Saturday 20th October 2018,

Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody

Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody

Patagonia’s new Nano Puff Hoody has become my favorite fall jacket. It’s ultralight, incredibly warm, and super versatile.

There’s even more to love about this jacket. It’s made out of recycled polyester, so it’s eco. It’s filled with my favorite stuffing: Primaloft, which is so thin and weightless and, somehow, incredible at keeping me warm. The Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody does a great job of blocking the wind, and it holds up well in the rain, too, thanks to the DWR coating.

Material(s): Recycled Polyester, Primaloft
Sizes: W’s XS-XL; M’s XS-XXL
Price: $249
Shop: Patagonia, Moosejaw

I live in a rainy climate, so I also appreciate that I can wear the Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody in drizzly weather and stay dry. I wear the jacket most often as an outer jacket over a short- or long-sleeved tee or merino wool shirt. When temperatures get down into the 30s, I’ll either add a mid layer of merino wool or a vest under the jacket or add a soft-shell jacket over the Nano Puff Hoody. I can cinch up the bottom hem when it’s breezy, and use the hood when I forget my hat, which is most of the time.

The Nano Puff Hoody has a snug hood that’s designed to be worn under a helmet. I much prefer this style over hoods that go over a helmet. I want the insulation to hug my noggin! When fully zipped, the front collar is high enough that I can keep my chin inside the jacket, exposing less of my face to the elements. The edge of the hood and the edges of the sleeves are bound in a thin nylon trim; I like the style because it’s very minimal so there’s no cords, pulls, or tabs to get in my way.

The Nano Puff Hoody and the Nano Puff Jacket (same jacket but without a hood) were redesigned for this season, and I love the changes. The jacket is cut longer through the torso, which is a big bonus for tall gals like me. I’m 6′ tall and have a long torso; the old Nano Puff Jacket was too short on me and didn’t cover my stomach. The new jacket is about an inch or maybe an inch and a half longer, and it makes all the difference. (I’d love it if they made a version that was another two inches longer.) The sleeve length is ideal, too. It’s really hard to find women’s gear with sleeves and torso length that fit me, so I’ve been loving wearing the Nano Puff Hoody.

Patagonia also changed the quilting pattern on the Nano Puff. The previous jacket had a diamond pattern, and the new jacket has a smaller, rectangular pattern. I don’t know if the pattern has any impact on performance, but I think the new design is much more attractive. I tested the black Nano Puff Hoody, and it looks incredible. Since I’m in the city more often than I’m in the woods, I prefer black gear because it looks more urban and stylish. The jacket is very slightly tapered at the waist so it has a flattering fit. I often have to wear men’s jackets to get the length I need, but they look too boxy on me. The Nano Puff Hoody is a much better option for me, and it fits really well.

The Nano Puff Hoody has two large zippered side pockets, both with zipper toggle pulls and zipper garages. There’s a thin piece of fabric underneath the main zipper so I never feel it against my neck. I like that. Since the jacket doesn’t have waterproofed zippers, this fabric also keeps water from seeping onto my clothes. There’s a secret zippered pocket on the inside of the jacket that can also be used to stash the jacket into its own zippered pouched. Adorable!

Available in women’s and men’s sizes and styles. Women’s Hoody: Black, Birch White, Curacao, and  Whiskey Plum, sizes XS-XL. Men’s Hoody: Viking Blue, Black, Red Delicious, and Nickel, sizes XS-XXL. Also available without a hood and as a half-zip pullover.

Bottom Line: I love this cozy all-purpose jacket. It’s very water resistant, it’s warm, it blocks the wind, and it weighs almost nothing.

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FitnessTravelGear's editor, Erika D, has written about health, fitness, the outdoors, and travel, for a variety of national magazines and web sites, including Runner's World, Self, Ms., Hemispheres (United Airlines), Women's Sports & Fitness,,,, and Formerly, she wrote and produced a regular travel segment for Outside Radio, Outside Magazine's former radio show. She is also the author of ten books, including the popular "Little Book" series, featuring The Little Yoga Book, The Little Pilates Book, and more. Her favorite travel destinations: United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Greece, and New Zealand. Check out her author page at Amazon.

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