It's not often that an insulated jacket turns up on your front door-step crammed into a plastic bottle, but then Patagonia is making a point about the new for autumn 2016 range of Nano Puff lightweight synthetic warmers.
The point is that the iconic light but warm range, now uses PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco, a filling that performs just as well as the previous standard issue fill, but is 55% recycled from - you guessed it - plastic bottles.
On top of that, the Polyester shell and liner fabrics are 100% recycled, just as they have been since the range launched in 2009. Plus the zippers on all Nano Puffs this season are made from 52-62% recycled polyester. Hell, even the labels use 85% recycled polyester content and have done since 2014.
The end result is an estimated 2 million plastic bottles being saved from landfill and re-used in the first year of production alone and all without any negative impact on performance.
What's It For?
In a nut-shell, the Nano Puff is an all-round, damp-friendly, packable, synthetically-filled, 'warm jacket' that you can wear either as an active outer when things are really cold, or as a lightweight 'over-layering' jacket when you stop. Or you can wear it under a shell jacket as a mid-layer.
The new jacket's trump card is that PrimaLoft Gold Eco insulation that still retains much of its effectiveness, even when damp. Patagonia says it 'maintains 98% of its warmth when wet' thanks to the fibres being treated with a special finish to repel moisture.
It also has a hood, two hand-warmer pockets for general posing about and stuffs away into its single, internal, zip-pocket for easy stowage.
It's not really 'warm-jacket weather' right now, but what we can tell you is that the Nano Puff Hoody looks great in dark blue with a colour-toned lighter blue liner. Plus it has the familiar signature Patagonia staggered, 'brick quilting' pattern.
It also fits neatly with quite an athletic cut - ideal over a lightweight mid-layer, though you might want to go up a size if you intend to use it over other clothing. The windproof fabric does mean it may get a little sweaty on the move, but if you want warm and breathable, Patagonia would rather you used the Nano Air Light instead. Horses for courses and all that.
Weight is bang on 370g for a men's medium, not as light as some but you should get some meaningful warmth from that plus the damp resistance and knock-about durability of a synthetic fill.
A quick try-on also suggests that it fits over a climbing helmet, but without providing much facial protection, so you should be able to use it on a belay if needed. The hood also seems to fit fine without a helmet or over a beanie. The hem is adjustable with a neat, captive loop cord-pull.
Sustainability is right at the heart of the Patagonia brand driven by Yvon Chouinard himself, but the key to the Nano Puff Hoody is not just that it's now even more green, but that it simply promises to be a cracking piece of functional kit as well - you're not compromising on performance by being ecologically aware.
It's early days, but cut, design and construction all look to be spot on. We'll be reviewing the Nano Puff Hoody properly later in the winter, but provided you can afford the £175 asking price, signs are promising for a damp-friendly, cold weather option.