How do you rate Patagonia’s Core Skin?
What do you think of the Patagonia Core Skin Jacket as an all-around athletic winter jacket? I do a lot of cycling, downhill skiing, running, and cross-country skiing in the winter, so I'd like to get one piece to cover all my bases. Diane Lititz, Pennsylvania
Patagonia’s Core Skin Jacket ($250; www.patagonia.com) is a nice-looking garment, slotting neatly into the soft-shell ideal of “one jacket for 90 percent of the weather conditions most people face.” To that end, it has a breathable Polartec outer shell with Patagonia’s water-shedding Deluge coating, meaning it will keep you dry for several hours in mist or drizzle, for maybe 30 to 40 minutes in hard rain. And it has a lightly insulated lining that uses Polartec’s estimable Power Dry material.
But, when all’s said and done, you have my blessing to go ahead and get the Core Skin. Then get out there and enjoy the winter!