Patagonia Nano-Air Vest – So Comfortable, You Won’t Take it Off

I’ve become a big fan of the Patagonia Nano-Air vest for light aerobic activities outside in the fall and winter. Often, just a bit of warmth on the chest is all I need to stay warm. I’m the kind of person that’s always changing layers – I hate sweating in jackets – so it’s been fun to experiment with a vest that I’m comfortable leaving on for extended activities. A vest allows a lot of heat and perspiration to blow out through my armpits, and I don’t get that uncomfortable stuffy feeling when my engine warms up and I start sweating.

Patagonia Nano Air vest Engearment

The author wore this vest over a windbreaker while climbing up the shaded north-facing Rainbow Wall in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada on a chilly November day. It was the perfect combination.

This vest from the Nano-Air line has the added benefit of great breathability, so I can wear it while actually breaking a sweat, like running or cycling, and not feel gross. It breathes so well that I barely notice it on. I’ve also found that it’s a great layer to bring on chilly multi-pitch rock climbs.

I just climbed for several days on the shaded walls of Red Rock Canyon, Nevada, and the Nano-Air vest was a perfect layer to bring along. I wore it over a windbreaker during the chilly mornings, and before the more physical pitches, when I knew I would break a hard sweat, I would quickly stuff it into its own pocket and hang it off the back of my harness. At 7.4 oz it’s a really light and effective layer to bring up the wall.

Patagonia Nano-Air Vest Review

In summary, the Patagonia Nano-Air vest is a versatile insulation layer, great for aerobic cold-weather activities like running, cycling, climbing, backcountry skiing. It’s so comfy, I end up wearing it most nights at home too. In fact, I’m wearing it right now as I type this…

Note on sizing: like a lot of Patagonia clothing, this also runs large. I’m 6′ tall, wide shoulders, a bit slender, and I fit a Small better than a Medium.


Patagonia Men's Nano-Air® Vest

 


 

Drew Thayer

Drew’s love of gear is born from his life-long obsession with human-powered adventure in the mountains. On foot, on ski, on bike, and on the steep rocks, he loves exploring Colorado’s mountains through each season.
Drew brings a technical eye to gear — he’s a data scientist with a Masters’ degree in Geophysics and loves to understand the design and engineering make great gear what it is. He’s also worked in the field for many years — as a wilderness therapy field guide and a Geophysicist — and knows a thing or two about function and durability of technical equipment.
Drew tests gear in real mountain conditions, on overnight ventures whenever possible. His specialties are rock/alpine climbing and light-and-fast human-powered pursuits on ski or mountain bike. He’s ventured on exploratory climbing expeditions in Argentina, Peru, and Alaska, and completed remote technical river descents in Alaska and Colombia.
When not building statistical models and writing code, he can be found tending his garden or trying to keep up with his awesome wife.

 

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