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Old 01-05-2012, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so I wanted to get this Patagonia nano-puff jacket for a while, I end up buying the REI knockoff of it, $60 cheaper. Turns out that the material they use is WAY too thin, and the jacket is too delicate for me. I switch it with another REI synthetic down, keep it 2 days but fits really weird, they changed how they cut things now, all feel baggy and large on a medium size.
I take it back and get finally the Patagonia one...I choose Acid green (who the hell picks colors for Patagonia?)
counting on the fact that looks weird at first, but I'll get used to it. No way, on top of it my daughter keeps looking at me disapproving my color choice. Not approved.

I went today and changed it again, with a plain black Mountain Hard-wear one.

I have to praise REI patience with me (I never changed an item so many times) but buying a down jacket today was comical. It was 70 degrees in Pleasanton.

TNF just came out with a stretchy like down...and since it has 2 stretchy panels on the sides ,, they though it has to cost more than a regular down jacket. $250. Patagonia colors are electric blue, acid green..then "dirt" and" lighter dirt" WHY?

Yes I am very bored and writing about down jackets.
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Burton AK down insulator....rad and rad colors.

REI rocks BTW.
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huh? The patagucci nanopuff is always available in black or gray every season.
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It was 70 degrees in Pleasanton.
*cocolulu cried because she switched on AC today, in the middle of "winter"*
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the patagonia DAS parka pimpslaps the fuck out of the micropuff and is damn near as good as any but the most Everest of down jackets.
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the patagonia DAS parka pimpslaps the fuck out of the micropuff and is damn near as good as any but the most Everest of down jackets.
Why would you need something so bulky for snowboarding?
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none of the jackets in this thread are for shredding in, they're for insulation in super cold temps. snowcamping, climbing/mountaineering, living in coldass places, etc.

that said, some people shred in puffy jackets. i have a puffy Analog. i don't get to wear it too much in the PNW but when i do its like wearing a sleeping bag on the lift.. super comfy
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none of the jackets in this thread are for shredding in, they're for insulation in super cold temps. snowcamping, climbing/mountaineering, living in coldass places, etc.

that said, some people shred in puffy jackets. i have a puffy Analog. i don't get to wear it too much in the PNW but when i do its like wearing a sleeping bag on the lift.. super comfy
The nanopuff is a perfect midlayer for snowboarding when the temps drop. It has minimal insulation and packs compactly.
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personally i could never ride with something that warm under a shell. the most i could do would maybe be a micro puff vest over a fleece under a shell.

in the coldest temps we have in the PNW the most i wear is a tshirt, longsleeve smartwool tshirt, and a patagonia r1 fleece.

either that or i just wear a tshirt, longleeve, and a puffy jacket - but not a thin puffy like the micro, something like the rubicon rider jacket or the pipe down jacket.

whatever - its all personal preference.

after i got my DAS parka i gave my micro puff to a kid on craigslist who needed clothes.
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personally i could never ride with something that warm under a shell. the most i could do would maybe be a micro puff vest over a fleece under a shell.

in the coldest temps we have in the PNW the most i wear is a tshirt, longsleeve smartwool tshirt, and a patagonia r1 fleece.

either that or i just wear a tshirt, longleeve, and a puffy jacket - but not a thin puffy like the micro, something like the rubicon rider jacket or the pipe down jacket.

whatever - its all personal preference.

after i got my DAS parka i gave my micro puff to a kid on craigslist who needed clothes.
The nanopuff has 60% of the insulation a micropuff has. It is not even close to the same level of insulation. I also personally wear an capilene/wool base + r1 hoody with a shell down to ~20 deg F, but the nanopuff comes out when it gets below that. Try one out, it is much more versatile than the micropuff. The Das Parka is overkill for just about everything except for belay duty
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