• Price: £600 / €700
  • Waterproofing: 3-Layer Gore-Tex
  • Breathability: 3-Layer Gore-Tex

On a budget? Move along - Patagonia outerwear ranks among the most expensive out there. However, if the question is whether or not it represents good value, the answer is a no-brainer. Buying Patagonia could not only save you a fortune in the long run, it can also enhance your days on the mountain like you never would have believed.

The brand is built on the three R’s: reduce, re-use, recycle, and the Patagonia Powslayer snowboard jacket is a perfect example of this. If you buy it, you can expect it to last you so long that you’ll forget what it was like to buy a new model every one or two years. Even if you damage it, Patagonia’s cost-effective repair service will get it good as new again. Also, with the 2017/18 version of the Powslayer the brand are taking their already-stellar commitment to using recycled products, and raising it to a new level.

The use of a three-layer Gore-Tex shell has always been what makes jackets like the Patagonia Powslayer a favourite with the most demanding mountain men, who need something that can cope with the harshest conditions. The nylon outer shell is now made entirely of recycled materials, without compromising the quality.

"The brand is built on the three R’s: reduce, re-use, recycle, and the Patagonia Powslayer snowboard jacket is a perfect example of this"

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The Patagonia Powslayer packs all the necessary features for a day spent far out of bounds. The powder skirt is subtle and lightweight, but effective, and there’s an interface for connecting to the matching Patagonia Powslayer snowboard pants - or any other model from the brand.

"The Patagonia Powslayer packs all the necessary features for a day spent far out of bounds"

All zips are fully weatherproof, so you can always trust that your essentials will remain secure. The hood is not only helmet-compatible, but also shaped with a brim and fully adjustable. Even in a howling blizzard, you’ll be able to get the best possible vision whilst still remaining snug as a bug.

Getting cold and wet on exposed peaks is one of the worst things you can experience on a mountain, and can be more dangerous than any cliffdrop you’ve been eyeing up. With the right kit, however, exploring new terrain is hard to beat - and the Patagonia Powslayer snowboard jacket falls firmly into that category.

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