The Patagonia Men's Knifeblade Pullover. The Knifeblade Pullover is our most water-resistant soft shell for the serious alpine enthusiast. The pullover, made with moisture-shedding Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric is highly breathable, provides great stretch, and has a high warmth-to-rate ratio.
Patagonia Men's Knifeblade Pullover.
Patagonia's most water-resistant performance soft shell, built with lightweight, moisture-shedding Polartec® Power Shield® Pro for maximum protection and optimal breathability. Regular fit No Siesta, Infinite Spur, Exocet - for serious mixed climbing, our alpine ambassadors wanted a pared-down pullover with storm-level protection and soft-shell breathability. We teamed with Polartec® to deliver. The new Power Shield® Pro fabric fills the gap between traditional hard and soft shells, providing superb weather-resistance - it's functionally waterproof in all but a deluge - while remaining exceptionally breathable. It has a soft, pliable feel, slides easily over layers, and is durable enough to withstand big-route abuse. The stripped-down pullover has two water-resistant zippered chest pockets placed to avoid a harness or pack, low-profile cuff closures and Touch Point System™ embedded cord locks in the hood and hem for quick adjustment without opening the jacket. Sonic-welded seams reinforced with micro-stitching (patent pending) reduce seam bulk while optimizing strength, and the helmet-compatible, 2-way-adjustable hood with laminated visor provides optimal visibility in bad conditions. Full-reach gusseted underarm panels allow overhead mobility. Polartec® Power Shield® Pro with tricot backing is engineered for optimal soft-shell performance in all conditions Pullover silhouette reduces weight and bulk for use with a climbing harness or pack waist belt Helmet-compatible, 2-way-adjustable hood with laminated visor for optimal visibility in bad conditions Touch Point System™ embeds cord locks in the hood and hem for quick adjustments to seal out rain and snow (patented) Modified Y-Joint™ sleeve construction for overhead mobility without jacket lifting Pockets: Harness- and pack-compatible chest pocket configuration with moisture-shedding DWR (durable water repellent) reverse-coil zippers Cuffs have low-profile closure with pleated gusset 5.9-oz Polartec® Power Shield® Pro 94% polyester/6% spandex bonded to a tricot back 482 g (17 oz)
When a full zipper isn't worth the weight, check out the Knifeblade Pullover from Patagonia. Made with Polartec® Power Shield® Pro fabric to repel most weather and block the wind, the Knifeblade Pullover is breathable and is designed to move with you up the mountain or down the slopes. Hood is helmet-compatible with plenty of adjustability for protection and visibility.
|Material:||Polartec Power Shield Pro|
|Materials:||5.9-oz Polartec® Power Shield® Pro 94% polyester/6% spandex bonded to a tricot back|
|Technologies:||[Polartec Power Shield]|
|Weight:||(17 oz) 482 g|
|Patagonia Knifeblade Jacket||$265.00 - $379.00|
|Patagonia Knifeblade Pants||$298.99 - $299.00|
I bought this jacket (and four others, including TNF Kishtwar, MH Kepler, Marmot Kingpin, Patagonia Guide Hoody) to try it on, but I haven't decided yet if I'm going to keep it or one of the others. Here's my take so far, though. I'm 6'1" and 165-lbs. The medium is an excellent fit. The fit is slim enough to prevent bulk, but I can put a Capilene 3 shirt and a Nano Puff pullover underneath without too much restriction in movement. I have long arms, and of all the jackets I tried on, this jacket by far has the longest arms. I can reach over head without the jacket pulling up at my waist. The fabric stretches really well, too. I was worried about the pullover design, but it opens really far and easily goes over my head, even when I'm wearing a ski helmet. The hood is listed as helmet compatible, but it's a really tight fit over my ski helmet (Giro G10, size M). It works pretty well over my climbing helmet, though (BD Tracer, size M), allowing me to look side to side and straight up without too much restriction. For reference, the Mountain Hardwear Kepler (size medium) has a much, much better hood when it comes to helmet compatibility, but the super short sleeves were a deal breaker for me. In addition, the Kishtwar's hood is almost impossible to get over a climbing helmet, and a ski helmet is out of the question. The quality and attention to detail in the Knifeblade seem far superior to that of the Guide Hoody, which also suffers from short sleeves. Right now I'm debating between the Knifeblade and the Kishtwar. These two stand far above the other three, at least in my opinion. The Kepler would be with them if it didn't have such a poor fit for me.
The fabric itself does it's job with water resistance, but the seams leak pretty quickly even in mild rain. If it's more than a sprinkle you're going to get wet across the seam in the back and possibly the upper shoulders where the hood meets them. It's not going to soak you, but it'll likely dampen your base layer. This really disappointed me, but I'm still overall rather pleased with the piece. I'm just going to have to keep it in the closet for the colder months. So yes, it still has purpose, but it wasn't my do everything shell I was hoping for. (I should have known! :) haha!)
I found the hood to be pretty good over my Petzl Elios helmet and the touchpoint system is alright I'd say. I'm on the fence but it seems to be OK for now. I'd like to see a little more "bite" in the fasteners they're using but it's holding up ok so far for me.
The fit is surprisingly roomy for being a "slim" fitting design. There is enough room to layer appropriately underneath the shell for some pretty gnarly conditions.
The fabric has held up to some pretty rough granite here in the Southern parts of NM. I haven't had any abrasion related issues so I'd be comfortable saying the fabric is going to take the beatings with a smile.
I believe this piece is well worth it's worth the off season price, but I'd be a bit displeased at the MSRP pricepoint!
Been using the Knifeblade since it was introduced better than a year ago? It has stood up to City of Rock granite without a scuff or single hole. It breaths very well but is still windproof, IME.
Hood fits nicely over a climbing helmet and the fit of the jacket under a climbing harness is very good.
Breathability (sp?) is awesome, especially for a 'sweater' like myself. Touchpoint system on the hood and waist could be a bit better, but that is the only negative thing about the Knifeblade.
Fit, for me, is superb. I am 5'9" 200# and wear a 44" suitcoat. I can fit a cap3 and R1 hoody under the knifeblade with no trouble at all. That combination is about perfect for my needs.
EDIT: I haven't had this jacket in a heavy rain, but in heavy snow -fall, it stays dry for me.
The jacket is great as it cuts the wind completely and breathes well when I would sweat. The long cut is great and the jacket tucks under a harness well and stays put.
4 stars because the hood is a little snug with a climbing helmet and this cause some mobility restriction. This required me to leave it slightly unzipped much of time. I can fully-zip the front if I need to, but at a cost.
As for durability, took it through probably 10-20 days of use (primarily climbing, some skiing) and no wear at all. I'm 6'0 180 and a medium gives a good climbing fit.
This implementation seems just about as good as any other Power Shield Pro jacket (PSP). At 5k mm waterproof rating, the fabric should be waterproof enough for most of my uses (compared to Gore-Tex at 28k and Neo Shell at 10k). Like almost every other PSP jacket out there, the seams aren't taped and the zippers aren't water resistant. It seems that this is a limitation of the fabric -- the only PSP jacket I've seen with taped seams is the Eider Power Pro which has seam tape on the outside of the jacket where it's probably more susceptible to wear. At around 2 CFM air permeability this stuff should strike a really nice balance between breathability and wind protection (compared to more or less 0 with Gore-Tex and eVent, and around 6 CFM or so for the original Power Shield). So, I'm bummed that the moisture protection isn't quite what it could be. Should be great for colder alpine applications where there won't be too much liquid water trying to push through the untaped seams, but it's not going to hold up in serious rain. So, there is a place for this in my outerwear arsenal, but it's not going to entirely replace my hard shells.
The "tricot" lining is extremely thin and flat. No insulation value at all, really, just there to encapsulate the membrane. It functions more like an unlined hardshell. I'm a fan of this feature as I run very hot, even in cold weather, and usually don't require any insulation when active. It also keeps the jacket on the light side, though my size L comes in at 550g on my scale, so I'm not sure I'd believe the manufacturer's weight.
Fit is where this piece really shines. It's a bit more trim fitting than most Patagonia gear, but still pretty comfortable on my shape which is just a bit to the other side of athletic. A perfect cut and nice stretch results in a shell that really moves with you; it's the most comfortable shell that I've worn. At a not quite athletic 6'1" 185lbs, L is a perfect fit. Not bulky, but can fit a R2 fleece or Nano Puff underneath pretty comfortably. Helmet is a bit snug on my ski helmet, but much better if I unzip the collar a couple inches. Hood should fit excellently on lower profile climbing helmets. It is a pullover, for better or worse.
At full retail price this jacket probably wouldn't make total sense for me, but at the current off season close out price it's hard to pass up. As it's June, it'll be a while before I can put this through its paces, but I'll report back. I do wonder if the increased wind/water resistance over most other softshells will be worth the trade off in breathability given the weak spots in the seams and zippers. Sure, there are times that this will be the perfect choice, but I'm not sure how often I will overlook this piece for a more breathable softshell or more water resistant hardshell.