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Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's Review

A breathable insulated jacket to wear on its own or as a midlayer
Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's
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Price:  $299 List | $299.00 at Backcountry
Pros:  Mobile design, breathable, simple, lightweight, great warranty
Cons:  Not wind resistant, not super warm
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 6, 2020
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  • Warmth - 25% 5.0
  • Weight & Compression - 20% 6.0
  • Comfort & Coziness - 20% 8.0
  • Weather Resistance - 15% 5.0
  • Breathability - 15% 8.0
  • Style & Fit - 5% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Patagonia Nano-Air is back as a lighter jacket constructed of 100% recycled polyester insulation. Not only is it built by an environmentally conscious company, but it's built to perform. As a mobile-faced contender, this jacket breathes, keeping you dry while you take on aerobic endeavors. It's a jacket that'll move with you, while you stop and go on any mission. We tested it climbing, running, and backcountry skiing. In all situations, we hardly ever had to take it off. It'll keep you warm when you take a break, and keep you dry when you're on the move. It's cute, stylish, and offered in a variety of beautiful color options with a warranty that'll last you a lifetime.

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Pros Mobile design, breathable, simple, lightweight, great warrantyExcellent water resistance, warm, packable, versatileDeliciously comfortable, amazing weather resistance, light and packable, cozy, cute style, versatile fitWarmth, many comfort features, very weatherproofWarm, packable, light, unbeatable price, excellent weather protection
Cons Not wind resistant, not super warmShell can tear easily, less breathableExpensive, lacks a chest pocket, zipper is stickyNot breathable or very packableLess durable construction, not breathable
Bottom Line A breathable insulated jacket to wear on its own or as a midlayerA high performer that'll keep you warm and protected throughout the seasonsAn amazing continuous shell jacket with excellent packability and warmthA cute, high performing non technical option that boasts an excellent priceA warm, comfortable, high value baffled jacket with excellent performance
Rating Categories Patagonia Nano Air... Patagonia DAS Light... Arc'teryx Nuclei FL... Columbia Heavenly H... Amazon Essentials L...
Warmth (25%)
5.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Weight & Compression (20%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
3.0
6.0
Comfort & Coziness (20%)
8.0
9.0
10.0
10.0
7.0
Weather Resistance (15%)
5.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
Breathability (15%)
8.0
6.0
5.0
2.0
5.0
Style & Fit (5%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Specs Patagonia Nano Air... Patagonia DAS Light... Arc'teryx Nuclei FL... Columbia Heavenly H... Amazon Essentials L...
Weight 10.50 oz 10.50 oz 9.70 oz 21 oz 12.75 oz
Number of Pockets 3 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered external chest) 3 (1 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest) 3 (2 zippered hand, 2 internal) 3 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest) 4 (2 handwarmer, two internal)
Insulation 60g FullRange 100% polyester stretch insulation 65g PlumaFill 100% recycled polyester Coreloft 65 synthetic 100% polyester 100% polyester
Outer Fabric 100% polyester Nylon - Endurance Quantum Pertex Arato 10R ripstop nylon Storm-Lite DP II 100% polyester
Lining 100% polyester Nylon Nylon Luscious Pile Fleece, 100% polyester 100% Polyester
Hood Option? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Built-in stash pocket? No Yes Yes No Yes
Cuff construction Stretch-knit Elasticized cuffs Elasticized cuffs Internal elastic cuff Elasticized cuffs

Our Analysis and Test Results

This is a breathable and lightweight mobile-faced jacket with simple comforts and features. While it's not as featured as other contenders that present a higher value, it offers a more breathable design with a little less overall warmth. This is a favorite for climbing, hiking, and backcountry ski touring.

Performance Comparison


Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's insulated jacket - looking good! the patagonia nano air keeps you warm while hiking up...
Looking good! The Patagonia Nano Air keeps you warm while hiking up, skiing down, and enjoying drinks afterward. This all-around awesome jacket is breathable and a top performer.
Credit: Amber King

Warmth


Constructed as a lightweight jacket, it has a surprising amount of stand-alone warmth that provides insulation on cool days. In the winter, be sure to layer it under a shell, as the 60-grams of insulation won't be enough to keep you warm on a super cold day while you're standing still. That said, it offers the warmth that you'd want when you're on the move, hiking, or climbing up hills or mountains.

Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's insulated jacket - amber wears this jacket while skinning up and down the hill. we...
Amber wears this jacket while skinning up and down the hill. We appreciate its breathability which keeps us dry to make the colder transition process comfortable and warm.
Credit: Amber King

Weight & Compression


This jacket is quite light and offers a decent amount of compression. Weighing in at just 10.5 ounces for a size small, it packs down to the size of a small book. While it's not the most compressible option out there, it's not hard to stuff into your pack, especially if the day heats up. It doesn't have its own stuff sack, nor is it our first choice for ultralight missions.

Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's insulated jacket - this is a lightweight jacket...
This is a lightweight jacket...
Credit: Amber King

Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's insulated jacket - ...and it's quite compressible!
...and it's quite compressible!
Credit: Amber King

Comfort & Coziness


We love the new construction of this jacket. It is lighter, more breathable, and it just feels so good to slip on. The soft face fabrics articulate nicely with even the grabbiest of mid-layers, making it very easy to put over or under other insulative pieces. The hood is helmet-compatible, warm, and light, but doesn't have any cinch cords for a specific fit.


It has three pockets, two hand warming pockets, and one external chest pocket. While the pockets are large enough, they aren't as big as other soft-shelled contenders, making this jacket one with the least amount of internal storage.

Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's insulated jacket - the handwarmer pockets are large. below, you'll see the smaller...
The handwarmer pockets are large. Below, you'll see the smaller chest pocket.
Credit: Amber King


The pull strings are nice, but almost a touch too small to open easily with a pair of gloves. Aside from that, we like the tapered wrist that easily fits underneath a glove.

Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's insulated jacket - the tapered cuffs that we love.
The tapered cuffs that we love.
Credit: Amber King

Wearing this super light jacket all day is no problem. It is comfortable and cozy, without any additional bells and whistles.

Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's insulated jacket - a look at the interior liner.
A look at the interior liner.
Credit: Amber King

Weather Resistance


The lightweight and thin design offer a surprising amount of protection from the elements. The 1.7-oz polyester construction is quite durable, and not as porous as you'd expect for a mobile, breathable jacket. It does good work to cut the wind, but the thinner design doesn't protect from it, like a thicker jacket might.

Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's insulated jacket - we test the nano-air while the snow is wet and blowy on our local...
We test the Nano-Air while the snow is wet and blowy on our local work-out road in Colorado.
Credit: Amber King

While skiing and hiking, we also learned that the finish on this jacket offers good water resistance! To confirm these observations, we stood under a shower for two minutes. For the first 10 seconds, it beaded up the water, until it saturated through the first layer. After these two minutes, we were surprised to see that the second layer offered protection, and the water didn't saturate to the back of the jacket.

Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's insulated jacket - after some beading, the jacket saturates after just a little bit of...
After some beading, the jacket saturates after just a little bit of passed time.
Credit: Amber King

Only through the zippers did water leak through. Overall, it's water resistance is okay, but doesn't compare to the thicker mobile (or softshell) jackets tested. We'd be okay wearing it in the winter during snow and rain, but for extended periods of time, we'd recommend wearing it with a heavier shell if you're in a wet climate.

Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's insulated jacket - the interior of the jacket is still dry, except for a small line of...
The interior of the jacket is still dry, except for a small line of water where the zipper was.
Credit: Amber King

Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's insulated jacket - the jacket absorbs quite a bit of water but is squeezed out easily.
The jacket absorbs quite a bit of water but is squeezed out easily.
Credit: Amber King

Breathability


This model offers some of the best breathability of any soft-shelled jacket tested. When skiing on a warm day in the Fall, we hiked uphill, wearing this jacket for the first two tours of our ski tour. It wasn't until temperatures really started soaring that we felt the need to finally take the jacket off. While it's not as breathable as our Top Pick in this category, it is comparable. The thin construction, in addition to the pockets that offer ventilation, make this a perfect stop n' go piece. It'll keep you warm when you stand still, and cool when you're on the move.

Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's insulated jacket - while we did need to unzip this jacket, it never had to come off...
While we did need to unzip this jacket, it never had to come off, even after logging about 1000 feet of vertical gain in 35-degree weather in Colorado.
Credit: Amber King

Style & Fit


We love the simple style of this jacket. It comes with many beautiful color options that provide great contrasts for your personal flair. While some would say this jacket seems outdoorsy, it looks less technical than most of the options tested.

Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's insulated jacket - when reaching arms up, the jacket arms get short, but the torso...
When reaching arms up, the jacket arms get short, but the torso stays in place. This jacket might be shorter for those with longer limbs.
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It has a continuous face fabric look, without any fancy stitching patterns. The seams are stitched in a flattering way, that is quite plain but beautiful. Overall, we love the style and fit of this coat. The fit is true to size, offering a slim profile that you can put layers under easily. Our tester is 5'6, 145 pounds, with a medium build, and wears a size small.



Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's insulated jacket - a look at the fit and style of this small jacket on our 5'6", 145...
A look at the fit and style of this small jacket on our 5'6", 145 lb, medium build tester.
Credit: Amber King

Value


Equipped with a lifetime warranty, amazing craftsmanship, and wonderful performance, this is a high-value product. The warranty alone, which allows you to send it throughout its lifetime for any reason (including busted zippers), is worth the price. While the initial price might be a bit of an investment, this is a product that has lasted us, year to year, retaining its great performance. We think the price is worth the performance. It'll offer the most value to those seeking a breathable jacket that doesn't need quite as much warmth.

Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's insulated jacket - we take a break to make a snow sculpture! this jacket is built to...
We take a break to make a snow sculpture! This jacket is built to breathe, offering warmth while you're in motion and standing still. Hike, ski, build snow things and have fun in the wintertime with this awesome layer.
Credit: Amber King

Conclusion


The Patagonia Nano Air is a wonderful option if you like to put the pedal to the medal in the backcountry in cold conditions. Built for climbing, hiking, and other high output sports, it offers breathable performance. While it's not the warmest out there, this lightweight contender is cute, versatile, and will keep you dry, even during the coldest days out there. It's a perfect mid-layer when it gets super cold outside, and works well on its own when the temperatures get a little warmer.

Amber King

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