Patagonia Refugitive Jacket - Men's
PatagoniaRefugitive Jacket - Men's

Refuge for the backcountry escape artist.

Take shelter in the Patagonia Men's Refugitive Jacket when you venture out into the backcountry to escape the crowds and lift lines at the resort. It's equipped with a lightweight, packable, and weatherproof hybrid Gore-Tex design that products you from winter's harshest storms while allowing total mobility and comfort.

Gore-Tex ripstop fabric in the body offers lightweight durability, while Gore-Tex stretch fabric in the lower arms and upper back allow greater mobility where you need it most so you can ski and skin freely. Gore-C-Knit grid backer technology makes the fabrics softer, lighter, and more breathable for enhanced comfort when you're moving through untracked terrain on your own two feet for hours at a time.

Watertight underarm zips let you vent excess heat when you're following a grueling skintrack. A one-hand hem adjustment system helps you seal out frigid winds, and an elasticized strap at the back hooks up to your Patagonia pants so your jacket doesn't ride up. Not missing any details, Patagonia also made sure the zippered hand pockets are accessible even while wearing your pack's waist belt, so you can easily access trail treats and other small essentials. Before making your getaway into the wilderness, make sure you have the Refugitive on your side.

  • Three-layer Gore-Tex ripstop fabric
  • Gore C-Knit grid backer
  • Gore-Tex stretch lower arms and upper back
  • DWR finish
  • Watertight two-way zip underarm vents
  • Cohaesive one-hand hem adjustment
  • Concealed Recco reflector
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Light Durable Dependable Shell

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I have a ton of light cheap shells, but this was my the first "serious" shell I have bought in a long time. Very satisfied with it's performance. Purchased for a trip down to El Chalten and tested it in some truly terrible weather.

As far as sizing I am a L in most Patagonia products, a L or XL in OR, and an XL in ArcTeryx.... this shell is on the generous side for a L. I was grateful for that when I wore a nano underneath this shell less than favorable conditions.

All around, a great shell!

Light Durable Dependable Shell

Great lightweight jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Great like this shell. Not crinkly feeling, lightweight, stretchy, comfortable. It packs down to nothing. Fit is a little boxy, but not horribly so. I bought it initially expecting it to be my backcountry touring and traveling rain jacket, but I ended up wearing it inbounds more than my 'main' snowboarding jacket this year. As long as I layer properly, it keeps me plenty warm and protected. It held up the abuse much better than I would have expected, and Patagonia's repair and warranty policies give me a lot of piece of mind on that front. It's not as durable as a burlier face fabric 3L jacket, but you have to be realistic with expectations.

Two flaws in my opinion: the hood design isn't great. And the interior chest pocket is so small as to be useless. I could keep maybe an old iPod nano in there or an energy bar. I can put the phone in the exterior chest pocket, but when it gets cold I prefer interior pockets to preserve battery life. Thankfully I mostly ride with bibs and have a few pockets to spare, but it's an annoyance when I ride with pants.

Almost perfect

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Like other have said this is a great jacket, waterproof, windproof, dumps heat well, etc. Only downside is the hood, the single pull system exposes too much of your face. If that were different 5 stars.

Love it

    Bought this jacket for AK, didn't disappoint. Great lightweight shell that's also durable!

    Awesome waterproof jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    This is an awesome jacket! It's super lightweight, packs down small, and has kept me dry so far! I have no complaints about it. Fit is just like all other Patagonia products. I am usually a Large in jackets, but a Medium in Patagonia works perfectly.

    bulletproof and lightweight

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: large

    I wanted to get a lightweight technical shell that I could layer up with with no added bulk. This jacket has not disappointed yet. I wore it on one of my last ski days in an incredibly windy/cold day in VT. Great protection from the elements, hood works incredibly well, as well as, it has great range of motion. I also like that is a regular fit jacket and not a slim fit. The regular is very similar to other Patagonia products, slightly baggy (which I personally like), but not nearly as baggy as the snowshot or powderbowl, . I wore it with a Patagonia Thermal base plus Nano-Air jacket one day and I did not feel restricted in movement on the hill. I went in the woods with it and came out the same way I went in. I was worried because of how thin the jacket was that it would come out worn. This thing can get hit, scraped, brushed against with no fear of ripping, cutting, tearing.

    In the warmer temperature on the following day it worked super well with an R1 underneath. Vents and pockets work incredibly well.

    Would recommend this for anyone looking for a lightweight jacket you can take anywhere and not worry about it with the added bonus of layering options
    Nouveau Green is awesome color as well.
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    Best Extreme Weather Shell

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    I have both this shell and the Piolet. I use this shell for the outdoor sports and exterme weather. It is a lighter but stiffer material than the Piolet but for sub-zero days when you have to be in the elements this is the only shell I will wear. I wear a nano-air hoodie under this shell and they make a great pairing. I am a Large in all my Patagonia Layers.

    Great for all adventures!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I bought this as an early Christmas present for my boyfriend who just started backcountry touring. Here's what he had to say...

    This jacket is great! I needed to upgrade my backcountry ski gear and I researched many jackets. This is the one I decided on. This jacket is super light weight and keeps me dry with the Gore-Tex material. It fits great and leaves plenty of room for layering. I look forward to using this jacket for backcountry ski adventures, days at the resort, backpacking in Alaska and many more harsh weather environments/adventures!

    Great, Versatile Coat

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Medium

    The Refugitive is a great, lightweight alpine coat. It's light enough and extremely pack-able- adding to it's versatility. It makes a bomb proof rain coat year-round, and is just as handy a tool in the snow.

    The Gore-Tex C-knit fabric feels much better against bare skin compared to the Gore-Tex Pro material, so this jacket can be worn with minimal baselayers in warm-but-windy situations.

    The breathability is exactly what you would expect from a Gore-Tex product!

    The fit runs a bit large; I typically wear a large, but sized down to a medium. The sleeves are still a little long, but everything else is great.

    The coat does have a small strap to attach it to Patagonia snow pants and bibs, however, it does lack a powder skirt for those deepest days!

    I expect that I'll buy another one of these when I finally do wear this coat out!



    Season update:

    I have found the medium fit to run a little tight when wearing a beacon in addition to a puffy vest.

    The hood design is actually pretty poor- The single draw string pulls the hood back. You can see, but the sides of your face are exposed to wind and moisture.

    The coat exterior proves to be durable. Lots of tours and sidecountry on this one- no rubbing wear from pack shoulder straps or waist buckles.

    However, the c-knit material inside the coat seems to be less durable. There is obvious wear where the pack is pressed against my back by the backpack. It seems like the Goretex Pro material is more durable.

    The water resistance membrane seems to have held up. Shoulders and arms still bead water. The ares where the pack sits soak with water, but it hasn't seeped through yet.

    Nice Shell/Runs very large!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: XL

    This is a nice shell. Definitely size down one size. I am 6'4 and 200 lbs an the XL is too big. The body is baggy and the arms have to be 38 inches long. That's ok because you can use the Velcro to tighten around your wrist to keep the sleeves up. If I just let them hang down, they completely cover my hands! Looks like a little kid wearing his fathers coat. Really!
    The fabric is great- not crinkly like my other Gore Pro with the Grid Backer. Feels more like my Neo Shell from Polartec. Stretchy around the shoulders. The Underwater Blue color is more "Aqua" green, but ok. The DWR seems quite good as well
    Buy it on sale and you'll be happy.

    Great Shell

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    I purchased this shell for its lightweight versatility - and have used it on bluebird days at Mt Bachelor skiing this season. The plan is to pair it with an R1 for spring resort skiing & backcountry touring and stash it in my pack for three season hiking and backpacking. It does not have a powder skirt, but that saves weight and is part of the reason I was drawn to the Refugitive. I'm 6'2 190lbs and wear a Large. The fit is relaxed and the arms are long for all alpine adventures.

    Great Shell

    Which Patagonia pants do you pair this with? The Powder Bowl pants? None of the Patagonia pants are made of the same material as this jacket.

    Best Answer

    Dan,

    Great question, and actually for next year there is a Refugitive Pant coming. But for now, the Reconaissance pant would be great if you're going to be hiking and touring in the kit, or Powder Bowl or Untracked if it's going to be more of a resort setup.

    Great jacket and true to size

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    Just received the jacket in the mail and actually ordered the small and medium based on several comments about the jacket being too big. I'm 5'10', 164 lbs, 40in chest, 30in waist and the Medium jacket fit me perfect. I was still able to put a R1 hoody or a nano air under the jacket and it didn't feel too tight. Sent the small back to Backcountry and they refunded my money right away. Sleeves are a tad long but I prefer that over too short. The jacket is very light so I will be interested how it performs skiing in Sapporo this winter.

    Great experience and why I continue to use Backcountry for all my outdoor needs

    Absolutely awesome.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I think this is my new favorite jacket. The new Gore-Tex C-knit is much less crunchy than Gore-Tex Pro and I feel like I have a better range of motion. It feels somewhat more breathable.

    It's definitely designed for an active skier/climber/hiker. It's lightweight so you need a good base and midlayer. I think it would work well skiing on any sunny day out west in February or March. It would work well on a warmish snowy day as well where you are sweating.

    The one design flaw is the lack of a powder skirt, which is unfortunate. I hope next year they fix this, or add in more jackets with the C-knit construction.

    The color scheme is nice too.

    Size-wise: I like that it's not overly baggy. I tend to wear a Large in the Regulator Fleeces but usually have to downsize to a Medium in Patagonia shells. The same trend continues with this (Medium). I do like that it's not quite as baggy as the PowSlayer or Powderbowl. But by the same token it's not quite as slim fit as some of the more Euro styled GoreTex shells. So it hits a nice in between.

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