Price US $549

Patagonia Primo 2013 - 2012 Review by The Good Ride

The Patagonia Primo was their top of the line shell until the Patagonia Pow Slayer arrived. If you want to buy one jacket and not have another one for as long as you can stand it then this is a great alternative to Arcteryx and other high end jackets that only cater to skiers. You see more skiers wearing Patagonia jackets but the company doesn’t ignore us snowboarders and you even see pics of snowboarders in their catalog.

In the past Primo used a laminate on the outer layer called H2NO but the 2012 and above Primo Jackets use Gore-Tex making those the better choice.

Size Tried: Large
James’ Specs:
Height: 5’10”,
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: Felt like a similar fit to the Pow Slayer which is not as baggy as many Patagonia Snowboarding jackets I’ve tried.  It’s a good fit but it also has enough room for layering up.

Construction: top notch construction. It’s not going to wear out quickly and there is a great warranty to back it up.

Hood: If I had my choice of the 2 high end jackets in their line I’d go with the Pow Slayer because it has an articulating hood. Not everyone agrees with me on this and many like articulating hoods but for some reason Articulating hoods usually leave some small part of my face exposed and it doesn’t contour around my goggles.

Insulation/Warmth: None to speak of.  This is all about blocking wind and water so the layers you choose to wear under will do their job.

Waterproofing:  3 Layer Gore-Tex really gets the job done and it’s pretty bomb proof.

Breathability: Gore-Tex is really good for waterproofing but not quite there compared to some of the competitors when it comes to breathability. Still this is higher end Gore-Tex that does a really good job at pushing out moisture.

Overall: Yeah Patagonia isn’t the first choice for snowboard clothing but hell they makes clothes that last forever.  Patagonia is the only clothing company that is closest to zero environmental impact in the action sports industry. Supporting them is like investing long term in the snow we ride. .

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Insulation Type


Insulation Fill


Liner Type

No Liner

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers


Hood Type


Powder Skirt


Jacket to Pant Interface



2 Open Pit Zips

Layer Count

3 Layer

Waterproof Rating


Breathability Rating


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Very Thin