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Ryan T. wrote a review of on February 21, 2011

5 5

Have had my mango M10 for about a year now. I have used it quite a bit, mostly biking and xc skiing.

Let me say that I love this jacket. 3-layer waterproof, breathable protection in something like 10 oz. The material almost feels papery(think Patagonia Houdini but waterproof). The pit-zip/pockets is a terrific weight-saving element. It really has little mass so I can take it wherever and not care. Functionally I don't have a single complaint.

I have worn xs in Patagonia's Rain Shadow but I found the xs in the M10 just a little too "athletic" fitting. But I am also not concerned with seeing footholds and such. I also wanted the ability to wear a heavier fleece like an R2 with this particular shell. The xs would not have allowed that. Also of note, the arm length runs a little longer than some of Patagonia's other less "technical" shells. The hood has terrific adjustability, even working well with my larger biking helmet.

All in all, I would highly recommend this piece if you can handle the price. Spartan design at its peak! Everything you need, nothing you don't.




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Ryan T. wrote an answer about on January 23, 2011

My experience is that wet vs. dry is the determining factor for these types of pieces. Down is, as a rule, warmer than synthetic. But if you are going to be doing high-output activities that produce a lot of heat and moisture then you would want to go with the Nano as it would ultimately keep you warmer while wet and dry much quicker than down. If a persons activity level will be less then go with down. If you don't think the UL is heavy enough then step to the Down Sweater or the like. Same thing with the Nano. If you will be in colder environs then move to the Micro Puff or even the DAS Parka. Most all of these pieces from Patagonia are technical pieces and can be(and probably should be) application-specific.

The Nano is warmer but it is also twice the weight so it isn't quite an apples to apple comparison, in my opinion. If you have to pick one piece with the best bang for the buck and overall versatility then I would opt for the Nano.

And the UL full-zip jacket is slated to be $279 and the UL full-zip hoody will be $299.



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Ryan T. wrote an answer about on January 22, 2011

Warmth-to-weight-wise the UL down shirt will be warmer than the Nano. The main thing to consider is whether the conditions you will be using the garment in are wet or not. The Nano will continue to be warm even when wet. Not so much with the down.
As an aside, the UL will be available in a full-zip jacket as well as a full-zip hoody for F11.