An earlier version of the Patagonia Primo won our Editors' Choice Award. Some changes in the product, as well as additional experience of our testers with the new award winner, the Arc'teryx Macai, tilts the balance now in favor of this latter product. The Primo does not earn top scores in any one category, but it presents a solid package of effective and durable performance. The durability and neutral styling will deliver many years of service to even the most dedicated user. Patagonia's expensive choice to source established Gore-Tex shell technology and coat it with their proprietary DWR inspires confidence that will protect the down and the user from wind and moisture over the course of many years.
This ski jacket is clearly designed by mountain people for use in the mountains. The fit is athletic, allowing for a great range of motion and solid protection from the elements. A few details show room for improvement, but overall, we are very pleased with this jacket. The overall award went to the Arc'teryx Macai because the Macai fits closer while providing greater warmth. Otherwise, the two products are well matched.