Lisa Quaglianawrote a review of Patagonia Nano Puff Bivy Insulated Pullover - Women's on January 4, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Overall, 5 stars because this jacket is sweet looking (that's all that really matters).
This is a really unique look compared to what we have available to us - the kangaroo pouch is coming back in style! The contrasted colored zippers makes the jacket pop a little more and the colors are clutch, true to form for Patagonia.
Let's be real folks - this jacket couldn't get more functional. Well, maybe if we added sleeve pockets and a chest zipper, but it isn't needed here. Your marsupium (derived from the Latin word "marsuppium," which means a purse or a pouch.) will hold anything you need for the day. I took a trip to Lowe's with my wallet, phone, keys, portable battery charger and 2 doorknobs in there. I looked a little puffier, but I wouldn't normally carry doorknobs. I hate purses and this thing makes it possible to ditch the bag. I also don't have to worry about things falling out of my pocket. I don't recommend actually putting a child in there - I tried and he almost fit (10 lb baby, in case you wondered). The kangaroo pouch is SEPARATE from side hand entry pocket - so it's almost like you have two pockets, but they occupy the same belly space. I find it easier to put my phone in side entry pocket and everything else in the pouch so I don't have to dig for my phone.
If I could rate this separately, I would. I'd probably give it a 4 star. That said, we all know Primaloft just doesn't compare to real down, but it's a lot easier to take care of. It's all about preference. I tested my nano puff out in below freezing temps as my main jacket source. I was not as toasty as I am in my Ghost Whisperer: http://www.backcountry.com/mountain-hardwear-ghost-whisperer-hooded-down-jacket-womens?skid=MHW00AY-BK-XS&ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6Z2hvc3Qgd2hpc3BlcmVyOjE6NjpnaG9zdCB3aGlzcGVyZXI=
I wear the GW every day as my main - but the nano puff just wasn't made for those temps on it's own. If it's a chilly day in the office, treat it like a hoody and it's perfect, and you might actually get too warm. Throw on a shell or another jacket over the nano puff and you will be golden - it insulates as it's supposed to. I was perfectly warm with another jacket over top and just kept the nano puff on as a hoody.
My only other complaint is that after about 2 wears, I started to notice the primaloft fuzz coming out of the seams a bit. This is minor, but I don't want to lose all the insulation over time! It's not noticeable unless you pay super close attention.
THE HOOD (yes this gets its own section):
Without a scarf, my neck would have froze. Some jackets have a puffy enough hood to kind of keep the wind out when the hood is down. This hood is DESIGNED for a helmet, so it's super small laying on your back - but once you pull it up, that thing will keep ALL air out. And you will look like you are getting ready to go up in space. If you need that kind of security in your life, this hood is the bomb diggity. I don't really and only pull it up to get a few laughs. It will surely matte your hair down and leave an elastic marking on your forehead, but if you have a helmet on, that thing isn't going anywhere.
Runs a bit small. I am a Medium in Patagonia through and through and sometimes find their stuff to run a little big. Because of the material of this jacket - it doesn't have any give or stretch, so getting it on over my shoulders and situated makes me not want to take it off a million times, but once it's on, it fits perfectly. The only part that is a bit snug is around my hips, but I have bigger hips. I am 5'2" and a size 6 or 8 in pants, but because I am shorter, it probably hits me lower that it will if you are taller and the hip thing might not even be an issue. I have a medium in this, I typically wear small or medium in Women's clothing. I feel like a large would be too big on me in the shoulders and look silly, and a small would be too tight around my hips.
Overall, I say GET THIS JACKET!! :)