Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody review

The Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody is quite highly rated by the fly fishers of the US, who reckon it's just the thing to wear beneath your waterproof jacket while chasing steelhead in freezing rivers. Should keep me toasty in the Yorkshire Dales this winter then...

Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody review
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Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody review
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Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody review
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What's the Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody made from?

The Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody is one of that new generation of ridiculously thin but extremely warm mid layer insulated jackets. It's incredibly light - just 357g - and so thin you'd think it wouldn't keep you that warm at all. But, thanks to a lining of some clever stuff called PrimaLoft One, it keeps you comfortably warm even when it's sub zero.

Just how warm is it?

I reckon Patagonia must have got hold of some kind of alien technology, as it's really beyond comprehension how something so thin can keep you so warm. Granted, it's not as warm as down, but it's also not as heavy or bulky and is less likely to get waterlogged too.

On cold days I've worn it beneath my Simms Guide Jacket, with just a thin base layer beneath and, at times, I've actually been too warm - particularly when hiking between spots. It also does rather a good job of keeping the wind out when worn on its own.

What happens if it gets wet?

The Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody is designed to be used as a mid layer or top layer when it's cool and dry. However, it is also water resistant. The thin outer shell of the Hoody is treated with Patagonia's Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish so light rain generally just trickles off.

While I wouldn't really want to wear it when it was pissing down, it's meant to continue to keep you warm even when the outer shell and PrimaLoft have gone soggy.

Does it pack down well?

Yep. It scrunches up into its pocket to produce a little bundle smaller a bag of sugar, so you can stuff it in your jacket pocket or bag.

How's the hood?

The Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody has a really nice hood. It's got a collar and chin line which comes up quite high (even for my giraffe-like neck) and the hood wraps around your head and face nicely to keep the wind out, making it very comfortable and cosy to wear.

How tough is the fabric?

The Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody appears in Patagonia's fly fishing collection, as well as their general range of stuff for outdoor enthusiasts and climbers, and it's been designed for resilience. The outer shell doesn't look that tough, but Patagonia claim it's rip-stop fabric and mine has so far managed to remain looking as good as new.

Does the Nano Puff come in any other style?

Yes, there's a Nano Puff Vest (which has neither sleeves or a hood), a Nano Puff Jacket (which has no hood and a full length zip) and a Nano Puff Pullover (which has no hood and a zip at the top). There's a men's and women's version of each one, as well as children's versions.

The Nano Puff Hoody comes in quite a few different colours. I went for black, but you can also get them in brighter shades including viking blue, nickel and red delicious.

Aren't they stupidly expensive?

Patagonia stuff isn't cheap, but it is lovely, and it's easy to see why they have something of a cult following with people who spend a lot of time outdoors.

At full whack, the Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody sells for £170. However, you can pick it up for quite a bit less if you shop around. Some places are selling them for around £100 if you're happy to wear last season's colour!

I've worn mine on every fishing trip I've been on since I got it, as well as on the way to work, and it's been a great purchase.

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