Words by: Holly Burns // @holzburz
Backcountry gear rarely gets reviewed by fellow female shredders; it can be hard to find online reviews of this kit and when I do, it’ll often be written by a man. In 9 years of splitboarding I have found finding women’s gear fit for purpose in the backcountry a constant battle. I’ve struggled to find a good and affordable three-layer outerwear for women that’s not cut to make us look bad rather than rad – cue Joy and Stella getting in touch to review the SnowDrifter jacket / pant combo from Patagonia.
I don’t think I need to give you much of a run down of Patagonia – arguably the golden boy of the snowsports industry clothing scene right now. The U.S. brand has gone and bucked their already solid sustainability message with this jacket and pant combination that comes in at an impressive weight of just 510 grams for the jacket and 516 grams for the pants – all whilst being made from 70% recycled fabrics.
“It comes in at an impressive weight of just 510 grams for the jacket and 516 grams for the pants”
The SnowDrifter jacket and pants are both made from Patagonia’s H2No stretchy fabric, which boasts some impressive breathability ratings with a nice bit of stretch built in. This is all whist dampening the sound of rustling on every stride on the way up the skin track, you can wave goodbye to the days of the bin bag outerwear hussle!