Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody Review
Cons: Very delicate, shell rips easily
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Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody
|Price||$179.40 at Backcountry||$329.00 at Backcountry||$146.21 at Backcountry|
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|Pros||Super light weight, windproof, water resistant||Lightweight, wind and water resistant, quite warm, durable face fabric||Lightweight, warm, great wind protection, sheds water well, affordable||Very warm, comfortable fit, seals out the weather||Very comfortable, great fit, breathable, impressively warm, great mobility|
|Cons||Very delicate, shell rips easily||Expensive, no hem drawcords, hood is slightly tight with a helmet on||Doesn’t breathe well, fit isn’t very athletic||Heavier than most, not very breathable, pricey||Pricey, not as warm as thicker layers, doesn’t stuff into itself|
|Bottom Line||An ultralight midlayer with an excellent warmth to weight ratio||An amazing jacket for active outdoor pursuits that is an ideal fit for wearing all the time||An ideal outer layer for throwing on during windy and cold days outside||Super comfortable and very warm, this jacket is a go-to choice all winter long, regardless of what you are doing||An excellent fitting jacket that is comfortable and breathable for use when active, and also serves as a great lightweight mid-layer|
|Rating Categories||Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody||Patagonia DAS Light Hoody||Rab Xenon Hoodie||Arc'teryx Atom AR Hoody||Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody|
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|Specs||Patagonia Micro...||Patagonia DAS...||Rab Xenon Hoodie||Arc'teryx Atom AR...||Arc'teryx Atom LT...|
|Measured Weight (size)||10.3 oz (L)||12.0 oz (L)||11.0 oz (L)||17.6 oz (L)||13.4 oz (L)|
|Insulation||65 g PlumaFill (100% polyester)||100% recycled 65g PlumaFill||60g Stratus||120 g/m2 Coreloft body, 80 g/m2 underarms, 60 g/m2 hood - with Dope Permair 20 in armpits||60 g/m2 Coreloft Compact w/ Stretch Fleece panels on sides|
|Outer Fabric||Nylon ripstop Pertex Quantum GL||10 denier Pertex Quantum Pro||Atmos ripstop||Tyono 30 denier nylon||20D Nylon Tyono|
|Stuffs Into Itself?||Yes, clip loop||Yes||Yes, clip loop||No||No|
|Hood Option?||Only hooded||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Number of Pockets||2 zippered hand, 2 large interior drop-in pockets||2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest||2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest||2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest||2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Patagonia Micro Puff sets a new standard in the game of warmth-to-weight ratios. At 8.15 ounces, this jacket is lighter than any other lightweight option we have tested, by quite a lot, while still retaining a ton of warmth. Weight matters, whether you're pushing it hard in the mountains, or just trying to squeeze more stuff into your carry-on, and the Micro Puff shows us the way to a lighter, warmer, more civilized future.
Despite being so light that it blew away during a gentle breeze, the Micro Puff still packs plenty of heat, more so than its heavier Patagonia cousins. Patagonia bravely compares its new PlumaFill insulation to goose down, and while not quite as lofty as nature's top insulator, the PlumaFill gets pretty close while still retaining the warm-when-wet features of synthetic insulation. Consider us impressed.
Weight and Compressibility
Weight is the Micro Puff's strong suit. The PlumaFill insulation is arranged in long strands that shift around less than synthetic insulators, requiring less stitching and materials to hold it in place, and preventing cold spots. Our men's small test piece weighs in at 8.15 ounces, making it the lightest jacket in the review, almost 4 ounces lighter than the next closest competitor. Regarding compressibility, this model stuffs into its right handwarmer pocket and features a clip-in loop, just like one would expect for such a thin jacket. It packs down small, but also tight, and can be a real challenge to pack away. The challenge of getting it fully stuffed meant that our testers found less value in this feature than we would hope for.
Patagonia's DWR treatment continues to impress our testers. The same treatment that keeps us dry when used on other jackets works just as well on the Micro. When the treatment is fresh, and the jacket is clean and free of oils, water runs right off the Micro Puff. Getting the insulation wet enough to investigate the lofty-when-wet claims involved holding the poor jacket underwater in the sink and squeezing. The thin Pertex shell offers great protection against the wind, especially when the hood is up and zipped tight.
Our testers were quick to take this jacket off as soon as it was time for heavy breathing. The water-resistant, windproof Pertex shell doesn't let much air in, or out, and we felt like we were in a sauna during steep approaches and on difficult pitches. For a more breathable option, check out one of the large selection of active, stretchy mid-layers designed specifically to emphasize their breathability.
The Micro Puff ranks up there as one of the most expensive insulated jackets you can buy, and since you are most certainly getting less material, does not present the best insulation to dollar value. In fact, we think that the other Patagonia insulated jackets, which are also fairly pricey, tend to deliver a bit more, especially when it comes to durability. Unless you want the absolute lightest insulated layer, we would probably look elsewhere.
While not quite as lofty as down, the Micro Puff is a big step forward in synthetic insulation. Feather-light and warmer than its predecessors, this a good choice for weight-conscious hikers and backpackers who are out in cold, wet conditions found in the spring and fall. Climbers and hikers beware; this model will not hold up super well while you're jamming and shimmying your way up granite cracks and chimneys. We're psyched to see what Patagonia does next with PlumaFill insulation, hopefully, a lighter jacket that is also more durable.
— Andy Wellman & Matt Bento