With its exceptional warmth-to-weight ratio, the only way to improve this vest would be to make it bulletproof.
Just how warm is this vest? Let's just say that a lot of you won't miss having sleeves if you're really active. Your core will be toasty warm on all but the coldest days when you can then use it as an insulating layer under a lightweight shell. By combining their PlumaFill synthetic insulation with unique Micro Puff construction, Patagonia appears to have found the perfect wamth-to-weight ratio. Cold, wind, light rain and snow don't stand a chance against the Micro Puff Vest. 100% nylon shell and lining. 100% polyester (65g) insulation. Imported.
Feels Like Down
PlumaFill is a revolutionary, featherlight polyester down alternative that replicates the structure of down. This continuous synthetic insulation uses a central fiber surrounded by fluffy microfilaments that not only feels like down, it traps heat like down. Even better—unlike down—it still traps your heat if it gets wet and never shifts or clumps. That means no cold spots for the life of the vest. It's not only resilient, but it retains its loft retention after washing. Plus, it's extremely packable. (More on that below.)
Resists Wind & Water
The Micro Puff Vest features a tightly woven fabric (10-denier) shell and lining of ultralight (0.7oz.) nylon ripstop Pertex Quantum® GL. This silky-smooth fabric is water-resistant, windproof and allows the insulation to fully loft and trap still air thereby improving the efficiency of the insulation. A durable water repellent (DWR) finish is applied to shed light rain and snow and decrease drying time, yet still allow the fabric to breathe for exceptional comfort as your activity, and thus your body heat, increases.
The innovative quilting that gives the Micro Puff Vest its unique look also helps stabilize and maximize the loft of the PlumaFill insulation strands. Using minimal stitching also helps reduce the overall weight of the vest and cuts the potential for cold spots with larger lofted areas.
With the ability to pack compactly into its own pocket like a sleeping bag in a stuffsack, you'll discover just how handy this vest can become the next time Mother Nature throws you a curveball. There's even a reinforced carabiner clip-in loop in the pocket that lets you keep it clipped to the outside of your backpack for quick deployment.
- Ultralight with excellent wamth-to-weight ratio
- Synthetic insulation that feels like down
- Water-resistant, windproof and breathable shell
- DWR finish sheds light rain and snow
- Unique construction prevents shifting, clumping or cold spots
- Center-front zipper with storm flap shuts out temperature-robbing wind
- Zipper garage at chin provides next-to-skin comfort
- Packs in its own pocket for an always-ready backup
- Two welted zippered handwarmer pockets and two internal drop-in pockets
- Elasticized hem seals in warmth
Men's Micro Puff Vest
|Best Use||Cold Weather|
Machine Wash Cold
Tumble Dry Low
Shell 100% Nylon
Lining 100% Nylon
Insulation 100% Polyester
|Water Resistance||Water Repellent|
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