• PATAGONIA

    Descensionist Jacket

    $449.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    A favorite backcountry kit at Thread the Needle, the Descensionist jacket and pant feel soft like pajamas, but they actually have a new three-layer fabric engineered by Patagonia that has a ridiculous breathability and feather weight.

    Its features are the minimum essentials—two chest pockets large enough for a pair of skins; a helmet-compatible hood; inside, a pouch to stash a pair of goggles and a zippered pocket for your iPhone. One thing Patagonia intentionally left out—a fleece-type fabric on the collar, which is a nest for germs, often gets pilled by scratchy facial hair and ice, and is unnecessary because you’re probably wearing a buff.

    The Powder POSSE stamped it with universal approval. “Great for all but the windiest, wettest days,” said Ben Kallman. “Use for uphill and downhill skiing.”

    “I can’t wait to use this jacket on a regular basis,” said Crystal Sagan. “Easy, light, high performance but subtle features. The most comfortable kit I’ve worn all week.”

    “The Descensionist obviously would crush on a sunny day in the backcountry. But its performance on a slow chairlift in a blizzard was skeptical,” said Julie Brown. “So when I took it to the ski resort on a late-April storm day and stayed dry, warm, and protected, I was completely, 100 percent sold on the Patagonia Descensionist as a tool for the backcountry that translates to the ski resort, too.”

    Guide-year

    2018

    Guide-type

    Apparel

    Product-collection

    The Best Women’s Ski Jackets of the Year

    Brand Name

    PATAGONIA

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    Product-type

    Jackets

    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    Women’s

  • PATAGONIA

    Descensionist Pant

    $379.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    If a hard shell and a soft shell got married and had a baby, their love child would be the Descensionist, which is made with a new three-layer fabric engineered by Patagonia to hit the sweetspot between breathability and waterproofing.

    The Descensionist jacket is lightweight, soft, quiet, and flexible. It’s not as waterproof as the Gore-Tex PowSlayer, and it’s not as breathable as a soft shell or midlayer, but it’s just right if you want both. Its features are the minimum essentials—two thigh pockets big enough for a beacon, a pocket for your keys, vents in each leg. Like the jacket, Patagonia left out a few unnecessary things. There is no gaiter in the cuff of the pant, which gave some Powder POSSE members pause.

    “Maybe snow will get in your boot on the deepest, powdery of days if you are flailing in the snow—in which case a little bit of snow in your boots will be the least of your problems,” said Julie Brown. “But when I took them into the backcountry, the pants stayed put all day, even on a steep bootpack, and I appreciated that I didn’t have to mess with a gaiter to adjust my boot buckles.”

    When it came to fit, the women on the Powder POSSE loved the Descensionist pants and their stretchy flexibility. “Amazing fit, articulated to allow for movement and still drapes in an appealing/attractive way,” said Crystal Sagan. “I could live in these in the backcountry. Super comfortable, light, and straight forward.” One qualm raised to the POSSE’s attention was the pants’ belt. It had a tendency to get pulled too deep into the belt-holder, forcing the wearer to fish it out.

    Guide-year

    2018

    Guide-type

    Apparel

    Product-collection

    The Best Women’s Ski Pants of the Year

    Brand Name

    PATAGONIA

    Brand Website Click Here
    Product-type

    Pants

    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    Women’s

  • PATAGONIA

    Men’s Powslayer Bibs

    $599.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Full coverage bibs featuring a low- profile, minimalist design, symmetrical styling and a 100% recycled 3-layer GORE-TEX® ProTM nylon face fabric, completed with a durable water repellent finish; they’re more lightweight, packable and sustain- ably built than ever. Delivering the highest level of durable waterproof/breathable/windproof protection for a gamut of snow pursuits, they provide premium storm protection in a full range of kick-ass (or not) conditions in the backcountry.

    Guide-year

    2018

    Guide-type

    Apparel

    Product-collection

    Brand Catalog

    Brand Name

    PATAGONIA

    Brand Website Click Here
    Product-type

    Pants

    Skiers Choice

    Yes

    Gender

    Men’s

  • PATAGONIA

    Men’s Powslayer Jacket

    $699.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Delivering prime storm protection, plus more packable and lighter than before, this 3-layer hard shell is now made with 100% recycled GORE-TEX® ProTM nylon face fabric. This season’s PowSlayer not only delivers the highest level of durable waterproof/breathable and windproof protection, but reduces our reliance on petroleum to make new products. Our premium snow-seeking jacket for every mountain pursuit.

    Guide-year

    2018

    Guide-type

    Apparel

    Product-collection

    Brand Catalog

    Brand Name

    PATAGONIA

    Brand Website Click Here
    Product-type

    Jackets

    Skiers Choice

    Yes

    Gender

    Men’s

  • PATAGONIA

    PowSlayer Bibs

    $599.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Every Thread the Needle, the Patagonia Powslayer is a stand-out favorite. This year, it feels even better as Patagonia introduces a 100 percent recycled face as part of their three-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric. That fabric is light—this is technically a freeride touring kit—but feels tough to the touch. With proper layering, there’s no reason they should not be a skier’s everyday outerwear.

    “The lightest, most comfortable three-layer I’ve tested,” said Ben Kallman. “I’d use them on 99 percent of ski days during the season, for 10 seasons in a row.”

    In addition to the fabric, the Powslayer also stands out for its cut. The jacket fits a little long and slim, and the pants a little loose. For many, the sizing just feels comfortable—right in the middle from Old Euro Guy and Breckenridge Park Rat. Bibs seem especially difficult to configure where exactly they’ll sit—often bulking up down low for a solid diaper feel, or coming in too high as crotch grabbers—but these sit just right and have a stretchy elastic waist that nullifies any need for a belt.

    “One can just move so much better in Patagonia,” said John Clary Davies. “You feel more athletic because there is less fabric, less bulk, but they are no less bomber or badass.”

    A tired cliché is to mock Patagonia for their exorbitant prices. Yes, these garments are expensive. But look around the hill. While other jackets and pants wear down, these do not. Patagonia’s generous warranties and expertly crafted pieces are meant to allow you to wear these for a decade or beyond. With muted colors and clean, simple designs, they are timeless. Perhaps, indeed, the only ski item that will make their way into your will.

    Guide-year

    2018

    Guide-type

    Apparel

    Product-collection

    The Best Men’s Ski Pants of the Year

    Brand Name

    PATAGONIA

    Brand Website Click Here
    Product-type

    Pants

    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    Men’s

  • PATAGONIA

    PowSlayer Jacket

    $699.00

    BUY NOW

    Manufacturer's Description

    Every Thread the Needle, the Patagonia Powslayer is a stand out favorite. This year, it feels even better as Patagonia introduces a 100 percent recycled face as part of their three-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric. That fabric is light—this is technically a freeride touring kit—but feels tough to the touch. With proper layering, there’s no reason they should not be a skier’s everyday outerwear.

    “The lightest, most comfortable three-layer I’ve tested,” said Ben Kallman. “I’d use them on 99 percent of ski days during the season, for 10 seasons in a row.”

    In addition to the fabric, the Powslayer also stands out for its cut. The jacket fits a little long and slim, and the pants a little loose. For many, the sizing just feels comfortable—right in the middle from Old Euro Guy and Breckenridge Park Rat. Bibs seem especially difficult to configure where exactly they’ll sit—often bulking up down low for a solid diaper feel, or coming in too high as crotch grabbers—but these sit just right and have a stretchy elastic waist that nullifies any need for a belt.

    “One can just move so much better in Patagonia,” said John Clary Davies. “You feel more athletic because there is less fabric, less bulk, but they are no less bomber or badass.” A tired cliché is to mock Patagonia for their exorbitant prices. Yes, these garments are expensive. But look around the hill. While other jackets and pants wear down, these do not.

    Patagonia’s generous warranties and expertly crafted pieces are meant to allow you to wear these for a decade or beyond. With muted colors and clean, simple designs, they are timeless. Perhaps, indeed, the only ski item that will make their way into your will.

    Guide-year

    2018

    Guide-type

    Apparel

    Product-collection

    The Best Men’s Ski Jackets of the Year

    Brand Name

    PATAGONIA

    Brand Website Click Here
    Product-type

    Jackets

    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    Men’s

  • PATAGONIA

    Women’s Desensioinist Jacket

    $449.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Our most breathable waterproof stretch hard shell hits the essential sweet spot of moisture management: enough breathability for vigorous skintracks and enough waterproofing for the burliest of storms. This lightweight 3-layer jacket will keep you dry from the inside out and outside in, so you can leave it on for both the up and down, from the roam-and-rove to rowdy, mission-focused days in the backcountry.

    Guide-year

    2018

    Guide-type

    Apparel

    Product-collection

    Brand Catalog

    Brand Name

    PATAGONIA

    Brand Website Click Here
    Product-type

    Jackets

    Skiers Choice

    Yes

    Gender

    Women’s

  • PATAGONIA

    Women’s Desensionist Pant

    $379.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Our most breathable pants, built to keep you in motion throughout the day. Made with a supersoft 3-layer stretch fabric protected by a durable water repellent finish, plus a knit backer that manages moisture and glides over layers, these pants keep the most keen backcountry senders comfortably dry, protected and on the move, both up and down the mountain.

    Guide-year

    2018

    Guide-type

    Apparel

    Product-collection

    Brand Catalog

    Brand Name

    PATAGONIA

    Brand Website Click Here
    Product-type

    Pants

    Skiers Choice

    Yes

    Gender

    Women’s

  • PATAGONIA

    Midweight Snow Socks

    $35.00

    Manufacturer's Description

    A review of the Patagonia Midweight Snow Socks, from the 2017 POWDER Apparel Guide.

    Brand Description

    Patagonia, Inc., based in Ventura, California, is a leading designer of core snow, outdoor, surf and sport-related apparel, equipment, and accessories. This season, Patagonia presents snow gear for everything from quick-strike powder missions to multi-day approaches: wearable equipment for moving in the mountains.

    Guide-type

    Apparel

    Guide-year

    2017

    Brand Name

    PATAGONIA

    Brand Website Click Here
    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    All

    Features

    Additional Padding on Top of Foot • Excellent Stretch and Recovery Above-Calf Height • Looped Lintoe® Construction Creates Flat Seams

  • PATAGONIA

    Men’s Capilene® Lightweight Bottoms

    $49.00

    Manufacturer's Description

    A review of the Patagonia Men’s Capilene® Lightweight Bottoms, from the 2017 POWDER Apparel Guide.

    Brand Description

    Patagonia, Inc., based in Ventura, California, is a leading designer of core snow, outdoor, surf and sport-related apparel, equipment, and accessories. This season, Patagonia presents snow gear for everything from quick-strike powder missions to multi-day approaches: wearable equipment for moving in the mountains.

    Guide-type

    Apparel

    Guide-year

    2017

    Brand Name

    PATAGONIA

    Brand Website Click Here
    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    All

    Features

    Polygiene® Permanent Odor Control • Fair Trade CertifiedTM Sewing • Smooth Face Fabric for Easy Layering • Elastic Waistband is Brushed for Next-to-Skin Softness • Flatlock Seams to Minimize