Patagonia MicroPuff Vest SPOTLITE REVIEW

A worthy successor to the long-missed Puffball: less than seven ounces and packs to the size of a (insert cliche here: grapefruit! softball! water bottle!).

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by Don Wilson | 2005-07-05 03:00:00-06

Patagonia MicroPuff Vest SPOTLITE REVIEW

Overview

Patagonia has released a MicroPuff vest as an extension of their popular MicroPuff line of synthetic insulated garments. The MicroPuff vest is focused directly at maximum warmth per weight, with no external pockets, a snap, one third length placket and Polarguard Delta insulation. It has elasticized shoulder and waist openings and it stuffs into its own internal pocket.

The Patagonia MicroPuff pullover was one of our favorite synthetic garments of 2004. Will the loft of the vest measure up to the loft of the pullover? Will the limited features of the vest reduce its usability? Or will its warmth to weight ratio make it a good choice for synthetic insulation at an ultralight 6.5 ounces? Expect a full review later this year.

Features and Specifcations

  • 6.5 oz (184 g), Men's L as measured
  • 2.6 oz Polarguard Delta insulation
  • Deluge DWR treated, 1 oz, 20 d mini ripstop shell
  • Stuffs into internal pocket
  • Snapped one third length placket
  • MSRP $89

Citation

"Patagonia MicroPuff Vest SPOTLITE REVIEW," by Don Wilson. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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