I've been waiting all my life for this puff. A jacket that fully captures the performance of down feathers...BUT...it's not down. Too many times I've used a down jacket in wet or inclement weather only to find a droopy, sloppy mess. (Thanks to all those years living in Washington.) This thing retains its warmth, even when damp.
Things I most like about it:
* Flattering, comfortable fit
* A hood that actually fits!
* Packs up cray small (a boon for us overpackers)
* Super duper lightweight
* For the weight, the warmth of this thing is honestly startling
Now, granted, we are having an unseasonably warm winter here in Utah, but there have been many occasions where I've ventured out up at Alta, just wearing this number over a baselayer. For the super thin nature of this jacket, I'm continually surprised by the warmth it encapsulates. The insulation is so neat, you wouldn't even realize this puffy does not contain down feathers if you didn't know any better. It's an awesome option for backcountry ski touring because it packs up so small and it weighs practically nothing. I've been stuffing it in the front pocket of my pack and pulling it out along peaks or ridge lines when removing my climbing skins and fiddling with my boots. I also like that it doesn't add much bulk underneath my shell. I hate the marshmellow puff sensation of squeezing your shell over the insulating layer, and I don't get that this with Micro Puff because it is so low profile.
Durability - no complaints thus far, as I've come to expect with Patagonia products.
Pockets - sizable enough to stuff my iPhone 8+ inside without issue. (Another difficult thing to find in jackets these days.)
Fabric - shiny but not in the embarrassing garbage bag kind of way. I often receive complements when I take this puppy out on the town. Ladies and gents alike seem to like it. The fabric itself is also rather water repellant, Ive tested it in a few snowstorms and haven't had issue. It also does not get as swampy as other down jackets I've used while the heart rate is pumping. I think the thin profile of the jacket and this new type of insulation traps less moisture than down puffs I've used in the past. Sure, you'll get a bit moist, but nothing like the trash compactor status of days of yore.
If you crave the following things, this jacket is for you:
Great great heat and fantastic warmth
A hood that actually fits
A fetching fit
General winter goodness