Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket 2020 – Extremely Packable and Dependable
The Patagonia Nano Puff jacket $199 has been a solid choice for packable synthetic insulation for a lot of activities. The 2020 version has a few updates. It checks the box on a lot of important categories and looks good too.
Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket – Generally Awesome
The Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket is great in so many situations, that it can be considered a “go-to” or good enough for almost any task. Whether it is getting groceries on a cool day, or adding warmth on a backpacking trip. The Nano Puff just fits the occasion.
What makes it so great is that it is just what you need, most of the time. It fits well, looks good, and plays nicely with other layers. It is at home on the mountain or at the store. It is “that” jacket.
Speaking of the jacket, I opted to test the jacket and not the hooded Nano Puff. The reason being, 1) I have a lot of hooded jackets 2) it is nice to have a non-hooded jacket for casual use and around camp use.
Fit and Function
I am testing the size XL in the Nano Puff. I think a large would have been fine as far as fit goes, but I like the idea of a little room to layer underneath. If you have read or seen my other Patagonia reviews, I am right on the cusp of large and XL for almost all of Patagonia’s offerings.
For reference, I am 6’1″ 205lb 45″ chest 33″ waist and 36/37″ arms. The XL easily covers up my torso and arms and allows room for a sweater or fleece underneath. I think this is ideal for my needs for a midweight insulation jacket.
Patagonia uses Primaloft Gold Eco insulation (60 grams of it) for the jacket. This is a good amount of high-quality insulation for cool weather activities. There is a cool backstory on this as well. They call it P.U.R.E (product using reduced emissions). You can learn more about that here.
Fair Trade and bluesign
Yet again, Patagonia has made strides to make their gear as eco friendly and sustainable as possible. The Nano Puff is both Fair Trade sewn, bluesign approved and made of non-flourinated DWR. Very cool Patagonia!
Nano Puff vs Nano-Air vs Micro Puff
Having owned and used the heck out of all 3 of these, I can say that each is perfect, for different situations. In my humble opinion, the Nano Puff is the do most everything well, daily driver jacket. Warm enough, tuff enough, and packable. Plus, it looks good.
The Nano-Air $250 is probably my favorite as it stretches, dumps heat when I need it too, and moves with my body in all directions. It is not as warm and the material pills up quicker. But it sees the most use. In fact, I have 2 of them, just to be safe!
Here is the review on the Nano-Air:
The Micro Puff $299 is the lightest and most packable of them all. I have used it for the last 2 years for backpacking, splitboarding (as a backup insulation), and day to day use. The Plumafill insulation is the closest to down that I have found. It is a really great jacket, but it might be overkill for the average user.
Here is the review on the Micro Puff:
Not that you asked, but just for the heck of it, here is my take on the Macro Puff $350. This is like 2 of the Micro Puffs put together. Making it very warm and very handy in cold-weather adventures. Climbing, winter camping and super cold days recreating in the mountains. Or, an overkill jacket to get coffee for the wife LOL.
My review of the Macro Puff here:
Review of the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket
If you are looking for a “do it all” synthetic jacket that looks good, is made of recycled materials, and performs in a variety of conditions, it is hard to beat the Nano Puff. There is a reason this is an iconic jacket 🙂 If your needs are more breathability and stretch, then I would opt for the Nano-Air. If you need to skimp on weight a bit more, then the Micro Puff is your jacket.
There is an entire line of Nano Puff jackets, hoodies and vests. Check them out here –