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Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody - Women's Review

This long-time adored lightweight technical jacket is perfect for any outdoor endeavor.
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Price:  $249 List | $249.00 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Lightweight, compressible, stow-away system, great warmth to weight ratio
Cons:  Cheap craftsmanship, boxy fit
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 12, 2018
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#11 of 12
  • Warmth - 25% 5
  • Weight & Compression - 20% 9
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 7
  • Comfort & Coziness - 15% 5
  • Breathability - 15% 6
  • Style & Fit - 5% 8

The Skinny

The Patagonia Nano Puff is a classic go-to lightweight layer for rock climbers, alpinists, and hikers alike. This minimalist jacket is ideal for clipping to a harness or tossing into a backpack - it compresses down to the size of a big deli sandwich, while still providing an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio. Although it doesn't have some of the cozy features that other jackets offer, it is an incredible workhorse piece that you can quickly toss on during a big adventure. Layering easily under a shell, this thin and lightweight jacket works great as a mid layer and provides enough warmth to stand alone during the warmer months. We like its basic outdoorsy look, but don't admire its cheap stitching and faulty zippers. If you're looking for a solely technical piece that compresses super small while keeping you reasonably warm, then the Nano Puff is a great option. However, the new Patagonia Micro Puff, our Notable Mention for lightweight adventures, is even better.

While the Nano Puff and Micro Puff share similar features, the Micro Puff performs better than the Nano Puff in most metrics. We love its uber-light design that compresses down even smaller than the Nano Puff. Also, we notice the jacket surprisingly insulates a little bit better-offering 65-grams of PlumaFill Gold, in comparison to the 60-grams of PrimaLoft Gold. The Nano Puff, on the other hand, provides better wind resistance while their water resistance properties are about on par. If you're not willing to pay $50 more for this lightweight contender, the Nano Puff is a fantastic option for similar trips. Wear it through the Fall, Spring, Winter, and Summer on all sorts of adventures.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Patagonia Nano Puff is a classic lightweight synthetic jacket offering versatility and technical features. Wear it while hiking, biking, backcountry skiing, or just around town.

Performance Comparison


Hailey loves the cute Nano Puff that is highly compressible and a classic go-to for climbers and hikers alike.
Hailey loves the cute Nano Puff that is highly compressible and a classic go-to for climbers and hikers alike.

Warmth


The Nano Puff relies on 60 g/m2 of PrimaLoft Gold Eco insulation, which offers great warmth through the Spring and Fall, but is limited in the Winter. This jacket features insulation that is hydrophobic, so it will still keep you warm if it gets wet. The full-zip jacket and hoody have hand pockets and a pull cord at the hemline to seal in warmth, but the pullover version of this product skimps on both these features and instead serves as a much more minimalistic piece. Stack it with a great base layer or shell to add additional warmth, or wear it is a mid-layer piece of insulation for skiing at the resort in the winter.

The brick baffling holds 60-grams of PrimaLoft insulation.
The brick baffling holds 60-grams of PrimaLoft insulation.

Weight & Compression


This contender is super lightweight and ultra compressible. It features a stash pocket in the chest that, when put away, packs down into its chest pocket to about the size of a small bag of almonds. Our testers agreed that this was the jacket's single greatest attribute. It also comes equipped with a sturdy gear loop to clip it to a harness or backpack. A perfect option for stashing away for longer adventures on the trail. As a result of this lightweight and compression, its a great option for backpacking, rock climbing, and the like.

This is one of the most compressible jackets tested.
This is one of the most compressible jackets tested.

Weather Resistance


While the Nano Puff does feature a shell with a DWR and a Nylon construction, it is not very weather resistant. During our water tests, water initially beaded up then saturated through the material to our base layers pretty quickly. This is due to the numerous stitching patterns on the fabric.

When it's close to freezing  a windy and shaded belay is not ideal. Luckily Alison could layer her Patagonia Nano over a soft shell to both lock in heat and cut the wind. This layer doesn't hack it on this exposed  frigid belay.
When it's close to freezing, a windy and shaded belay is not ideal. Luckily Alison could layer her Patagonia Nano over a soft shell to both lock in heat and cut the wind. This layer doesn't hack it on this exposed, frigid belay.

This piece offers some wind protection, but because it has a thin construction, a cold, sharp wind can cut through the fabric at the site of the stitching (one again). That said, the Nylon shell does a decent job at functioning as a windbreaker, and when worn with an appropriate layer, it performs well. Overall, not the most weather resistant, but performance is on par with other quilted competitors.

Comfort & Coziness


As a minimalist jacket, this product isn't that comfy or cozy. While the materials are slippery and smooth and allow for easy layering, it does not exhibit any comfort features like a fleece-lined chin guard or pockets. It does have a garaged zipper, full helmet compatible hood and nice big hand warming pockets, perfect for stashing away a few items. The fabric doesn't stretch a whole lot, which some of our testers loved, while others preferred a mobile face fabric.

While this jacket is not helmet compatible zipped up  it does work with the collar is a little unzipped.
These pockets are super roomy!

Breathability


Similar to most of the quilted competitors, the Nano Puff demonstrates a great level of breathability while outside playing. The materials are thinner while the insulation isn't super stacked. Also, because of the quilted design, there are tiny perforations throughout the material, allowing air to move in and out quite easily. These features make it a great option for hiking, climbing, and for use as a mid-layer during the winter months.

Style & Fit


This jacket features many cute colors with a complementary baffling design. While Patagonia advertises this piece as having a "regular fit", most of our testers (with an athletic build) found this jacket to be very boxy. The sleeves are long enough for fairly long arms, but the cut is a little shorter and rides up when putting arms overhead. We enjoyed wearing this piece out on the town as its quilted design is quite stylish and perfect for a casual evening out.

A look at the style and fit of the Nano Puff.
A look at the style and fit of the Nano Puff.

Best Applications


Without hesitation, we would say that the best application for the Nano Puff is any outdoor activity in the Fall and Spring; this extends to multi-pitch climbing, day hiking, and so much more. It's also a great option if you're looking for a lightweight jacket to take with you on a backcountry overnight trip. It also works well as a lightweight non-bulky mid-layer that fits perfectly under a shell or other jacket during cold winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, or ice climbing.

Take this jacket hiking  around town  or climbing. We love it for a variety of purposes and its highly versatile.
Take this jacket hiking, around town, or climbing. We love it for a variety of purposes and its highly versatile.

Want to ditch the hood? This insulated contender comes in a jacket (without a hood) and even a vest if you want an even thinner layer.

Value


The hoody jacket comes with a price tag of $249. While the construction looks high quality, we aren't impressed with the stitching. We noted many fly-away threads on this piece, signaling a lack of craftsmanship. That said, for its purpose and the many other highlights of its performance, no other jacket is this inexpensive. As a result, we'd say its at value, with a few caveats.

Patagonia is happy to take on repairs for any of their products. If your zipper stops working or stitching begins to deteriorate, send it over to them, and they will repair it for you.

Conclusion


The Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody is a great go-to piece when you are looking for an awesome mid-layer on colder days or a lightweight jacket for hiking, climbing, or just wearing around town.


Amber King