Published on September 15th, 2016 | by Greg0
Patagonia’s Nano Puff Hoody: Warm Even When Wet
The rise of fast fashion has led to some positive consequences for our closets and warddrobes- more options, at lower prices, with more seasonal variability and less chance of finding that cute piece on someone else at the party. But it’s also led to a corresponding increase in the number of garments we dispose of, and while donations to second-hand shops can help, there is still plenty to recycle. Today’s item uses a unique material that helps lower the environmental footprint, so you can use it to explore the Earth while feeling better about buying something new.
The Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody is available in men’s or women’s versions and we tested the guy’s variety over the past month, wearing it from cold nights in Brazil to rainy conditions around coastal New England. Anywhere we went, we were impressed- it packed tight and small into it’s own pocket, easily compressing to fit into a small bag. Well-placed pockets including one internal option were handy, and the slim fit looked great too. Inside the upgraded Nano Puff you’ll find a synthetic insulation called PrimaLoft Gold Eco, which claims to ‘provide excellent warmth for its weight’ maintaining ’98% thermal efficiency when wet… while using 55% post-consumer recycled fibers’. Pretty nifty!
Now, this isn’t built for icy cold winters by itself- it’s a perfect shell for layering, and a great primary option for spring showers or upcoming fall winds and changing temperatures. It’s got a DWR (durable water repellent) coating to help shrug off showers, . The main downsides of the lightweight material: we did see a tendency to snag, and we did notice more visible wear than expected over the few weeks of use. It’s stylish, super-comfortable and ultra-compact for the warmth it can provide, but isn’t the most durable jacket we’ve seen.
The Nano Puff Hoody is distinctive even in the company’s broad lineup. Patagonia offers a pretty wide range of options even once you narrow it down to men’s outerwear, from the less puffy Nano Air, the warmer and bulkier Hi-Loft Down family, a variety of snowsports shells and lighter sweaters, microfiber pullovers, heavy parkas, even camo jackets. A non-hoody version of the Nano Puff is also available, for a little less money, if you don’t feel like your head needs protection (or you have other headwear plans). But the Nano Puff Hoody will be our multi-purpose go-to piece of comfortable outerwear until the snow drags us down. Expect to spend $200, online and in stores, with black, orange, grey, navy blue, and light green colors available.