IntroductionThe Patagonia Macro Puff Hoody is the first lightweight four-season synthetic insulated jacket that I believe is worth buying. All previous models that I’ve used have been too warm, too heavy, or utilize highly water-resistant fabrics that reduce the dry time. The Macro Puff offers a practical combination of warmth, comfort, low weight, and efficacy in cold, wet conditions. Shortly after I started using the Macro Puff, I sold my only down jacket. The Macro Puff was more comfortable, warmer, and more functional for the activities I pursue in my cold, wet climate. What separates the Macro Puff from competing synthetic insulated jackets is the extra-long cut, high warmth to weight ratio, outstanding compressibility, and complete belay parka feature set. Additionally, the soft and supple insulation helps to make the Macro Puff the most comfortable windproof synthetic insulated jacket I have ever used. I recommend it for backpacking and all types of lightweight human-powered travel in cold, wet, and humid environments - especially in shoulder seasons.
Features and Specifications
- 15.2 ounces (431g) measured weight in men’s medium
- 135 g PlumaFill insulation in the torso
- 90 g PlumaFill insulation in the sides and sleeves
- Extra long cut is 30” from the neck to the bottom, and covers the butt
- 10-denier recycled ripstop nylon fabric throughout
- Large, helmet-compatible hood
- DWR finish on the shell
- Two hand warmer pockets
- Two 10” x 6” interior drop-in pockets
- 10” x 6” exterior chest pocket
- Two-way #5 YKK Vislon zipper
- Elasticized cuff closures
- Duel-adjust cord-lock system at hem
- Jacket can stuff inside the left-hand pocket
Review ContextThis review builds upon the Spring 2018 Synthetic Insulated Jacket State of the Market Report, which researched over 100 jackets and field-tested 15 of the best models on the market. Please refer to that article for an analysis of what type of synthetic insulated jacket(s) could be best for your needs. I was interested in testing the Macro Puff because I was disappointed by the fit and low level of warmth of Patagonia’s Micro Puff. That jacket was not warm enough for me for nine months of the year. Also, none of the five 16 - 18 oz (454 g - 510 g) windproof synthetic insulated jackets I’ve used have performed well enough for me to justify keeping them. Buzz around the Macro Puff indicated that it could be the best all-purpose windproof synthetic insulated jacket on the market for cool to cold (10 F to 50 F or -12 to 10 C) and wet conditions. I wanted my review to put this notion to the test.
Description of Field TestingI used the Macro Puff for more than 30 days of backpacking, mountaineering, ski touring, and ski alpinism, between early February 2019 and late June 2019. The photos below share more information about the specific testing conditions.
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Review Rating: Recommended
Based on my five months with the Macro Puff, I recommend it as a year-round all-purpose jacket for use in colder humid and wet environments. After using approximately 25 synthetic insulated jackets, the Macro Puff is the first synthetic jacket in the 15-18 oz weight class that I believe is worth purchasing. My enthusiasm for this jacket is very high. As I mentioned previously, I sold my only down jacket after I started using the Macro Puff. Overall, I believe Hyper Puff offers the best long-term value of any synthetic insulated jacket currently on the market. Its high level of durability and substantial warmth make it a good option for guides, serious athletes, or other outdoor professionals. However, for the average person who pursues ultralight human-powered activities, the Macro Puff may be too warm or too heavy for the majority of activities or climates, which reduces the jacket’s versatility. For this reason, the Macro Puff receives a recommended rating.
Where to Buy
- Buy the Patagonia Macro Puff Hoody now at Patagonia.
- We’ve mentioned it a few times, but the Synthetic Insulated Jacket State of the Market Report is worth a look - particularly if you are planning on making a jacket purchase soon!
- Max’s other favorite insulated jacket is the Nunatak PCT. Check out his review here.
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