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Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody Review

This lightweight mid-layer works great for the weight-conscious hiker, backpacker, or climber as it stuffs away small and weighs little
patagonia micro puff hoody insulated jacket review
Lightweight and warm, this jacket comes at a slightly higher price.
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Price:  $329 List
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By James Lucas ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 2, 2023
71
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SCORE


RANKED
#4 of 10
  • Warmth - 25% 7.0
  • Weight and Compressibility - 20% 9.0
  • Comfort - 20% 7.0
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 7.0
  • Breathability - 15% 5.0

Our Verdict

The Patagonia Micro Puff uses recyled fishing nets in its Pertex Quantum shell fabric and utilizes synthetic insulator called PlumaFill to create an ideal warmth-to-weight ratio. It's ideal as a super lightweight mid-layer, but the outer shell easily rips, so it needs to be treated carefully. When thrashing through bushes in the woods or climbing abrasive rock, make sure to protect this jacket with something more durable.
REASONS TO BUY
Lightweight
Windproof
Water resistant
REASONS TO AVOID
Poor durability
Less warmth

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Pros Lightweight, windproof, water resistantLightweight, weather-resistant, warm, durableWarm, highly featured, comfortableComfortable, breathable, warm, great mobilityLightweight, compressible, warm, weather resistant, affordable
Cons Poor durability, less warmthExpensive, no hem drawcords, hard to stow, no internal pockets, not breathableBulky, poor breathability, technical stylePricey, little adjustability, poor packabilityPoor breathability, unathletic fit
Bottom Line This lightweight mid-layer works great for the weight-conscious hiker, backpacker, or climber as it stuffs away small and weighs littleThis versatile and lightweight insulated jacket offers impressive weather resistance and warmthWarm and designed for adventure, this jacket provides a durable nylon ripstop shell fabric that resists abrasion and sheds water easilyThis active insulated layer combines lightweight mobility with great breathability while offering some warmthThis impressively wind-resistant layer fights the elements, provides functional warmth, and easily fits into its own pocket
Rating Categories Patagonia Micro Puf... Patagonia DAS Light... Mountain Hardwear C... Arc'teryx Atom LT H... Rab Xenon 2.0
Warmth (25%)
7.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
7.0
Weight and Compressibility (20%)
9.0
8.0
5.0
7.0
7.0
Comfort (20%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Weather Resistance (20%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
5.0
7.0
Breathability (15%)
5.0
6.0
5.0
9.0
6.0
Specs Patagonia Micro Puf... Patagonia DAS Light... Mountain Hardwear C... Arc'teryx Atom LT H... Rab Xenon 2.0
Measured Weight 10.37 oz 12.31 oz 16.47 oz 13.05 oz 12.56 oz
Insulation PlumaFill 100% recycled polyester PlumaFill 85% recycled polyester Coreloft Compact synthetic fibers PrimaLoft Silver
Outer Fabric Recyled NetPlus Pertex Quantum Pertex Quantum Pro 15D coated nylon ripstop 20D Tyono shell, stretch fleece panels (94% polyester, 6% elastane) Pertex Quantum
Stuffs Into Itself Yes Yes No No Yes
Hood Option Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Number of Pockets 2 zippered hand, 2 internal drop-in 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 1 internal zip, 1 internal drop-in 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest 2 zippered hand, 1 internal zip

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Patagonia Micro Puff sets the standard for high warmth-to-weight ratios with this warm 8.15-ounce mid-layer. The shell and insulation are all created from 100% recycled materials; polyester PlumaFill insulation for the stuffing and NetPlus Pertex Quantum made from recycled fishing nets for the outer shell fabric. Patagonia created an ultralight piece that compresses well, fitting into its left handwarmer pocket. Whether you're pushing hard in the mountains or just trying to squeeze more into your backpack, weight matters, and the Micro Puff provides a light, warm, and comfortable way forward.

Performance Comparison


patagonia micro puff hoody insulated jacket review - lightweight and warm, the micro puff was a great piece to throw into...
Lightweight and warm, the Micro Puff was a great piece to throw into our backs during cooler days recreating outdoors.
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Warmth


The Micro Puff packs plenty of heat with Patagonia's down-like PlumaFill insulation. While not quite as lofty as nature's top insulator, the PlumaFill retains the warm-when-wet feature of synthetic insulation. The drawcord at the hem and the elasticized cuffs help trap heat. The center-front zipper, which comes up high on the face, above the nose, helps to prevent wind from blasting into our faces.

patagonia micro puff hoody insulated jacket review - the plumafill insulation, the drawcord at the hem, the elasticized...
The PlumaFill insulation, the drawcord at the hem, the elasticized cuffs, and the well-fitting hood all work to trap heat well.
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Weight and Compressibility


The Micro Puff excels in terms of its weight. Patagonia arranged the PlumaFill in long strands that shift less than other synthetic insulators, requiring less stitching and materials to hold it in place and helping to prevent cold spots. With the medium weighing in at a mere 10.37 ounces, this jacket's light weight comes from the stripped-down feature set and great insulation technology.

patagonia micro puff hoody insulated jacket review - the jacket proved fairly difficult to fit into its left handwarmer...
The jacket proved fairly difficult to fit into its left handwarmer pocket. Our testers struggled to stuff it and zip it up completely.
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This model compresses into a small package, stuffing into its left-handwarmer pocket. The jacket packs down, but the tight fit can be challenging to stuff and then zip. Struggling to close it meant our testers found less value in this feature.

patagonia micro puff hoody insulated jacket review - when we finally got it zipped into its pocket, it turned out to be a...
When we finally got it zipped into its pocket, it turned out to be a fairly compact package.
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Weather Resistance


Patagonia's DWR treatment worked impressively well on the ultralight Pertex Quantum shell fabric, with water beading and rolling off the jacket. Getting the insulation wet enough to investigate the lofty-when-wet claims involved submerging it in the sink and squeezing. The thin Pertex shell offers excellent protection against the wind, especially with a zipped-up hood.

patagonia micro puff hoody insulated jacket review - the dwr treatment on the micro puff easily shed moisture off the...
The DWR treatment on the Micro Puff easily shed moisture off the jacket. We dunked it in a tub of water and it still retained plenty of warmth while wet.
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Comfort


The face and liner fabric on the Micro Puff feels soft. The quilting construction involves minimal stitching and prevents scratchiness. The jacket felt true to size and the ample length of the sleeves helped them stay in place when we reached overhead. Zipped up, the hood moved well with our testers' heads, and the hand warmer pockets provided a great place to store our fingers during cold weather.

patagonia micro puff hoody insulated jacket review - the hood fit well and we liked the feel of the quilted fabric.
The hood fit well and we liked the feel of the quilted fabric.
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Breathability


During heavy activity like strenuous uphill hiking, our testers had to remove the jacket. The water-resistant, windproof Pertex shell keeps the weather out, but it also traps air in, giving the jacket a sauna-like feel once you start to work hard. While dropping the zipper helped a little, we tested better-performing jackets for wearing during intense outdoor workouts.

patagonia micro puff hoody insulated jacket review - it easily fought off wind and precipitation, but it's probably not...
It easily fought off wind and precipitation, but it's probably not the jacket you want to wear during a strenuous uphill hike.
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Should You Buy the Patagonia Micro Puff?


The Micro Puff fits a specific ultralight weight niche. If you're looking for a warm and featherweight jacket to layer under a shell when you're not working up a sweat, then this jacket performs well. But as an all-around piece, we liked a few other jackets better. However, if you're hard on your gear, take note that with this jackets light weight comes a fragile outer, and it will rip easily if it abrades on rock or brushes against sharp twigs in the woods. Patagonia did great work with the PlumaFill insulation, though, and if you're looking for a piece to stay warm without adding much weight, then this piece does wonders.

What Other Insulated Jackets Should You Consider?


The Patagonia Micro Puff performed well across the board. It provides plenty of warmth for such an impressively lightweight jacket. If you want something even warmer, try the Mountain Hardwear Compressor Hoody, or if you're seeking a more breathable jacket, check out the Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody. The Rab Xenon 2.0 mirrors many of the functions of the Micro Puff at a fraction of the cost.

James Lucas
 
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