The Patagonia Powder Bowl is aimed squarely at the freeride market with its loose fit and bold colourways.
The tough 2-layer Gore-Tex fabric is built for durability but also to provide maximum waterproof/windproof performance and breathability.
We can't fault the Powder Bowl in the above regard - in everything from rain to sleet to driving snow it performs admirably and on long hikes the articulated cut and good moisture wicking performance from the brushed polyester mesh torso lining along with the pit zips make for an overall comfortable experience.
The removable, 2-way-adjustable, helmet-compatible hood has a laminated visor for optimal visibility and a tall collar protects the neck and face even with the hood down, although the relatively stiff fabric can make this feel a little imposing at times!
The Powder Bowl jacket has a range of pockets including two fleecy handwarmers, one chest with pocket for iPod/similar, one forearm, one interior drop-in, and one interior zipped pocket with key clip.
Other details in the jacket include cord lock adjustments at the hood and hem, a powder skirt with webbing loop that attaches to any Patagonia snow pants and an embedded Recco avalanche reflector.
We highly recommend the Powder Bowl jacket for its performance and durability, just make sure you're ok with the loose cut and bold colours before you take the plunge.