The Patagonia Snowshot jacket has been around for several years, but this is the first season we’ve had a chance to test it. The Patagonia Snowshot is a solid freestyle jacket with some added insulation for those who run a bit cold. Some of Patagonia’s higher end jackets have Gore-Tex waterproofing, but almost all others that don’t have to pass H2No standards. This basically means that all jackets have to be rated 20k before the killer wash and 10k afterwards. This means that even Patagonia’s lower end jackets, like the Patagonia Snowshot, provide decent waterproofing. Sure it’s not going to give you the same protection as a 3 layer Gore-Tex jacket, but the Patagonia Snowshot will keep you dry in all but the worst weather. I couldn’t find exact specs on the amount of insulation, but it’s moderately heavy insulation and would be more than enough to keep me warm on almost any day (I do run warm though). Although most H2No jackets provide a decent amount of breathability, the Patagonia Snowshot wouldn’t be great for a lot of hiking or backcountry use. It’s just a bit too warm, and with all that insulation it doesn’t breathe very well compared to a shell. The Patagonia Snowshot does have relatively large pits vents for added ventilation, but they won’t cool you down extremely fast. Bottom line is if you want a warm jacket, then the Patagonia Snowshot has you covered. If you’re looking for a breathable backcountry jacket, well then look elsewhere. The fit seems to be a bit baggy, but relatively true to size. I could get away with the small and still have a bit of room for layering, although with this much insulation, I only need a light base layer most of the time. The jacket has all of the features you’d expect for this price point. My only complaint I have is the chest pockets. For me it’s a preference thing, but I don’t like horizontal chest pockets as I find them awkward to use. This is only made worse by the addition of flaps. I know this helps keep water out, but I don’t like how difficult they can be to open. You may not find this a big issue, but I want vertically placed chest pockets with water resistant zippers and no flap. Other than that the Patagonia Snowshot is a great freestyle resort jacket. It’s warm enough for most days on the mountain, and offers a decent amount of protection from the wet snow. It’s not extremely breathable, but makes a great resort jacket. Patagonia also stands behind their entire product line, and if you ever have problems they will fix it or send you a new jacket.
Jacket Size – S
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: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets. And of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Size S Jackets that are too tight, and Size M jackets that are too loose in the waist. I really don’t like a loose waist that can allow cold air in, and I don’t like having to cinch down the waist. I also don’t like jackets that ride up when I’m skiing, The jacket should stay in place. Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets.