Patagonia Primo Down Men’s Review

Staying toasty while temps dip well below freezing in the Tetons thanks to the Patagonia Primo Down Jacket

What sets the Patagonia Primo Down Jacket apart from the competition is Patagonia’s ongoing commitment to ensure sound animal welfare by using 100% traceable down material for the Primo insulation.

Patagonia Primo Down Jacket Review

I found the Patagonia Primo Down Men’s Jacket to be perfect for working a night job in Jackson, Wyoming that frequently has me outside in harsh conditions. From shoveling snow to plowing roads and everything in between. I was looking for a jacket that would keep me warm with minimal layering, and one that I could stand around in the snow and cold without being affected by the winter weather we have here in the Tetons.

Patagonia Primo Down Front Pocket Zippers

Patagonia Primo Down Front Pocket Zippers

The Patagonia Men’s Primo Down Jacket would also be a great jacket to wear for lift-accessed hot laps on sub-zero mornings during your next ski trip. Patagonia went the extra mile with this piece and really beefed up the insulation, I like to think of it as cocoon cozy. The down insulation fully wraps around the hood to give you even more warmth on the coldest of days.

800-Fill Goose Down

Testing Patagonia's Primo Down Insulation in the Tetons Photo | Mountain Weekly News

This is the warmest insulated hardshell piece Patagonia has ever made. Think about that for a second… The outside of the Primo jacket features a 2 layer Gore-Tex fabric. While the inside of the jacket is filled with 800-Fill power goose down. Along with Gore-Tex the Men’s Patagonia Primo Down Jacket uses a DWR finish on to help repel even more rain and snow.

This jacket was designed with skiing and riding in mind and comes equipped with a RECCO® reflector sewn into the back. Patagonia’s Primo also features two deep zippered chest pockets, bomber Velcro cuffs, a removable powder skirt (although I left this on even when not riding) and a helmet compatible hood with a cool little visor that helps keep snow and wind off your face.

On the inside of the Primo are an integrated media storage compartment and a second deep pocket that works great for stashing snacks or an extra pair of gloves. But what really sets this jacket apart, and why your reading this review is the 800-fill traceable down. Check out the photo below, doesn’t that look comfortable?

Patagonia Primo Down Insulation Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Patagonia Primo Down Insulation Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Overall Impression

Yvon Chouinard, the owner and founder of Patagonia’s messages as of late and one I will continue to tell through the Mountain Weekly News is to ask yourself if you really need to buy this piece of gear? Can you get another season out of your current down jacket? If the answer is yes then my suggestion would be to hold off for another season or two.

even the hood is cozy on the Primo Down

Patagonia Primo Down Hood

If you’re in the market for a down jacket that will work in any conditions, one that you can feel good about not only wearing but also owning thanks to traceable down. I can see no better piece of insulated outerwear to buy this season than the Patagonia Primo Down Jacket ($699).

One thing to note, I felt the jacket was a little on the large size. Patagonia tends to run big. So this Medium seemed more like a large, especially at 5’11 145 pounds. That being said a little extra bulk on a down jacket should be expected and will surely increase your comfort level

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Patagonia Primo Down Jacket
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About the Author

Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. When not on a board, Mike worked for Snowboarder and later oversaw TGR's online publication. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief.

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