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October 07, 2022 2 min read

What is the difference between Patagonia Down Sweater, Nano puff and Micro puff jackets?

Patagonia's jackets already include three classic models: the Down Sweater, Nano Puff and Micro puff jackets. But how do they differ from each other?

Take a look at our comparison of these jackets and get our tips on which one is best for you. 

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Patagonia Down Sweater

Patagonia's classic Down Sweater is lightweight and windproof jacket for just about everything. 

Main features

  • Warm, windproof down jacket from ethical down and recycled polyester
  • The warmest of these three jackets
  • Hooded and hoodless version
  • Single-pull-adjustable hood in hooded version
  • Comfortable nylon-bound elastic cuffs seal in warmth
  • Two on-seam handwarmer pockets with welted zippers
  • New model includes repair patches
  • Available in women's model and men's model


    Patagonia Nano Puff

    Warm, windproof, water-resistant jacket for outdoor activities. A great thinner but warm down jacket for layering. 

    Main features

    • Warm, water-resistant, lightweight, insulated jacket from recycled polyester
    • Lining fabrics have a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
    • Brick quilting pattern with narrow horizontal quilt lines on side panels stabilizes insulation
    • Two zippered handwarmer pockets
    • Hooded and hoodless version
    • Drawcord-adjustable drop-tail hem seals in warmth
    • Regular fit (choose your normal size or size up)
    • Available in women's model and men's model


      Patagonia Micro Puff

      The Micro Puff® combines ultralight Pertex® Quantum shell fabric with PlumaFill insulation, and the result is the best warmth-to-weight ratio of any jacket Patagonia has ever created and the highest compressibility of any of their synthetic jackets. It is your go-to insulation piece for mixed (and possibly miserable) cold conditions. 

      Main features

      • Revolutionary lightweight PlumaFill insulation replicates the structure of down in a continuous synthetic insulation material, offering the warmth and packability of down but with the warm-when-wet performance of synthetic insulation
      • Best warmth-to-weight ratio of any jacket Patagonia has ever created and the highest compressibility of any of their synthetic jackets
      • Innovative quilting construction complements the insulation
      • Two welted, zippered handwarmer pockets and two internal drop-in pockets
      • Under-the-helmet hood construction
      • Elasticized cuffs and adjustable hem seal in warmth
      • Available in women's model and men's model 


        Down Sweater Nano Puff Micro Puff
      Shell material*
      1.2-oz 20-denier NetPlus® 100% postconsumer recycled nylon
      1.4-oz 20-denier 100% recycled polyester

      Pertex® Quantum 0.8-oz
      10-denier NetPlus®
      100% postconsumer recycled nylon

      100% Responsible Down
      60-g PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Eco 100% polyester

      65-g PlumaFill
      100% recycled polyester

      Water repellent coating
      X X


      Best temperature to use -5 to 10 °C 4 to 16 °C 1 to 10 °C
      *The materials are from the revised jacket model and may therefore differ from the older model.