The 12 Best Patagonia Jackets of 2022

We break down the brand's top fleece, down, vest, and hardshell jackets

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Patagonia’s purple, orange, and black logo depicting the Fitzroy Massif in Patagonia is synonymous with excellent craftsmanship and rigorous dedication to conserving the planet through environmental and political activism.  

Long before the first Patagonia jacket was even imagined by Yvon Chouinard, founder, and CEO of Patagonia, it was a simple steel rod used by rock climbers which kindled the spark that led to the company as we know it today. 

It wasn’t until a winter climbing trip to Scotland in 1970, where Chouinard wore a rugby shirt while rock climbing, that he and his partner at the time, Tom Frost, embarked on a trajectory to become one of the leading manufacturers of outdoor apparel. Once Chouinard returned home to the States, his climbing friends saw the utility of wearing the thick, durable rugby shirt for rock climbing and they all wanted one. Two years later, Chouinard and Frost largely abandoned the Ventura, Calif.-based climbing hardware business for a thriving company selling soft goods. 

Today, Patagonia is considered one of, if not the leading maker of outdoor apparel and gear. Their outerwear is worn by some of the world's best athletes in the most extreme weather conditions. Every Patagonia jacket stands for quality, superiority, and a commitment to protecting the environment.

These are the best Patagonia jackets currently available on the market.

Best Overall: Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Insulated Jacket

Patagonia Nano Puff Insulated Jacket

REI

What We Like
  • Broad temperature usability

  • Excellent warmth to weight ratio

  • Small pack size

What We Don't Like
  • Thin shell can puncture easily

The Nano Puff is Patagonia’s number one selling jacket and rightfully so. Simply put, its versatility and usability are second to none. It’s almost an all-season coat for the Western US. The medium-weight 60-g PrimaLoft Gold Insulation is perfect as a standalone jacket in shoulder season or as a mid-layer under a hardshell for days on the snow. The shell is made with a DWR treated lightweight 100 percent recycled polyester ripstop and is said to be windproof and water-resistant. The Nano Puff provides adequate warmth well into temps in the 30s, but under that, you may want a few layers or something thicker like Patagonia's DAS Hoody (see below).

Tested by TripSavvy

In High Sierra conditions, the Nano Puff had great wind protection, in downright cold and nasty alpine winds. As for water resistance, well, it’s resistant, but certainly not waterproof. That’s an important distinction. In light drizzle and snowfall, it holds up just fine, but beyond that, moisture starts to penetrate and things can turn bad. For warmth, I found it had great range. I was comfortable in it from just below freezing to mildly chilly California evenings. For bitter cold days at Mammoth, it was my go-to midlayer. If you’re like me, you’ll be reaching for this jacket more than any other jacket in your closet. — Cory Smith, Product Tester

Best Fleece: Patagonia R1 Air Full-Zip Hoodie

Patagonia R1 Air Full-Zip Hoodie

Backcountry

What We Like
  • Highly breathable

  • Trim fit

  • Comfortable against the skin

What We Don't Like
  • Pills very easily

Of all the Patagonia pieces we’ve tested, this one is our favorite. It combines the technical chops of our favorite alpine climbing piece, the classic R1, with the coziness of Patagonia’s Better Sweater. Designed for high-output activities, it’s a bit airier (hence the "air" namesake) than most fleeces, but if you’re moving quickly you’ll welcome its superb breathability. The 100 percent recycled polyester jacquard fleece features a distinctive zigzag pattern that gives the R1 Air better breathability and moisture-wicking capabilities than your typical fleece. Unlike most Patagonia jackets listed here, the fit is athletic and snug with long sleeves.

Tested by TripSavvy

Of every jacket and fleece in my closet—and I have a ton—the R1 Air gets used the most. I practically live in this fleece. As someone who heats up extremely quickly when moving, and gets cold just as quickly once I stop, I always struggle with jackets either being too hot or too cold. The R1 Air’s thermal regulation range is phenomenal—the best I’ve ever tested. It’s a perfect medium between warmth and breathability. I wear this walking the dog, hiking into the crag, as a ski mid-layer, and whenever it’s chilly out. Being built like a runner, I appreciate the slender fit. It fits snug against the skin and zips up high enough to cover my neck. — Cory Smith, Product Tester

Tested by TripSavvy

Patagonia's R1 Air Hoodie is my most frequently used jacket. Running, hiking, skiing, backpacking, walking the dog, yard work, going to California's cold beaches, running errands—the R1 is good for all of it. It's quickly become my go-to running jacket for its warmth, breathability, and slim fit. I've used this jacket as a layer over a tech t-shirt and as a mid-layer underneath a down or hardshell. A couple of years ago, I ripped the hoodie on a fence and feared that rip would widen. No dice. Multiple years later and that rip is just as it was—no larger—and I'm still loving this fleece. — Nathan Allen, Outdoor Gear Editor

Best Budget: Patagonia Diamond Quilted Bomber Hoodie

Patagonia Diamond Quilted Bomber Hoody

REI

What We Like
  • Warm

  • Stylish

What We Don't Like
  • Shell punctures easily

  • Thinness sacrifices warmth

Part bomber jacket, part classic Patagonia down sweater, the Diamond Quilted Bomber Hoodie is a perfect shoulder season all-around casual jacket. This windproof and water-resistant hoodie features 100 percent recycled polyester taffeta with an environmentally friendly PFC-free DWR finish. The insulation is 100 percent polyester, 80-grams thermogreen with a diamond quilt pattern that not only enhances the jacket’s insulation but looks great as well. Elastic cuffs on both hands and along the waist assure the jacket’s edges stay put, further adding to its heat-trapping ability.

Most Packable: Patagonia Men's Micro Puff Hooded Insulated Jacket

Patagonia Men's Micro Puff Hooded Insulated Jacket

Backcountry

What We Like
  • Best-in-class weight to warmth

  • Small pack-down size

  • Offered in both hooded and non-hooded

What We Don't Like
  • Shell punctures easily

  • Thinness sacrifices warmth

If you’re the type that measures your gear’s weight in ounces and size in centimeters, the Patagonia Micro Puff Hooded Jacket is for you. This featherweight, lightly insulated jacket packs down to the size of two soda cans and weighs just 9.3 ounces. The shell is made with ultralight Pertex Quantum 100 percent nylon ripstop with a DWR coating that’s mildly windproof and water-resistant. The Micro Puff gets its packability and lightweight stature thanks to synthetic PlumaFill insulation, while the unique off-set checkered stitching pattern keeps the PlumaFill from shifting and creating dead loft spaces.

Tested by TripSavvy

I've had a rocky relationship with this jacket. Hands-down it’s the most packable and lightest insulated jacket on the market. For chilly climbing days when pack space was at a premium, this was my go-to layering option. What I struggled with was how thin it is. For someone who gets cold when not moving, it didn’t provide enough warmth for extended time standing around belaying. If I wasn’t layered up, I started to get cold in temperatures under 45 degrees, especially if there was any wind. It’s worth mentioning, I found the sizing to be extremely large. I’m normally a men’s small, but extra small fit me perfectly with the Micro Puff.— Cory Smith, Product Tester

Tested by TripSavvy

Like the R1 Air Hoodie, this has been my go-to down jacket because of its versatility. It does its job just as well hiking the Marin Headlands, backpacking through the High Sierra, and fly fishing Ozark streams in early winter. Now, if the temps dip below 35 or 40 degrees F, this jacket quickly becomes a mid-layer or left at home for a heavier down. But for a versatile, do-it-all (almost) down, it's tough to beat the Micro Puff Hooded Jacket. — Nathan Allen, Outdoor Gear Editor

Best Lightweight Insulated: Patagonia DAS Light Hooded Jacket

Patagonia DAS Light Hooded Jacket

Patagonia

What We Like
  • Extremely warm for the weight

  • Weather resistance

  • Two-way zipper

What We Don't Like
  • No waist cinch

One of the company’s best-loved down jackets, Patagonia’s DAS Light hooded jacket is with an ultralight nylon ripstop and is infused with a durable water-repellent finish to keep rain and snow from sinking in. It’s also made with 65 grams of recycled polyester PlumaFill. It has a zip under its monochromatic snap closures, too, and the two do the double-duty of protecting wearers against snow, wind, and rain. There's even an internal pocket for your smartphone and the hood can be folded into the collar when you don't need it. Sizes for men and women range from extra small to extra large.

Tested by TripSavvy

The DAS Light Hoody did what the Micro Puff could not—keep me warm while still offering superior packability. Once I got this jacket, the Micro Puff never left the closet. Side-by-side, the DAS Light Hoody is a more substantial jacket. It’s thicker and also packs down a bit larger, but not to the point of prohibiting me from using it when space was limited. The extra space it took up was well worth the extra warmth it provided. I was pleasantly surprised by its wet weather resistance. I had it out in light snowstorms in Mammoth and light precipitation didn’t penetrate its shell. — Cory Smith, Product Tester

Best for Extreme Cold: Patagonia Grade VII Down Parka

Patagonia Grade VII Down Parka

Backcountry

What We Like
  • Cozy

  • Lightweight

  • Outrageously warm

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Short cut

If you ever find yourself in the coldest places on the planet, this is the jacket you’ll want. Stuffed with 800-fill goose down, it’s so warm it will make you rethink your normal cold-weather layering. In typical Patagonia eco-friendly fashion, the goose down is certified by NSF International to help ensure the birds that supply it are not force-fed or live-plucked. The shell features 100 percent recycled nylon with a DWR coating that uses 20-denier Pertex Quantum Pro on the back and sides and 15-denier on the front. To guard against the draft, there is an elastic cord, snow skirt, and cuffs. Four zippered pockets (two in the chest area and two on the side) are reinforced with down to prevent loss of heat when open. Mega-warmth like this comes at a premium price. If the steep price tag is too much to handle, the Fitz Roy Down Hoody is half the price and still one of the warmer down jackets on the market.

Tested by TripSavvy

I feel like this jacket could have a temperature gauge because it’s basically an oven. There was a day two years back that I was bouldering in Bishop, Calif. in the dead of winter with howling wind. All my friends were shivering and wanting to head home, while I was nearly sweating in this coat. It was glorious. I will warn you, it’s thick. Like, marshmallow thick. Much thicker than most down coats. One thing I would have liked to see was a longer length like the below the waist cut on the Fitz Roy Hoody. For most people, this jacket will be too warm. In that case, I’d suggest something less expensive like the Fitz Roy Hoody. — Cory Smith, Product Tester

Best for Skiing/Snowboarding: Patagonia Untracked Jacket

Patagonia Untracked Jacket

Backcountry

What We Like
  • Durable shell

  • Great mobility

  • Bomber weatherproof

What We Don't Like
  • Baggy arm fit

  • Limited color options

Ski and snowboard jackets take a beating. Not only from the weather but from ski and snowboard edges, constant on-and-off-again chairlifts, and the occasional tree branch. Made with a thick 3-layer 70-denier Gore-Tex, the Patagonia Untracked Jacket is as tough as they come and plenty capable of withstanding many seasons of abuse. This slope-ready jacket is loaded with features to make your days on the hill more comfortable and efficient. Stretch Gore-Tex gives the thick shell great mobility, while a flannel backer reduces friction against your mid-layer. 

A low-profile powder skirt can be clinched on those waist-deep days and tucked flat on bluebird ones. When things start to heat up, large pit zips are great for dumping extra heat. There’s no shortage of pocket space either. Two side hand pockets, one forearm pass pocket, and one secure media chest pocket with cable routing. Additionally, there are two internal pockets—a zip stash and a drop-in.

Tested by TripSavvy

This jacket quickly became my go-to ski jacket. It’s got some good weight and thickness to it, which gives it a protective feeling—both in terms of weather and durability. I felt fully protected and comfortable, even in the harshest days at Mammoth last season. While most hardshells are crinkly and feel like tinfoil, this does not. Thanks to the mild stretch, I found it easy to move with very little restriction. Like most Patagonia jackets, I sized down to an extra small, and while I wouldn’t call it an athletic cut, it’s not overly baggy. One thing I appreciated was once fully zipped with the hood up, the jacket held form and didn’t collapse against my face. As with every ski or snowboard jacket, having a pocket system for all your items is key. Between all the different pockets I felt particularly organized. — Cory Smith, Product Tester

Best Down: Patagonia Down Sweater Hooded Jacket

Patagonia Down Sweater Hooded Jacket

Backcountry

What We Like
  • Durable shell

  • Great mobility

  • Bomber weatherproof

What We Don't Like
  • Baggy arm fit

  • Limited color options

If there is ever one winter coat everyone should own, it’s a down jacket—also commonly referred to as a puffy. Patagonia’s Down Sweater Hooded Jacket is the quintessential puffy. 

The 20x30-denier 100 percent recycled polyester ripstop shell is DWR coated and windproof and 800-fill goose down is stuffed inside the shell to keep you cozy and warm. An adjustable hem and elastic cuffs further add to the warmth of the jacket by keeping the heat inside and those pesky drafts out. For easy packing, the jacket stuffs into its chest pocket down to a little smaller than a football.

Tested by TripSavvy

This jacket does everything it should, and nothing it shouldn’t. It’s not fancy, it just works. I’m a finicky person in terms of heat management. If I’m moving I heat up fast, but once I stop I get cold just as fast. I found this jacket good to about 30(ish) degrees F standing around. Once the temps dipped below that, I would always default to a beefier puffy like the Fitz Roy or Grade VII Parka. Its upper-temperature range is impressive. In central California, where I live, the nights often dip into the upper 50’s. With a T-shirt underneath, this is a perfect jacket for these temperatures. As I’ve mentioned with other Patagonia jackets, this one fits large so a size smaller than what I normally wear did the trick. If a down jacket is too large it loses some of its warmth. — Cory Smith, Product Tester

Best Rain Jacket: Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket

4.8
Patagonia Women’s Torrentshell 3L Jacket

Courtesy of Patagonia

What We Like
  • Great price

  • Fully waterproof

What We Don't Like
  • Long sleeves

If you’re looking for a well-priced, simple rain jacket, the Torrentshell 3L is one of the best. Opting for a 3-layer, 3.3-ounce 50-denier ECONYL 100 percent recycled nylon ripstop fabric, instead of the popular Gore-Tex, the Torrentshell 3L Jacket is still held to Patagonia’s H₂No Performance Standard, a guarantee that ensures the highest level of long-term waterproof performance with minimal impact to the planet.

A microfleece-lined neck is a nice touch for added comfort. The jacket has two large pit zips to help dump heat when running hot. The two-way-adjustable hood has a laminated visor and can be tucked with a cord and hook when not in use. For easy storage when it’s not raining, the jacket stows away in the chest pocket to about the size of two soda cans.

Best Wind Shell: Patagonia Houdini Full-Zip Jacket

Patagonia Houdini Full-Zip Jacket

Backcountry

What We Like
  • Small packed size

  • Excellent wind protection

  • Durable shell material

What We Don't Like
  • Virtually no breathability

The Patagonia Houdini was one of the first super lightweight windshells and to this day it’s still one the best. Weighing in at a measly 3.7 ounces and packing down to roughly the size of a baseball, it’s pocket-sized weather protection. The shell is made with a durable featherweight 100 percent recycled nylon ripstop with an adjustable hood. There is one chest pocket that doubles as a stuff sack for stowing.

Tested by TripSavvy

No matter where I’m climbing, odds are you’ll find the Houdini in my pack. I’ll use it as an emergency weather shell or as an extra layer when it gets chilly. Due to how light and small it packs down, it’s a no-brainer to throw in the pack. Patagonia pins it as a running shell, however, the breathability is extremely poor. It’s not a jacket I wanted to spend any significant time moving fast in. I’ve tried running with it on and I always come away drenched with sweat inside. Personally, a better application is for a moderate activity where I don’t heat up, like hiking, or as an oh-shit last resort shell layer when running in high, windy alpine terrain. It’s worth noting two things—for how thin it is, I found it durable as hell and it also fits true to size. — Cory Smith, Product Tester

Tested by TripSavvy

It took one too many Rocky Mountain surprise storms for me to start looking for and investing in an emergency shell. Patagonia's Houdini is as good as it gets for an incredibly lightweight and packable shell. Be it high alpine summer storms, sneaky coastal dumps, or unexpected sleet, the Houdini continues to bail me out. It's easy to carry in the hand or another jacket pocket on a run. It can be stuffed into a cycling jersey or seat post bag. And when it's not in one of those areas, it resides in the bottom of my hiking daypack. — Nathan Allen, Outdoor Gear Editor

Best Style: Patagonia Jackson Glacier Parka

Patagonia Jackson Glacier Parka

Patagonia

What We Like
  • Warm

  • Snug, tailored fit

What We Don't Like
  • Restrictive fit

This dressed-up down jacket carries many of the same specs as Patagonia’s technical jackets, but with a refined urban look. The water-repellent and windproof subdued face is made with a 2-layer 100 percent recycled polyester fabric that is DWR coated. It’s stuffed with 700-fill-power 100 percent recycled down to keep you warm and toasty. Large front hand pockets are lined with a soft brushed jersey, while a zip internal, media-compatible pocket stows away your phone. The fit is slender and true to size and is offered in both waist length and a parka.

Best for Running: Patagonia Thermal Airshed Jacket

Patagonia Thermal Airshed Jacket

Patagonia

What We Like
  • Good breathability

  • Great mobility

What We Don't Like
  • No hood

  • No outside pockets

Running jackets are a tricky thing to buy. High output activities, like running, typically generate a lot of heat, meaning you need a jacket that has outstanding breathability but you still need warmth for the frigid days. Patagonia’s Thermal Airshed is designed for the highest level of breathability.

The zoned 100 percent recycled polyester PlumaFill insulation is designed so heat can escape easily under the arms and the back, while the front and tops of the arms retain warmth and guard against nail-biting winds. The shell is DWR-coated and offers mild moisture resistance. If you’re looking for something with fully waterproof protection, we recommend checking out the Storm Racer Jacket.

Final Verdict

Patagonia makes some of the best jackets you can buy. However, sifting through all of Patagonia’s jackets can be a daunting experience. At face value, they seem similar, yet each one has been designed for a very specific purpose. We’ve tested the majority of them to find the best in the most popular categories and have highlighted them here. When buying a Patagonia jacket, make sure to read the product overview. Patagonia does an excellent job of summarizing what each jacket is designed for. Matching the jacket to the type of activity you intended to use it for is of the utmost importance. In most cases, we find when customers don’t like a jacket, it’s not because the jacket is faulty or bad, it's because they're using it for the wrong purpose. 

What to Look for When Shopping for a Patagonia Jacket

Intended Activity 

Before starting to research jackets, you always want to consider how you’ll be using the jacket. The main question to ask yourself is “what will I be using it for?” Consider your primary purpose for the jacket—skiing, hiking, running, etc. Most websites, including Backcountry and REI, allow you to filter products by your intended activity, then narrow them down to product type, like jackets in this case. This is a great place to start to assure the jacket you want is suitable for your intended activities. 

Weather Protection 

Once you’ve decided how you’ll be using the jacket, you’ll next want to think about what type of weather you’ll be encountering. Elements such as snow, rain, wind, and temperature should be considered. You can view what type of weather protection a jacket is most appropriate for in the details on the product page. Terms such as waterproof, windproof, water-resistant, or wind-resistant will give you an indication of what type of weather protection the jacket is designed for. 

Material 

While you don’t need to geek out on the latest fabric technology, it does help to have a basic understanding of the different types of materials used and what type of weather elements they protect against. The most commonly used material in jackets for waterproof and windproof is Gore-Tex. For warmth, Polartech, Primaloft, and PlumaFill are often used in Patagonia jackets. 

Insulation 

How much and what type of insulation a jacket has affects how warm a jacket will be. Patagonia mainly uses down and synthetic PlumaFill as insulation. Down is typically warmer than PlumaFill. When choosing an insulated jacket it’s important to consider how active you will be while wearing the jacket. Will you be doing high-output activities like running? Standing around in the cold? Since insulation negatively affects breathability, the more active you are, the less insulated a jacket should be. 

Breathability

Breathability is a term used to describe how much heat can escape through the insulation or shell. The higher output the activity is, the more breathable a jacket should be. If the breathability of a jacket does not match the intended activity, the heat stays trapped in the jacket and you’ll overheat and retain moisture (sweat) in your base layer. 

Fit

It’s worth noting that in our testing we found most of the jackets to run large. Unless otherwise stated in the review, a full-size smaller fit the best. 

Why Trust TripSavvy

Cory Smith is a freelance journalist specializing in running, climbing, outdoor and fitness-related content, and gear review. He’s been an elite-level runner for over 25 years and a full-time running coach since 2014. Many of the jackets included in this review have been tested in multiple climates ranging from California's coast to high alpine conditions in Calfornia's Sierra and Colorado's Rocky Mountains and Midwestern states. Some of the jackets have been used by our writers and editors for many years.

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