The deliciously comfortable Patagonia Nano Puff Mitts instantly warm the hands and are light and easy to carry, but perhaps only worth the spend if you regularly camp or hike all through the winter months.
- Great warmth to weight ratio
- Good padded palms
- Top of gloves liable to rip
- Mittens make fiddly jobs hard
Patagonia’s Nano Puff insulated jackets are rightly very popular for their brilliant warmth-to-weight ratio sustainable production based on synthetic materials. These comfy-as-anything Patagonia Nano Puff Mitts have been produced to the same principles. They’re instantly recognisable, with their trademark brick-quilting pattern (which stabilizes insulation), and when you pop them on, they provide instant warmth but never feel heavy or restrictive.
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These squishy gloves are stuffed with double-layered 100g, mostly recycled (55–100%) PrimaLoft Gold Eco Insulation, which compresses down so much that you can easily stuff them into pretty much any pocket, and sumptuously lined with brushed tricot. As a result, the Patagonia Nano Puff Mitts are mega comfortable and amazingly lightweight, but perform at a high level.
They’re windproof, and water-resistant enough to put up with light rainfall, and the fill retains 98% of its warmth-giving capability, even when wet. The elasticated wrists help to further trap in heat, and there are hoops to make it easier to pull them on, especially handy if you’re wearing undergloves.
• RRP: $69 (US) / £65 (UK)
• Unisex: Yes
• Sizes: XS–XL
• Materials: Polyester
• Weight (per glove): 96g/3.3oz
• Colors: Green
In the field
We tested the Patagonia Nano Puff Mitts out on overnight hikes and found we always reached for them with a sigh of relief. For our money, they are well worth their ostensibly rather expensive price tag for the instant warmth and comfort they provide, especially as they take up little space.
The inside of the mitt is a soft-brushed fleece that feels great against the skin. The tops of the gloves are a rather thin material that, just like a down jacket, you will want to keep this part of the garment away from anything sharp to avoid the risk of ripping, but the palms do at least have tough abrasion-resistant pads suitable for setting up camp or doing more physical tasks.
Sizing is unisex, but as mittens are designed to be much more roomy around the fingers, we found this didn’t matter – although women with smaller fingers may want to try the extra small out for size.
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, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.
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