Gear Institute's 2012 Ski Jacket Reviews: Patagonia Rubicon Down Jacket

The Patagonia Rubicon Down is a 700-fill down insulated jacket outfitted with ski-specific features for the coldest conditions

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Rubicon Down Jacket.     Photo: Patagonia

THE GOOD
    •    Freeride fit is roomy without being bulky.
    •    Lots of pockets.
    •    Helmet compatible hood.
    •    Long hem and snug, warm collar.
    •    Lightweight.

THE BAD
    •    Less weatherproof.

THE VERDICT
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.

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