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Patagonia SnowDrifter Jacket Review
The new Patagonia SnowDrifter Jacket is part of the new backcountry ski and splitboard inspired line up of clothing. Made for human-powered snow adventures. This is a nice update from the Decsensionist kit from Patagonia.
SnowDrifter – New Backcountry Kit from Patagonia
The SnowDrifter lineup from Patagonia has comprised of a men’s and women’s jacket $399 and bibs, one for men $349 and one for women $349. They have two backpacks as well. A 20L $149 and 30L $169. This review will focus on the men’s SnowDrifter jacket. We will have a review up on the men’s bibs as well.
Stay tuned for Womens SnowDrifter Jacket and Bib review too!
But wait, there is more! We also have a detailed review of the women’s SnowDrifter Jacket and SnowDrifter Bibs thanks to our badass backcountry telemarker, donut loving, writer – Eliza Lockhart.
Men’s Patagonia SnowDrifter Jacket
This jacket is packed with a lot of awesome features that make it ideal for backcountry touring. Whether it is skiing, splitboarding, snowshoeing or whatever you do for fun in the backcountry! The build quality is noticeably stronger than its previous iteration – the Decsentionist jacket. Though I do love the old jacket for its stretch and quietness. The new SnowDrifter weighs about the same (around 22 oz for large) yet it feels twice as burly.
By no means does the extra burliness mean that it is heavy or restrictive. In fact, it is quite the opposite. The 75D polyester ripstop material is quite stretchy and pliable. Much more so than a traditional 50D + material. The fabric also has a nice mechanical stretch to it. This is very helpful in backcountry touring.
70% recycled materials
You can feel good knowing that the burly, stretchy materials of this jacket (and the bibs) are 70% recycled. Add in Fair Trade sewn and you have a nice happy story behind the gear. I am a big fan of any company that does it’s best to reduce footprint and treat employees well. I think you can get behind that too!
3 Layer H2No Performance Shell
I am a fan of Patagonia’s in house waterproof breathable materials. They have not let me down yet. As nice as it can be to have a GoreTex Pro Shell, or other brand name WPB technology, the house brand holds its own just fine. Case in point is the Performance Shell membrane used in this jacket. It has a nice stretch to it. Previous garments I have used with this WPB membrane have lasted years of abuse.
Fit and Function
The fit and function of this shell are great. For reference, I am 6’1″ 205lbs, 45″ chest, 33″ waist, and 36-37″ arms. The size large fits perfectly. Great coverage for the torso, even with hands overhead. Arm length is very good covers under-cuff gloves easily. Using the size guide on the Patagonia website was accurate.
Final thoughts on Patagonia SnowDrifter Jacket
I love the new design and materials of the SnowDrifter Jacket and bibs. The addition of the Napolean pocket is very helpful. It swallows up a large smartphone with ease. There is an additional small, zippered pocket inside this pocket. Ideal for car keys or small valuables.
The only gripe I can think of is the hand pocket placement. They are lower than traditional alpine or backcountry style jackets. They look cool and are functional for street use, but not good when your backpack hip belt is in use. This is a minor thing and probably won’t affect some of you. But, it is something to consider when looking at this jacket. If that is not an issue for you, then the Patagonia SnowDrifter Jacket is your backcountry jacket. Fairly priced at $399.
Patagonia Women’s SnowDrifter Jacket- A Perfect Fit
Growing up snowboarding and hiking in the bitter cold winters and humid summers of northern Vermont, Eliza learned how to beat up gear and quickly became infatuated with new technologies. After moving to Colorado in 2015 to pursue a degree in recreation and outdoor education at Western Colorado University, her passion for the outdoors grew exponentially. Soon after, she picked up rock climbing, telemark skiing, backpacking, canyoneering, and is slowly learning to love rafting. Through these learning processes, Eliza began to understand the importance of the right gear and hopes to share her experiences and knowledge with others through Engearment.
Now working for Beacon Guidebooks as the ‘Wearer of Many Hats’ (yes, that is her official title), Eliza has learned the ins and outs of the outdoor industry. She has also worked on marketing teams, as a photographer, media coordinator, outdoor instructor and as a wrangler. She is especially excited to encourage other women in the outdoors and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion.