Why We Chose The Patagonia Macro Puff Jacket: Lightweight, extremely warm, great features.
We first got a look at this synthetic insulated jacket from Patagonia at the huge ISPO winter gear trade show in Munich at the end of 2018 and, although it was just a glance, our team were all very impressed. Now, ahead of its release for AW19, we’ve been able to have a good stomp around with it in the fjords of Norway and windswept mountains of Wales, and we have to say, we’re still definitely impressed.
We liked Patagonia’s previous synthetic insulated jacket, the Micro Puff, ‘the lightest, most compressible synthetic jacket Patagonia have ever made’. We also liked the similar Nano Puff. Now with this, the Macro, we have the bigger, burlier, warmer version.
And we can 100% confirm it’s warm. Really warm, and you wouldn’t believe it given how light it feels.
“This became the jacket I turned to when the temperatures were at their coldest.”
Like the Micro Puff it uses Patagonia’s PlumaFill fibres that are housed in offset baffles to keep the amount of stitching that’s required low. However, while the Micro uses a 65g/m2 rated fill, the Macro can boast 135g/m2. In regards to overall weight, the Hooded Micro weighs 264g while the Macro comes in at 420g.
It’s not just the higher overall density of the fill that makes the Macro heavier than the Micro, it’s the cut of the jacket as well. It’s much longer, coming down to cover the handwarmer pockets on your trousers and dropping down to cover your backside, and you can cinch it in using the drawcords in the handwarmer pockets.
There are warmer synthetic jackets out there, but we actually can’t think of any that strike the warmth-weight-packability balance as well as this. Over the last couple of years, brands have been getting nearer and nearer to fully mimicking down with their synthetic developments, and now it feels like this has brought us closer than ever.