Patagonia Micro Puff Insulated Jacket

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Patagonia Micro Puff Insulated Jacket and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 84 (out of 100) 
User Rating: 4.2 stars
Expert Rating: 4.2 stars
Number of Ratings Reviewed: 58

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Warm and extremely lightweight.
  • Great for all activities – from backpacking to skiing to climbing.
  • Compresses really well.
  • Looks stylish for wearing out on the town.
  • Better than down – it is just as warm and still retains warmth when wet.
  • Weighs less than the Nano Puff.
  • Great for backpacking or other trips where every ounce matters.

Expert Reviews

  • Warmer and lighter than the Arcteryx Atom SL
  • Warmer and lighter than the Nano Puff.
  • Great wind protection.
  • The best lightweight mid-layer jacket for backpacking.
  • Dries quickly when wet.
  • Drop in pockets inside jacket are convenient.
  • Nothing on jacket is adjustable, instead there is elastic, but it is shockingly comfortable.
  • Jacket is more durable than people claim.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Doesn’t fit as well as the Nano Puff.
  • Doesn’t look as stylish as the Nano Puff.
  • The fit is a little awkward.
  • The torso is wide while the sleeves are narrow.
  • The neck collar is too tight.
  • Fits differently than the Nano Puff.
  • Stitching is not durable.
  • Threads and insulation are coming out after only light usage.

Expert Reviews

  • Don’t wear as an outer layer as it is too easily ripped.
  • Not very breathable.
  • The jacket has the look of a shiny trashbag.
  • PlumaFill might be the best synthetic insulation, but the Micro Puff jacket has some limitations.


The Patagonia Micro Puff Insulated Jacket is the ultimate mid-layer jacket for weight conscious backpackers. It is incredibly light, warm and packable. However, it suffers from durability issues and some users complain that the fit is awkward.


Note: User rankings were reviewed across the web and expert rankings were reviewed on packhacker, outdoorgearlab, backpackers.