One of the most exciting things to happen to the outerwear world as of late is the use of the GORE-TEX C-KNIT fabric membrane. For people that ski tour and splitbord the Patagonia Refugitive Jacket is especially amazing, you can literally pack this jacket into any nook and cranny of your backpack.
Patagonia Refugitive Jacket Review
As mentioned above, Patagonia is using a 3-Layer GORE-TEX fabric that is super adaptable to just about any movement you put your body into. This is the sort of jacket that actually works with you instead of moving against you. At 5’11 I chose the size Medium which offered plenty of length int he arms even when bending down and the same at the waist.
The front of the Refugitive Jacket is a single chest pocket which would work for storing small items like a cell phone of a compass. There are also 2 side pockets which are referred to as “handwarmer pockets” however I have yet to use this feature in the field. Typically if your hands are cold your SOL.
While on the inside of the jacket there is another similar sized zippered pocket along with an additional open style pocket that can store glove or possibly even one skin if needed. If this jacket featured open pocket it would easily work for storing skins on the descent (hint, hint Patagonia)
For anyone that skis or rides at the resort or in the backcountry accessed from the ski resort the Patagonia Refugitive Jacket also features RECCO reflectors.
Another cool feature for fans of Patagonia is the simple interface from this jacket to any Patagonia Snow pants via the Elasticized strap, which once again moves with your body instead of against. It’s super easy to use with the simple snap of a button.
One thing that could be improved with the overall fit would be the addition of a powder skirt. For those of you that normally use one, it can be a somewhat naked feeling to go without a powder skirt.
Patagonia, their athletes, designers, and marketing team clearly understand the progression into backountry skiing and splitboarding. With products like the Patagonia Refugitive Jacket, it is no wonder that Patagonia is the goto piece of gear for many backcountry recreationalist and heck half the jackets you see standing in line at the ski resort are Patagonia too.
Oh, and last but not least for those of you that like to wear hoods this jacket comes with an easy to adjust hood that is designed to allow even more Peripheral vision then you’re used to while wearing a helmet.
With great Gore-Tex waterproofing, a flexible fit and incredibly packability there is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t have the Patagonia Refugitive Jacket ($499) tucked inside your packet or even better wearing against your body during your next tour in the backcountry.