Gear Review

5 5

Goes everywhere I do

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is definitely my favorite cold weather jacket. The Nano Storm is well suited for just about any environment, and any activity. Granted, the price is a little difficult to justify, but after using it in the snow I understand just how much of a value it really is. As others have mentioned, this is a combination of a lightweight water/wind-proof shell (Torrentshell) with a thin PrimaLoft insulation jacket (Nano-Puff). The Nano Storm provides a level of warmth, comfort, and style which most other jackets in this price range simply don't.

Pros: Very protective/breathable outer shell, watertight exterior zippers, abundance of pockets, thin but efficient insulation, tailored/slim fit with still enough room for layering, oversized (insulated) hood with room for a helmet, good range of motion and flexibility.

Cons: While it does come with a pull-cord hem, this jacket lacks a powder-skirt. This is the one thing I would change to make this the perfect winter jacket. Also, it is not the most compressible insulated shell, but it can be packed rather neatly with a little planning. Lastly, the shell material, while it is flexible, does not stretch and is not likely to be the best choice for cold weather climbing.

I got this as a birthday present,and I am glad that I did. I probably would not have purchased this for myself, but now that have used it for over two years (with no problems/damage/wear) I don't know what I would do without it. Two storm seasons later and the DWR is still keeping me dry. 5'10" 175 lbs. and the medium is an ideal fit.

Overall: Buy one.