Are you considering buying a puff jacket, but still figuring out which one to buy? Hikaholic Alette reviews her Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody after one year of use. Patagonia itself says on their website that this jacket is the best warmth for weight of any jacket they ever built. Let’s find out if Alette loves the Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody or leaves it.
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THE SPECS OF THE PATAGONIA MICRO PUFF HOODY
Price: €279, 95 (Current EU price, USA price)
Weight: 227 gram, 8 ounces
Material: 10-denier, Nylon Ripstop Pertex Quantum shell
Insulator: PlumaFill 65-g
Blue Sign Approved: Yes
Fair Trade Certification: Yes
Water Resistant: Yes, DWR finish (durable water repellent)
Build in Stuff sack: Yes
Alette bought her Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody in Size Small. Her length is 172 centimeters, so like 5 foot 8. She doubted between a size small and medium, but the medium was a bit too wide and bulky. The jacket is a regular, straight fit.
The Center-front zipper has a storm flap and zipper garage at chin. It goes all the way from the bottom to the top with one zipper. The hoody has two zip pockets, whereas the left pocket functions as a stuff sack as well with a carabiner clip in loop. The zippers go smoothly from the first day of wearing this jacket.
The Micro Puff Hoody from Patagonia has four pockets in total: two outside and two inside the jacket. The pockets are extremely large, so your phone, snacks, map and keys will fit in them.
At the end of the sleeves, around the waist and along the hoody there are elasticated cuffs. It aren’t adjustable elastics, but stay elasticated after one year of intensive use.
The Micro Puff Hoody is stichted in block-like figures. This construction maximizes loft to ensure warmth. It keeps the insulation at the places it needs to be.
PROS OF THE PATAGONIA MICRO PUFF HOODY
The first pro is the weight. It is almost unbelievable this ultralightweight jacket can keep you warm. The little weight is definitely a big plus for ultralight backpackers. If you go on a multi-day hike, you don’t want to carry a lot of weight in your backpack. That’s why this jacket is the perfect solution for someone who wants to stay warm during hikes, but doesn’t want to carry a lot of weight.
The second reason to by this jacket is the warm-while-wet guarantee. The jacket stays loft even when damp, because of the PlumaFill. The insulation called PlumaFill is the revolutionary part of the jacket. PlumaFill is a lightweight insulation which replicates the structure of down, but it is synthetic. You will experience the best of both worlds. It offers the warmth and packability of down, but with the pro of synthetic that it stays warm when wet. The Micro Puff keeps you warm and you can even wear it as an active layer. If it starts raining be careful and put your rain jacket on top of the hoody. Patagonia says it is waterproof, but you don’t want to risk losing warmth.
The third pro is the fit. The jacket fits comfortably. It feels almost like second skin and doesn’t feel like a thick jacket.
The packability of the Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody is also a big plus. It is almost down-like, so you can make it extremely small. It always fits in your backpack. The left (external) pocket even doubles as a stuffsack. The jacket has multiple pockets which are very large. You can fit everything in there, like your smartphone, snacks or gloves.
The last pro of the Micro Puff Hoody is the brand Patagonia itself. One of the core criteria of Patagonia is building the best product. Patagonia is a fronteer in limiting their ecological impacts, recycled materials and tries to save the planet. They call themselves an activist company. Patagonia commits one percentage of its total sales to environmental groups which focusses on conservation and sustainability.
If you want more information about Patagonia’s activism, click here.
CONS OF THE PATAGONIA MICRO PUFF HOODY
The first con of the Micro Puff is the length. In the front it’s a good length, but the back could have been a bit longer. For instance, when you sit down the back of the Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody crawls up. Some people may be bothered by this or others will not have this issue. The lower back is completely covered and the elastic bands make sure the jacket is fitted and won’t crawl up.
The second con is the outer material, because the outer is extremely thin. The shell and lining are 10 denier, but the fabric has ripstop. So when you rip the fabric like say on a branch or when put in your backpack, it won’t tare down completely. The rip stops, so the damage stays small. In the beginning you will probably be a bit cautious while wearing this jacket. After a longer period of use you will be more secure about the fact that the outer material will not rip easily. But be cautious: It will probably won’t survive outdoor climbing or more extreme outdoor usage.
FEEL OF THE SHELL
The last con of the Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody is the feel of the shell. The outer material doesn’t feel naturally, like merino wool or any other bio-fabric. So preferably wear some long sleeves underneath the hoody, but well it does its job for keeping you warm.
Alette really likes the Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody (click here for USA). It does its job for keeping you warm, is ultralightweight, extremely packable and has multiple big pockets. Another big pro: Patagonia tries to be good for our planet! The only thing Alette would change is the length of the jacket. But it is a perfect hoody for hikers like herself who likes to stay active, but warm while resting.
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