BEST FOR: Wet or warm conditions.
THE TEST: The uninsulated Snowshot isn’t the lightest or most tricked-out ski jacket Patagonia makes. But for the price, it’s among the best. When an Oregon powder day became a downpour, the waterproof-breathable H2No fabric and extra-long sleeves, collar, and hemline were just the ticket. “This thing would keep a giraffe dry,” said one tester. In-bounds, we appreciated the powder skirt, headphone port, and fleece-lined hand-warmer pockets. And while it’s a bit heavy to pull double-duty as a backcountry touring shell, giant pit zips help prevent overheating on warmer days or quick sidecountry hikes.
THE VERDICT: Do-it-all snow-sports parka with a bonus: The shell is made of nearly 50 percent recycled fibers.