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Patagonia Hyper Puff Hoody Review

Top Pick Award
Price:  $299 List | $209.99 at MooseJaw
Pros:  Super warm, cute, stylish, cozy, weather resistant, great features
Cons:  Not compressible, heavy
Bottom line:  This Top Pick for Warmth will keep you warm when the temperatures plummet.
Editors' Rating:   
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Weight (ounces):  18.60 oz
Relative Compression (1 = most compressible, 11 = least compressible):  11
Number of Pockets:  4 (2 insulated handwarmer pockets, 1 exterior zippered chest pocket, 1 large interior drop mesh pocket)
Manufacturer:   Patagonia

Our Verdict

Looking for warmth? The Patagonia Hyper Puff Hoody provides unbeatable heat in the form of 100-grams of HyperDAS insulation. The former Patagonia DAS Parka was a piece of outdoor gear beloved by many. Its durability, warmth, and cozy factor was through the roof, making it an excellent option for winter wear or cold, icy belays. The Hyper Puff Patagonia Hoody exemplifies all the features that many love. Warmth, coziness, and comfort! While this jacket isn't as bulky as its predecessor, it is undoubtedly warm! In our testing period, we determined that this is the warmest jacket tested, earning a Top Pick award. It offers superior weather resistance and comfort in the form of its mobile and flattering face fabric design. Patagonia also offers many cute colors to have you looking great all winter long.

While this jacket is warm, it certainly isn't light. Warmth is typically a trade-off for compressibility and weight, and this is no exception. While it does have its own stuff sack and compresses to a surprisingly small size for its bulk, it is the heaviest jacket in this review. The Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody, our Top Pick for Winter Recreation is an excellent alternative if you seek a warm but compressible jacket option. This jacket is also a little more breathable overall, making it better for winter sports where you might sweat. If you seek a jacket that offers the ultimate in warmth, the Patagonia Hyper Puff Hoody is our best recommendation. Wear it on the coldest days of winter or layer it with another jacket for superior comfort when it gets cold outside.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Amber King

Last Updated:
Monday
May 7, 2018

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This Top Pick for Warmth will have you roasty and toasty on the coldest days of winter!

Performance Comparison


Enjoying the Hyper Puff while on a backcountry split boarding tour in the San Juan Mountains. While this jacket isn't the best for uphill travel  it certainly does a great job on the downhill!
Enjoying the Hyper Puff while on a backcountry split boarding tour in the San Juan Mountains. While this jacket isn't the best for uphill travel, it certainly does a great job on the downhill!

Warmth


If you seek warmth, the Hyper Puff Hoody is the best option, winning a Top Pick Award. This jacket offers 100-grams of HyperDAS insulation that will keep you warm through the coldest days of winter. While the shell is a touch breathable, it locks in warmth with several features like pull-cords around the hem and hood, elastic cuffs, and a collar that rises over the nose. Suited best for wear around town or as a belay jacket at an icy belay, we recommend this coat for the winter season. The hydrophobic properties of this coat, like all coats in this review, maintains its warmth when wet and is a great option for those that get cold easily. It scores a perfect ten out of ten.


Of all the jackets tested, it is the warmest of the fleet. The Columbia Mighty Lite offers fleecy comforts that are not found in the Hyper Puff Hoody, though it's not as warm (only 80-grams of insulation). While the Arc'teryx Proton AR Hoody offers 90-grams of insulation, the fabric is far more breathable and not as thick as the Hyperpuff, making it a better option for recreation in the winter time. Think — winter running, ice climbing, or even cross-country skiing on the coldest days. The Hyper Puff provides the best in warmth, making it a fantastic jacket for wearing around and hunkering down in when the wind blows hard.

Equipped with 100-grams on insulation  this jacket provides ample warmth on some of the coldest days of winter.
Equipped with 100-grams on insulation, this jacket provides ample warmth on some of the coldest days of winter.

Weight & Compression


While this jacket is super warm, it's not super compressible or lightweight. Scoring a three out of ten in this category, it is the heaviest and bulkiest in this review, weighing in at 18.60 grams. That said, it can be stowed away in a backpack, using its own compression sack. If you seek a jacket that is lightweight and stows away easily, there are many other better options out there. However, they aren't as warm (an inherent trade-off).


If you seek a jacket that is warm but a little more compressible, be sure to check out the Arc'teryx Proton AR. While this option is not as warm as the Hyper Puff, it sure does compress a little bit better. It doesn't have its own stuff sack, and it doesn't stuff into any of its pockets, but it sure does take up less space in a backpack. If you seek another insulated coat that that offers a high warmth to compression ratio, the Rab Xenon X (Editor's Choice Winner) is a fantastic option!. If you prefer the most compressible and lightest jacket, the Patagonia Nano Air is a top recommendation.

Even though it does compress into it's own stuff sack  this is one of the least compressible jackets tested in this review.
Even though it does compress into it's own stuff sack, this is one of the least compressible jackets tested in this review.

Weather Resistance


While standing in the shower, rain, and snow, this jacket proved to be highly water resistant. Earning a high score in this category, we are impressed with the 1.1 oz 100% Nylon stretch ripstop Pertex Quantum shell that offers a DWR water resistant layer. In our shower tests, this jacket repelled the water for about one minute before the external layer of the face fabric became wet.

After that, we stood in the shower for roughly ten minutes and didn't get wet where the fabric was the thickest. The only moisture that got through was at the zipper of the jacket - but it was little to none for the amount of water this jacket was exposed to. Overall, we are impressed with the water resistance this jacket has to offer. When it comes to wind, the jacket is so thick that it slices through the wind, keeping you warm and comfortable. It indeed performs in snow (wet or dry) and kept us dry in little rain storms.


Providing protection on par with the Columbia Mighty Lite Hooded Plush and the Rab Xenon X, this is a top performer. The Columbia Mighty Lite Hooded Plush has several layers that protect its user from wind and water through the nastiest of the seasons. That said, we felt like these jacket protected in the same way, utilizing a shell and thicker layers. Both cut the wind well! The Rab Xenon X, on the other hand, proved to have a similar level of weather resistance without the bulk of additional layers. This makes it a better option for those seeking a thinner jacket that isn't as warm but maximizes weather protection.

A little look at the water resistance of this jacket during our at-home water resistance tests! We found the face fabric to be resistant to water  but not impervious to it.
A little look at the water resistance of this jacket during our at-home water resistance tests! We found the face fabric to be resistant to water, but not impervious to it.

Comfort & Coziness


Ready to wrap yourself like a burrito this winter? The form-fitting nature of this jacket provides mobility while the thick insulation is packed into little spaces that hugs you all around. The slippery interior fabrics make it easy to wear over the top of other layers, while its features make it easy to wear with a helmet or overtop of a harness. It also features four pockets; two hand-warmer pockets that are large enough to store a small sandwich, one exterior chest pocket, and one internal mesh pocket. The internal pocket is so large you can put a pair of climbing ski skins inside! Because of the cozy nature of this jacket, in addition to great little comfort features, it earns a high score of nine out of ten in this category.


This coat doesn't offer the same fuzzy comforts of the Columbia Mighty Lite Hoody, but it is more mobile. The Mighty Lite has super nice elastic cuffs and a furry hood that adds a little more comfort on the coldest days of winter. The Hyper Puff, on the other hand, has elastic cuffs that protect on cold days, but it moves easily with the body. The thick fabrics wrap around the body in a way that isn't mimicked by any other jacket in this review. Thanks to its added weight, the heavier feel offers more comfort than a lightweight jacket.

Equipped with many fine features  we are happy to report that we love the pockets and overall coziness of this jacket!
Equipped with many fine features, we are happy to report that we love the pockets and overall coziness of this jacket!

That said, if you're not a fan of that heavier feel, be sure to take a look at the Arc'teryx Proton AR, our Top Pick for Winter Recreation. It has a lighter weight feel, with many of the same features of the Hyper Puff. If you instead seek a lightweight jacket with a fleece-lined interior, be sure to check out the OR Women's Ascendant Hoody.

Helmet compatible? Yes  ma'am!
Helmet compatible? Yes, ma'am!

Breathability


Scoring a five out of ten for breathability, this jacket provides a little bit of ventilation, but not much. On a ski tour, we decided to test the breathability of the fabric. After hiking uphill for about four minutes, we found ourselves sweating, unzipping the jacket, and ultimately pulling it off.

While it's not suited for super aerobic activities, the fabric certainly does breathe. However, breathability is hindered by the many layers of insulation and fabric jacket. Simply put, if breathable is your top concern, this is not a great option. Fortunately, it breathes and vents enough to let off a little steam if you happen to build a snowman or engage in an unexpected wrestling match in the snow!


If you seek a warm jacket with ample breathability that is best suited for winter recreation, we like the Arc'teryx Proton AR. This jacket balances breathability and warmth. While the Hyper Puff is warmer it is not suited for active endeavors. If warmth isn't an important criterion, something like the OR Ascendent Hoody allows you to blow off steam in both cold and warmer temperatures easily. The mobile face provides flexibility in movement in addition to better temperature regulation overall. Or, check out the Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody, our Top Pick for breathability that balances many other fine features!

While this jacket is somewhat breathable  it features many layers that makes it a little less breathable than others in this review.
While this jacket is somewhat breathable, it features many layers that makes it a little less breathable than others in this review.

Style & Fit


While this jacket isn't the most "stylish" it certainly does have a decent fit. Not scoring high or low in this category, it earns a decent seven out of ten. Many of our testers appreciated the flattering chevron stitching patterns that accentuate the feminine curvature. The fit is also longer, accommodating both the short and tall-bodied women that tested this jacket. Many of our curvaceous testers also appreciated that the fabric doesn't hug the body too much, providing a clean look for all shapes and sizes.


Other jackets that provide a little more flattering fit include the Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody and the Columbia Mighty Lite Hoody. The Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody, our Top Pick for Alpine Adventures features a continuous-shell design with a breathable strip under the arms that is a different color. This makes it a little more flattering and is a favorite among our testers. It earns a higher score in this category for the flattery in its design and lightweight appeal. The Columbia Mighty Lite Hoody is a heavier option that also provides a flattering and clean look that many of our testers preferred. While the Patagonia Hyper Puff does a great job in style for the amount of bulk it offers, it still makes you look a little puffier than other jackets in this review.

A look at the style and fit of this jacket.
A look at the style and fit of this jacket.

Best Application


As a cute and warm insulated jacket, it is perfect for low-key winter activity (such as a hike or walk around town) or as a belay jacket at an icy belay. Wear it during the coldest days of winter as your most outer jacket. Other coats layer easily underneath, allowing you to add a little more versatility for superior warmth. Thanks to its incredible weather protection, the Hyper Puff is awesome for wearing out in any winter storm. Plus, it comes in some super cute colors.

Take it skiing or wear it around town. We just wouldn't recommend it for warmer weather or super aerobic activity.
Take it skiing or wear it around town. We just wouldn't recommend it for warmer weather or super aerobic activity.

Value


This jacket sustains a great value. For a retail price of $200 (with several amazing online deals), the Hyper Puff features an iron-clad guarantee that is backed by Patagonia. If you have any zipper or durability issues, they will either repair it or provide you with a great service. During our testing period, we didn't observe any wear and tear issues, even after hiking and skiing through the woods. As a result, we'd say the jacket is worth the money.

Conclusion


If you seek a warm winter jacket, the Hyper Puff Patagonia Hoody is our top recommendation. Wear it during the coldest winter days. Just avoid it for super aerobic activities or the warmer seasons.

Amber King

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