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Published on October 26th, 2017 | by Celina

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Fall For the Patagonia Micro-Puff Hoody

Between knit sweaters, fringed scarves, and some killer suede boots, fall shopping can be so much fun! But one of the most important pieces is often the hardest to shop for: a perfect layering jacket that you’ll be wearing literally every day while the weather is cool. With today’s outerwear option, you’ll stay warm and dry while looking good too!

Last year, we reviewed the Patagonia Men’s Nano Puff Hoody and were impressed by its durability, pack ability and warmth! One of our writers wore that hoody well into the New York City wintery months and saw little change in the warmth or compression of the fill. This year’s updated re-vamp, the Patagonia Micro-Puff Hoody, is our favorite Patagonia piece yet. This incredibly thin piece has a higher warmth-to-weight ratio than any jacket Patagonia has ever made and may be the most compact, compression-friendly yet! A size medium Micro Puff compresses down to the size of a 1-liter Nalgene and weighs just 9.3 ounces. With those specs, we would be surprised if every avid-traveler didn’t have a good reason to pick one up!

This lightweight Micro-Puff jacket is made of ultralight nylon ripstop Pertex Quantum fabric. Designed to trap still air to the body and improve the efficiency of insulation, this shell is windproof and warm. And just like last year’s Nano Puff Hoody, this hoody’s DWR (durable water repellent) finish means it’s also water-resistant and can shed light rain and snow. The Revolutionary PlumaFill insulation replicates the structure of the traditional down filling in your standard winter coats but is made of a synthetic instead, meaning that it’s lightweight and ultra-portable. Up close, it looks like a skinny feather boa, with little feathery tufts sticking out from a central string. These fibers compress easily but also hold up better when wet, still keeping puffed to keep warmth in and the damp out!

By using an innovative quilting pattern, the insulation is stabilized and maximized over the body, preventing clumping inside the jacket. This means that you’ll get avoid cold spots that you might have experienced in some other down jackets. Two zippered hand-warmer pockets are built in, with the left pocket even doubling as a carrying case for the jacket! And if you don’t believe that it will fit inside, you are not alone- we were a bit incredulous as we tucked the last bit of this jacket into the interior pocket and zipped it all up. You really can carry this jacket on your backpack or belt with the built-in carabiner loop.

As we’ve seen on other Patagonia coats, the elasticized cuffs and hem seal in warmth without losing fashion points. This coat looks good on despite doing all this heavy lifting, with a hood that is light and simple, allowing you to wear a lightweight hat under it or even a helmet over it. Available in four fun fashion colors including a Elwha blue (a cool teal green), Magenta (a burst of cranberry), Feather Grey (more of a sleek silver), and Black, these coats aren’t cheap but they will last for years. Grab a Micro Puff Hoody for $299 and be the envy of all your down-coat puffy friends!

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About the Author

Celina Kelly is passionate about New York, scarves, and puppies. She also loves writing about herself in the third-person. She graduated from Barnard College having double majored in English & German Literature. While a student, she worked with The New Yorker as part of the editorial department for ‘Goings On About Town’. Since she was not busy enough, she added a concentration of creative writing, completing her thesis project in the form of a yet-unpublished novel under the guidance of a bestselling author. Celina operates a retail store on the Upper West Side, where she spends most of her time. She enjoys being able to design, order and merchandise a new collection twice a year with the help of a talented staff of minions. She is also currently pursuing a certificate in Millinery at the Fashion Institute of Technology. If you ask her nicely, she might make you a hat!



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