Patagonia Knifeblade Pullover

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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.

FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's Knifeblade Pullover.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Men's Knifeblade Pullover.


  • This garment has a Slim Fit


  • Low-profile, self-fabric hook-and-loop-closure cuffs with pleated gusset
  • Water-resistant Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric provides protection from wet weather and extreme mountain winds and provides great stretch for making the next big move
  • Touch Point System™ has embedded cord locks in hood and hem for quick adjustments to seal out weather
  • Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric with a tricot backing combines lightweight weather resistance and incredible breathability
  • Modified Y-Joint™ sleeve construction for overhead mobility without jacket lifting

Weather and Wind:

  • Two-way adjustable helmet-compatible hood with a laminated visor to direct rain and snow away from your face in inclement weather
  • Two vertical chest pockets have reverse-coil zippers with DWR (durable water repellent) finish


  • Made in Vietnam.


  • Pullover silhouette reduces weight and eliminates bulk under your climbing harness or waist- belt straps


  • 5.9-oz Polartec® Power Shield® Pro 89% polyester/11% spandex bonded to a tricot back
  • Recyclable through Patagonia’s Common Threads Garment recycling program
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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.
The guide book might say that it never rains in Southern Utah, but it doesn’t say anything about a lack of wind. Include the Patagonia Knifeblade Pullover in your rack for when the wind starts gusting 500 feet off the ground.
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Fit:Regular Fit
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
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Patagonia Knifeblade Pullover Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

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.

CincyBearcats at on 01/11/2012

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!

Justin Hebert at on 12/02/2013

Light and fast backcountry skiing

In 25 years I have owned more Patagonia garments than I can count and this jacket is one of my favorites. For Inland Northwest and interior BC ski touring, it is hard to match the combination of protection and breathability found in this light and very packable jacket. Don’t be scared by the lack of pit-zips. I was skeptical of the true breathability but found on one long, strenuous and inhospitable February Selkirk traverse, with everything battened down, that I remained surprisingly dry inside all day despite the exertion. The fit is spot-on, sleeves are nice and long, torso is trim, hood fits superbly, pockets are perfectly placed for pack access, and hem adequately keeps out snow despite the lack of a skirt. I’m 6’1, 175 lbs, 40” chest, 34-35 sleeves, 32” waist, wear a medium, and have enough room for Cap 1, Cap 3, and R2 jacket or R2 vest for the tour if needed, and just barely a LW hooded down sweater for stops). My only complaint is the inability to connect the hem with a snow pant interface on really deep powder days but this is easily remedied with the addition of small snaps on the back hem if needed. You won’t be disappointedly with this clean, simple, high-performing anorak.
Publaw at Patagonia on 12/31/2012

A Fine Garment

A few years back I purchased the "Untracked Jacket" to replace an older Patagonia hardshell. Although it works well, the cut is a bit full for high winds. When I saw the Knifeblade I decided to do some research as I don't like to replace jackets unless the new model will make for significant improvement. I read the Patagonia reviews, talked to knowledgeable Patagonia service reps and decided to give the garment a try. Using it at Mount Washington, NH, allowed me to trial run all the features of the pullover except for the water resistance. Climbing a steep ravine with backpack, crampons and ice axe I was impressed by the breathability and easy venting through chest pockets and deep half zipper. Above the rim, in 40 to 55 mph winds and minus 15 windchill with blowing snow, I zipped up, snugged the hood and was again pleased with both the supple fabric and highly functional hood. One reviewer on the Patagonia site mentioned the hood released but I experienced no such issues. I look forward to using the piece for years as my go to top for winter hiking and mountaineering. The cut, the fabric function and the design features are all top flight. Thanks once again Patagonia.
chiknight at Patagonia on 04/17/2012

Knifeblade pull-over review

Ice climber and BC skier here. The fit is not slim. On all Patagonia jackets - a trip to the tailor is necessary to get the thing to fit correctly. I removed about 6" of waist girth on the XL with this jacket. Do you know anyone who climbs vertical ice that has a 38" waist or who has the same size waist as their chest? Apparently Patagonia fit models - lol. Once I got the jacket V-shaped to fit properly (Arc'teryx and Mammut fit right/slim out of the box) it's great. Its my go-to ice jacket. Bright colors (mango) are great for photos and for general visibility. It packs small for approaches and fits great (after alteration) under a harness. For me the hood fits fine even w/ a helmet. If it is super cold out, I will use a different soft-shell that is thicker and a bit warmer.
COclimber at Patagonia on 08/16/2013

Very versatile

Bought the Knifeblade for the winter in Michigan although it wasn't much of a winter in "Michigander" terms. However, it rained and sleeted quite a bit with average temps usually hovering between high twenties to mid thirties. The Knifelbade's performance for me was truly exceptional. It breathes well and even though the cut is "slim" I was able to easily layer beneath with capilene3 and a Nanopuff pullover when necessary. If too warm I just threw a silkweight capilene on. The Knifeblade pullover is definitively the best softshell I've ever owned. I work outdoors and am exposed to every weather condition imaginable. The Knifeblade's breathability performed admirably even when temps reached as high as 62F with rain. As impressive to me is its no-nonsense "paired down" design which affords great freedom of movement without a lot of extra material hindering performance. Again, great piece Patagonia!
theoldguy at Patagonia on 07/01/2012

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.

Tim at on 10/11/2012

Fantastic Softshell

Just took this on a trip to the White Mountains in December (cold and windy). The jacket was wonderful as it cut the wind spectacularly and breathed well when I would occasionally sweat. On the coldest day, it was in the low teens with ~30MPH winds and paired this jacket with an R1 and long-underwear. The long cut is great and the jacket tucks under a harness well and stays put. My only complaint is that 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.
NEClimber at Patagonia on 01/10/2013

Amazing alpine climb-specific piece

I had the guide softshell and was totally unimpressed. When the velcro cuff failed I took it in and the associated encouraged me to return it if I wasn't happy with it. He mentioned there was a great alternative (the knifeblade) available online. I ordered it and now LOVE my patagonia softshell. The lack of a full zipper and low pockets makes it comfortable to wear under my harness. The fit is very trim and technical but totally unrestrictive. Totally the opposite of the flabby, billowy guide jacket. Longer-than-normal arms to avoid the dreaded reach and pull of the sleeves. Sweet helmet & everything-compatible hood. Very happy.
NWclimber at Patagonia on 07/28/2013

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.

Nate K at on 04/13/2013

Negative Reviews:

Atrocious fit

I have looked forward to this jacket all my climbing career. I'm very glad that Patagonia have been brave enough to produce such a high quality jacket that will only appeal to a very narrow range of users. I was, however, sorely disappointed when I received mine - There is no way this jacket could be described as a slim fit. The (normally fine) small swims on me. There is room for two of my torsos, or the beer belly I'll have when I can longer climb and appreciate this jacket. I then got an extra small, which is still generous, though acceptable, in the belly yet too short/tight in the shoulders to be anything approximating comfortable. Neither size allows sufficient head movement with a climbing helmet under the hood. It would be easy to write me off as an odd sized person, but my several year old small Mixed Master fits superbly. I have many other well fitting climbing garments. So much for Chouinard's emphatic claims about sizing garments for their target audience. I can't think of a single person who would appreciate this style of jacket and fit it's cut. I really wanted to love this jacket. Design and materials wise it sounds like the holy grail, at least as far as our current materials technology will allow. I can't get past the terrible fit though.
flowstate at Patagonia on 10/25/2012

Most excellent and small

I was v e r y disappointed when my two knife blade jackets arrived.
They were to small.
I'm a 46R, ordered XL...and they simply were to small.
Great jacket in appearance and design quality.
Patagonia, continues to have problems with consistent sizing in products.
Kilgore at Patagonia on 01/12/2014

Neutral Reviews:

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.

Joe at on 06/22/2012

Great ... BUT, Touchpoint System doesn't work!

I just bought this jacket. The fit is great, its very breathable, almost waterproof, and highly wind resistance. The one BIG complaint I have is that the Touchpoint System doesn't work on the hood. It works fine at the waist, but on the hood it releases almost instantly (when you don't want it to) with the slightest tension. I thought I bought a dud, but went back to the shop and checked the others they had in stock - they all had the same problem. So, buyer beware, this jacket is near perfect BUT with this significant flaw. It makes me wonder... did Colin Haley, Steve House, and the rest of the testers not try this new feature or was there a manufacturing flaw on the final version?
Bazehead at Patagonia on 12/05/2011