- 3L Gore-Tex Pro Shell
- External Thigh Vents
- Gusseted Crotch, Articulated Knees
- Drop-seat configuration
Test Locations: Taos Ski Valley, Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Crested Butte, Silverton, Telluride, Canyons, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin
Days Worn: 60+
Patagonia is one of the major players in the technical outerwear market, and their newfound position in the snowboard world has increased my interest in their products. The Patagonia Powslayer bibs are billed as their highest-end pants, and I had high expectations as a result.
Like their sibling, the Patagonia PowSlayer Jacket, the PowSlayer bibs are minimalist by design, so when they arrived they were largely what I expected: incredibly thin, light, and sleek. But with only two front waist pockets and a cargo pocket on each leg, I would say the bibs are even more minimalist than the jacket.
The two large front pockets have notably wide waterproof-zippered openings, a plus when wearing mittens or bigger gloves. At the knees, the cargo pockets are big enough for smaller pairs of gloves or a beanie, and flaps cover the waterproof zippers. The PowSlayer bibs lack back pockets, however, and while I’ve gotten used to riding with my wallet in my front pocket over the course of a season, I definitely wouldn’t mind having back pockets.
The fit of the PowSlayer is a bit peculiar, and one of my only complaints. Keep in mind that I have a 32-inch waist and need a size large for the leg length, but the waist still seems really big—I’ve got 8-10 inches of space between my lower back / butt and the pants when the front is pulled tight to my stomach.
A Velcro-equipped cinch is present in the back of the waist, but in my case hasn’t fixed the problem. The PowSlayer doesn’t have belt loops (a potentially nice addition), though those with significantly larger waists or who prefer thicker layering may, of course, have a completely different experience.
Additionally, it’s worth noting that wearing my outermost insulating top (usually a hoody or Patagonia Nano Puff) under the bibs usually solved the problem, and the fabric is so lightweight that the excess material never felt bulky under layers.
I had one additional, peculiar issue with the Powslayer bibs, however. The diameter of the elastic boot gaiters was too wide for both my Deeluxe ID or Nike Zoom Kaiju boots. This resulted in the gaiters slipping above my boots when bootpacking, snow flooding into my boots, and my feet becoming wet. Most snowboard pants have a lace hook in the gaiter, while the Powslayer bibs do not. They also have the scuff guard on the inside of the ankles, which indicates that Patagonia caters to both skiers and snowboarders in their outerwear line.