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Patagonia 3-in-1 Snowbelle Review

Neither truly exceptional nor lackluster, this model is versatile without shining in any particular aspect
Patagonia 3-in-1 Snowbelle
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Price:  $399 List | Check Price at REI
Pros:  Fashionable label, updated features, good ski features
Cons:  Lower quality materials than other Patagonia jackets, expensive
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Jessica Haist ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 13, 2019
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RANKED
#8 of 12
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 7
  • Comfort and Fit - 20% 7
  • Warmth - 20% 8
  • Ventilation - 20% 4
  • Style - 10% 6
  • Features - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The Patagonia Snowbelle 3-in-1 has great features like a reversible liner jacket, lots of pockets and good ski features. We also like the newer look and function of the waterproof zipper much better than previous models. The Snowbelle is a 3-in-1 style jacket, so you can choose what level of layering you're looking for and can just wear the cozy inner layer jacket for happy hour. We tested the white color and instantly got it dirty from grease dripping from the chairlift. We would not recommend a white ski jacket.

New Colors

Patagonia freshened up the color options for the Snowbelle since our test period. One of the new color combos is pictured above.

October 2019

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Pros Fashionable label, updated features, good ski featuresBreathable, versatile, comfortable, strong value, classic lookWarm, three jackets in one, well-constructed with thoughtful featuresInexpensive, stylish, warm, stretchy and comfortableInexpensive, three jackets in one, warm, comfortable
Cons Lower quality materials than other Patagonia jackets, expensiveNo insulationSlim fit, heavyNot the most water resistant, runs a little small, not very breathableNot very stylish, hood not helmet compatible, two layers don't work well when zipped together
Bottom Line Neither truly exceptional nor lackluster, this model is versatile without shining in any particular aspectA sleek and technical backcountry shell with enough stretch, space, and breathability to be extremely versatile at a fair priceThis jacket is versatile and has all the necessary ski features for a long day on the hillAn inexpensive, synthetically insulated shell to keep you warm, dry, and stylish without breaking the bankA decent deal for two jackets that can be worn in three combinations, this is a great intro ski jacket
Rating Categories Patagonia 3-in-1 Sn... Black Diamond Recon... Thermoball Eco Snow... Columbia Wild Card... Whirlibird IV Inter...
Weather Resistance (20%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Comfort And Fit (20%)
7.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
Warmth (20%)
8.0
4.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Ventilation (20%)
4.0
9.0
4.0
5.0
4.0
Style (10%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
Features (10%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
Specs Patagonia 3-in-1 Sn... Black Diamond Recon... Thermoball Eco Snow... Columbia Wild Card... Whirlibird IV Inter...
Insulation Thermogreen 100% polyester None PrimaLoft ThermoBall Eco 60g Omni-Heat Thermarator
Waterproofing DWR BD.dry DryVent 2L Omni-Tech Omni-Tech
Weight (in pounds) 2.5 lbs 1.5 lbs 2.3 lbs 2.1 lbs 2.4 lbs
# of Pockets Shell: 5, Liner 3 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered pass, 1 zippered chest, 2 internal mesh 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 1 zippered sleeve (goggle-wipe), 1 internal goggle, [liner] 2 zippered hand 2 zippered hand, 2 zippered chest, 1 zippered pass, one internal mesh, 1 zippered internal Shell: 5, Liner: 3
Main Fabric Shell: 2-layer, 75D 100% polyester micro twill, Inner: 100% polyester plain weave 84% nylon, 16% elastane 100% recycled polyester, DWR treatment Omni-Tech Lux Stretch 94% Polyester/ 6% Elastane Legacy Dobby 72% Nylon/ 28% Polyester.
Unique Features RECCO Reflector, media pocket with cable routing removable powder skirt, 4-way stretch shell 3 jackets in 1, zippered hand pockets, outer layer has "mechanical stretch", side-zip venting mesh lined pit zips, headphone port, built-in spandex wrist gaiters 3-in-1, internal goggle pocket
Hood Option? Yes, removable Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pit Zips? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cuff construction Velcro Velcro Velcro Velcro with wrist gaiters Velcro
Ski features Powder skirt with webbing loop to attach to pants and goggle pocket Powder skirt, hem cinch, pass pocket, helmet compatible hood Powder skirt, helmet compatible hood, goggle pocket Powder skirt, hem cinch, pass pocket, helmet compatible hood Powder skirt, pass and goggle pocket

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Patagonia Snowbelle 3-in-1 is a jill-of-all-trades, master-of-none kind of jacket. It performed just OK in all of our categories, but the updates are an improvement to its style and function.

Performance Comparison


The Snowbelle 3-in-1 is a fine jacket, but we're not sure if the...
The Snowbelle 3-in-1 is a fine jacket, but we're not sure if the performance matches the price tag.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Weather Resistance


The Snowbelle has decent weather resistance. It uses Patagonia's H2No shell material that is also used in many of the company's rain jackets. We suspect that when put to the test, the H2No will not hold up as well as products with Gore-Tex that Patagonia uses in the higher-end products. The hood of this jacket has been majorly improved. It is now huge and will fit over any ski helmet — we're stoked on that!

The Snowbelle's zipper has been changed to a waterproof one and we...
The Snowbelle's zipper has been changed to a waterproof one and we did not notice any drafts getting through at speeds.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Comfort and Fit


The Snowbelle is quite comfortable and performed relatively well on the slopes. The7 H2No material is stiffer and less forgiving than a jacket with stretchy shell materials and so felt slightly more restrictive. This jacket is Patagonia's "relaxed fit," which we find to be slightly on the larger, baggier side, so if you're debating whether to size up or down, go down.

The Snowbelle is the most expensive 3-in-1 style jacket. We felt...
The Snowbelle is the most expensive 3-in-1 style jacket. We felt like a floating pair of legs in the white color.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Warmth


The Snowbelle's inner jacket has 60 grams of synthetic fill insulation, which is on the light side. Nevertheless, because it is two jackets in one, the Snowbelle feels slightly warmer than the amount of insulation it has. We did not notice any drafts coming through the zipper when traveling downhill at speed.

We love the Snowbelle's cavernous hood!
We love the Snowbelle's cavernous hood!
Photo: Scott Rokis

Ventilation


This 3-in-1 jacket has a problem with ventilation common with 3-in-1s. The pit-zips only vent the outer jacket, not through the insulation. We do not think that the Snowbelle's shell material is very breathable, but the pit zips definitely helped with ventilation. The Snowbelle's insulation is synthetic and will breathe slightly, or at least wick away moisture from the inside.

The Snowbelle's pit-zips ventilate through the shell but not the...
The Snowbelle's pit-zips ventilate through the shell but not the inner jacket.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Style


Sometimes 3-in-1 type jackets can appear bulkier and less flattering than regular insulated ski jackets. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the Snowbelle maintains a relatively flattering silhouette. However, Patagonia's relaxed fit sizing was on the large and bulky side. We like the contrasting inner lining color of the jacket, and think the liner jacket is cute on its own, especially with the non-grid-stitched side out.

The Snowbelle's inner jacket is now reversible. We prefer this side...
The Snowbelle's inner jacket is now reversible. We prefer this side out.
Photo: Scott Rokis

The white color we tested this jacket in is a poor choice, and we would never recommend anyone buying a white ski jacket. We shouldn't have bought it in white, we quickly realized. First, because it gets instantly dirty. Chairlifts are known to leak grease on riders, which is exactly what happened on day one of wearing the Snowbelle. Second, you blend into the mountain, which is a safety concern as other riders will have a harder time seeing you. We felt like a floating pair of legs in this jacket. Thankfully Patagonia has updated this jacket's colors this year and no longer offers it in white.

Ski Features


The outer shell jacket of the Snowbelle contains most of its features. It has all the ski specific features you could hope for, including a powder skirt, pass and goggle pockets, as well as a media pocket with a headphone port. The problem with most 3-in-1 style jackets is that when the inner jacket is zipped into the shell, most of these features become inaccessible. This problem can be solved by just wearing the two jackets as independent layers instead of zipping them together.

To access to all the Snowbelle's ski features in the shell you'll...
To access to all the Snowbelle's ski features in the shell you'll need to have the inner jacket unzipped.
Photo: Scott Rokis

The best feature this jacket has is RECCO avalanche technology, which usually only comes in higher-end jackets. Our favorite thing about the liner jacket is that it has zippered handwarmer pockets, so we can store things like keys or a wallet in them if we wear just the liner out. There is now one accessible chest pocket in the liner jacket as well, which is helpful if you do want to wear these jackets connected.

The Snowbelle's inner jacket now has a zippered Napoleon pocket.
The Snowbelle's inner jacket now has a zippered Napoleon pocket.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Value


The Snowbelle is one of the more expensive 3-in-1 jackets on the market. Patagonia increased the price since we originally tested this model, and we do not think it is an excellent value.

We aren't big fans of white ski jackets, but can't help but admire...
We aren't big fans of white ski jackets, but can't help but admire our ability to match here.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Conclusion


We're not sure this jacket is worth the money. It is ok at most things and will keep you dry and comfortable on the slopes, but we suspect it will wet out sooner than a higher quality Gore-Tex jacket, and it is not as warmly insulated as something with down or more synthetic insulation.

Jessica Haist