Patagonia Stretch Nano Storm Jacket Review
I’ve been using a now 10 year old Arc’teryx Alpha AR since 2008. While I love the jacket, it outlived its lifespan and it was time to get a new one.
I’m picky about jackets. I love great jackets (and backpacks) and probably have too many puffy jackets for my own good, and definitely for my closet’s good.
I considered changing jackets for a few seasons, to the point where my wife finally said “Just go buy one already!” Of course it’s never that simple. I both wanted to get the right jacket and a great deal.
After looking around for a few months and watching gear deals, I found the Patagonia Stretch Nano Storm Jacket for sale 50% off and promptly bought it.
As you can tell I bought the jacket in bright orange.
I am not a bright orange kind of person, but it seemed right for this jacket. This is my dedicated skiing jacket, and because it is mildly insulated with 60-g FullRange® insulation it is my resort skiing jacket. It is too warm for a day out skinning and a bit too bulky to fit well into my Kamber 32, so I’ll be looking for a shell for this coming winter for those missions.
I have my eye on a few that I hope to review here.
But back to the Stretch Nano Storm.
Why I bought the Stretch Nano Storm
I bought this jacket for a few specific reasons:
- I get cold easily while skiing at the resort. It is not uncommon for me to wear a base layer, a midweight running/athletic top, a puffy jacket (like my Ghost Whisperer), and a shell. I also usually wear a Buff and I always wear a jacket.
- My Alpha AR has a huge storm hood, but I wanted something that was a bit more fitted across my helmet. The Stretch Nano storm has a hood that does fit over my helmet when it needs too, but when I don’t have it up it doesn’t fly like a sale like the Alpha AR did.
- Under arm pit zips and chest pockets. When we do ski at the resort I need to store my pass somewhere, and in Colorado we mostly have automated ticket checking machines so my pass needs to be in my jacket. The pit zips of course are super useful on the days that warm up.
I wore the Nano Storm skiing a few days this past winter, and I have to say that it performed better than I thought.
One particular day before my season ended because of a herniated disc in my back, my wife and I went to Winter Park with a friend. This was mid-to-late February, and even though winter 2017/2018 was quite bad in most of the state Winter Park had great snow even if coverage was a little light.
I’m used to being cold while skiing. I’ll bundle up with a ton of layers underneath, then freeze still while on the lift. And I dislike being cold (really, I dislike extremes). One of my favorite things about winter is that you can always put on more clothes, but when skiing this isn’t always true.
But on the one day I got to wear this last winter, I was toasty warm. I had my Ghost Whisperer underneath, and I ended up plenty warm. I was maybe even too warm on some descents, even though the temperatures were solidly in the 20s at the base (and of course MUCH colder at the top where the winds blow).
You’re probably wondering about the specs on this jacket. Here they are directly from the Patagonia site:
- H2No® Performance Standard shell: 2-layer, 2.2-oz 30-denier 100% nylon stretch ripstop with a waterproof/breathable barrier and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
- Lining: 1.3-oz 20-denier 100% nylon stretch ripstop.
- Insulation: 60-g FullRange® 100% polyester stretch
And the specs from Backcountry:
- Insulation: 60g FullRange synthetic
- Fit: regular
- Length: hip
- Hood: yes, two-way adjustable, helmet compatible
- Pockets: 2 zippered chest, 2 high hand, 1 internal, 1 zippered internal security
Do we recommend?
I definitely recommend this jacket. I bought it last year on a Christmas sale from Patagonia directly, so I was able to get it about 40% off. Even so, I’d gladly pay full price for it now knowing how great it is.
One final thing I would say is that I do not know if I’d get it in orange again. It’s bright on the slopes to be sure, but I definitely do not wear it around town (Denver) regularly. I tend to use my Ventrix for those times.