Alf tells us whether the PowSlayer jacket by Patagonia lives up to its name

Patagonia PowSlayer RRP £600

One for keen backcountry types, the PowSlayer uses lightweight and highly durable three-layer nylon ripstop Gore-Tex PRO fabric for the highest level of waterproof/breathable and windproof protection. As long as you’re layered up appropriately beneath it you’ll be warm, dry and comfortable whatever the conditions (the fit is pretty loose in both women's and men's jackets so layering is no problem).

The jacket’s helmet-compatible, two-way-adjustable fixed hood with laminated visor features a ‘Cohaesive’ embedded cord-lock system for quick and easy adjustment, even when wearing gloves, and the collar is quite high to further protect from the weather, although unfortunately it doesn’t come with a brushed fleece liner.

Watertight, coated zippers with ‘slim zip’ installation help to reduce bulk and weight on the PowSlayer, which comes in at around 547g; you’ll find the zips on the two chest and two handwarmer pockets, all of which are pretty generously sized, as well as on the pit zips and the lift pass pocket on the left sleeve. You also get a zippered internal security pocket and an internal mesh stash pocket.

The adjustable, low-profile cuffs can be secured over or under gloves, and an adjustable powder skirt can be cinched for a tight seal or made to lie flat when not in use, whilst a webbing loop at back connects to any Patagonia snow pants, and there’s a concealed Recco reflector to round things off.

The overall feel of the PowSlayer is light and spacious, and whilst not cheap it’s well worth checking out for any committed backcountry types.

FOR Well-considered features make it ideal for freeriding adventures

AGAINST Gore-Tex PRO fabric is quite ‘noisy’

What Patagonia say:

Updated this season with a more minimalist design and our first-ever GORE-TEX® Pro fabric featuring a fully recycled nylon face, the PowSlayer Jacket is more lightweight and packable. The fully featured shell delivers the highest level of durable waterproof/breathable and windproof protection for the gamut of snow pursuits and optimized for backcountry touring.