Patagonia Nano Puff women’s jacket review: a light and breathable jacket that also works as a mid layer

The last word in light and packable, the barely-there Patagonia Nano Puff offers warmth on the go

Patagonia Nano Puff
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Advnture Verdict

Light, breathable and highly packable, the popular Patagonia Nano Puff is perfect for popping on and off when you’re getting active outdoors, or as a midlayer mid-winter.


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    Easy to pack away

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    Recycled insulation

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    Great fit


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    Easy to rip

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First impressions

The Patagonia Nano Puff has a big fanbase, and for good reason. There’s no bulk at all to this jacket, which is light as a feather to wear and packs down into its own pocket, brilliant for adding an extra layer over base layers and under winter coats.

The Nano isn’t thick or warm enough to work all on its own in the midst of a bitter winter, but it’s the perfect mid-layer, or as an outer during more mild spring and autumn day, especially when you’re enjoying an active outdoor pursuit.


RRP: £180 (UK) / $250 (US)
Fill: Recycled PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco
Sizes: XS–XL
Weight: 284g / 10oz
Colors: Birch White / Black / Classic navy / Spanish red

In the field

As a jacket for use when you’re cycling or climbing, and you want a breathable insulated layer you can chuck on and then chuck in a bag when not in use, the Patagonia Nano Puff is hard to beat.

We also like the zipped pockets, high neck and slim but comfortable fit. An elasticated waist and cuffs trap heat in, and the Nano Puff stays warm when wet and dries very quickly, making it a versatile pick when you’re packing for all weathers.

We tested out the white version of the jacket – and while it’s great for low visibility, it shows dirt quickly, so we’d advise picking a darker colorway. The Nano Puff is also very flattering on the female body, which can’t be said of all insulated jackets, so it’s great for slinging on as a spring outer layer if you’re just off down the pub, as well as when hiking, at camp or when backpacking.

A hooded version is also available, which is less easy to layer but great for extra protection in inclement weather.

Sian Lewis

An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog,, champions accessible adventures.