List Price US $299
Type Fully Insulated
Hood Type Articulating
Powder Skirt Yes
Jacket to Pant Interface Yes
Vents 2 Meshed Pit Zips
Layer Count 2 Layer
Waterproof Rating 15K
Breathability Rating 10K
Manufactured in China

Semi Baggy

Waterproofing Good
Breathability Average


Packability Thick

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Patagonia Snowshot Insulated Men's Jacket 2013 - 2012 Review by The Good Ride

The Patagonia Snowshot Insulated Men’s 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.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  No one is perfect and we do make money from the “Where To Buy” links below, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

Size Tried: Large
James’ Specs:
Height: 5’10”,
Weight: 195 lbs,
Upper Body-:44” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collarbone 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 Patagonia 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 it’s 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 lifetime warranty.  So if it does lose 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.

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