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Patagonia Powder Town Review

This affordable shell is a good option for everyday use in all types of weather
patagonia powder town ski jacket review
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Price:  $349 List
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Jeff Dobronyi ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 2, 2022
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RANKED
#9 of 17
  • Warmth - 20% 4.0
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 8.0
  • Comfort and Fit - 20% 8.0
  • Ventilation - 15% 6.0
  • Style - 15% 7.0
  • Features - 10% 7.0

Our Verdict

The Patagonia Powder Town is a comfortable and well-fitting shell jacket at an attractive price. Its tailored fit is contoured perfectly to most users, and the hanging mesh lining sits comfortably against the skin or inner layers while providing a small amount of warmth. A waterproof and breathable membrane keeps water out of the inside of the jacket, and waterproof zippers and a full-coverage hood complete this weather-resistant package. It has plenty of pockets to make your day at the ski hill an easy one, including a dedicated ski pass pocket that helps you get through lift turnstiles quickly. The mesh lining doesn't add much warmth, so users should be prepared to layer underneath if warmth is needed. Overall, this excellent shell is a good choice for those on a budget who want a stylish and well-fitting shell.
REASONS TO BUY
Weather-resistant
Comfortable
Inexpensive
REASONS TO AVOID
Not warm on its own

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Pros Weather-resistant, comfortable, inexpensiveInexpensive, warm, comfortable, good featuresWeather resistant, good vents, plenty of featuresInexpensive, moderately weather resistant, warm enoughInexpensive, warm
Cons Not warm on its ownNot that stylish, compromised weather protection, doesn't breathe wellHanging liner makes it a bit warm for a shell, fit isn't perfectBland style, poor ventilation, generic fitDoesn't look good, minimal features, no vents, poor fit
Bottom Line This affordable shell is a good option for everyday use in all types of weatherThis jacket packs lots of performance into an inexpensive package, creating great valueA high-performance shell at a great priceAn average-performance ski jacket with decent features at an affordable priceThis incredibly inexpensive jacket lacks the performance of most others on the market
Rating Categories Patagonia Powder Town Obermeyer Foundation REI Co-op First Cha... REI Co-op Powderbou... Moerdeng Waterproof
Warmth (20%)
4.0
8.0
4.0
6.0
8.0
Weather Resistance (20%)
8.0
6.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Comfort and Fit (20%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
4.0
Ventilation (15%)
6.0
6.0
7.0
5.0
4.0
Style (15%)
7.0
5.0
7.0
5.0
2.0
Features (10%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
Specs Patagonia Powder Town Obermeyer Foundation REI Co-op First Cha... REI Co-op Powderbou... Moerdeng Waterproof
Main Fabric 100% polyester 45% Repreve Polyester, 55% Polyester 2-layer Gore-Tex Nylon 100% polyester
Insulation Recycled polyester lining 100g synthetic body, 80g sleeves, 40g hood Recycled polyester lining 60g polyester sleeves, 80g polyester body Synthetic with fleece lining
Pockets 2 zippered hand, one zippered chest, pass pocket, 1 internal stash, 1 internal drop 2 zipppered chest, zippered pass pocket, interior electronics pocket 2 handwarmer, 2 chest, 1 internal chest, 1 sleeve 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 1 sleeve, 1 internal zippered chest, 1 internal mesh 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest
Weight (size large) 1.54 lbs 2.62 lbs 1.76 lbs 1.81 lbs 2.40 lbs
Water Resistance DWR HydroBlock Pro with critical seams sealed Gore-Tex 2-layer waterproof breathable laminate Unknown
Hood Adjustable and Removable Adjustable and Removable Adjustable Adjustable Adjustable and Removable
Pit-Zips Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Cuff construction Velcro Velcro, inner sleeve with thumb loop Velcro Interior wide hook-and-loop adjustments and external velcro Velcro
Powder skirt Yes Yes Yes, removable Yes No
RECCO Yes No No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

This jacket stands out for its impressive fit and high level of comfort. Our testers noted how comfortable this jacket is to wear and how well it fits many different body types.

Performance Comparison


patagonia powder town ski jacket review - the powder town looks great and fits perfectly, while keeping water...
The Powder Town looks great and fits perfectly, while keeping water and snow out.
Credit: Sam Willits

Warmth


As a shell jacket, the Patagonia Powder Town doesn't supply much warmth. It features a hanging nylon mesh lining underneath the 2-layer shell fabric. This lining traps some warm air between the user and the shell, but not much, since there is no puffy insulating material. The result is a jacket that is slightly warmer than a 3-layer shell that is made from only one tangible piece of fabric, but we still have to layer underneath this shell whenever the temperatures are below freezing. For spring skiing and warm, sunny days in slushy snow, you may be able to get away with no other layers besides this jacket and a base layer.

patagonia powder town ski jacket review - a hanging mesh liner adds some insulation, but not much.
A hanging mesh liner adds some insulation, but not much.
Credit: Jackie Kearney

Weather Resistance


This shell repels the elements with ease. It features a waterproof and breathable membrane, as well as waterproof front and chest pocket zippers. The hood fits nicely over a ski helmet, and the powder skirt keeps snow from entering through the hem of the jacket on deep days. The wrist cuffs have hook-and-loop straps that securely tighten on top of gloved hands, and the long hem seals down around the waist. Overall, this is a very protective jacket.

patagonia powder town ski jacket review - the full-coverage hood and long hem prevent wind and snow from...
The full-coverage hood and long hem prevent wind and snow from penetrating the top and bottom of the Powder Town.
Credit: Sam Willits

Comfort and Fit


The Powder Town stands out for its excellent fit. It was perfectly tailored to the contours of most of our testers, and is easy to wear while being active. It is sized with the understanding that layers will be worn underneath, so if you want a more form-fitting fit for warm weather and spring skiing or to use as a rain jacket the rest of the year, size down. The outer shell fabric is soft to the touch compared to Gore-Tex shells, and the inner mesh lining is very soft against the skin.

patagonia powder town ski jacket review - we love how the powder town fits most of our testers' bodies. it...
We love how the Powder Town fits most of our testers' bodies. It isn't too contoured, but isn't too loose either.
Credit: Sam Willits

Ventilation


The Powder Town has armpit vents that fully open to the environment, without being hampered by mesh. This allows most heat and moisture to escape when the user gets too hot. Patagonia uses their proprietary "H2No" waterproof and breathable membrane in this shell, which is not as breathable as other technical fabrics on the market, and the hanging mesh liner also inhibits the flow of air between the body and the shell. Overall, this jacket has average ventilation as a resort ski jacket and less than average ventilation compared to shell-only jackets. It's not breathable enough for backcountry skiing.

patagonia powder town ski jacket review - long vents without mesh  are great for ventilation, but the hanging...
Long vents without mesh are great for ventilation, but the hanging liner makes the jacket feel a little muggy during aerobic exercise.
Credit: Jackie Kearney

Style


The Powder Town is a stylish jacket that looks good in a variety of situations, from freeride competitions to highbrow apr├Ęs-ski bars. With multiple color options and clean zipper lines, this jacket has a style for every user. Our testers always felt good when wearing this jacket.

patagonia powder town ski jacket review - the powder town has an unassuming and versatile style, and it can...
The Powder Town has an unassuming and versatile style, and it can look good in a variety of contexts.
Credit: Sam Willits

Features


The Powder Town has a good set of features that make this jacket easy to use on the mountain. It comes with two handwarmer pockets and one external chest pocket, as well as a ski pass pocket on the sleeve. There is one internal zippered chest pocket and one internal mesh drop-in pocket. A powder skirt and snap loop, which attaches to Patagonia snow pants, completes the full set of features.

patagonia powder town ski jacket review - a powder skirt and two large interior pockets add plenty of...
A powder skirt and two large interior pockets add plenty of versatility to this inexpensive shell.
Credit: Jackie Kearney

Should You Buy the Patagonia Powder Town?


This jacket isn't cheap, but compared to the rest of the competition, it's a good deal. There are very few shell jackets on the market that cost less, especially considering the high level of weather resistance and comfort that this jacket provides. There are less expensive options on the market, but not by much. As such, this is a great choice for everyday resort skiers who want a good deal but who are also willing to spend just a little more to have a high-performance shell.

patagonia powder town ski jacket review - the powder town is a great choice for users who want a versatile...
The Powder Town is a great choice for users who want a versatile shell jacket with a great fit, at an affordable price.
Credit: Sam Willits

What Other Ski Jackets Should You Consider?


If you are on a tight budget while shopping for ski shells, the REI Co-op First Chair GTX is a bit less expensive and very similar in performance. We like the Powder Town a bit more, but the REI jacket will save you a little money. For the best shell jacket that money can buy, the Arc'teryx Sabre is a great choice. If backcountry skiing is on the agenda, the Arc'teryx Rush is super versatile for both inbounds and off-piste skiing. And if you are looking for good deals but need the warmth of an insulated jacket, the REI Powderbound is our top recommendation for you.

Jeff Dobronyi
 
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