Please consider my application to test the Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover. I have read Chapter Five of the BackpackGearTest Survival Guide version 0609, and I will follow all requirements.
Name: Larry Kirschner
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Weight: 205 lb (91 kg) and coming down again (I hope)
Email address: asklarry98 at hotmail dotcom
City, State, Country: Columbus, Ohio USA
I've been an intermittent camper/paddler since my teens, but now that my kids are avid Boy Scouts, I've caught the backpacking bug. I typically do 8-10 weekend hikes per year, plus one longer trip of 9-10 days. I have spent time over the past few years backpacking in Cimarron, New Mexico canoeing the Canadian wilderness, and camping out in the Florida Keys. I like to travel "in comfort", but I'm working towards going lighter and longer. With all of my investment into these ventures, I expect my wife and I will continue to trek long after the kids are gone.
Having never had a layering piece like this, I'm intrigued to see how warm the Nano Puff keeps me, when worn either by itself or under something else. I'm really interested to see if I can replace 1 (or even 2) fleeces with the Nano Puff. Is it warmer than a microfleece? How about a heavyweight fleece? I also want to see how small it packs, and if the warmth-to-weight and warmth-to-volume ratios are as high as they might seem. If this pullover is really warm and windproof, I could imagine the Nano Puff plus a rain shell as plenty of warmth for most of my cool-weather activities. It will also be important to me to test the breathability of the Nano Puff, to see if it will make me overheat when I'm exerting myself in the cold weather.
Over the next couple of months, I will be camping about 1 weekend per month in and around central Ohio and southwestern Pennsylvania. Trips planned for October and November will include camping with day hikes, and I am hoping to squeeze in a longer dayhike or overnight hike in October and possibly November. December and January will be cold-weather camping, and I'm not sure what I will be doing after that. In addition, I expect to be biking significantly into the fall, and will probably spend a lot of time riding with the Nano Puff. In the fall, I am hoping to use the Nano Puff as my outer layer. Because of the variable weather in Ohio, I will be looking to see how well it protects from the elements, including wind and rain. When it gets wet, I want to see if it still keeps me warm, and how quickly it dries. Once the temperature drops enough to make this uncomfortable, I will use it as a layering piece under another jacket to see how well it keeps in warmth.
In looking at the Puff, I'm also wondering if it has any pockets, as I find these come in handy while on the trail.
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