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Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody - Women's Review

Lightweight and compressible with great warmth
Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody - Women's
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Price:  $299 List | Check Price at Backcountry
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Pros:  Light, compressible, cute and stylish features, great warmth to compression ratio, super breathable
Cons:  Lacks features, expensive, not entirely wind resistant
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 18, 2019
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  • Warmth - 25% 5
  • Weight & Compression - 20% 9
  • Comfort & Coziness - 20% 7
  • Weather Resistance - 15% 5
  • Breathability - 15% 8
  • Style & Fit - 5% 8

Our Verdict

The uber lightweight and compressible Patagonia Micro Puff is ready to stash away into the smallest nooks and crannies. It packs down to the size of a small sandwich and weighs next to nothing. It is our go-to recommendation for long-distance trail runs, backpacking missions, or just wearing around town. We tested it while adventuring in Iceland and sailing in the Faroe Islands. It layers well and offers incredible warmth in a lightweight package. The face fabric offers some wind resistance, not is far from windproof. Enjoy this jacket around town or on your next big ultralight mission.

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Pros Light, compressible, cute and stylish features, great warmth to compression ratio, super breathableExcellent water resistance, warm, packable, versatileDeliciously comfortable, amazing weather resistance, light and packable, cozy, cute style, versatile fitWarm, lightweight, packable, windproof, water resistant, slippery smooth face fabricsWarmth, many comfort features, very weatherproof
Cons Lacks features, expensive, not entirely wind resistantShell can tear easily, less breathableExpensive, lacks a chest pocket, zipper is stickyNot breathable, boxy fit, zipper gets stuck in fabric and can ripNot breathable or very packable
Bottom Line Lightweight and compressible with great warmthA high performer that'll keep you warm and protected throughout the seasonsAn amazing continuous shell jacket with excellent packability and warmthWarm and compressible, this continuous shell jacket is an excellent option for all types of adventuresA cute, high performing non technical option that boasts an excellent price
Rating Categories Micro Puff Hoody DAS Light Hoody Arc'teryx Nuclei FL... Rab Xenon Hoodie -... Heavenly Hoody
Warmth (25%)
5.0
9.0
8.0
6.0
9.0
Weight & Compression (20%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
3.0
Comfort & Coziness (20%)
7.0
9.0
10.0
9.0
10.0
Weather Resistance (15%)
5.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
Breathability (15%)
8.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
2.0
Style & Fit (5%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
9.0
Specs Micro Puff Hoody DAS Light Hoody Arc'teryx Nuclei FL... Rab Xenon Hoodie -... Heavenly Hoody
Weight 8.07 oz 10.50 oz 9.70 oz 8.75 oz 21 oz
Number of Pockets 4 (2 zippered hand, 2 internal drop-in) 3 (1 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest) 3 (2 zippered hand, 2 internal) 3 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest) 3 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest)
Insulation 65g PlumaFill 100% polyester 65g PlumaFill 100% recycled polyester Coreloft 65 synthetic 60g Stratus 100% polyester
Outer Fabric 0.7oz 10D 100% nylon ripstop Pertex Quantum with a DWR finish Nylon - Endurance Quantum Pertex Arato 10R ripstop nylon Atmos ripstop Storm-Lite DP II
Lining 100% nylon ripstop Pertex Quantum Nylon Nylon Nylon Luscious Pile Fleece, 100% polyester
Hood Option? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Built-in stash pocket? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Cuff construction Elasticized cuffs Elasticized cuffs Elasticized cuffs Elasticized cuffs Internal elastic cuff

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Patagonia Micro-Puff Hoody the lightest and most compressible insulated jacket in this review. It's perfect to stash into the tiniest of packs and has a multitude of uses through all four seasons.

Performance Comparison


The Micro Puff is a favorite for its super lightweight baffled...
The Micro Puff is a favorite for its super lightweight baffled construction that packs down to a super small packable. It's relatively warm for its weight and airy.
Photo: Amber King

Warmth


For its weight, this jacket is surprisingly warm. Featuring 65-grams of PlumaFill insulation, this lightweight insulated jacket is not built for the coldest days and performs best in Fall and Spring temperatures. When the temperatures dipped down to -15 degrees Fahrenheit, we reached for this ultralight piece as an additional layer, and it sufficed well when layered. It serves its purpose well for temperatures at freezing and just above.

The baffles are not continuous and the stitching keeps the ample...
The baffles are not continuous and the stitching keeps the ample insulation inside. This jacket features 65 grams of Pluma-Fill insulation.
Photo: Derek Stoddart

We wore this jacket while traveling to Iceland and the Faroe Islands. This past summer was one of the coldest, and this jacket was a perfect choice for just that. When we got dumped on with rain, the PlumaFill insulation retained warmth; we chose it for our backpacking and running adventures, in addition to sailing out on the North Sea!

There are no cinch cords around the hemline of the jacket.
There are no cinch cords around the hemline of the jacket.
Photo: Derek Stoddart

Some caveats are that the material is ultra-thin and breathable, losing some of its warmth. Also, it doesn't have any cinch cords to help lock in heat. That said, this jacket features a higher than average warmth to weight ratio. The insulation is thin and connected, allowing the opportunity to pack in more warmth in a smaller space. It's comparatively warm and compressible and is an excellent option for those in search of a warm, yet lightweight jacket, best for cool to warm temperatures.

Layering the MicroPuff while traveling to Iceland this summer made...
Layering the MicroPuff while traveling to Iceland this summer made it a great option for cold weather wear...even when pretending to be a mermaid on an Iceberg.
Photo: Amber King

Weight & Compression


It excels in this category simply because of its ridiculously low weight and ability to compress into a tiny little package. We wore this strapped to the outside of our running pack, stuffed it into our fastpack, and wore it wrapped around our waist. Weighing only 8.07 ounces, it is the lightest and most compressible jacket in this review.

The Micro Puff is extremely compressible with a carabiner clip loop.
The Micro Puff is extremely compressible with a carabiner clip loop.
Photo: Amber King

The PlumaFill insulation is quite lofty and compressible while the face fabric isn't bulky but ultra lightweight. When fully compressed, it stuffs down to roughly the size of a medium-sized pencil bag.

This jackets compresses into the pocket with its own stow-away system.
This jackets compresses into the pocket with its own stow-away system.
Photo: Derek Stoddart

It stuffs into its left pocket, zips up, and has a durable carabiner-loop, which makes it perfect to clip to a harness or backpack. If you don't want to clip it on, it fits nicely into a small rocket-pack or even running back, nice for lightweight missions. Take it with you while long-distance running, day hiking, backpacking, or multi-pitch climbing.

The Patagonia MicroPuff women's jacket offers excellent...
The Patagonia MicroPuff women's jacket offers excellent breathability that performs while we descend the Crestone Peaks. We also used this layer while fastpacking in Iceland for its excellent warmth, packability, and breathable fabrics.
Photo: Amber King

Weather Resistance


Featuring a 0.7 ounce 10-D100% nylon Pertex Quantum face fabric and 65-grams of insulation, this jacket provides sufficient weather resistance for an insulated jacket but does not perform above and beyond other competitors.

During our water tests, water repelled for roughly one minute before soaking and wetting the fabric, making it relatively water-resistant. The DWR water-resistant finish did a great job of wicking the water but isn't sufficient to protect in a full-blown rainstorm. That said, with its lightweight design and slippery face fabric, it's advantageous to layer it under a rain shell when mother nature howls and brings down the precipitation hammer.

Here we tackle a fast-packing adventure in a remote area of Iceland...
Here we tackle a fast-packing adventure in a remote area of Iceland called the Hornstrandir Nature Preserve. In this shot, we stuff the pack inside our fast-packing set-up. Weather here is unpredictable and we encountered all sorts of precipitation!
Photo: Amber King

The wind rips right through the fabric. Given its baffled design and breathable insulative properties, without a solid shell, you will find yourself shivering in a super cold gale! However, if you layer it appropriately with a base layer and/or a wind shell, you'll see a fantastic system that performs in all sorts of weather. We also love that the insulation maintains warmth when wet.

Comfort & Coziness


Aside from a nice and lightweight fit, this jacket is pretty bare bones. While many of our testers enjoyed the lofty insulation that provides a huge cozy factor, this jacket does not deliver. The lack of features is a trade-off for its lightweight and compressible design. However, we do love the lightweight nature of this coat, and that in itself offers great comfort for all-day wear.

While a helmet can be worn with this jacket, it's not very helmet...
While a helmet can be worn with this jacket, it's not very helmet compatible as there is not a lot of stretch to the fabric.
Photo: Derek Stoddart

Featuring two handwarmer pockets (no furry lining) and two non-zippered pockets (large enough to sneak snacks into the movie theater) in the interior of the jacket, we feel this jacket had sufficient storage.

This jacket features large interior pockets, but no breast pocket.
This jacket features large interior pockets, but no breast pocket.
Photo: Derek Stoddart

Aside from that, there are little to no features, such as no pull-string around the hem or any hood adjustments. The hood is somewhat helmet-compatible, but our testers thought it pulled the jacket into weird directions. The outer fabric is also crinkly and isn't soft or super stretchy.

Breathability


The air flows nicely through this jacket, earning it a low score in weather protection but a great score in breathability. The baffled design offers an enhanced porosity of the material, and the insulation inside isn't super thick. As a result, it vents quite well, especially when you simply unzip the zipper.

While it doesn't have any breathable features like a fabric insert under the arms, it can still be used for all sorts of aerobic missions. We took it winter running on a cold afternoon, and we were able to keep it on (with a midlayer) in temperatures that hovered around 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The jacket wasn't soaked with sweat after these tests, making it a decent aerobic wear option.

We took each jacket running during early winter mornings and...
We took each jacket running during early winter mornings and evenings to truly test breathability of the fabric.
Photo: Amber King

Style & Fit


Many of our ladies testers love the flattering baffle stitching that adds a feminine flair to this otherwise techy-looking jacket. When wearing it out and about, it got numerous positive comments on the street and comes in many cute color options. The lines and patterns are both flattering and feminine.

We liked the cute diamond baffles under the arms in addition to the...
We liked the cute diamond baffles under the arms in addition to the disarticulated baffles in the front and back.
Photo: Derek Stoddart

While many of our short to medium-sized testers thought the fit was just right, many of our tallest testers thought the arms were a little short (especially when reaching upwards).

A look at the style and fit of the Micro Puff jacket.
A look at the style and fit of the Micro Puff jacket.
Photo: Derek Stoddart

This jacket is a little tight through the chest and shoulders; if you have a larger chest or broader shoulders, you might want to size up. That said, we'd recommend trying on this piece at a store before buying it. Or order it online with a company that allows returns to ensure the size works for you.

In addition to great performance, many of our testers thought this...
In addition to great performance, many of our testers thought this jacket was stylish as well.
Photo: Amber King

Value


It's funny how lightweight gear (ultimately made with fewer, but higher quality materials) is always more expensive. The retail price tag is high and a bit of a hard pill to swallow, given the stitching fly-aways and rips that we observed in its construction. Fortunately, the synthetic insulation stays intact (even with a hole) and doesn't lose its insulative properties (like you would with a down coat.

Hanging out on the towering seacliffs of the remote Faroe...
Hanging out on the towering seacliffs of the remote Faroe Islands...a perfect place to don the Patagonia Micro Puff.
Photo: Amber King

Conclusion


The Patagonia Micro Puff insulated jacket is the lightest and one of the most compressible jacket tested in this review. While it's not the warmest, we are surprised by its performance and preferred it for long lightweight missions through all four seasons; it's a great go-to for lightweight missions.

Take this jacket climbing, hiking, and more. We especially love it...
Take this jacket climbing, hiking, and more. We especially love it for lightweight adventures.
Photo: Amber King

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