional set of features in any jacket in this review, and the stretchy 30 and 40 denier face fabrics, combined with the GORE membrane, make it one of the more flexible and supple we tried. However, it has a few flaws that held it back from being rated quite as highly as the Arc'teryx Alpha FL or Outdoor Research Axiom. Nevertheless, the Refugitive is a high-quality offering from Patagonia and one that we would recommend.
The Refugitive is newly avaliable in Paintbrush Red (pictured above), Viking Blue, and Glades Green.