We could not have done a month in Ecuador without the Patagonia Nano Puff. Although we were at the equator — where the sun is most intense — we were often at very high altitudes and in the highlands where it can get quite cool. And let me just tell you something: traveling with kids who are cold is no fun. Just ask my dad who listened to my complaints on the ski slopes for years. Good gear is totally worth the investment! Especially when it’s practically indestructible and can get passed on.
John got me a women’s Nano Hoody last year at an outlet sale and it’s become a travel staple. When the next big holiday rolled around (because they usually offer great discounts during holidays) I stocked up on a few for the girls.
Here’s what I love about them.
- They are incredibly lightweight and packable.
- The PrimaLoft insulation adjusts to your body and climate needs. You are much less likely to overheat in moderate climate, but still toasty on those lower temps. (We were still comfortable in the Nano Puff into the mid 40-degree fahrenheit.)
- They come in all sizes:
- Great color options.
- Windproof and water-resistant shell.
And the best part? They stuff inside their own zipper and can be used as a small pillow throughout travels. It wasn’t until Cora reversed hers on the flight to Quito that we discovered this added benefit.
I love this jacket so much. I’m even wearing it now. My house is getting cold, but I’m in denial that winter is coming and refuse to touch the thermostat. The Nano Puff is heat I’ve already paid for.
Hero is wearing the Girl’s Down Sweater. (She likes to be different like that.) She loves it, but it was warmer and bulkier than she needed. The Down Sweater doesn’t fold into itself, but it still packs well and the pattern was just what this girl wanted.