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Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody - Women's Review

Lightweight and compressible with great warmth.
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Price:  $299 List | $299.00 at REI
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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% 10
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 5
  • Comfort & Coziness - 15% 6
  • 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 earns our Top Pick for Lightweight Adventures because 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 it 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 breathableWarm, lightweight, packable, windproof, water resistant, slippery smooth face fabricsGreat style and colors, lightweight warmth, warm when wet, versatile use, durableWarm, lofty, inexpensive, cute and stylish, removable faux-furBreathable, warm, great comfort features, mobile face fabric, great layering ability
Cons Lacks features, expensive, not entirely wind resistantNot breathable, boxy fitExpensiveLacks water resistance, no pull tabs on zippersNo cinch cord around hood
Bottom Line Lightweight and compressible with great warmth.Warm and compressive, this continuous shell jacket is an excellent option for all types of adventures.A veratile wool-insulated jacket with fantastic overall performance in a reversible package.An inexpensive and well-performing synthetic jacket perfect for winter weather.Offering a unique balance of warmth and breathability, this jacket is highly versatile.
Rating Categories Micro Puff Hoody Rab Xenon Hoodie - Women's Swisswool Piz Bial Peak to Park Ventrix Hoody
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Specs Micro Puff Hoody Rab Xenon Hoodie -... Swisswool Piz Bial Peak to Park Ventrix Hoody
Weight 8.07 oz 8.75 oz 12 oz 25.15 oz 11.1 oz
Number of Pockets 4 (2 zippered hand, 2 internal drop-in) 3 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest) 3 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest) 3 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest) 3 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest)
Insulation 65g PlumaFill 100% polyester 60g Stratus 88% virgin wool, 12% polylactide Synthetic down 100% polyester 80g 100% polyester Ventrix stretch synthetic insulation
Outer Fabric 0.7oz 10D 100% nylon ripstop Pertex Quantum with a DWR finish Atmos ripstop 100% recycled nylon Pertex Quantum Storm-Lite DP II 100% Polyester 92% nylon, 8% ripstop
Lining 100% nylon ripstop Pertex Quantum Nylon 100% nylon Microtex Lite II Taffeta 100% Polyester 92% nylon, 8% elastane
Hood Option? Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Stuffs into itself? Yes Yes No No No
Cuff construction Elasticized cuffs Elasticized cuffs Elasticized cuffs Stretch-knit Elasticized cuffs
Warranty Information Lifetime warranty; includes repairs to seams and zippers, as well as other manufacturer defects Lifetime warranty with original proof of purchase - includes repairs 30-day return Limited lifetime warranty Limited lifetime warranty; will repair or replace due to manufacturing defect (not regular wear and tear or misuse)

Our Analysis and Test Results

This Top Pick is 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 construction that packs down to a super small packable. It's relatively warm for its weight and airy.
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.

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.


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!

The baffles are not continuous and the stitching keeps the ample insulation inside. This jacket features 65 grams of Pluma-Fill insulation.
There are no cinch cords around the hemline of the jacket.

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 it a great option for cold weather wear...even when pretending to be a mermaid on an Iceberg.
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.

Weight & Compression


Excelling in this category, it's our Top Pick for Lightweight adventures 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 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.

The Micro Puff is extremely compressible with a carabiner clip loop.
This jackets compresses into the pocket with its own stow-away system.

The Micro Puff 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, making it our top pick for lightweight missions. Take it with you while long-distance running, day hiking, backpacking, or multi-pitch climbing.

Here we layer the Patagonia MicroPuff as a mid-layer during the descent of Crestone Peaks  a fourteen-thousand-foot mountain in Colorado. During this run-hike  we also were able to strap it to the outside of our pack  and stuff it inside. Perfect for lightweight missions!
Here we layer the Patagonia MicroPuff as a mid-layer during the descent of Crestone Peaks, a fourteen-thousand-foot mountain in Colorado. During this run-hike, we also were able to strap it to the outside of our pack, and stuff it inside. Perfect for lightweight missions!

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 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!
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!

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.


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.

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.

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.
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.

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. This was a Top Pick for running, hiking, and climbing in Spring, Summer, and Fall. In the Winter, it functions as an amazing mid-layer for its affinity to breathe.


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

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

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.

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

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

Conclusion


The Patagonia Micro Puff insulated jacket is the lightest, 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 for lightweight adventures.
Take this jacket climbing, hiking, and more. We especially love it for lightweight adventures.


Amber King