Photo: Morgane Croissant

Patagonia's Micro Puff Hoody Is Perfect For Winter Travels

Technology + Gear
by Morgane Croissant Jan 2, 2024

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Photo: Morgane Croissant
Photo: Morgane Croissant
  • The good: Extremely lightweight, zippered outside pockets, windproof, center-front zipper goes all the way above the chin, packs into an 11.5 x 6.5-inch rectangle.
  • The bad: Water resistant but not waterproof, makes the wearer’s head look like an egg when zipped all the way up with the hood on.

Don’t be fooled by the name of this puffy by Patagonia: It’s much more than a hoodie, it’s a proper winter jacket that’s as versatile as it is practical. You can certainly wear it in early fall over a long-sleeve shirt to protect you from the season’s chilly air, but it is also appropriate for wearing in colder weather on top of multiple layers to keep you toasty when the temperatures plummet or the wind picks up. While the tight elastic cuffs and hood, as well as the drawstrings at the hem, help keep the wind out, note that because it’s water resistant but not waterproof, the Micro Puff is not meant for playing in the wet snow or heavy rain falls. Also, while it’s warm, it’s not the jacket you want in extremely cold temperatures (20 degrees should be the cut-off.) That said, if you get caught in a downpour, know that Patagonia’s Micro Puff dries extremely fast.

My partner took his Micro Puff (the men’s version) with him on a 10-day trip to Iceland in September and it proved to be the perfect travel jacket for the fall weather on this near-Arctic island nation. It was warm enough to protect him when exposed to the wind during hikes and it was sufficiently water-resistant for the few showers we experienced.

The biggest asset of Patagonia’s Micro Puff is its ridiculously lightweight (10.5 ounces or 298 grams) and its capacity to pack into an 11.5 x 6.5-inch rectangle by being stuffed into the left pocket. This jacket will take minimum space in your carry-on or checked luggage, but you can also just toss it in a small backpack in case you need it, whether you’re going for an urban walk or a hike.

The shell of Patagonia’s Micro Puff is made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled nylon and its insulation is made of an extremely durable 100 percent recycled polyester developed by Patagonia that’s warm like down plumes but much lighter and way more ethical.

Shopping for a packable travel jacket? Check out Matador’s detailed reviews:

Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody Specs

The jacket stuffs down for easy packing. Photo: Morgane Croissant
The jacket stuffs down for easy packing. Photo: Morgane Croissant
  • Weight: 9.3 oz (264 g)
  • Material: 0.8-oz 10-denier Pertex Quantum with a DWR (100% nylon)
  • Fill: PlumaFill 100% recycled polyester (65 g)
  • Center back length: Hip-length
  • Hood: Yes
  • Pockets: two zippered handwarmer, two interior drop
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL

Price: $329

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