Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket
The Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket is a great three-season…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $165
The Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket is a great three-season jacket made of 800 fill down and 10 denier ripstop nylon. It is impressively warm for its 7.7 oz weight. It also blocks wind quite well. I generally use it from 60-45 degrees. It can be used in colder temperatures, but I do not recommend pushing that range unless you wear something substantial underneath it.
- Ultralight 7.7 oz
- Warm for its weight
- Blocks wind
- Flattering fit
- Fully featured (full zip, adjustable hem, hand warmer pockets, chest pocket, DWR treated, etc.)
- Packs down very small
- Versatile (can be used as jacket or layering piece)
- Price (expensive)
- Not warm enough as a stand alone jacket in winter
The Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket is a very versatile, packable, ultralight jacket. I wear it in the car to the trailhead, then I toss it in the top of my pack and wear it during breaks on chilly days and then put it back on at camp. I also take it on dayhikes when I know it is going to be windy or chilly. It packs down so small that it easily fits in most daypacks.
I wear it as a stand alone jacket spring, summer, and fall. I also use it as a layering piece in the winter. I have had it for about a year now and I wear it as a casual jacket around town, to the trailhead, and have primarily worn it in the spring and fall. This winter was pretty mild, so I was able to wear it on the mild days. I really love wearing it to concerts, restaurants, and bars, etc. because I can be warm outside and then I can stuff it in my pocketbook when I need to go inside. That is super convenient.
The cut of this jacket claims to be "slim fit", however I find it to have plenty of room for layers. I wear a medium (my normal size) and comfortably layer a long sleeved top and a Patagonia R1 Pullover underneath it. I personally found the fit to be more slim in the chest/upper back/rib area, but roomy in the stomach/waist. The sleeve length is slightly long for my arms, but not too long. The overall length is a little bit longer, as is covers about half of my rear end. I think that is the perfect length for my 5'4" frame.
This accurately displays the room in the jacket. In the previous photo, it was cinched tight at the waist.
It is a full zip ultralight jacket with two handwarmer pockets, a chest pocket, adjustable hem, elastic cuffs, and it comes with a stuff sack. It is also treated with DWR.
The jacket has two adjustable hem cords (located in the bottom front). The cuffs are elastic. They stay in place and do not allow drafts to blow up the sleeves.
Elastic sleeve cuff
When stuffed, it is comparable in size to a Jetboil stove.
The Ultralight Down Jacket is very warm for its weight. I had a Down Sweater (and I currently own a Down Sweater Vest) and I can say that the warmth is comparable to the Down Sweater, but it weighs about 4 ounces less. I would put it at a comfort rating of 45 degrees, but I do not produce a whole lot of body heat. If you wear more layers under it (especially if sitting near a fire), you could probably take it down into the 30's. It does regulate temperature well. I rarely overheat in it. If I do, I just unzip it as needed.
The DWR is effective in repelling light drizzle, but it is not waterproof.
Fabric strength and function:
The 10 denier ripstop nylon is very thin, but is also very tensile. I am impressed with its durability for its thinness. It also blocks wind a lot better than I expected it would. I also have a Patagonia Nano Puff and I found the Ultralight Down to be more warm and be equally as wind resistant. All of the zippers do work well, no issues with them getting stuck. One issue that should always be addressed when reviewing a down product is leakage of feathers. This does leak occasional feathers, but I have not noticed it to be any more than average. It also retains its loft very well after being stuffed.
Overall, I'd say that it is a very functional and ultralight three-season jacket. As long as you don't have expectations for it to be a winter coat, you should be happy with your purchase. I was able to find mine for $165. It is definitely worth that price. I can't say I would spend the $279 retail price for it.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Destined for greatness, the Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket is prepared to make you great too. Super strong and ultralight, this jacket doesn't bulk up or get in the way, insulates like a dream, and is 2 times stronger than your traditional down sweater. Ski, climb, or just show it off. In any case, you'll be proud of your jacket. The lightest weight, strongest shell fabric we've ever engineered for down garments; with a Deluge(R) DWR (durable water repellent) finish 800-fill-power premium European goose down for low-bulk warmth Variegated channel construction stabilizes insulation and also allows the use of less down, creating an elegant, low-profile garment Zippered pockets: two handwarmers, one chest Drawcord hem seals out cold and spindrift Self-fabric stuffsack
- OMCgear refers to the men's version
Made with top-notch 800-fill goose down and a special edition ripstop shell, the Patagonia Ultralight down jacket supplies packable, on-demand warmth the moment you zip it on. A slim silhouette maximizes thermal efficiency and suits the Ultralight jacket's ideal uses. Special edition nylon ripstop shell fabric is half the weight and has twice the strength of other Patagonia down shell fabrics. Wear it as a belay parka over light layers at shady autumn crags, or layer it under a shell for unmatched warmth; also great for minimalist summer alpine bivies. Durable water repellent finish causes water to bead up and roll off, fending off light rain showers and snow. 800-fill-power premium European goose down yields tremendous warmth with low weight and low bulk. Sewn-through construction, a tight channel pattern and just the right amount of down increase versatility for use in more moderate temperatures and diverse activities. Drawcord hem seals in warm air and keeps out cold and spindrift. Includes 2 handwarmer zip pockets and 1 chest zip pocket. The Patagonia Ultralight Down jacket comes with a stuff sack.
- REI refers to the men's version
As minimal as an 8-piece rack on an alpine ridge, our Ultralight Down Jacket supports ascent without excess. It features top-notch 800-fill-power premium European goose down and an ultralight nylon ripstop shell fabric that's nearly half the weight and twice the strength of our other down shell fabrics. The sewn-through construction, tight channel pattern and just the right amount of down increase versatility for use in more moderate temperatures and diverse activities; a DWR (durable water repellent) finish sheds snow. A slim silhouette maximizes thermal efficiency and suits its ideal uses: belay jacket over light layers at shaded crags, minimalist summer alpine bivies and unmatched warmth layered under a shell. Pockets include two zippered handwarmers and one zippered chest. A drawcord hem keeps in the heat. Stuffsack included.
- Patagonia.com refers to the men's version
Over the last several years, Patagonia Men's Ultralight Down Jackets have become an iconic fixture in the outdoor world. Not only does the jacket look nice when you're out on the town, it performs in serious mountain environments. 800-fill European goose down traps an incredible amount of warmth while the jacket's low weight and high compressibility mean you'll always have space to bring it along. Plus, the shell is finished with a Deluge DWR treatment so you'll stay dry when the snow starts to fall.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version