Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Vest

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The Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Vest. Windproof, warm, lightweight and highly compressible, the Nano Puff Vest can be worn as a warm layer in cold conditions or as a wind-protection layer during high output activities.

FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Vest.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Vest.

Wash and Care:

  • Machine wash cold.


  • PrimaLoft One® insulation provides excellent warmth and compressibility and will continue to insulate even in damp conditions


  • 27" length (size Medium).

Weather and Wind:

  • DWR-treated recycled polyester is ideal for skiing or snowboarding whether it's worn over midlayers on bluebird days or under a waterproof shell on stormy days
  • Recycled ripstop polyester glides effortlessly when worn as a mid or outer layer; Durable Water Repellent finish fends off light rain showers and snow


  • Interior zipper pocket/stuff sack.
  • Two zippered handwarmer pockets have clean-finished zipper garages; zippered internal chest pocket doubles as a stuffsack with a reinforced carabiner clip-in loop


  • Two side pockets prevent your hands from numbing up

Lining and Layers:

  • Great for layering
  • PrimaLoft One insulation keeps your core warm so you don't have to wear tons of extra layers


  • Drawcord hem seals out wind
  • Lightweight ripstop recycled polyester shell fabric has a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • 100% polyester.
  • Classic brick quilting pattern through the torso and waist with narrow horizontal quilting at side panels adds shape; burly thread adds durability
  • Soft, wicking interior stormflap; zipper garage; drawcord droptail hem; 2 zippered handwarmer pockets
  • Compressible insulation and fabric so it's easy to bring along
  • Brick quilting pattern with horizontal quilt lines on side panels stabilizes insulation, and uses durable thread for abrasion resistance


  • Regular fit


  • Center-front zipper has wicking interior storm flap and zipper garage at chin for next-to-skin comfort


  • Made in Vietnam.


  • Highly compressible
  • Men's Sportswear.
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Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Vest.
Windproof, warm, lightweight and very compressible, the Nano Puff® Vest is ideal insulation under a shell. Made with 60-g PrimaLoft® ONE insulation, it also doubles as a stand-alone wind barrier in warmer conditions. Chilly mornings in base camp, simulclimbing by headlamp and cragging in the South Platte as snow falls all give the Nano Puff® Vest its raison d'être. Worn as an outer or midlayer, the vest uses PrimaLoft® ONE (60-g) insulation for superb compressibility, featherlight weight and surprising warmth. All of this is wrapped in a windproof and moisture-shedding 100% recycled polyester ripstop shell with a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish. This season we’ve improved the fit with better shaping through the torso and waist, and added a soft, wicking interior storm flap and zipper garage for chin comfort. We also resized the classic Nano Puff "brick" quilt pattern, added horizontal quilt lines on the side panels, and used a burly thread for enhanced durability. Other fine points include a drawcord hem, two zippered handwarmer pockets and an internal chest pocket (with clip-in loop) which doubles as a stuffsack. Lightweight ripstop recycled polyester shell fabric has a Deluge® DWR finish. Lightweight 60-g PrimaLoft® One insulation provides excellent warmth and compressibility. Brick quilting pattern with horizontal quilt lines on side panels uses durable thread for improved abrasion-resistance. Center-front zipper has wicking interior storm flap and zipper garage at chin for next-to-skin comfort. Two zippered handwarmer pockets have clean finished zipper garages; zippered internal chest pocket doubles as a self-stuff sack with a reinforced carabiner clip-in loop. Drawcord-adjustable drop tail hem seals out wind. Fabric: Shell and Lining: 1.4-oz 22-denier 100% recycled polyester with a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Insulation: 60-g PrimaLoft® ONE 100% polyester. Weight: 241 g (8.5 oz).

The Patagonia Nano Puff Vest provides you with that much needed core heat when you're out on the mountain on those cold days. Outfitted with PrimaLoft One Insulation, you'll have a warm, compressible and lightweight vest to keep you feeling warm when the temperatures are low. What's great about this vest is it's stylish enough to wear as a stand alone on those cool days when you want a warm and reliable wind barrier. You'll have a couple handwarmer pockets as well as an internal chest pocket which can easily double as a stuff sack. To help keep the cold and snow out as well as ensure a nice snug feel is the Drawcord-Adjustable Drop Tail Hem. If you're looking for a midlayer under your shell jacket and want something that isn't bulky and overbearing, the Patagonia Nano Puff Vest is a great option.
When the wind works itself up to a powerful bluster, it is time for the Patagonia Nano Puff Vest. This men’s vest is ultra light, warm and super compressible. Patagonia knows how to construct a perfect insulation for under the shell or the stand-alone vest for chilly ascents. The Nano Puff is made with 60-g Primaloft One insulation, the best synthetic insulation and the closest imitation to down available. The ultra light ripstop recycled polyester shell has a Deluge® DWR finish to add a durability factor. Additional features include dual zippered hand warmer pockets, draw cord hem to seal out the wind and stuffs into a zippered internal chest pocket for convenient travel. Go all the way and experience the brilliance of Patagonia.


Patagonia Nano Puff Vest for Men is worn as an outer or midlayer vest using the highly compressible PrimaLoft ONE insulation designed to help the body retain as much warmth as possible, while conserving energy. The Nano Puff Vest is wrapped in 100% recycled polyester ripstop shell with a durable water repellent finish for times of extreme winter precipitation. A drawcord hem seals in warmth, and two zippered handwarmer pockets and one internal chest pocket provide storage.

The Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Vest is the ideal insulator under a shell for skiing and snowboarding, and it can be worn by itself for running and hiking in cooler weather. The PrimaLoft One insulation keeps your core toasty on cold mornings on the trail and brisk nights in the resort. This lightweight vest is also highly compressible so you can stuff it virtually anywhere on trips without sacrificing space.


The windproof, warm, light and compressible Patagonia Nano Puff vest creates an ideal insulation layer under a shell and doubles as a stand-alone wind barrier in warmer conditions.


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Patagonia's Nano Puff Vest is the perfect layer to give you a warmth boost on cold weather adventures.

A sleek, water-resistant vest is crafted with high-performance PrimaLoft® One insulation that efficiently traps heat in wet or dry conditions and easily compresses for stashing away in the attached zipper pocket. Signature quilting completes the rugged, versatile design that works perfectly as a warm outer or mid-layer.
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Also available for: Women
Back length:Hip-length
Back length (in.):28.75 inches
Battery Heated:No
Closure:1/4 Zip
Clothing Fit:Regular Fit
Country of Origin:Vietnam
Exterior Material:22-Denier 100% Recycled Polyester with a Deluge DWR Finish
Fabric:Shell and Lining: 1.4-oz 22-denier 100% recycled polyester with a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish
Fabrics/Materials:Shell and lining
Fill Weight:Lightweight 60-g
Fit:Regular Fit
Insulation:60-g PrimaLoft® ONE 100% polyester
Insulation Material:PrimaLoft
Insulation Type:Synthetic
Insulation Weight:60 Grams
Liner:1.4-oz 22-Denier 100% Recycled Polyester
Material:1-oz 15-Denier 100% Recycled Polyester with a Deluge DWR (Durable Water Repellent) Finish
Model #:84241 BLK S
Shell:1-oz 15-denier 100% recycled polyester. Insulation
Shell and Lining:1.4-oz 22-denier 100% recycled polyester with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Insulation
Shell fabric:Recycled polyester
Shell lining fabric:Recycled polyester
Taped Seams:None
Technologies:[eFibers, PrimaLoft One, Deluge DWR]
Waterproof Zippers:No
Weight:(8.6 oz) 244 g
Wind Protection:Yes
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Patagonia Nano Puff Vest Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Actually pretty rad!

So when I got this vest as a gift, I thought I would exchange it for a Micro Puff. The light insulation had me worried that it wouldn't be very effective. The salesperson talked me out of the exchange, so to prove him wrong I did a 12 mile snowshoe trip in the cascades. With a base layer and this vest, I was perfectly comfortable while I was moving. I thought I would be cold, but it kept the heat I was generating close to my body and I didn't overheat. When we stopped to refill water and eat a snack, I threw on a down puffer until we started moving again.
I've been using it for my 10 mile commute and it's been a welcome piece. I have to take it off regularly after about mile 3, but it's so light and small, that I can stuff it easily.
I took it to the crag last weekend, and on a sunny 45 degree day, it was just about right while I was on the wall. I wore my puffer while belaying.
If you're not sitting still, this vest is pretty great.
tracOp at Patagonia on 02/11/2012

I now wear Vests.

Vest is a weird word. And a lot of times, they look weird and fit weird too, so I've stayed away from them. You know, you see a guy wearing one and you say "hey, vest guy, how's your vest?" But now, after owning this vest, I've really seen the benefits and don't care about that other nonsense. First, there are no sleeves which is great when you want to keep your body warm but would like to retain the use of your arms. You don't have to feel like the Michelin man when making a fire or watching your kids. Also, the weight and the fit of this vest is makes me say "yes, I am a vest guy and proud of it." So all in all. Great work and I do hope others soon in-VEST in this product. Get it, Vest...forget it.
VestGuy at Patagonia on 08/01/2011

Nice weightless insulation

I wore this vest below my Northwall jacket for 40 days in a row in Antarctica over the last month and a half. I wanted to boost the temperature range of my Northwall jacket just a touch. It worked well for that. The fit is athletic enough and the layer seems compatible with other trim-fitting garments, so you don't end up looking like Kenny from South Park. I plan to combine this vest with a soft shell for most winter activities, and I'll probably take it with me 100% of the time in the summer, when I'm alpine guiding in Chamonix. The jacket packs nicely into the chest pocket, so it doesn't take up tons of space in your pack. The fabric seems fragile but so far it's holding up. Still, I wouldn't recommend it for stone masons or brick layers.
DDT1975 at Patagonia on 12/05/2011

great x 10^9

I had wanted a nano puff vest for a while. I own an R1 fleece, and a down vest and wear them both a lot. What I liked most about the nano is that is weighs virtually nothing, and does a much better job at blocking the wind than my fleece, but is neither as much of a furnace or as bulky as my down vest. Here in MN, fall color is in full swing, and that means fall fishing. I have found the vest to be a perfect compliment to a 9am water date. Just warm enough to get me through a 45 degree morning on the sticks, yet cool enough I don't bake on a 60 degree afternoon. It's also well enough designed, that I don't mind wearing it to dinner afterwards.
fishboy at Patagonia on 09/24/2011

Great Vest, Slim Fit

I was on the fence between buying the nano puff or down vest from Patagonia. I eventually decided on the nano puff, because it is much more versatile than the down. I have noticed it is very warm and feel comfortable to wear at the office, on the trail, at the game, under my ski gear or with my waders. I am 6'1" and 185lbs and I decided to get the Medium. It is a slim fit compared to the down, but the large felt huge around my stomach area so the medium won out. The vest does a great job of not allowing you to overheat heat too, which has made it great for a variety of changing weather conditions. Buy this vest!
arrowv at Patagonia on 09/27/2012

I recently snuck this out of my brothers closet when I was going on a fall mountain bike ride in Park City, Utah. I tend to overheat easy, so I wanted just a little something extra in case it got cold.
Turns out, it started snowing on that ride. I'll be honest, this lightweight vest didn't keep me toasty, but I could feel the difference between my arms and chest. Although, I barely felt like I was wearing a vest, this thing is really that light.
Oh and when I got home I was covered in mud from my ride and a quick cycle in the washing machine was enough to clean this vest up without messing up the primaloft insulation.

Brian Mehregan at on 10/01/2013

The Nano Puff vest is an awesome and super versatile piece. Packs down super small in it's own pocket so it's a good one to always have on ski tours and late season bike rides, and looks good enough to wear every day. For resort skiing it's a great piece to throw on over a fleece mid layer for super cold days, it gives me just the right amount of warmth without being too bulky or overheating me too much like a full Nano Jacket might. Revised this year with an updated (smaller brick) quilting pattern, less boxy fit, and an inch and a half extra length in the body.

Ty Nelson at on 10/10/2013

World's Best Jacket, Sleeves or No

First of all, let me say that the breathability of this jacket is unparalleled. My arms in particular are left free to feel the crisp mountain air. By the way, while I can accept that some assembly is required to complete this garment, could anyone direct me to a corresponding set of sleeves so that my arms may too bask in the warm comfort that my torso currently enjoys. During my lifetime I've grown fond of many a jacket, and if I could only find the sleeves to match, this may be the best yet.
pinetreeguy at Patagonia on 12/27/2012

Go to Gear

I guide multi-day sea kayaking and river rafting trips in Alaska and teach winter training camps. For the past several years my Nano Puff vest has been my go to second layer summer (Ak summers can be quite wet and cold) and winter. I never leave home without it. I sweat badly and my Puff vest drys on me amazingly fast and maintains my core temp even when drenched with sweat. I use the Puff pants and jacket but my vest is definitely my most used piece of outdoor clothing.
AKUsport at Patagonia on 08/09/2013

Great Vest

This vest is great. Whether as a base layer or stand alone with a t-shirt or sweatshirt. I have used mine non stop since I received it. It is really lite weight, and barely feels like you're even wearing anything, but it still keeps you warm on cooler days. The fit is true without being too snug, I have a 32 waist and would typically wear a 39-40 wide jacket and this fits fine as a medium. It is a close fit but not tight.
Fanch at Patagonia on 03/05/2011

Negative Reviews:

Zippers are weakest link

The Nano puff vest is extremely warm and light - no bulkiness with fit. Perfect for layering in multitude of conditions. In fact, it's the warmest and lightest vest I've ever owned.
However, it's tough to rant about the vest because the zippers on the pockets, front and inside chest are just horrible. I returned my first vest due to faulty zippers. My second vest's zippers are equally as poor...also broken.
The zippers are poorly made...this is not limited to the vest, it's with all of the Patagonia Down products. Please start focusing on the zipper construction and quality.
Because of the faulty zippers, I am going to start buying other brands.
cws05 at Patagonia on 01/29/2012

Vest With Trapezius Muscles

Unless you constantly pull the vest down toward your hips it does not lay flat on your shoulders. Instead, probably because of the elastic around the arm holes, the vest puffs up and creates the look of mounds on top of your shoulders. I returned it for this reason.
Buster16 at Patagonia on 01/28/2013

Poor fit

Another reviewer hit it just right, this piece is cut for a short, fat guy. I wanted to buy this so badly but if you have an athletic build (I am 6-2 153lbs) it just does not work.
shoshonee at Patagonia on 02/22/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Not ideal for wide shoulders

This vest is very nice, but does not fit me well. I have wide shoulders and the vest stopped awkwardly short of covering them. This fit issue seems limited to the nano puff vest as the normal vest fits my shoulders fine. Going up a size would have made the body of the vest too big. So if you have normal to slim shoulders this vest is perfect.
malloc3 at Patagonia on 01/14/2013

Old dog's new trick

Used to working outdoors, the weight of a garment used to mean something to me. Canvas, wool and leather was my standard. This vest is so light I don't quite trust it.Standing watch, I would still choose a wool pea-jacket. Active outdoor sport is where this vest is at its best. That takes getting used to it.
4321 at Patagonia on 10/27/2011

Wide Load

This is an impressive vest, and I love it now - after I had the girth altered. The shoulder and length are right but the girth is overly large. I', 6-2, 180 lbs. The designers should make this a slim fit to better hug the core. Otherwise - warm, small, simple.
larsos at Patagonia on 04/30/2012