The Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover is wind and water-resistant, incredibly lightweight, highly compressible insulation and can be worn as insulation or outerwear in cold climates. That description does not adequately describe this rather new piece from Patagonia!
Patagonia describes the Nano Puff Pullover this way: “Already a cult classic with our ambassadors and testers, the Nano earns unanimous raves for versatility, surprising warmth and terrific all-around performance in a superlight, no-frills package. It’s weather-resistant enough to wear as an insulated shell in a wet snowstorm, trim enough to pull on for chilly rock pitches (and still see your footholds), and warm enough for light belay parka duty on quick alpine dashes.” In the winter of 2008 Patagonia gave us a couple of these pieces to try and we found them to be an incredible piece for San Diego’s temperate winter and spring. Another customer has worn it as a mid-layer while doing offshore deliveries and swears by it. This piece is incredibly light (10.2 ounces) so you do not even notice you have it on. It also packs into its own pocket so I’ve found myself just throwing it my bag when I travel so I’ve got it just in case.
How does this piece work so well? The outer shell is ultra light ripstop polyester face fabric (100% recycled) with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellant) finish. Patagonia chose a lightweight 60-g PrimaLoft One polyester insulation which provides excellent warmth and compressibility. Finally the wind-proof liner is also 100% recycled polyester. Patagonia’s choice of PrimaLoft One ran somewhat counter to their ethos of choosing recycled materials whenever possible. PrimaLoft does have an “Eco” insulation, which is 50% virgin polyester and 50% recycled, but structurally they found the Eco was not as compressible, nor provided as much insulation as the One. If you really want to learn about the various PrimaLoft threads go to: http://www.primaloft.com/outdoor/products.html. Let’s just say that Patagonia chose the best available insulation to fit the designed use of the garment.
Another advantage of using a synthetic insulation such as PrimaLoft is the fact that when wet synthetic insulation still retains heat and dries faster. This is particularly important not only if you are sailing, but get caught hiking in a summer thunderstorm up in the mountains. PrimaLoft is simply the warmest, lightest and most compressible insulation on the planet!
Other features of the Nano Puff Pullover are the deep center front zipper which allows for easy ventilation; and as mentioned before a left chest self-storage pocket with a reinforced carabiner clip-in loop.
Point Loma Outfitting has several new colors of the Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover for men and women. The Nano Puff Pullover for men comes in Mango, Gecko Green, Forge Grey and Black. The women’s Nano Puff Pullover colors on hand this spring are: White, Vivid Violet, Gecko Green and Black. See all of the Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover colors for men and women: http://www.pointlomaoutfitting.com/c/nano-puff-pullover.html
To really understand how cool the Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover is, Patagonia offers this great video showing your the features of the Nano Puff Pullover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VGXXh_KVOA