This insulated jacket is the big brother to Patagonia’s popular Micro Puff Pullover. It features a full-length zip and a hood. The size medium Patagonia weighs in at just 516g (including a 30g stuffsack). The jacket is filled with Polarguard Delta, a top-quality synthetic insulator, and gets a water-resistant shell. The jacket feels comfortable and fits well. The two main pockets easily take a map and are just about high enough to allow reasonable access when wearing a rucksack. There is a smaller internal zipped pocket and an internal mesh pocket. The hood gets a drawcord and volume adjuster, and it fits okay, though it‘s not the best. Like most other jackets of this type the front zip gets a draught baffle on the inside. Drawcords at the hem keep the draughts out from those areas, as on most other jackets. You get a stuffsack, but you could just roll this into the hood to stow it to save weight. In general this is ideal for taking in the summit view, camping or putting on partway up a winter route. But the hood cannot be rolled down to the collar(others can be). Other jackets may give you a few more pockets. If money is tight, there are cheaper alternatives, of course. There is no adjustment at the cuffs or collar, and no reinforcement on the jacket to protect it against abrasion. The hood doesn’t fit perfectly, but neither do some others. So the drawbacks are minimal.
Outer: triple ripstop polyester with Deluge DWR
Inner: mini ripstop nylon with Deluge DWR
Insulation: 2.7oz Polarguard Delta
Colours: black, smoky blue, flint, velvet, brown (men’s); black, fire, powder pink (women’s)
Sizes: XS-XL (men’s); XS-L (women’s)
Weight: 516g, inc 30g stuffsack (size M)
Made in Thailand
Stores in UK: 5
Verdict: Buy it if you prefer a slightly lighter jacket with fewer pockets and a hood that cannot be rolled down.