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- 100% nylon
- Light-yet-durable 100% nylon ripstop shell and plain-weave liner offer generous mechanical stretch and exceptional breathability, with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
- Revolutionary 60-g FullRange Insulation warms and stretches; combined with the shell and liner, this creates a jacket with generous mechanical stretch and unprecedented air permeability (40CFM)
- Iconic Nano Puff brick quilting in the side panels, articulated patterning and other quilting details improve shape and durability
- Two handwarmer pockets and a left chest pocket are zippered, welted and low-bulk to wear comfortably with a harness or pack
- Stretch binding at the cuffs and a dual-adjustable drawcord hem seal in warmth
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Leave the tent, flick on the headlamp, swing the tools, tag the summit and return - for every moment of an alpine mission, the Nano-Air delivers a breakthrough in active insulation. Put it on and leave it on through high-output, stop-and-go alpine missions - its exclusive, stretchy and highly breathable fabric package integrates the qualities of fleece, soft shell and puffy by combining a plain-weave liner, warm-when-wet FullRange insulation, and a lightweight-yet-durable, weather-shedding shell with DWR (durable water repellent) finish. The jacket's incredibly soft, supple feel and full mechanical stretch allows for a close, athletic fit over baselayers and an uninhibited range of motion. At brew stops or in frigid conditions, pull on a lightweight shell and the Nano-Air's thermal properties skyrocket. The left-chest pocket and two above-harness handwarmer pockets all close with trim, low-bulk zippers. The center-front zipper has a storm flap and zipper garage, while stretch binding at the cuffs and a dual-adjustable drawcord hem seal in warmth.
- Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 10.6 x 3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00Q75ZDE0
- Date first listed on Amazon: November 26, 2014
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1. What is FullRange insulation?
2. Why do I need the Nano-Air after Patagonia has been pushing its Capilene base layer-Regulator fleece midlayer-hard/soft shell outer layer system for so long?
The first answer is simple. FullRange, made by Toray, is Patagonia's version of Polartec Alpha insulation. Both FullRange and Alpha are extremely lightweight and breathable and remain warm when wet. FullRange, according to Patagonia, is stretchier than Alpha.
Now, then, whether you need a Nano-Air depends mostly on if you often use an insulation layer between your fleece and shell layers. The Nano-Air is a big improvement over down or older synthetics if you do because the Nano-Air is just as light and thin as the others, the Nano-Air's insulation AND materials are fully breathable, and the Nano-Air's outer shell has a soft, cotton-like hand.
What the Nano-Air is not good at is acting as an outer layer in windy, damp, or wet conditions. Its shell material is not waterproof and, by design, air moves very easily through all parts of the garment.
In actual use, the Nano-Air is very comfortable and well designed. It has a fit similar to most insulation pieces, where it is roomier than most midlayers but still slim enough to go easily under a hard or soft shell jacket. There are three outer pockets, one chest and two waist (if you want two chest pockets, get the Nano-Air Hoody). Each pocket is welted so that the entire outside of the jacket is flat and free of obstructions. Another good feature is the drawstrings at the hem for cinching down the bottom part of the jacket. The cuffs, though, are not adjustable in any way.
A welcome change from many other Patagonia jackets is that the main zipper is a chain zipper, not a coil zipper. Yes, it's a gear geek point but chain zippers are stronger than coil, require less force to slide, and are easy to repair out in the field.
Cleaning the Nano-Air is easy, since you don't have to deal with down or worry about maintaining a pristine DWR finish. When it gets dirty or funky, you can just toss it into the washing machine. It air-dries fairly quickly but can also handle some time in a coolish dryer. Nice!
Bottom line: the Nano-Air is a great improvement over Patagonia's older insulation layers, such as the Down Sweater and the Nano Puff Hoody. The one thing to keep in mind is that its outer shell is not the usual shiny, slippery, water resistant material found in similar garments. As such, the Nano-Air is not much of a defense against wind and water on its own. Don't leave home without a robust outer layer if you're not assured of fair weather!
Comparison shoppers should take a look at the Marmot Isotherm Jacket. It uses Polartec Alpha and has a more traditional slick nylon outer material.
FullRange is the same insulation as Toray 3DeFX+ .