GORE-TEX has long been held as the gold standard of waterproof breathable materials for technical outdoor clothing. Many brands, including Patagonia, have made their own waterproof breathable materials, but GORE-TEX was always what their materials were measured against, and has the track record to back it up.
So when Patagonia announced it would be bringing GORE-TEX back to its best ski and snowboard jackets and pants, we here at Tahoe Mountain Sports were stoked. Now that it’s here in the store and we’ve been able to check it out first-hand, we’re even more excited. They say when something is working right you shouldn’t notice it at all, and so it is with these Patagonia winter pieces. Pockets are where you’re hands expect them, the fit moves with your body, and the fabric sheds moisture from the outside and wicks it from the inside. All stuff you don’t want to have to think about, whether you’re trying to catch up to your buddies down the ski run, or topping out on an icy peak.
Let’s start with the Patagonia Triolet Jacket, a 3-layer bonded GORE-TEX jacket designed for uncompromising functionality, and serious durability. Three-layer construction protects the waterproof membrane so it won’t wet through. The Triolet carefully places the pockets so they’re easy to access, even if you’re wearing a backpack or climbing harness, has a helmet compatible hood (perfect for skiing or climbing), and pit zips for ventilation.
The Patagonia Piolet is a 2-layer GORE-TEX jacket that protects the membrane with a “hanging” lining that saves a few bucks over the Triolet. This jacket also has a easily adjustable hood that fits over your helmet, and all adjustments come from Patagonia’s new Touch-Point drawcords. This could be the one shell to go from backpacking and climbing in the summer to skiing and snowboarding in the winter.
On the flip side, an all-time favorite here at Tahoe Mountain Sports, the Patagonia Powder Bowl Pants, gets the GORE-TEX treatment this year. In bounds or out, these great fitting, durable, easy breathing pair of ski or snowboard pants are really the gold standard for snow riders everywhere.
So if you’re looking for dependable, high performance outer layers that look and feel great, the reunion of Patagonia and GORE-TEX should make your decision a whole lot easier.