3 Awesome Women Winter Insulation from Patagonia, and Pearl Izumi
The holidays are over, but winter is just getting started. Here are three of our favorite insulation pieces to keep you warm during cold winter days.
Patagonia Nano Puff Parka
Patagonia Nano Puff Parka (MSRP $279) This season’s nano puff parka from Patagonia packs down small (into its own chest pocket, actually) and is the first parka that is part of the nano puff (synthetic insulation) family. Constructed from 100 percent recycled shell with DWR finish, it offers 60-g insulation, zippered hand warmer pockets and an interior chest pocket. It’s a great choice to take traveling in case the weather turns. Compared to past Patagonia parkas, the fit is more relaxed and designed to pair with the Yosemite Falls Trench (MSRP $279).
Patagonia High Loft Down Hooded Vest (MSRP $199) is fashionable as well as functional. This classic 600-fill insulated vest keeps your core warm with 100 percent recycled down reclaimed from down products. Other features include: hood features a two-way adjustability, zippered handwarmer pockets, internal zippered chest pocket, and self-stuffs. In comparison to similar products such as Marmot’s Bronco Hooded Down Vest (MSRP $149.95), it feels much warmer, despite being the same fill power. Another plus is that its slightly longer fit keeps everything warm. We love it for hikes and nordic skiing on days when it would be too hot to wear a jacket, but we need just a bit of insulation to stay warm.
Pearl Izumi Women’s Boulevard Merino Vest (MSRP $190). This is one of the most versatile pieces in Pearl Izumi’s “Bikestyle” line. Insulation is constructed from Merino wool scrap featured in the polyester front and rear paneling. Cycling drove some of the key design features such as an elongated (for cycling) slim fit, BioViz reflective elements, and zippered front pockets and rear side pockets. However, the fit is so flattering and warm that we wore it more off the saddle. Pearl Izumi hit it out of the ball park with the Bikestyle line with cycling gear that transitions from the trail to the local brewery.