Patagonia PowSlayer Jacket review. OnTheSnow reviewed this shell jacket as part of its 2016/2017 Jacket Buyers' Guide.

Favorite Features: In combination with the PowSlayer’s three-layer Gore-Tex and DWR finish, the slicker-esque colorway tested gave the impression that this jacket was not only ready for bottomless snow-mosas, but for torrential downpours as well. Rain or bluebird, we loved how lightweight (3.72 oz.) and compactable this shell was. As we’ve come to expect from Patagonia, the PowSlayer was chock-full of bells and whistles, from a concealed RECCO reflector to a two-way adjustable hood with laminated visor.

Room for Improvement: We loved the multitude of pockets and stash options, however, the secure media pocket can only be accessed from the exterior and runs too small for most phones.


Fit: Patagonia updated this year’s slayer of pow with a “pulled-in” fit. The result? A modern man’s look and feel. The large tested fit true to size and provided the amount of coverage along the bottom hem you’d expect from a storm-ready shell.

On-Snow Performance: Although there was little powder for us to slay during our on-snow test, the PowSlayer kept us surprisingly warm against the single-digit temps. This jacket offered excellent mobility and performed exceptionally well when it came time to lean into a few turns.

Manufacturer Description: Updated this season with a refined fit and a new adjustable powder skirt, the PowSlayer Jacket is lightweight, packable and highly breathable protection for all of your snow sports pursuits. Built with innovative zero-bulk construction for freedom of movement and GORE-TEX® Pro fabric for the highest level of durably waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.