Review: Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody

By STEPHEN REGENOLD

It won’t be in stores until late this summer of 2010. But at $199, the Nano Puff Hoody from Patagonia is worth putting on your gear radar right now.

I have been wearing an early-release version of the lightweight hooded jacket for the past two months. The windproof and water-resistant piece is great for cool spring days. Or, it functions as a cozy layer itself under a shell jacket in winter temps.

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Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody

For wilderness pursuits, I like the jacket’s packability. The Nano Puff, which employs PrimaLoft One insulation, stuffs into its own chest pocket for transport. It sits in a backpack as a 14-ounce bundle the size of a cantaloupe, ready and waiting to be used in the wilderness when the temps drop.

I use jackets like this almost year round. They are light enough to not burden your pack. In the mountains, they are great for sleeping in or wearing on cool spring or fall mornings.

Though it looks like a “down puffy” jacket, the Nano Puff is thinner and more breathable. It’s not as warm as a winter-oriented down jacket. When active, I would wear it down to temps around freezing with a long-sleeve base layer underneath. Colder than that and the Nano will serve as a layer itself underneath a warmer insulated jacket or a hard shell.

Bonus: The synthetic insulation, unlike down, still provides some warmth when wet.

Patagonia uses a light recycled polyester for the face fabric. A water-resistant treatment lets rain bead and run off the face, though don’t expect to wear the jacket in the rain.

There are zippered hand-warmer pockets and an internal zippered chest pocket. The quilted pattern keeps insulation in place and promotes “durability and longevity,” as the company puts it. I hope they’re right. I want to keep my Nano Puff for the long haul.

—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of www.gearjunkie.com.

Posted by Pete - 04/20/2010 01:37 PM

Looks nice, I am glad they went with a different fill, my other Patagonia Puffs leak feathers like crazy. I still really enjoy my Montbell stuff, very light also.

Posted by Hiking Lady - 04/20/2010 02:04 PM

Wow, that’s a surprisingly affordable price for a Patagonia down jacket. I’ll have to check out the women’s version when it comes out.

Posted by easternclimber - 04/20/2010 04:05 PM

How does the hood fit? Does it stay up over just your head? What about over a helmet?

Posted by Stephen Regenold - 04/21/2010 06:29 AM

Medium-size hood. Not for over the helmet. Stays on fine. But doesn’t have micro adjustments like a hard-shell hood might.

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