- Freeride fit is roomy without being bulky
- Lots of pockets
- Helmet compatible hood
- Long hem and snug, warm collar
- Less weatherproof
Patagonia applies their excellent ski-jacket approach to a super-warm, overstuffed down jacket. It’s got a roomy freeride cut for great freedom of movement, but doesn’t feel bulky thanks to smart tailoring, and comes with plenty of bells and whistles—like removable powder skirt and lots of pockets for goggles and shades and backcountry gear. Its not seam-taped, so wouldn’t be appropriate for very wet conditions.
The Patagonia Rubicon Down’s shell is a medium-thickness nylon ripstop treated with a durable waterproof repellent. The jacket is stuffed with 700-fill down. The seams aren’t taped, so rain would eventually get to the feathers, if you chose to keep riding in such conditions.
The freeride cut means there’s plenty of room to move around for dynamic riding (i.e halfpipe tricks) but isn’t obnoxiously big, and thanks to a light shell, doesn’t feel bulky. The fit will be just about right for most torsos. As with Arcteryx’s Keibo, the liner is smooth and continuous, so underlayers don’t bind. The hood is very well insulated and fits over any helmet. The Rubicon’s long hemline and overstuffed collar really seal in the heat, and pit zips will help you vent if things get too warm, which is a distinct possibility with the Rubicon. Classic Patagonia touches like hem draw-strings located inside the hand-warmer pockets and lots of pockets inside to stash a trailmap, goggles or extra gloves. Unzip the powder skirt to save some more weight if you are hauling this thing into the backcountry.
How We Tested It
Six different testers skied slopes from Whistler to Utah, to Jackson Hole. Wet weather testing went down at Oregon’s Mount Hood Meadows.
The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.
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- Pit zips: medium
- Waterproof: No
- Powder skirt: Removable
- Helmet Compatible Hood: Yes
- Gender: Men's
- Fall 2012
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