Patagonia Micro Puff Review (Hoody) | Compressible, Lightweight, Ultralight, Travel Jacket


– In this video, we’re going to be taking a look at the Patagonia Micro Puff, a really great ultra-light jacket for travel with a really
good warmth-to-weight ratio. I think this is really good for travel, especially if you’re going to
try to stay lightweight. And it’s also compressible. I’m Tom, the founder of Pack Hacker, and we’re a team that share
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Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody. [upbeat music playing] The Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody offers a slick look and keeps
you warm while doing it. It has a well-fitted look over all. The exterior is a 10 Denier ripstop nylon, which is basically going to help if your jacket gets a rip in it. That visible gridded ripstop, if you look really
closely you can see it, will stop that jacket
from ripping any further. And we’ll get into a little
bit more tips on that later on in the video in the
durability and testing section. Lastly, to round up the aesthetic, there are some T-shaped
kind of stitching going on here, and that keeps
the PlumaFill inside. PlumaFill is very similar to down, so that’s what’s going to
definitely keep you warm, and it’s nice with that stitching, it keeps it evenly distributed
through the jacket itself. The main thing that
makes this jacket great for versatile and light-weight travel is the ability to compress it. Just make sure that you do it through the left-hand pocket right here. You can actually see that there is carabiner loop at the top, and it’s the only pocket that actually has that double-sided zipper to it. To compress it, you just put it into that pocket. Boom, there we go! Fully-compressed Micro Puff Hoody. Easy to slip away in your backpack. You see that a lot of travel bloggers, and other people online,
create country-specific and climate-specific packing lists. And I think this notion is great if that’s your style of travel. But for me personally and a lot of us at Pack Hacker,
we’re all into versatility. And just kind of having one overall set of travel gear that we take with us on all of our trips. One of the great things
about the Micro Puff is that it’s going to keep you toasty in a colder climate, and
when you’re not using it as a jacket, you can just stow it away in the bottom of your bag, or use it as a pillow if you’re in a pinch. So, love that versatility,
love that this doesn’t take up a lot of space or
weight when it’s not in use, and love that you can just go from country to country, and you know you’re going to be good no matter what
climate that it throws at you. I can even get away with wearing this thing in the coldest of winters in Minnesota where I’m originally from. I just layer this up with a couple of other things and I am good to go for basically the entire winter. And as an important note, the medium size with the hood is only around nine ounces, so it’s not going to take
up additional weight in your load out. Rounding off the features, you have a hood with a nice elastic band that’s going to help keep it in place; the same elastic band material that’s used on the sleeves. And again, this is
ultra-light and minimalistic. The hood might stay
on a little bit better with a bungee in the back
so you could lock it in, but again, Patagonia’s
going for lightweight here, and that would ultimately
cut in and add maybe half an ounce or an ounce. There are two pockets on the exterior, and two pockets on the interior that are going to be nice for
holding whatever you need. The two pockets on the
outside are zippered, and on the inside, there’s a bit of an elastic mechanism that’s used. All the zippers on this thing are YKK, so beefy enough to add
a ton of durability, but they didn’t end up using
super-beefy ones again, so you didn’t cut into that weight. So the one in the outside of the main kind of zip area is a YKK number four zipper. At the time of this review, I
have personally been testing and using the Micro Puff in a bunch of different climates
for about four months. It holds up well in a decent shower, but I haven’t really had it soaked yet. I always have a portable rain shell that I carry with me, so I
end up just throwing that on if it does start to become
a bit of a downpour outside. Supposedly, the PlumaFill does
really great with moisture, a little bit better than actual down, but we haven’t fully
tested that side of it. With that ultra-light weight, we run into a bit of durability concern. I’m a little bit nervous you get this caught in a branch or a sharp
door, something like that, and I’m assuming that it would rip. And you can already see
that on the outsides of the some of the areas of this, we’re already starting to see
that PlumaFill come through. But again, if any larger rips do develop, that rip stop is going to stop
them from going further. And there’s also Tenacious
Tape, which we have been testing and using on a couple of jackets that have become ripped. And it actually does wonders. So there’s always that, and again, Patagonia’s a really great company with good customer service. Their Ironclad Guarantee is a good backup, should anything go terribly wrong. So to wrap this thing up
with some pros and cons, the warmth to weight ratio is great on the Patagonia Micro Puff. The hood keeps the heat
around your noggin, definitely does a great job at keeping you warm and
adding that additional layer. Also it packs incredibly
well and incredibly tight, fitting down into a very
small lightweight package when not in use. You won’t replace your
cold weather jacket, it’s best for 35 to 50-degree weather. The ultralight materials
means a little sacrifice in durability. And again it’s spendier than most other mid-layers on the market. Overall, we’d recommend
the Micro Puff Hoody despite some of our durability concerns. The warmth-to-weight ratio on this thing is outstanding, making
it a great companion for one-bag travel and
generally traveling light. And remember, if anything goes wrong, there’s always Patagonia’s
incredible Ironclad Guarantee to back it up. Thanks for taking a look at our review of the Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody. Be sure to head over to
packhacker.com/newsletter, and never miss an update. We’ll see you in the next video. ♪ Yo ♪ That’s going to keep you
toas, tosty throughout the pack. Ew … not pack … jacket. [upbeat music playing]

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