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Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's Review

A breathable insulated jacket to wear on its own or as a midlayer.
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Price:  $299 List | $178.73 at REI
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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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  • Weight & Compression - 20% 8
  • Comfort & Coziness - 20% 7
  • Weather Resistance - 15% 6
  • Breathability - 15% 9
  • Style & Fit - 5% 7

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 warrantyGreat style and colors, lightweight warmth, warm when wet, versatile use, durableWarm, lightweight, packable, windproof, water resistant, slippery smooth face fabricsVery warm, almost weather proof, flattering fit and style, packableWarmth, many comfort features, very weatherproof
Cons Not wind resistant, not super warmExpensiveNot breathable, boxy fit, zipper gets stuck in fabric and can ripNot breathable, tight across the backNot breathable or very packable
Bottom Line A breathable insulated jacket to wear on its own or as a midlayer.A veratile wool-insulated jacket with fantastic overall performance in a reversible package.Warm and compressive, this continuous shell jacket is an excellent option for all types of adventures.The warmest synthetic jacket tested.A very affordable and high performing non-technical insulated jacket.
Rating Categories Nano Air Hoody Swisswool Piz Bial Rab Xenon Hoodie - Women's Avant Featherless Hoody Heavenly Hoody
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Specs Nano Air Hoody Swisswool Piz Bial Rab Xenon Hoodie -... Avant Featherless... Heavenly Hoody
Weight 10.50 oz 12 oz 8.75 oz 14.75 oz 21 oz
Number of Pockets 3 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered external chest) 3 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest) 3 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest) 4 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest, 1 stuff sack) 3 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest)
Insulation 60g FullRange 100% polyester stretch insulation 88% virgin wool, 12% polylactide 60g Stratus 3M Thinsulate Featherless Insulation 100% polyester
Outer Fabric 1.7-oz 100% polyester 100% recycled nylon Pertex Quantum Atmos ripstop 20D woven Storm-Lite DP II
Lining 1.7-oz 100% polyester 100% nylon Nylon Nylon Luscious Pile Fleece, 100% polyester
Hood Option? Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Built-in stash pocket? No No Yes No No
Cuff construction Stretch-knit Elasticized cuffs Elasticized cuffs Elasticized cuffs Internal elastic cuff
Warranty Information Lifetime warranty - includes repairs to seams and zippers, as well as other manufacturer defects 30-day return Lifetime warranty with original proof of purchase - includes repairs Lifetime warranty Limited lifetime warranty

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


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.
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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

This is a lightweight jacket...
This is a lightweight jacket...

...and it's quite compressible!
...and it's quite compressible!

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.

The handwarmer pockets are large. Below  you'll see the smaller chest pocket.
The handwarmer pockets are large. Below, you'll see the smaller chest pocket.


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.

The tapered cuffs that we love.
The tapered cuffs that we love.

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

A look at the interior liner.
A look at the interior liner.

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.

We test the Nano-Air while the snow is wet and blowy on our local work-out road in Colorado.
We test the Nano-Air while the snow is wet and blowy on our local work-out road in Colorado.

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.

After some beading  the jacket saturates after just a little bit of passed time.
After some beading, the jacket saturates after just a little bit of passed time.

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.

The interior of the jacket is still dry  except for a small line of water where the zipper was.
The interior of the jacket is still dry, except for a small line of water where the zipper was.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.
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.

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.



A look at the fit and style of this small jacket on our 5'6"  145 lb  medium build tester.
A look at the fit and style of this small jacket on our 5'6", 145 lb, medium build tester.

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.

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.
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.

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