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Patagonia Puffball Sweater

3 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0
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Synthetic insulated jackets of this type (others are…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Fabric: 1.3 oz Ripstop Nylon
Fill: Microloft
Price Paid: $55 on sale

Synthetic insulated jackets of this type (others are made by Marmot, TNF, Moonstone) really should be considered a third grouping (along with fleece and down) rather than a substitute for either.

Compared to fleece, they are lighter and far more compressible for the same warmth. Because of the nylon shell, they block the wind better, and tests in the washing machine show that they dry slightly quicker.

However, they are not nearly as durable as fleece (the Puffball outer fabric tears quite easily), and do not breathe as well.

Compared to down, they are cheaper, but not nearly as warm or as breathable for the same weight. However, the Puffball is less affected by wet weather--although a down jacket with a good outer fabric (it doesn't even have to be DryLoft) is not nearly as sponge-like as some claim.

The Puffball (since replaced by the upgraded FireBall) has a ridiculously small zipper pull, a very nice inner mesh pocket for drying gloves and hats, and not much else.

I've found it's best used when space is tight in a pack, or when multiple layers of fleece are too restrictive--downhill skiing at below 0 F.

A medium weight capilene shirt, an expedition weight shirt, a retro pile jacket, a puffball--all under a storm parka--works well when it's really cold.

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This is an excellent product. It is vastly lighter…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Fabric: Taffeta
Fill: Primaloft
Price Paid: paid $85 ($130 retail?)

This is an excellent product. It is vastly lighter and warmer than fleece, and will pack into a 5x7 stuff sack. It is almost as warm as a down jacket, but with none of the disadvantages of down.

Only complaint: the thin shell is a bit delicate (but what do you expect for something that's intended to be super light?). Wear it under a shell it you expect abuse.

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This is a great jacket to put on as soon as you stop…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Fill: synthetic
Price Paid: $90 (on sale)

This is a great jacket to put on as soon as you stop hiking and before you cool down. Packs into tiny spaces and weights nothing. It does lack a proper collar to keep your neck warm but for the portability, it can't be beat.

The fabric is a bit thin, so wear a shell if you are hiking through heavy brush.

rated 4.00 of 5 stars All Puffball Sweater versions

In addition to the 3 men's reviews above, there is 1 review for another version of the Puffball Sweater. Read all reviews »

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Patagonia Men's Puffball Sweater

Discontinued

The Men's Puffball Sweater has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$80.00 - $145.00

The Patagonia Men's Puffball Sweater is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen December 11, 2007 at GearTrade.

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