If you fell in love with the lightweight
Patagonia Nano Puff
line, get ready for
Patagonia's goose down insulation version called the Ultralight Down Shirt. Worn as an insulation layer under a shell or thrown on as lightweight outerwear, this down shirt is the perfect garment to keep you warm on those chilly alpine ascents.
The Ultralight Down Shirt is Patagonia's lightest weight insulation garment to date. Compared to the PrimaLoft One insulation used in the Nano Puff line, the down shirt uses 800 fill-power premium European goose down, which gives optimal loft and durability. Quilt patterns control the movement of the down and ensure that it retains loft.
Constructed with a slim silhouette for thermal efficiency, the down shirt cuts down on bulk while you are wearing a harness and is trim enough to pull on for chilly rock pitches so you can actually see your footholds. A 1/4 zip as opposed to the Nano Puff Pullover's 1/2 zip removes even more bulk and weight.
The shell and lining of the down shirt are made from 27 g 100% nylon ripstop (10 denier) with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish. The shell is wind blocking and moisture shedding enough to keep the down from getting water logged during a wet snowstorm.
The men's down shirt weights 159 g while the women's down shirt weighs just 142 g. This is roughly half the weight of Patagonia's
Nano Puff Pullover. The whole garment compacts down to almost nothing inside the included shell fabric stuff sack.
The Patagonia Ultralight Down Shirt will be available for Spring 2011.