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Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody Review – Is It Worth The Price?

If you’re reading this then you presumably know the score. You want a new jacket and are considering investing in the Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody, but want more details before you spend the bucks. Well, you’ve certainly come to the right place.

Patagonia’s puffer jackets are pretty much the brand’s flagship product, so we were delighted when we got the opportunity to try one for ourselves.

The Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody is equally suitable for getting outdoors, urban wear, and even for travel. In this post, we’re going to take a deep and detailed look at it. By the end of this Nano Puff review, you will know whether this is the right jacket for you and whether it’s worth the price tag.

Find out all of this and more in our insider  Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody Review.

The Nano Puff at a Glance

The Patagonia Nano Puff

Price: $249
Weight: 12.8 oz. (men’s medium)
Insulation: PrimaLoft Gold Eco (60g)
Pockets: 3 (2 hand, 1 chest)
Best Use – Spring/Autumn
What we like: Light, warm and versatile.
What we don’t: It’s expensive.

Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody Performance and Specs

Word up – for this review and the corresponding photo shoot, I tried the men’s version. Note that the Nano Puff is available in both men’s and women’s options and comes in a whole bunch of colours.

Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody Warmth

The primary purpose of puff jackets is warmth so it makes sense to start here right?! Ok, so the original Nano Puff series was perhaps the market innovator in offering top quality insulation in an ultralight form. In case you’ve never seen one of these jackets, they basically look and feel pretty light and you would never guess how warm they are. This makes the Nano Puff jacket perfect for packing into backpacks and bringing along on hikes or long backpacking trips.

The Nano Puff Hoody is no different, boasting ‘PrimaLoft’s top-end 60g Gold Eco fil’ (To clarify – this is not a Goose Down Jacket, it’s synthetic). This means that despite weighing pretty much nothing, this jacket will perfectly handle Spring and Autumnal daytime temperatures in urban and trail settings. However, it may run into trouble if you head up into the mountains. 

If you’re going to be mountaineering or doing some winter treks, then this isn’t the ideal jacket for your needs – check out Patagonia’s XYZ instead.

Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody Weight and Packability

This is where the Nano Puff Hoody really, truly, fabulously shines. We took the medium-sized men’s version which weighs 12.8oz and honestly, I couldn’t believe how light it was when it arrived. Initially, I feared that Patagonia had sent me a lighter, summer jacket by mistake! 

It’s light to carry in your bag and it feels light to wear. In terms of competitors, it comes in lighter than the North Face ThermoBall Eco (15.0oz), but is certainly heavier than the mighty Arc’teryx Cerium Lt Hoody (10.8oz).

As for packability, the Nano Puff Hoody rolls up very compactly to the size of a small cushion, and may even fit in your pocket. It will certainly fit into pretty much any kind of hiking bag multiple times over. As I already said, this feature makes it an ideal jacket for chucking into hiking packs or backpacks for long term travel where space is at a premium.

Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody Waterproof and Weather Resistance

Right, the Nano Puff Hoody is what we can loosely describe as a 3-season jacket (Spring, Summer, Autumn). This means it’s intended to provide a steady amount of water, wind and cold-proof, but isn’t intended to handle anything too extreme.

But how does it actually fare? Well,the insulation does keep the body comfortably warm in chilly temperatures and the Hoody can easily withstand even a hefty battering by cold winds. Remember, it is NOT a winter jacket so I would not like to have to rely on it to protect me from the cruel January winds that roll in from the River Mersey in my hometown of Liverpool. However, for its spec and weight, it is a bloody solid wind jacket.

Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody
It comes in blue!

As for rain proofing, hmm.  The Nano Puff Hoody has a strong shell and fresh coating of DWR which seems to give it an acceptable level of water resistance. The weather was fine when I tested it so I took it home and poured a glass over it to see how it held up! Whilst I am confident that the Nano Puff Hoody could comfortably handle light rain showers, I would not like to encounter a torrential downpour.

Therefore, this is not strictly speaking a “waterproof jacket” and I would worry that prolonged exposure to rain would take its toll on the insulation. If you’re in the market for a more hardcore rain jacket, then check out either the Patagonia XYZ or the Arc’teryx Beta. Alternatively, pack an umbrella with you and open it up if the rain gets too heavy.

Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody Durability and Hardiness

Coming in at around $250, the Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody is most certainly not “fast fashion” and isn’t something you want to have to replace annually. Personally, if I am going to spend in excess of $200 bucks on a jacket then I expect to get years of wear and use out of it.

So how durable is the Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody? The tech-spec tells us that Patagonia has used a 20-denier (D) recycled polyester shell fabric – an “average” in terms of durability for a lightweight insulated jacket. There is no denying that lightweight jackets like this are less hardwearing than heavier options and I do find myself worrying about it a bit.

Still, as long as you take care of it, be mindful not to snag it and don’t over-expose it to rain, I reckon you would get years of use out of this jacket (I promise I’ll come back and update this post in 12 months time to update you!).

Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody Ventilation and Breathability

You know a big problem with warm, insulated jackets is that they can sometimes be a bit too bloody warm!  This tends to be especially true with synthetic fabrics and I often find myself getting seriously sweaty and clammy under the jacket.

Happily, the Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody offers a pretty spacious level of breathability and I never felt too hot when wearing it out on my hike. At one stage I did start to warm up a bit, so I simply zipped the jacket half way down which seemed to do the job.

That said, had I gone for a strenuous hill climb or been out on one of those awkward sunny but cold days, I may have had a different experience. Honestly though, the only insulated jackets that offer complete, flawless breathability tend to cost twice as much as this.

Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody Style and Fit

A lot of people in the outdoor space will tell you that outdoor gear doesn’t need to be aesthetically appealing as long as it does the job. Indeed, the “substance over style” ethos lives in many manufacturers and most trekking and camping clothing is pretty minging.

Personally, I am quite vain and need all of my clothing to look good!  This is one reason I really love Patagonia. Like most of their jackets, the Nano Puff Hoody has a beautiful design and you could definitely wear this about town and keep your cool. The Nano Puff comes in a choice of colours ranging from black to grey to more vivid options like orange.

In terms of fit, I found this to be quite a close-fitting jacket (which I like), and I am not sure I would have felt too comfortable wearing a heavy base layer underneath.

Patagonia Eco Cred

Sustainable travel and outdoor gear is really trending right now (and hopefully forever) which for a bunch of tree-hugging eco-freaks like us, is truly frigging wonderful. Patagonia is at the forefront of this and a commendable number of items in their product ranges can now be classified as “sustainable” products. 

The shell is made from 100% recycled materials and the production process has been awarded bluesign approval for eco-conscious production methods. The Patagonia brand also meets fair-trade standards, meaning the jacket wasn’t stitched together by modern-day slaves.

This is reflected in the price tag and ethical products do cost more – still, at least you know where the money is going.

-Cons

  • Limited water-proofing
  • Not cheap

Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody Versus The Rest

The Nano Puff Hoody is a solid performer and one of the best jackets in its class. Its main, direct competitors are The North Face ThermoBall Eco and the Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody. To be honest, they are all good jackets and any of them is a good choice. 

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My Patagonia down jacket has gotten me through some cold, windy, and fun travels!

Personally though, I would avoid the North Face ThermoBall because of the extra weight. If you want to save weight again, then the Arc’teryx is the lightest of the bunch. However, it does cost more and doesn’t look quite as pretty (that’s subjective of course).

Beyond this, there are a few cheaper REI own brand jackets knocking around if you are on a tight budget. That being said, you do get what you pay for and they really are not in the same league.

Note that Patagonia does make a few variations on the Nano Puff, namely the Micro Puff and the Macro Puff. Both of these are more suited to fine conditions and don’t offer quite the same warmth.

Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody Review – Final Thoughts

So there we are. By now our Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody review should hopefully have given you the full low down on whether or not this is the jacket for you. If you do get it, then good on you, I hope it brings you many years of happy wear.

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