Patagonia Nano-Air Light Hybrid Jacket – Super Versatile
Patagonia Nano-Air Light Hybrid Jacket
My Patagonia Nano-Air jacket travels with me almost everywhere – it’s super versatile, dries quickly, and is warm for its bulk. Notably, it breathes really well, so you can wear it while hiking on a cold alpine-start morning without breaking a hard sweat. Often, if I’m chilly after a cold belay, I’ll just keep this jacket on while climbing the next pitch – I don’t tend to overheat while wearing it.
I was a little disappointed that the older version didn’t stuff into its pocket, but they just released a new version, the Nano-Air Light Hybrid, that does, which is very convenient for clipping to a harness during a pitch. On a trip to the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming to climb a sustained route up a broad face called Super Fortress, I brought this as an insulation layer along with a fleece long-sleeve shirt and a light windbreaker.
This jacket takes up very little room on the back of my harness so I had it with me all the time and was happy to have it at belays since a chilly wind was often whipping near 13,000 feet. After the colder belays, I left the jacket on to climb the pitch, and it’s so low-profile and athletically cut that I didn’t even notice it and could focus on the climbing.
Patagonia Nano-Air Light Hybrid Jacket review
This jacket is my go-to layer for active pursuits in colder temperatures, year-round, and the new Light Hybrid version is designed even better for climbers (it comes in a hooded version as well). $249