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Patagonia Nano Air Lite Hybrid Jacket | Review

Whether you’re planning summer ascents, or heading for cooler climbs, the Patagonia Nano Air Lite Hybrid jacket is an essential piece of gear

When you name your company after one of the wildest places on the planet, the things you produce had better be good. Needless to say, Patagonia do not disappoint. The American company have been making high-end goods from sustainable materials since the mid 1970’s, and their reputation for quality, as well as their championing of environmental issues has grown them a strong and loyal following over the years.

The Nano Air Lite Hybrid Jacket is a classic Patagonia piece. Designed for high-energy adventures in a wide variety of climates and temperatures, it can be worn as either an outer layer, or as an insulating mid-layer under an outer shell, should the mercury really drop.

It’s a staggeringly light piece of clothing, at just 283 grams. That’s about the same as ten fresh-cut roses, but far more practical when you’re half way up a mountain. The outside shell is made from 100 per cent Nylon RipStop, which is not only lightweight, but also stretches easily, allowing you a full range of motion when you’re wearing it.

“The Nano Air Lite Hybrid Jacket is a classic Patagonia piece, designed for high-energy adventures in a wide variety of climates and temperatures.”

The Nano Air Lite Jacket has a DWR finish, which not only repels light rain and snow, but also significantly decreases drying time, should you get it seriously wet. Keeping you warm is FullRange, 40 gram insulation, which is also designed to stretch, just like you do.

On the back of the body, and the arms of the Patagonia Nano Air Lite Hybrid jacket is an airy, wicking waffle knit, which not only dumps unwanted heat, but also moves moisture away from your skin, reducing discomfort and fatigue.

Patagonia know you need flexibility when you’re climbing, and don’t want your jacket to restrict you. They’ve addressed this by creating a flexible stretch-knit cuff system that minimises bulk when you need to push your sleeves up. They also have thumb-holes on the cuff, should you need to protect the back of your hands.

The Nano Air Lite Hybrid Jacket is designed for high-energy adventures in a wide variety of climates. Photo: Chris Johnson.
The airy, wicking waffle knit on the back of the body, and the arms of the Nano Air Lite jacket not only dumps unwanted heat, but also moves moisture away from your skin. Photo: Chris Johnson.
Two hand-warmer pockets are designed to work in conjunction with backpack hip belt or a climbing harness Photo: Chris Johnson.

A stretchy binding at the hem fits snugly against your abdomen, keeping in body warmth, and the two hand-warmer pockets sit higher up on the hips are designed to work in conjunction with backpack hip belt or a climbing harness.

Whether you’re planning summer ascents, or heading for cooler climbs, the Patagonia Nano Air Lite Hybrid jacket will prove an essential piece of gear when you’re wearing it, and hardly noticeable when stowed away in your backpack.

Patagonia Nano Air Lite Hybrid Jacket

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