Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody
- Ultralight nylon ripstop Pertex Quantum® GL shell with a DWR (sturdy water repellent) end.
- Sheds precipitation, blocks wind and permits insulation to stay absolutely lofted and heat.
- 65-g PlumaFill insulation replicates the construction of down in a lofty artificial with warm-when-wet efficiency.
- The distinctive development of PlumaFill insulation stabilizes the fibers to stop shifting, clumping and chilly spots related to down or different artificial down options.
- For next-to-skin consolation on the chin, the center-front zipper has a wicking inside storm flap and a zipper storage.
- Two welted zippered handwarmer pockets; left pocket doubles as a stuffsack with a strengthened carabiner clip-in loop for attaching to a harness or pack.
- Ultralight binding at hem and cuffs seals out drafts and locks in physique warmth.
Measurement Examined: Medium
Said Weight: 263 g
Blister’s Measured Weight:
- Luke Koppa’s measurement Medium: 256 g
- Sam Shaheen’s measurement Medium: 254 g
- Luke Koppa: 5’eight”, 155 lbs
- Sam Shaheen: 5’10”, 135 lbs
Check Places: Crested Butte, Weninuche Wilderness, Rocky Mountain Nationwide Park, Entrance Vary, & Cameron Cross, CO; Eagle River, WI
Days Examined: ~125
Down vs Artificial — this has been the talk ever since individuals began stuffing their jackets and blankets with one thing aside from fowl feathers. However final yr, Patagonia launched their Micro Puff Hoody, and this little piece aimed to upend the phrases of all the debate.
Traditionally, down has reigned supreme for its unmatched warmth-to-weight ratio. Nevertheless it nonetheless falters in moist circumstances, the place it loses almost all of its insulative worth. Water resistant remedies have curtailed down’s lack of loft when moist, however artificial insulations nonetheless supply far more dependable heat when soaked. Down additionally comes with the moral and environmental considerations related to elevating and killing (or in some notably tough instances, live-plucking) geese for his or her down. So individuals have needed to both use down items that have been hotter for the load however weren’t perfect for moist circumstances, or put on heavier artificial choices.
Patagonia claims that their Micro Puff Hoody truly has the very best warmth-to-weight ratio out of all their insulation items — down or artificial.
So each Sam Shaheen and I’ve been testing the Micro Puff Hoody to get an concept of its heat, supply some comparisons, and see how “revolutionary” this piece truly is.
Material, Insulation, and Comparisons
The Micro Puff Hoody makes use of a 10-denier nylon ripstop Pertex Quantum GL material for each the face and lining, and Patagonia says that it’s the lightest material they’ve ever used. The material is certainly designed for absolute minimal weight, and it strays away from the supplies utilized in snug, stretchy insulators just like the Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody. In comparison with these materials, the Pertex Quantum GL feels stickier on pores and skin and extra crinkly, as most tightly woven, downproof materials do.
Nevertheless, the Micro Puff’s material slides simply over and beneath layers, and feels simply fantastic if it’s not touching sweaty pores and skin. Mixed with the ethereal PlumaFill insulation, the ultralight material makes the Micro Puff Hoody really feel very very similar to the Patagonia Ultralight Down Hoody, which makes use of an analogous 10-denier material, however makes use of 800-fill-power down moderately than an artificial insulation.
The Micro Puff Hoody’s material can also be noticeably thinner, lighter, and shinier than the 22-denier polyester face material of the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket.
The Micro Puff Hoody’s PlumaFill insulation consists of lengthy, skinny, hair-like fibers (thinner than a human hair) which might be wrapped round a stabilizing fiber. This leads to a really mild insulation that lofts very excessive — Sam has even been dropping a number of “feathers” such as you would with a similar down garment. Nevertheless, he was not at all dropping a big quantity of insulation, and Patagonia has clarified that that is doubtless restricted to the pre-production samples we examined, and shouldn’t occur with manufacturing variations.
The patent-pending development on the Micro Puff Hoody can also be distinctive, and consists of a discontinuous sample of sewn-through strains the place there are not any utterly separated baffles, however fairly a collection of offset stitches. This development implies that the PlumaFill insulation has fewer points with migration than down and different non-batted artificial insulations, and Patagonia claims this development creates fewer chilly spots.
This distinctive development can also be a big a part of the aesthetics of the jacket. It’s minimal, distinctive, quilting permits for loads of loft, and is a welcome departure from the large horizontal channels discovered on most down items.
The Micro Puff Hoody has a roomier match than most different technical, alpine-cut items that we’ve reviewed (e.g., the Patagonia Nano-Air Mild Hoody, Outside Analysis Ascendant Hoody, North Face Radium Jacket, Marmot Alpha Professional, and so forth.) nevertheless it’s a bit slimmer than the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket and the usual Patagonia Down Sweater.
This average match makes the Micro Puff Hoody a bit extra versatile than tighter midlayers when it comes to further layering, and it’s roomy sufficient to toss over one other layer or a slim shell.
Sam and I each wore the Micro Puff Hoody in a measurement Medium, and agreed that it has a reasonably commonplace torso and sleeve size. The hood is large enough to squeeze over a climbing helmet, nevertheless it gained’t match over a ski helmet (Patagonia advertises the hood for under-the-helmet use).
The Micro Puff Hoody has a bit of additional room nearly in all places. Sam has been sporting it with the Nano-Air Mild Hoody beneath, and that combo matches collectively nice. In the event you’re on the lookout for a streamlined insulator to put on solely over a base layer, the Micro Puff Hoody is perhaps a bit roomy, however we don’t assume that the match might be a deal breaker for many individuals.
The Micro Puff Hoody has two deep, inside drop-in pockets, two zippered handwarmer pockets, and a easy elastic binding on the cuffs, hood, and backside hem.
One of many handwarmer pockets doubles as a stuff sack, and in contrast to many things pockets, it has loads of room to pack the jacket inside itself simply. Which means the Micro Puff Hoody appears moderately giant when stuffed into its pocket, however since it’s under no circumstances absolutely compressed, you possibly can cram it into any open area in your pack and it’ll smash down even additional. The ultimate compressed measurement of the Micro Puff Hoody is lower than a liter, and the stuff pocket has a strong webbing loop to clip to a harness or pack.
Because the Micro Puff Hoody is all about most heat for minimal weight, listed here are a number of said weights of comparable jackets for comparability (insulation varieties in parentheses):
219 g Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Jacket (800-fill-power down)
264 g Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody (65 g PlumaFill) (ours weighed in at ~255 g)
298 g Patagonia Ultralight Down Hoody (800-fill-power down)
363 g Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody (60 g Primaloft Gold Eco)
Heat + Consolation
The Micro Puff Hoody has the perfect warmth-to-weight ratio of any artificial midlayer we have now ever used, which incorporates items that use insulations akin to Primaloft Gold, Coreloft, Polartec Thermal Professional, Polartec Alpha Direct, VerticalX, and Thermoball.
The Micro Puff Hoody can also be the closest artificial we’ve used with regards to replicating that lofty, down-like really feel.
Sadly, we’ve to date solely examined the Micro Puff Hoody through the summer time, so we haven’t had an opportunity to get it in temperatures under ~40°F, however in these circumstances the Micro Puff Hoody has felt considerably hotter than the Patagonia Nano Puff, and we’ll quickly be evaluating the Micro Puff to a few of its down rivals.
The target heat of a garment is troublesome to gauge, however from our expertise thus far, the Micro Puff Hoody does certainly appear to be a big step ahead within the realm of artificial insulation, and we’re wanting ahead to testing it in colder circumstances.[Editor’s Note: Keep reading for our comments on the Micro Puff Hoody’s cold-weather performance.]
The Micro Puff Hoody is constructed equally to most down items, with a skinny, tightly woven face material that’s handled with a DWR end. Due to this, the Micro Puff Hoody’s climate resistance is pretty predictable — it blocks nearly all of wind (although not all of it because of the sewn-through development), a small quantity of sunshine precip (earlier than the DWR wets out on the shell material) and an honest quantity of snow within the winter.
The shell material on the Micro Puff Hoody could be very skinny, which does current some sturdiness considerations, nevertheless it hasn’t appeared to have an effect on the climate resistance of the piece adversely.
The actual check of sturdiness shall be over the subsequent a number of years whereas we see how shortly the PlumaFill insulation breaks down. One of many main advantages of down insulation is that it tends to final a bit longer than synthetics because the feathers don’t break down as quick because the extra brittle artificial fibers. Solely time will inform, however we’ll be sure you replace this evaluate as we get a greater really feel for PlumaFill’s sturdiness.
The face material of the Micro Puff Hoody can also be extraordinarily skinny, and clearly not meant to cope with an entire lot of abrasion.
Usually, although, after about seven days every within the piece, neither of us have had any sturdiness considerations. The shell material on each of our hoodies is in good form after being repeatedly stuffed into and out of full packs, rubbing towards trad-racks, backcountry cooking provides, snacks, and so forth.[Editor’s Note: We now have ~125 days in the Micro Puff Hoody, and you can check out our updated durability section on the next page.]
Backside Line (For Now)
Up to now, the Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody has confirmed to be a really environment friendly insulator, extra so than another artificial midlayer we’ve used. Its minimal options serve their functions, and the match makes it an choice to be used each beneath or outdoors of a shell.
We have to spend extra time within the Micro Puff Hoody to get a greater sense of its sturdiness and efficiency in colder circumstances, however to date, it appears prefer it could possibly be the best choice on the market in the event you’re on the lookout for an ultralight midlayer that may keep heat even when issues get moist.
NEXT: Lengthy-Time period Replace on Sturdiness & Chilly-Climate Efficiency