Price US $250

Patagonia Rubicon 2014 Review by A Better Ski

The Patagonia Rubicon pant is a solid pant for those in colder climates. It has a heavy denier outer fabric and 60g of insulation to keep you warm when the weather is cold. They are a comfortable pant, and come with all of the features you’ll need for a day on the slopes.

Patagonia Rubicon Insulated Pant Review

Tester: Matt

Pant Size: S

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The Patagonia Rubicon meets Patagonia’s H2No standards which mean 20k waterproofing before killer wash tests and 10k afterwards. What does this mean for waterproofing? Well, all of my experience with Patagonia has been good, but not great. This isn’t a Gore-Tex pant, but it has enough waterproofing for all but the wettest of days. I could probably ride an entire season in Colorado and never have to worry about the pants soaking through. If you ski in an area that sees a lot more wet snow and rain, then it may be worth going with Gore-Tex over H2No. Breathability is okay with these pants, but with a heavy insulation I never feel like they breathe super well. I also run really warm, so for me the vents would always be open.

Fit: The Patagonia Rubicon pant has a loose fit and feel, but it was pretty true to size. The pant was actually really comfortable, but they do look slightly baggy. I didn’t mind the fit all, even though I typically prefer a bit more articulated fit. Those who like the freestyle look and feel will like this pant, but I don’t feel like others will hate it. Also with sizing true to size you won’t have to size up or down.

Warmth: The Patagonia Rubicon has 60g of insulation for warmth. I found them to be seriously warm. They feel a bit heavy to begin with because of a thick denier outer shell, but add in the 60g of insulation and they feel super toasty. I run really warm, so I’d probably never really wear these except for the coldest days in mid-winter. All other times I would find these a bit too warm. These would be great if you ski in really cold conditions all the time, or if you naturally when cold and need a really warm pant.

Features: The Patagonia Rubicon is a pretty standard insulated ski pant with just enough features for a good day on the slopes. It’s comfortable, warm, and does moderately well in wet weather.

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Type

Insulated Pant

Treatment Type

Other

Insert Type

Other

Insulation Type

Other

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

No

Bib

No

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Inner

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

2 Layer

Company Waterproof Rating

Proprietary

Company Breathability Rating

Proprietary

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Semi Baggy

Packability

Thick

Waterproofing

Good

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Great