Patagonia Reconnaissance Jacket Review
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The Patagonia Reconnaissance jacket is a great winter jacket that keeps you warm while skiing and snowboarding in temperatures down to -25 F and won’t overheat you in mid 30’s or 40’s F. With a 45% recycled Primaloft liner, the Reconnaissance jacket keeps you plenty warm while dropping big turns on the ski’s or shredding the gnar your board, yet it’s lightweight and not too bulky for a winter jacket. This jacket is equipped with fleece lining on the back of the neck, chin guard, and side pockets to keep some of the most important parts of your body warm when not producing a lot body warmth through various activities. To keep you dry and comfy, Patagonia uses its DWR finish and welded seems to keep snow or rain from penetrating the outer shell. If by chance with all this protectiveness you do get a little hot, don’t worry, they have pit zips that will come to the rescue. With a jacket boasting this much warmth, it is important to have a ventilation system that will help regulate your body heat, and one of the best areas to vent is under the arm pits because it not only airs out the stinkiness in case you forget to use deodorant, but it is one of the warmest areas on your body. For those of you that wear a helmet while out on the slopes (everyone should be using a helmet at this point!), the Reconnaissance has a nice Primaloft insulated helmet compatible hood that is able to be cinched down for smaller heads and helmets, and it’s also removable. While on the subject of removable, this jacket also comes with a removable powder skirt that is super grippy that doesn’t allow it to ride up on your waste. We found this jacket to run a little on the large side as our tester was 6’0 tall and found it a little baggy wearing a medium. On the plus side of being a little baggy, you can add more layers and the jacket also covers your rump to keep you dry and snow from getting up your back. Overall, we were very pleased with the Patagonia Reconnaissance jacket and hope that this is something you consider when making your next jacket purchase. For more information on the Reconnaissance Jacket and other Patagonia products, please visit www.patagonia.com.
Details on the Patagonia Reconnaissance Jacket
- 5.3-oz doubleweave polyester (45% recycled) with 100-g Primaloft® Eco insulation throughout
- Lined with soft polyester taffeta (100% recycled)
- Stitch-free glued seams
- Removable, helmet- compatible hood with single hand adjustment
- Pockets: two handwarmer, left chest with electronics pocket
- Underarm venting; fully featured, zip-off powder skirt with webbing loops to connect to pants
- Shell: 5.3-oz 100% polyester (45% recycled) double weave with 2-way stretch and a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Lining and powder skirt: 2.3-oz 100% all-recycled polyester plain weave. Insulation: 100-g Primaloft® Eco. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program
- 1049 g (37 oz)
- Made in China.