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Patagonia Men's KnifeRidge Jacket

C$ 317.00 - C$ 264.00
C$ 317.00 - C$ 264.00
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Equally suited for axe-laden alpine ascents and critically steep descents, our KnifeRidge Jacket is built from stretchy Polartec® Power Shield® Pro fabric for remarkable breathability given its waterproof protection.

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From the Andes to Chamonix to the Chugach—and countless steep destinations in between—skiers and climbers unite in their quest for all things frozen. Our KnifeRidge Jacket aids the mission with a unique balance of soft-shell breathability and hard-shell protection in a fully seam-taped, lightweight and stretchy 3-layer Polartec® Power Shield® Pro fabric package that’s waterproof in all but a downpour. The soft, pliable fabric slides easily over layers and withstands abrasion, while underarm gussets and articulated patterning complement the jacket’s stretch. An Optimal Visibility Hood fits over all helmet types and adjusts with a single-pull embedded cord-lock system. The two high handwarmer pockets (above harness line) and single chest pocket close with watertight zippers; the hem cinches with embedded cord locks; and an elasticized strap at the lower back connects to any Patagonia Snow pants (and select Alpine pants) for big powder days. With a concealed RECCO® reflector.
  • Lightweight and stretchy 3-layer Polartec® Power Shield® Pro fabric delivers a unique balance of soft-shell breathability and hard-shell protection
  • Underarm gusset and an articulated pattern with fully taped low-bulk, watertight seams throughout
  • Specially engineered Optimal Visibility Hood adjusts with single-pull Cohaesive® embedded cord-lock system to fit equally well over all helmet types or a bare head
  • Two high handwarmer pockets with watertight zippers and stretch-mesh pocket bags stay clear of a harness or pack waistbelt; single left-chest pocket with watertight zipper and self-fabric pocket bag
  • Elasticized strap at low back connects to any Patagonia® Snow pants and select Alpine pants to prevent jacket from riding up
  • Cohaesive® embedded cord-lock system has two contact points at hem for intuitive one-handed operation either inside pocket or at hem
  • Concealed RECCO® reflector
  • Shell: 3-layer, 5.6-oz Polartec® Power Shield® Pro 90% polyester/10% spandex plain weave with jersey-knit backer and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • 531 g (18.75 oz)
  • Made in Vietnam.

Water Resistant

 (durable water repellent) fabric finish repels light rain and snow and decreases dry times. When DWR is used in conjunction with a waterproof/breathable barrier, the DWR finish keeps the outer fabric from becoming saturated so that the breathable barrier can do its job.

Weather Resistant

Designed to strike the optimal balance between weather protection and breathability, Polartec Power Shield Pro fabrics feature a smooth, tightly woven face for great abrasion resistance, and a polyester back for a high warmth-to-weight ratio. The membrane in the middle enables the fabric to block 99% of the wind. The remaining 1% circulates within the fabric which greatly enhances moisture vapor transmission, improving breathability and reducing the risk of heat stress buildup. Polartec Power Shield fabrics have the best breathability in the soft shell market. In fact, Polartec Power Shield Pro fabrics are 30-50% more breathable than windproof soft shells in dynamic or active conditions.


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Men's Kniferidge Jacket is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Material, Not Ultra Weatherproof I bought this jacket mostly as a go-to garment for backcountry skiing in cold to medium/cold weather and have about 10 days or so out in it so far. The fit is great: long, but not too long and while roomy, not as baggy as other similar jackets in the same size (for instance the Patagonia Reconnaissance). The small is about as big as I'd want a jacket to be, but moves well and allows for adequate layering. The features of the jacket are just right. I use all the pockets regularly and the hood is exceptional. The velcro cuffs work quite well and the cinch design is great. I really like the material and the breathability is good, although I often find myself shedding all midlayers on the way up almost regardless of temperature (it traps warmth pretty well). I certainly stay dry enough inside it that I know the jacket is breathing as expected. The weather resistance is a little less convincing than I'd hoped, but I've never owned a softshell before and don't have anything to compare it to. It's convincingly wind-proof or at least so resistant as to effectively be: no problem there. Where the DWR coating is mostly intact, the jacket sheds water like crazy: no problem there. Where it gets abraded at all, however, such as on the shoulders and back where a pack rubs on it, the DWR seemed to be gone after 3-5 uses and in a sufficiently wet snowstorm or where the snow is pressed against the jacket (IE, behind the pack), the fabric wets out and eventually (maybe within an hour or so) wets through. The claim was never that the jacket was actually waterproof, however, so I'm not sure if the Powershield Pro or the applied DWR is actually supposed to be more resilient or not. Overall I'm pretty happy with it as long as I'm not expecting to stay completely dry in prolonged rain and snow. I just wish DWR coatings were actually a bit more 'durable'.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ideal for quickly moving in the backcountry! I bought this jacket about two months ago an have used it really heavy since. I have about 25 backcountry ski days and have used it every single time in all weather conditions. I just add or remove layers underneath it. I like to move quickly with very short transitions and generally very few still moments so I tend to not have to put on and take off layers. This jacket has been perfect for skinning up as well as skiing down. Very durable, comfortable, and breathable to an extend that I don't even have to change it out after skiing because I am almost dry underneath. Cannot wish for a better jacket for my backcountry skiing. Absolutely thumbs up!
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well-Suited for It's Purpose Bought a Kniferidge Jacket to take the place of a first generation Knifeblade pullover. One reviewer's extensive critique seems off-base, almost as if the consumer, who would not purchase the jacket anyway, was looking for an ideal garment based on subjective expectations from a past that no longer exists with outdoor garment production. Having used Patagonia products since the 1970s, I have typically found the company's R & D to be top notch. The Powershield Pro fabric is excellent in terms of protection and hand. Contrary to one critique about water permeability, the fabric is not designed to be waterproof (which basic research reveals) and has an excellent ratio of wind and water protection, which has been improved with the taped seams that the older Knifeblade did not have. The fit is relaxed, which allows for light layering without restriction, and the sleeves are a slight bit long to allow for coverage when extending one's reach when climbing. I find the velcro cuff closures to be functional and sufficient. The comfort range of the fabric, albeit subjective also, seems quite wide. I first wore the jacket for general mountaineering in the NH Presidentials last spring in somewhat milder and less windy conditions and was quite pleased with the performance. Recently this fall, once again in the White Mountains, but this time with temperatures in the teens and winds in the 50mph range, the jacket performed well over a light woolen T shirt and an R1 pullover. Overall, the fit and function of the piece are excellent.
Date published: 2016-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but Problematic I have the old Knifeblade Jacket, which I like generally. I had a chance to try on the Knife Ridge at a Patagonia store, and was interested to see how the next generation of my jacket compared to my own. Powerstretch Pro is remarkable for its breathability while remaining water-resistant. Definitely keeps out the wet better the older microfiber shells, and yet remains breathable. Some stretch, though not a lot, which is fine for a shell jacket. Also more wind-resistant than the older microfiber shells (thinking Ready Mix here). Definitely not as wind-resistant as a true waterproof-breathable, but then you would lose the breathability. If it's cold out I over layer immediately when I'm not moving. Overall, pretty good stuff. The face fabric is heavy but flexible and very robust. Fit. The Knifeblade is snug. I'm 200 lb, 44" chest, 36" waist, and a Large fits with room for base and mid-layers (say Cap 1 and an R1); that will keep me warm on the go into some very cold temps. The Knife Ridge feels a bit squarer and larger for my size. This may be better for a general-purpose winter shell, less good for a climber. Body length remains good, and sleeves remain agreeably long. Design. I really like the high-set pockets on the Knifeblade, which keeps them above my harness or a pack hip belt. The lower pockets of the Knife Ridge looked problematic when I tried the jacket in the store; I grabbed a pack and sure enough - the pockets ended up under the hip belt. A step backward in my opinion. Even my Knifeblade hood is a bit too snug and not very protective for me when I'm wearing my Grivel Salamander helmet; I prefer the hood fit of my old Ready Mix. The Knife Ridge hood is not an improvement, plus it has the single pull feature. I didn't try the Knife Ridge with a helmet, but on a hatted head the single-pull did not work well for me. I have yet to try a single-pull hood that actually adjusts well, and this one is no exception. I don't understand why people keep trying this. Cuffs are always a jacket challenge for different users. I don't especially like the flat velcro cuffs on my Knifeblade, which are continued on the Knife Ridge. They don't fit well over or under gloves for climbing, and they don't hold the sleeves down when my arms are overhead for long periods. A skier, boarder, or snowshoer would probably be fine with the cuffs. But what happened to the old Patagonia elastic/velcro cuffs? I don't know what the story is on these flat cord locks, but they're very annoying. On my Knifeblade they either don't release readily when needed (I'm thinking the hood here), or they don't hold adequately (the bottom hem drawcord). Why do Patagonia continue to use these? Knowing my Knifeblade, I would not purchase the Knife Ridge based on my try-on. The new jacket has not improved the aspects about the old jacket that I find problematic as a climber. The fit of the new jacket is not as good for me as a climber. The pockets are not as useful as the old jacket. However, a skier or snowboarder would probably find this jacket more useful. It is remarkably wind- and water-resistant, and sturdy enough to survive long use in the snow. I would recommend to a friend for those uses.
Date published: 2016-04-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a ski/snowboard jacket I bought this jacket for riding Mammoth Mountain after my old Patagonia shell basically fell apart. This was significantly more money and reading the description thought it would be a great winter riding shell...Oh how I was wrong. Typical Mammoth winters when its 40's and sunny this would do the trick with an under layer but this season I have tried to use it in Rain/Wind/Snow/ and Cold weather and it has failed miserably. The 1st day I wore it I got wet and it was snowing not raining that time. The next time it was clear but there was some pretty fierce wind and it did little to nothing to stop the cold air from passing right through it...Plus if I ever do wear it on a warm spring day it has no armpit vents either! Not sure what the intention of this jacket is but its not for the resort in any kind of weather.
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cycling through the season As a year-round urban cyclist, I have tried many, many jackets through the years and most have deteriorated within one season. Usually the hoods are too small, they are stain prone, and the zippers break and the the jackets fray easily. They tout their waterproof or water-resistant ability but lose those characteristics within weeks. Not so with the KnifeRidge, which has easily become my favorite jacket for riding in less than ideal conditions. I have ridden in this jacket through 3 feet of snow and 25 mph wind gusts and I was always warm. I have ridden through serious downpours and haven't gotten wet. I have ridden in -5 degree weather and this jacket has saved my skinny hide. I have worn this jacket EVERY DAY this winter season and it looks like I just bought it. It truly is an amazing jacket. The hood is large enough to have a helmet underneath but also cinches down to a smaller size. All of the cinches, zippers, and pockets are made with extreme quality. The lengths of the sleeves and the neckline are designed perfectly, so that you can really burrow into your jacket. If you are looking for a sleek, professional winter weather jacket for any kind of outdoor sports, this is the one.
Date published: 2016-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stretchy, warm, great fit for hiking and climbing I visit my daughter regularly in Colorado, so climbs and hikes in comfort was my goal. This jacket does it! It also has worked well in the mid-west prairie where the winds blow hard, especially in the Winter, and it seems to have some good wind blocking properties. The fit is perfect for me: Men's small and I'm 6'2" @ 170 pounds. Sleeves are plenty long for me, which is usually a problem, but not with this coat. No excess fabric, fits well under the arms, and length is spot on for my height. I especially like the hood, which is nicely adjustable with the clever tab in the back. I can easily move my head side to side and the hood moves with me so vision is never blocked. The fabric, so far, appears quite durable. I have not yet tried it snowboarding, which may be a test for durability. In all, glad I bought this jacket. Money well spent.
Date published: 2016-02-27
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