Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $220
A great non-down insulated piece that won't weigh you down. From backpacking in the Cascades to climbing in the Sierras my Nano Puff is always with me. It has all the features I need and none that I don't.
- Synthetic fill
- Durable construction
- Minimal features
- Not very wind resistant
Does the thought of geese being force-fed to fatten up their livers make you sad? But you still need a great insulated piece that is lightweight like down? AND you expect it to last a long time despite it being prone to abuse from the activities you need it for? Look no further.
The synthetic fill is super lightweight, insulates in a downpour and doesn't add any extra bulk. I like a snugger fit so I can layer this under a shell, thus I wear a size small on my 5'11"/165 lbs frame. There is the perfect amount of features with the two hand warmer and one napoleon pocket that doubles as a stuff pocket for the entire jacket, which has a bungie drawcord that cinches around the waist. The hood is more of an alpine style hood, so it runs very snug and high up on the face, which I happen to like because it fits great under a helmet and keeps my face warm.
I have used this as an outer piece in the warmer seasons and a layering piece when the temps drop. I've even slept in it as a sort of half sleeping bag while on longer trail runs. Surprising to me is its ability to go days on end draped over my non-bathed, sweaty body with out really stinking too bad, a major bonus if your looking for a little romance out on the trail.
All in all I love this piece and haven't found a situation that it doesn't seem to excel in. Oh, except for really cold wind. Cold wind will whip though the seams of this jacket and chill you to the bone if you let it. But you wont because you'll be smart and wear a base- and outer-layer in those conditions.
The last bit of praise I'll toss on the heap is for this jacket's durability. Many times I've scraped my body on branches or granite expecting a tear, rip or at least a thinned out sport of material, but have been amazed to find the jacket looking like it just popped out of the Chinese factory it was made in. I've had for a few seasons now it and it still looks brand spanking new.
P.S. Did I mention the cruelty-free aspect? Look up foie gras production and down fill if you want to know more about that, but be warned it can be pretty sad if you're an animal lover like me.
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Patagonia's Nano Puff Hoody features: A unique quilted pattern, dual-adjust drawcord hem and two zippered handwarmer pockets.
The quintessential synthetic midlayer, the Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody is windproof, water resistant, and ultra compressible. When the weather turns wet and cold on a climb, or if the temperatures drop in the backcountry you can rest assured that the Nano Puff Hoody will keep you warm, even if it gets wet! Ultralight ripstop recycled polyester shell fabric Lightweight 60-g PrimaLoft One polyester insulation provides excellent warmth and compressibility Pockets: Two zippered handwarmers Dual-adjust drawcord hem seals in warmth, seals out wind Under-the-helmet hood construction is light and simple
Fight cold without the weight with Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody Insulated Jacket for Men Primaloft ONE gives the jacket excellent level of warmth and compressibility while Deluge DWR finish on the shell fabric provides great resistance to wind and rain Elasticized Hood and sleeves keeps out undesirable chills Most impressive of all is this jackets ability to pack down into its own pocket Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody Insulated Jacket for Men is perfect for belaying or just keeping warm around town
The windproof and water-resistant Patagonia Nano Puff hoodie keeps you warm with incredibly lightweight and compressible PrimaLoft(R) One insulation, and is ideal as an insulating or outer layer. Lightweight ripstop recycled polyester shell fabric has a Durable Water Repellent finish to fend off snow and light moisture. PrimaLoft One insulation provides excellent warmth and compressibility and will continue to insulate even in damp conditions. Classic brick quilting pattern through the torso and waist with narrow horizontal quilting on side panels uses durable thread for abrasion resistance. Under-helmet, low-profile hood has a simple elasticized opening. Center-front zipper has wicking interior stormflap and zipper garage at chin for next-to-skin comfort. Zip handwarmer pockets; jacket stuffs into an internal, zippered chest pocket that has a carabiner clip-in loop. Drawcord-adjustable droptail hem seals out wind.