The Patagonia Snowshot Insulated Jacket is for those that need more than a shell like the regular Snowshot. The Snowshot seems to be the evolution of the Sidewall Jacket from 2010.
Size Tried: Large
Weight: 195 lbs,
Upper Body-:44” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 19.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body: 33” Waist, 42” Hips, 30” Inseam, 24.5” Thigh
Turn On’s: Size L Jackets that fit well around my chest, size M pants that fit well around my thighs so I can get in and out of my pockets, open roads, Surfy Powder Turns, Riding with Friends, new gear and especially my super-hot super smart super funny wife.
Turn Off’s: Size L Jackets that don’t fit well around my chest, super tight Size M Pants that I can’t get up over my thighs, traffic and people who can’t park inside the lines.
Fit: It’s on the baggy side of normal. It’s normal around my shoulders but a little baggier around the waist than the shoulders.
Comfort: It’s got a nice feel to it. All Patagoinia Jackets do.
Construction: Very well built. Patagonia doesn’t screw around and does a good job honoring their warranty.
Hood: I like contoured hoods better but just as many people prefer articulating hoods like this one.
Insulation/Warmth: It’s not as insulated as the Powderbowl Insulated Jacket. It’s the same in the body but a little less on the hood and limbs. It’s good for those that run cold or see a lot of cold and mostly dry weather.
Waterproofing: Unlike Gore-Tex Jackets that have a membrane insert but the Patagonia Snowshot has an outer laminate/spray called H2No. It does a very good job at keeping water on the outside but its not as waterproof as many of the Patagonia Jackets that have Gore-Tex. It will require more maintenance than a jacket with a membrane or laminate between the layers instead of on the outside layer like the Snowshot. That being said the Patagonia Snowshot is a good jacket for the price that also comes with a life time warranty. So if it does loose it’s waterproofing you can send it back and they will re-waterproof it.
Breathability: Since this is unpublished I’m not 100% on this but from my time with the jacket I found it felt like the equivalent to many 10k-15k breathability insulated jackets.
Overall: The Patagonia Snowshot Insulated Jacket isn’t a bad piece of outerwear and you have a great company to back it if anything goes wrong.