Why We Chose It: Eco-friendly, durable and insulates even when wet
The Patagonia Nano Puff has been around for a number of years now and we’d go so far as to say it’s become a bit of a classic. It arrived as one of the first properly functional synthetic insulated jackets and has since become one of Patagonia’s flagship products when it comes to sustainability.
We’ve featured it a number of times on our site and not much has changed about it in terms of its look. What has changed though is that Patagonia have now upped its eco-creds fairly substantially since we last reviewed it, increasing the recycled content in its fill from 55% to 100%. For that reason, it makes it into our Green Gear Guide for this year.
What’s The Nano Puff Best Suited To?
The Patagonia Nano Puff serves well as a stand-by mid-weight insulator for backpacking, bikepacking and climbing. It’s the kind of thing you want to have in your pack to pull out in the evening during a summer wild camp, or when you’re paused in a windy spot while climbing. It’s not the warmest of insulators out there, so you won’t want to use it as your main insulator in winter but it’ll come in handy as part of a layering system.
We’ve already touched upon the fact the 60g of PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco inside the Nano Puff is made from 100% recycled polyester, but on top of that, there’s also a 100% recycled polyester shell and a fully recycled lining as well. The jacket comes with a P.U.R.E stamp too, meaning that it’s produced using reduced emissions. Then there’s Fair Trade Certified sewing and bluesign approval for its fabrics. A lot going on.