Price US $299

Patagonia Powder Bowl Pant 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The Patagonia Powder Bowl pant is a great pant for serious skiers. It is a 2-layer Gore-Tex pant that is designed to keep you nice and dry when skiing in wet snow. It has a very comfortable fit that feels true to size. Although it’s not insulated, it does offer some extra warmth with a tricot liner on the knees and rear. It’s a good option for those who ski in wet climates, and for those who see 25-50 days a year.

Patagonia Powder Bowl Pant In-Studio Review

Tester: Matt

Pant Size: S

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The Patagonia Powder Bowl pant is a 2-layer Gore-Tex pant that offers solid waterproofing and breathability. Gore-Tex is top of the line when it comes to waterproofing. Better yet, the Patagonia Powder Bowl has coated zippers and fully sealed seems for added protection against the elements. Sure it’s only two layers, but even so it will still offer solid protection in wet snow and a light rain. Those who ski more than 50 times a year may want to look at a 3 layer option for better durability and better protection on the wettest days. Breathability is also good, but not great. Gore-Tex isn’t known for its breathability. While it’s solid, it’s not going to be your pant for boot packing or skinning to your favorite stash.

Fit: The Patagonia Powder Bowl pant has a great fit that is true to size and very comfortable. It has a regular fit that just feels good through the entire pant. The waist fits well, the thighs fit well, and the legs are roomy without being too loose. The knees are also articulated which help make them feel better for maneuverability. The front pockets can be a touch tight, especially when bending over. Despite this, I felt this was one of the better fitting pants in a regular fit.

Warmth: The Patagonia Powder Bowl pant is a 2-layer shell with a brushed tricot lining over the knees and butt. While this won’t provide a lot of warmth, it will provide better protection from the wind and snow. For a person who runs warm the Powder Bowl would be warm enough for all but the coldest days. The Patagonia Powder Bowl also has outer leg vents for better temperature control on warmer days.

Features: The Patagonia Powder Bowl pant has everything you’ll want for a good day on the snow. It’s a borderline technical shell with high end waterproofing, decent breathability, and a very comfortable fit. It also has coated zippers, articulated knees, jacket to pant interface, and a RECCO reflector.

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Type

Shell

Treatment Type

Gore-Tex Laminate

Insert Type

Gore-Tex

Insulation Type

None

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Bib

No

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Outer

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

2 Layer

Company Waterproof Rating

Proprietary

Company Breathability Rating

Proprietary

Manufactured in

Vietnam

Fit

Normal

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Great

Breathability

Good

Warmth

Average