Editors' Choice Classic: Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

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patagonia nano puff rock climbing jacket

Most versatile puffy jacket ever

We weren’t sure what to make of this wispy, synthetic-fill jacket when it came out in 2009; puffy jackets were supposed to be just that—puffy—and this iteration looked too thin for real use. But it soon found its way into our packs and onto our backs every season; it’s a midlayer in extreme cold and an outer layer when the temps start to dip. Might as well be our uniform. It’s light (10.1 oz. for the men’s medium), packs small (grapefruit size), and pleasantly warm for the weight; plus, the 60 grams of PrimaLoft One insulation will still keep you toasty even after it’s been dampened in an afternoon storm. “It brings me peace of mind when the sun sinks low and I’m still on the wall.” The pullover version with a half-zip is the original model that kicked off the now-popular super-light puffy category, and a full-zip jacket came out in 2010. 

Designers were forward-thinking from the get-go, as the only changes over the years have been small updates to its overall fit. Many members of our expert panel have the same jacket they got almost five years ago, and they still use it and abuse it year-round. “I’ve had half a dozen jackets that try to mimic the Nano Puff,” one user said, “but I reach for my beloved Nano for every objective, every season, every year.” It delivers the perfect balance of warmth for the weight. The slim profile layers well underneath a shell, or you can wear it as your outermost piece for windproof protection and solid water resistance, thanks to a DWR coating. Pack it into its own pocket, clip it on your harness, and go. Plus, with Patagonia’s stellar lifetime guarantee, you can return it at anytime if it rips, tears, or otherwise degrades. 

$199–$249; patagonia.com

Further Reading:
Editors’ Choice Classic: The Climbing Gear Hall of Fame