In every review we conduct, there ends up being relevant sub-comparisons between similar products. In this case, we tested two products designed as "three-in-one." The Patagonia Snowshot and the Columbia Whirlibird Interchange are similar in intention, and in actual execution, they add up remarkably similar. The Columbia model is more insulating, and less expensive, while the Patagonia contender is a little more durable, better made, with offers a subtle, yet nicer style. For general purpose skiing, we recommend a fully insulating all-in-one jacket like the Arc'teryx Macai. However, value hunters will like the appeal of the three-in-one style jackets. Those should closely examine this review for the Snowshot and compare it to the Whirlibird. Different users will make different choices; none of them are wrong.
Patagonia has updated the color choices for this 3-in-1 jacket, with one of the current color options pictured above. No technical aspects of the jacket have changed.