The PowSlayer Jacket and Bibs remain at the top end of Patagonia’s shell line for 2016. They effortlessly combine the highest levels of tech function with clean, modern big mountain styling.
Definitely one of the most desirable shells on the market, the PowSlayer Jacket is light enough for big days on a splitboard but durable enough for shredding trees as the resort on a pow day. Gore-Tex Pro fabric is bomber, fully weatherproof and super breathable and the feature set is functional and straightforward.
Two hand pockets, two chest pockets (just what’s needed for splitboard use), two internal drop pockets and an internal zipped pocket provide ample storage options. A big helmet compatible hood cinches down on storm days with the help of Cohaesive Components and the stealthy powder skirt is one of the cleanest and lightest I’ve seen. The fit is roomy and articulated, it looks like a snowboard jacket not an alpine climbing shell. The 2016 model is a modified version of the 2014 model I reviewed here. The small pocket modifications have most likely improved an already great jacket and the new colourways are looking really sweet.
The PowSlayer Bibs are built to the same spec as the jacket in primo Gore-Tex Pro. More like a high waisted pant than a proper bib, these are the kind of legwear you want to be pulling on for big powder days. Two thigh pockets along with two small zipped waist pockets provide storage, side vents dump heat on the skintrack and the loose, articulated fit works well with layers for cold days cruising the resort and provides freedom of movement for making sketchy moves to get the top of a line.