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.