Price US $599

Patagonia Powslayer 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Patagonia Powslayer Bib has been around for a few years as one of Patagonia’s most technical pants. I’ve heard mixed reviews about them, but was still excited to test them out. Two of the biggest issues I’ve heard about the older versions was that there were no belt loops, and they had less than stellar durability. Patagonia seems to have addressed these issues with this new version. The Patagonia Powslayer now has belt loops at the waist which allow you to use them as pants. Patagonia also uses a 40D Gore-Tex Pro fabric, which prides itself as being highly durable waterproof and breathable fabric. I haven’t had the chance to wear the Powslayer for very long, so I can’t talk more about durability, but they do feel like a bomber shell. I’d hope a pant this pricey would last forever, but it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve been disappointed. In my experience, Gore-Tex pro works really well in wet snow conditions and it also breathes really well. The Patagoina Powslayer is designed with zero bulk construction which already has a light feel to it. Combine this with the long two way vents on the outside of the pant, and I don’t feel you’d have to worry too much about overheating. There aren’t too many other materials in use that are as waterproof and breathable as Gore-Tex Pro, so you’ll know your good to go when the weather turns. The pockets of the Patagonia Powslayer are pretty decent. I love how big the openings are on the leg pockets, and there also quite deep. The two pockets above the waist are good, but definitely quite a bit smaller. The fit is good, but it does run slightly big. I’m normally on the border of a small and medium, but definitely preferred the fit of the small in the Patagonia Powslayer. The waist, and lower torso fit well, but the legs are quite long and slightly baggy. This gives you plenty of room to layer underneath, so it wasn’t a hug deal. They are articulated, and with all the extra room, quite easy to maneuver in. We like the Patagonia Powslayer, but would like a bit more time to test out durability. I also have a hard time paying $600 for a pair of pants. I have seen it going for less now that the season is over though. It’s got high end waterproofing and breathability, great pockets, and a comfortable fit. Now we just hope it lasts more than a couple seasons.

Pant Size – S
Matt’s Specs:
Normal Specs– 5’10”, 160 lbs,
Upper Body– 34.5” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body- 30” Waist, 38” Hips, 30” Inseam, 22” Thigh
Turn On’s: Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets.
Turn Off’s: Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets.

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Type

Shell

Treatment Type

DWR

Insert Type

Gore-Tex

Insulation Type

None

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Bib

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Outer

Meshed Vents

No

Layer Count

3 Layer

Company Waterproof Rating

Proprietary

Company Breathability Rating

Proprietary

Manufactured in

Vietnam

Fit

Semi Baggy

Packability

Thin

Waterproofing

Great

Breathability

Great

Warmth

Average