Warm, stretchy and breathable, the updated Nano-Air Jacket features FullRange insulation and a new shell fabric with improved durability but the same soft hand, so you can wear it for the entirety of any aerobic, start-stop mission in the mountains.
Okay, so its official name is the Nano-Air Light Hybrid Jacket. But around here we call it the “Midlayer Mullet”—protection up front, breathability in the back. Created to put an end to the clam factor that often accompanies hefty aerobic effort in chilly temperatures, the Nano-Air Light Hybrid Jacket will keep you at optimum operating temperature even on bad hair days. A light layer of warm, stretchy and breathable FullRange insulation (40-g) is wrapped in a lightweight yet durable, 100% nylon ripstop shell with DWR (durable water repellent) finish for just the right amount of wind- and weather protection up front. Everywhere else, a super stretchy, airy waffle knit swiftly wicks moisture, controls odor and dissipates heat. Other details include a sleek center-front zipper with a zipper garage that’s easy on the chin, stretch-knit cuffs with thumb holes to ensure critical coverage, low-profile zippered pockets for comfort under a harness or pack and a stretch binding hem to seal in warmth.
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DWR (durable water repellent) fabric finish repels light rain and snow and decreases dry times. When DWR is used in conjunction with a waterproof/breathable barrier, the DWR finish keeps the outer fabric from ebcoming saturated so that the breathable barrier can do its job.
Polygiene® odor control permanently protects your garments from smelling like a middle school locker room. Sweat itself is odorless, but it creates the conditions that bacteria need to multiply, and some of those bacteria produce odors. Polygiene permanent odor control stops the growth of odor-causing bacteria on fabrics, so you can wear more and wash less.
Active only on the fabric surface, Polygiene permanent odor control does not interfere with perspiration or with the skin’s natural bacterial flora. Polygiene particles are more than 100 times larger than nanoparticles and therefore are too large to penetrate to the skin’s barrier. Polygiene-treated fabrics have received Medical Class 1 approval in Europe, the same class that includes bandages.
Patagonia's Nano-Air Light Hybrid Jacket provides warm and breathability in a very technical piece. The chest, shoulders and arms are covered in a soft feel shell with synthetic insulation beneath. The underarms and back of the jacket have a stretchy knitted effect fabric that wicks moisture and allows heat out. This combination makes it a great piece of kit for the hills and mountains where the conditions and your level of activity can change regularly.
This jacket is difficult to fault as it is so versatile. From comfortable day-to-day use through to some trail running and hill walking I have yet to find its limits. It provides enough warmth and protection from the elements to keep you happy in the hills yet it is still able to release excess heat on those long ascents or when the sun gets out. An awesome all-rounder.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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