Patagonia Nano-Air Insulated Hooded Jacket - Men's

Built for the up and the down.

When your day is going to consist of as much up as down, you need something special to keep you warm and comfortable for the long haul. Conveniently, that special something comes in the form of the Patagonia Men's Nano-Air Insulated Hooded Jacket. The combination of a nylon ripstop shell and plain weave nylon lining offers excellent breathability, so you don't feel like a dog in a hot car when you're hiking, climbing, or skiing, and the FullRange synthetic insulation stretches with you to provide generous freedom of movement whether you're reaching through the crux move or reaching for a tail clip as you rip skins on a windy ridge.

The DWR treatment on the outer face helps to shed light moisture, and its windproof construction cuts wind on the way down, too. In order to help combat the elements, Patagonia added storm flaps to the front zippers and a zipper garage at the top, so you're not taking a cold metal zipper to the chin every time you move your head from side to side. Stretch material around the cuffs helps to make a seal to fight off even more winter chill, while zippered handwarmer pockets let you warm up your digits when things head into those frigid temps. The hood is designed to be worn under a helmet for next-to-skin warmth, but it can also be worn over a low-profile helmet thanks to its stretchy nature.

  • Protective insulation for start-and-stop missions in the mountains
  • FullRange stretch insulation maintains warmth when wet
  • Light and tough 4-way stretch shell with water-resistant finish
  • Nano Puff brick quilting along sides enhances durability
  • Stretch hood fits close against the noggin and will fit over helmets
  • Stretch binding at cuffs and drawstring at hem locks in body heat
  • Regular fit allows piece to be worn both over and under layers
  • Patagonia has been building gear for the high mountains since 1973
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Lacks Details, Poor Value, Too Warm?

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I own an Arcteryx Atom LT and have compared these two pieces. I bought this thinking it would be a good high activity insulation piece in cold weather. I've used it while charging up hill on mountain hikes or backpacking trips. My initial impressions are that either it doesn't breath like it claims, or it's just too warm. In 30 degree weather I got very warm and quickly found myself wanting to switch to a fleece instead of the Nano Air.

The cuffs are shaped awkwardly in that they don't taper like the comparable options from other brands, so you end up with too long of sleeves that bunch up into big puffy masses around your wrists.

The lack of any hood adjustment on a $300 synthetic jacket is a big oversight.

Overall I like the jacket, but not for $300. It's a good insulation piece at a relatively poor value. Can't help but feel like I paid for the brand name, which isn't even embroidered. Details matter when you pay a lot for a simple piece!

Two is better than one

    I already own the one without a hood but decided I wanted another Nano Air and went with a hood this time. This jacket is great for playing in the mountains of just hanging out around town. It is by far the most comfortable jacket I have worn. As others have said, it’s like being wrapped up in a cozy comforter. The Nano Air breathes really well for when you skinning uphill to earn your turns in the backcountry but also stays plenty toasty when the temps drop. The one area this jacket falls a bit short is wind protection but on really windy cold days I use this jacket as a mid layer underneath my shell. It’s an all around great jacket, good enough that I decided to buy two.

    Top of the line

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    Still trying to find the perfect use for this jacket. It's a tech clothing dream; unbelievably breathable, super light, super warm. I bought it because I tried it on and immediately felt the warmth and loved the stretch in the fabric and it was on sale. I've avoided certain products (from all brands) because of how stiff the item felt while wearing it. This jacket is very comfortable due to the material and the sizing. It has a normal fit, nothing overly slim but not baggy. The problem I face now is how warm it is during exercise. I bought this for hiking and running. I hate having to strip layers during exercise and the wicking on this jacket is unreal. But you have to either be in sub freezing or high winds (for vigorous exercise when wearing the jacket) or just above freezing for moderate exercise. I went for a run on a still 35 degree day and sweat through the jacket before I hit 3 miles. This isn't a knock to the jacket though, it's amazing at what it does, but you have to realize that the activities you do may not require something like this. I haven't worn this in a situation where I would be inactive, but it's not really meant for that situation. I am also a bit fearful of the durability of the outer layer. It's very soft and plush and I fear it could rip very easily (like trail running and clipping a bush or excessive wear in high in highly abrasive areas like elbows under the arm).

    All of this aside, I love the jacket. If I were to buy another one, I would first research Arctyrex atom LT jacket, it's similarly designed and cheaper. Bottom line, this is a great product, but for niche use. The main zipper also feels cheap, no hood adjustment ability and no inside pockets detract from the practicality. Still happy!

    Great Piece, but a Warning:

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Large

    I needed to size down this piece. I'm a 6'2" dude with a climber build. I ordered a large and was swimming in it. It was fine in the shoulders, but the belly had way WAY too much space and the sleeves were bunching at my wrists.

    It still gets 4 stars because I bought a medium afterwards and found a much sleeker fit. It's snug, but not uncomfortable or hindering in the shoulders and upper chest. Everywhere else fits great. Ideally, I'd get a large with a slim fit for the best shoulder/belly combination, but seeing as the jacket is regular fit, I'm happy with a medium.

    The medium, so far, is excellent. I never want to take it off because the fabric feels so good. I paired it with a pit zip-less hard shell for a warmer ski resort day and was comfortable. I'm happy I sized down because I might have missed out on an excellent jacket.

    Great All Purpose Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    Have been using this jacket in all seasons for about a year. It seems to always keep me at the "right" temperature. I believe I picked it up on SnC, so I know I got a good value and it could replace a number of jackets it is so versatile. The one rub I have with it though is that between hiking or commuting, I often use a backpack with the jacket and I have noticed that the jacket does not wear well with a backpack, as I have been getting significant pilling around the contact points of my bag.

    average product but overpriced

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I have always had the upmost respect for Yvon Chouinard and the products that he has launched....however, I think this Nano-Air Insulated Hooded Jacket is a little pricey for what you get...yes it might be due to me being an average joe who doesn't respect he quality of such items for what they might really be designed for. I was disappointed first in the fit as the sleeves are very tight when any long sleeve garment is underneath. The sleeves are extra long in respect to the rest of the fit. Yeah it performs well out in the elements but again maybe because I wasn't mountain climbing or doing strenuous exercising which would have proven the wick-ability etc., but the product just was not a good value to me...again, maybe this old coot shouldn't expect more for an everyday wear....

    everything you want

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Size Bought: medium

    When i first saw a Nano Air, it was one of the first pieces i ever saw with the soft quiet Nylon. thought it was great and wanted one. So i just finally got one. I have become sort of an expert, i now have 4 synthetic puffies. All nice, but the Nano has- the great outer material i just described. plus it seems to block wind better, The insulation does seem to regulate Temperature well. and overall warm for its lightweight.
    Fit- for me , it is very fitted/ perfect layering piece.

    A Great Step Forward

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: L

    This jacket really has paved the way, now nearly every major company is releasing their version of the Nano-Air. It's stretchy, soft to the touch, wicks sweat incredibly well, lots of pockets, good fit. I sweat a lot so I need my gear to breath and traditional puffies were just too clammy for me. Having said that, wind pours through this jacket, so a shell is necessary if you're facing a cold breeze.

    This jacket allows me to be comfortable with every literally every activity, from couch lounging to charging up a mountain side. It even looks great around town!

    I no longer own a fleece and a puffy jacket because the Nano-Air combines all of the best features of both. This combined with a good base layer and the OR Ferrosi Softshell gets me through 99% of my life.

    Great jacket for the do it all person

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    This jacket is amazing! I love, great coat for doing it all. The material is soft to the touch which gives the it a light feeling. great layer or coat for warmer days. The material is what I like the most feels like a sleeping bag. If you are looking for a light warm jacket look no further

    Best Puffy Jacket I have every owned.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    This Jacket is super versatile. In 36 hours, I dresses it up on a plane, skinned in the Little Cottonwoods, and fished the Provo. This jacket does it all and looks stylish doing so. It breathed so well that it kept me cool skinning up the Wasatch Mountains but kept me warm enough our on the river in the afternoon. I usually sweat trying to wear a puffy but this Nano Air is super breathable. It is also a bit stretchy so I am completely unrestricted in my movement. It is also super warm, I was fishing some cold waters but was never once cold. It is also a piece you can wear a button up shirt under and look slick in it too! This is, hands down, the best and most versatile puffy I have owned!

    Best Puffy Jacket I have every owned.

    Favorite jacket ever

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    This is hands-down my favorite jacket. It's a bit pricey, but I haven't regretted paying for what I've received. This jacket is comfortable and looks great (tons of compliments). Its a thinner jacket that I prefer to use touring, since it breathes well, is extremely light, and packs down. But it can serve as an outside coat to temps of ~15-20 degrees.

    Couldn't be happier !

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL

    Love this jacket my only complaint would be the $299 price tag. I'd love to get another in a different color but will wait until the price drops.

    Nano Air

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL

    Really a great light weight option for anyone that's worried about getting cold while out with friends or hiking the trail. It's been my experience that the comfortable temperature range withought proper layering under (just a t-shirt) is between 40F-60F. High winds 15mph+ will cut through the jacket, so I highly recommend a wind breaker for an outer shell to help with that. This jacket is not advertised as a rain jacket but it performs exceptionally well when getting caught in those unexpected showers. I have not held anything back whil wearing this jacket and besides a few stains it has really surpassed my expectations. Don't get discouraged by the price, really a great option for any experience level hiker or runner.

    Pretty

    • Size Bought: Medium

    Its like a sweatshirt and a puffy jacket combined in one. But its neither. I only use it around town b/c I'm not one for layering pieces that have a hood on it. Fit is great, sleeves a a smidge long on me, but not enough to return it.

    Actually Works

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    So many mid-layer jackets like to claim that they can hang for aerobic activity without boiling your insides. I have tried many of the best offerings in this category. Some work alright, but this one is far and away the most truly breathable insulation.

    As a result, I would not recommend it for sitting around at a football game or anything like that. However, it is incredible for around town (transitioning from out in the cold, to excessively heated shops/offices/etc), layering, and touring. I have used it touring a few times now, and in similar conditions that would have me ditching other jackets I've been comfortable keeping my nano-air on the whole time. Then once I get my shell on at the top to block wind, it provides plenty of insulation.

    Oh... and it's insanely stretchy for completely uninhibited movement.

    AND it's soft and supple, not crunchy and plastic-y.

    Maybe money can't buy happiness, but it can definitely make you more comfortable if you spend it on this jacket.

    I never take this thing off

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    Yes, all the reviews are accurate: This jacket is amazing. It's warm, light, soft, comfortable, and breathable. You can wear it all day mooching around or for moderately high-intensity activities in cold weather. It washes well, and is amazingly durable considering how lightweight the fabric feels. Only downside is that it isn't very wind-resistant, but probably would feel much sweatier and less comfortable if it was. Makes a stellar layering piece. Throw a waterproof shell on top and you're good for almost anything the weather can throw at you.

    This jacket is rad!!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL

    This jacket is super versatile, it goes great as a casual garment, and it is also a super universal technical jacket.

    Lightweight, and breathable, so it is a good mid-layer when doing more strenuous activities, such as skinning up while backcountry skiing, or doing some sport climbing.

    This jacket is awesome because it is extremely warm for such a lightweight product. It also has a DWR coating, which is fantastic if you do find yourself stuck in a rain storm. Not its ideal usage but will keep you dry if that case arises.

    This jacket definitely runs true to size, and might even be a tad bit big.

    Another feature of this jacket that I love is the hood, again, great synthetic material.

    I plan on spring skiing with just this jacket and a decent base layer.

    I'd say if you aren't sure whether to purchase this jacket or not, I'd say GO FOR IT, you won't be disappointed!

    Finally mine!

      Wanted this bad boy for foreverrrrrrr. Perfect mid layer or stand alone aerobic activity jacket. I own the version without the hoody and it's gone with me on 7 Colorado 14er summit adventures and countless other shenanigans. Other reviews are spot on regarding this product. You can't go wrong and it's a great investment for the outdoors. Sweet deal from backcountry at the sale price and 2 day free shipping! #goatworthy

      Unanswered Question

      Ok this or the nano puff hood which is gonna be warmer and more durable