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Patagonia Insulated Powder Town Jacket Review


By: Cassidy Lavender, Digital Content Writer | August 22, 2022

Patagonia Insulated Powder Town Jacket - Women's

The Lowdown

The Patagonia Insulated Powder Town Jacket isn’t my usual first choice when it comes to choosing new outerwear for the season. Typically, I prefer the oversized look and feel when it comes to getting geared up for winter. My preferences vary like the temperature throughout the season, so I usually snag something slightly oversized that isn't insulated and I can layer as needed. Plus, I just vibe with the look of a big ole jacket. That being said…the Patagonia Insulated Powder Town may have completely changed my outlook, and I am so stoked I got to try out a different approach to outerwear. First of all, the jacket is SO SOFT. I couldn't believe how smooth it was against my skin, but that made me wonder if it wouldn't be quite as durable and could possibly get snagged or banged up if I went through some trees or took a few tumbles as usual. This was not the case. I put its durability to the test and dodged some trees making sure to take a few branch ends to the shoulder as I went, and to my pleasant surprise, the jacket and I came out unscathed every run.

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Technical Details

All day comfort on the mountain is my top priority, and the jacket’s breathability and overall comfort is really what sold me. Once I get working on the slopes I tend to get pretty warm and I can't stand being too hot, so insulated ski jackets are usually too much for me, but this jacket seemed to regulate my temperature super well. Even after a thigh-juicing mogul run, I felt great! I also really like when you have the jacket all the way zipped up you get awesome protection from the tall collar without having the hood up 24/7. There’s plenty of pockets that zip up and down super easily, and it includes a pass pocket on the arm which is a MUST for me. I hate having to lean every which way to get my pass scanned, so having that feature is something I always seek out. My last jacket’s zippers always snagged from the inside, so ease of use there is super ideal for grabbing stuff with gloves on, etc. 

Face Fabric 3.5oz 75D 100% Recycled Polyester
Membrane H2No® Performance Standard
Insulation Thermogreen® - 100% Recycled Polyester (80g Body / 40g Sleeves)
Fit Regular
Seam Sealing Fully Taped
Pockets Zippered Hand (x2) / Zippered Pass / Zippered Chest
Weight 26.94g

Ride Impressions

Something that really stood out to me overall was how versatile I could see this jacket being. Although it is designed for winter sports, I would undoubtedly use this for hiking or even just as my outerwear jacket running errands around Denver in the chilly months. It has a great casual look and fit that my normal ski jackets don’t, so it absolutely got some bonus points from me there. Plus, it’s super lightweight and packable so totally ideal for traveling. Another cool feature I never knew I needed is the hood cinches. Since I usually gravitate towards oversized jackets my hood would never stay up while skiing, but on this one you can cinch it up to fit however you’d like. Plus, if you’re not wearing the hood up you can cinch it down to keep from flopping around in the wind which I liked a lot.

While this jacket kept me completely dry on a snowy day, I’m not sure it would be my top pick to wear solo in blizzard conditions. I don't think it’s quite warm enough for the coldest parts of winter, but I brought my shell jacket to put on over this one for a super cold snow day, and that helped a bunch to deflect wind and retain the warmth more than the jacket does on its own. On those super cold days I also just want something that gets a little more coverage on my thighs and butt for sitting on frigid chairlifts. I do think it’s more ideal for skiers as there isn't a ton of coverage for sitting on the snow to strap in/adjust snowboard boots and bindings. The Women’s cut is definitely apparent, but it’s not so fitted that it would only work on certain body types. It is roomy enough to have a good base layer underneath, but not much more than that. Even though I debunked the speculation that its buttery soft material might not be as durable as I’m used to, I think buying with Patagonia is well worth the investment because they will pretty much repair anything that's fixable for the lifetime of the jacket if something were to break or snag.

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Breathable - great for spring skiing conditions.
  • Made from recycled materials.

Cons

  • Minimally insulated - not the warmest option for peak winter.
  • Only room enough for a single base layer underneath.

Who's It For?

The Patagonia Insulated Powder Town Jacket is ideal for someone looking for a comfortable, tapered fit that is also super versatile. Since this jacket isn’t the warmest option for peak winter conditions, it would be great to use on warmer bluebird days or on the skin track since it’s so lightweight and you can utilize the armpit zips. The simple, clean cut look makes this jacket perfect for running errands in the wintertime and is easily packable for travel adventures when staying lightweight is key!

The Bottom Line

Overall, this buttery soft, lightweight jacket is perfect for warmer springtime days on the slopes, running errands in town during peak winter conditions, or packing up to bring along for cooler climate adventures. It’s durable and equipped with GORE-TEX to protect you from the elements and Thermogreen® insulation to keep the heat in. Plus, it utilizes recycled materials, so you can stay all smiles knowing this is more eco-friendly than many other outerwear options. If you’re looking for something light, durable, simple, and soft, then the Patagonia Insulated Powder Town Jacket is for you!

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From the Brand

Patagonia
 

Fully featured for versatility and focused on mobility, the Insulated Powder Town Jacket has an H2No® Performance Standard 2-layer shell for waterproof, breathable and windproof protection from the elements. A blend of 40-g and 80-g Thermogreen® 100% polyester (90% recycled) insulation create targeted warmth and an articulated fit allows freedom of movement. A smooth taffeta liner provides comfort and snag-free of layering.

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About the Reviewer

Name: Cassidy Lavender
Age: 24
Height: 5'9”
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Reviewed: Small
Location(s): Colorado - I get a lot of days in at Copper Mtn, but I make it up to Steamboat and Aspen every year, and they're probably my all-time favorites.
Fit Preferences: Oversized
Riding Style: I mainly stick to resort skiing and have started spending some time facing fears in the park. My nature is to go faaaast, but lately, I've been putting effort into my technique and slowing things down to really get in the groove.

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