Review: Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

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Patagonia

Nano Puff Jacket
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For the past few years, I’d watch white people traipse around Downtown wearing their Patagonia gear, and as it evolved from its pure-outdoors-utilitarian design to looking a bit more fashionable, I found myself secretly growing jealous of their poofy quilted jackets. Once I received mine, I became instantly elated—and for good reason. Though the Nano Puff Jacket is lightweight, it insulates par excellence. The warmth I’ve felt wearing this jacket is toasty and comfy by way of its PrimaLoft® insulation—yet it breathes, and I feel nary a drop of sweat if I get my circulation going. The Nano Puff Jacket is perfect for nippy bike rides to work when I want to save on gas in cold weather. If the temperature rises, though—say, on an early-morning hike that gradually warms up—it’s a cinch to turn the jacket inside out through one of its pockets and zip it into itself as a 5” x 3” x 2” pouch. The brick-house-style quilting is a nice alternative to the Michelin Man–type of quilt pattern found on other quilted jackets, and I love the navy color with the red zippers on mine (though I sometimes wish that orange wasn’t the reverse-side color). All in all, this is going to be my fall/winter go-to, and I’d say that the Nano Puff, a base layer and maybe a middle layer would be enough to go skiing comfortably. –Alexander Ortega