Patagonia Powder Bowl (Women's)
Designed to perform all season long, from cold December powder to spring slush, the Powder Bowl jacket from Patagonia is your go-to jacket for any given day throughout the winter. This lightweight 2-layer Gore-Tex shell is great for layering up under in the cold, and it features an articulated fit for ease of movement. Other features include a removable helmet-compatible hood, armpit zip-vents, a Recco reflector and handy powder skirt, which includes loop at the back that connects to any Patagonia snow pants.
|MATERIAL||Shell: 2-layer 150 denier Gore-Tex with DWR. Lining: 100% polyester mesh. Powder Skirt: 91% recycled Polyester, 9% spandex|
|POCKETS||Two front zip. One chest zip. One forearm zip. One inner zip. Inner water bottle pouch.|
Gore-Tex 2-layer Fabric
Gore-Tex 2-layer fabric is not quite as rugged and robust as its equivalent Pro shell, but it still has all the same waterproof, windproof and breathable capabilities, making it ideal for snow sports and good-weather backcountry hiking or ski touring. The Gore-Tex membrane is bonded with a soft outer fabric and then teamed with a floating liner, for lightweight comfort, freedom of movement and performance over a range of different temperatures and activities. The Gore-Tex membrane is so effective because it is covered with millions of tiny pores, which are too small to let water droplets, but are large enough to let water vapour out. The high pressure that builds inside a sweaty jacket is what allows the moisture vapour to escape through the membrane to the low pressure of the outside world, keeping you comfortable and warm at all times.
RECCO is a passive reflector system which improves your chances of being found if you are caught in an avalanche. The RECCO system is used by rescue teams in over 600 mountain resorts globally, making it the most ubiquitous system around. However, while RECCO will improve your chances if the worst is to happen, it’s important to note that it is no substitute for a transceiver, avalanche training courses and a solid understanding of mountain safety.
The DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish has become almost ubiquitous in the outdoor industry, and the satisfying water beading it provides has become the hallmark of a beautiful jacket. It is not strictly waterproof but will provide protection on it’s own against a light shower; however it does wear off so needs to be topped up from time to time. The DWR stops water from soaking into the outer layer of waterproof fabrics like Gore-Tex, meaning they remain breathable and light in even in heavy rain.
Patagonia Lifetime Warranty
Patagonia Lifetime Warranty
Patagonia offer an ‘Ironclad Warranty’ which means if you’re dissatisfied with the performance of a product at the time of purchase or afterwards, or if it breaks unexpectedly, they will provide a free exchange, refund or repair. They will also repair damage from wear and tear for a reasonable price, and have a section of their website that shows you to repair your own clothing, so there’s no need to unnecessarily buy new gear.
Right from the start, Patagonia has been at the forefront of environmentally friendly production, and are still one of the only companies in the world that offer a completely transparent supply chain to anyone who cares to look. They are constantly experimenting and developing new ways to bring us durable and sustainably produced clothing - recycled polyester, organic cotton, traceable down, responsibly sourced merino and undyed cashmere are all common materials in the Patagonia catalogue. As well as using the best materials and production methods for the planet, Patagonia also make sure every one of their employees is treated fairly, from the shop floor to factories all over the world. And they donate a percentage of their yearly profits to environmental initiatives and community projects in many different countries.