Published on October 28th, 2014 | by Greg0
Lighten Up This Winter With Patagonia Men’s Small Nano Air Jacket
The bluster has just started here in New York City. It’s pretty traditional- when Halloween comes, you can expect some winds and colder temperatures with it, tilting the mild early fall into the beginnings of winter. It’s perfect weather for hot apple cider and some warm cocoa, and a nice time to go out and enjoy the seasons changing, whether you’re hiking, hunting, or hayriding.
For the past month, we’ve been warming up with the Patagonia Men’s Nano Air Jacket, a brand new piece from one of the foremost names in outdoor wear. It’s not even 2015 yet, and this piece has already won next year’s Outside Magazine Gear of the Year award, largely because of the brand new insulation material Patagonia has come up with. Called FullRange, it’s stretchier than just about anything else we’ve seen, doesn’t pill or bunch like down, and best of all is incredibly breathable. Even when using an outer shell in the rain, we were still able to walk miles without feeling overheated due to moisture building up around our body.
It’s an unusual piece, standing out amidst a now-crowded field of puffy jackets. Combining a bit of several styles, it balances some of the qualities of fleece, soft shells and pillowed jackets, still lightweight (354 g) and very packable, but much better in the rain than most. There’s a DWR (durable water repellent) finish that held up well against some storms, though we haven’t had a chance to try it in snow yet. Pockets are well-placed, lined, and comfortable, and the main zipper has a storm flap for water protection and there is a chin guard as well. Cuffs are elastic and fit nicely, and the drawcord hem seal kept out drafts. Fit was true to size, with enough space for a sweater underneath if you need and a nicely high chin warmer, though arms were just a tad short. A hooded option is also available.
If you need a jacket that dries fast, stays warm, and looks great, then the new Patagonia Nano Air might just be your ticket to a warmer, more comfortable winter. Available in four colors, including black, blue, and green, ours was the cochineal red, a very seasonal shade of orange. Expect to spend around $250, online and in stores.