If you take Patagonia’s famous Micro Puff and make it puffier, what do you get? The Macro Puff, of course. A new addition to the extensive Puff family, the Macro uses the same insulation as its smaller cousin but more of it and adds in some climbing-focused extras to make it the perfect belay jacket.
The Macro Puff is stuffed in the core with 135 grams of Pluma Fil synthetic insulation—a proprietary mix from Patagonia that has the same lofty feel as down but maintains the wicking properties of synthetic. That’s double the insulation used in the brand’s Micro Puff line of insulated jackets. The sides and the sleeves of the jacket are stuffed with 90 grams of Pluma Fil insulation to cut down on bulk in areas you don’t need the extra warmth.
To keep things environmentally friendly, the outer shell fabric is made from a 100 percent recycled ten-denier nylon ripstop with a DWR finish to render it water repellent. This lightweight fabric helps to keep the Macro Puff under 15 ounces in weight — not bad for a warm belay jacket.
As the Macro Puff was built with climbers in mind, features such as a helmet compatible hood have been added. The hem drops lower than the Micro Puff so that it stays put under a harness and won’t ride up when wearing a pack. And when you need to hunker down against the weather, sports drawcords at the hem cinch the jacket tighter. The two-way zipper means you can easily get at your belay loop when wearing the jacket.
Launching this month, the Macro Puff will come as both a jacket and a hoody, retailing for $350 and $400 respectively. The Macro Puff will come in a variety of colors — black, gray, blue, and red for men’s; black, navy, light blue, and balsamic for women’s.