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Marmot variant jacket vs. Patagonia nano puff
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Nov 14, 2011
Looking for a lightweight synthetic insulation jacket for cold weather rock and ice climbing. Packability and warmth to weight are most important. I was leaning towards the nano puff, but saw the marmot variant for the first time today.. Anyone have experience with either? Thoughts? Dave Wise
Joined Jun 18, 2006
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Nov 14, 2011
I have a marmot Baffin in black large that I would sell for $50 it is in excellent condition. It is identical to the nano puff.
From SLC, Utah
Joined Aug 2, 2006
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Nov 19, 2011
The Variant is a completely different tool than the Nano Puff - assuming you plan on wearing this layer beneath your shell, both would be viable options, but realize that that you can wear the Nano Puff OVER your shell - and use it as a light belay jacket in the summer - while the Variant is much more specialized - for a cold weather active layer worn under a shell the Variant gets my vote because it's very breathable power stretch in the arms and back, providing synthetic fill only in from of the torso - perfect for frigid ski tours gnarly cold climbs - but you need to wear a wind shirt (like the Houdini) over it at the very least in any sort of harsh weather. Kevin Landolt
From Fort Collins, Wyoming
Joined Jun 1, 2009
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Nov 21, 2011
Neither, get either the Arc'teryx Atom LT or Atom SV, depending on how much warmth you are looking for. JulianB
From Florence, SC
Joined Aug 22, 2011
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Nov 23, 2011
The nano puff is great for temps between 20#35 degrees for active climbing worn underneath your soft shell or hard shell especially for the weight and how well it compresses. i used it last year on whitney in february with twenty plus winds and temps in the low thirties. i wouldnt wear it over any shell because it would get torn up. it doesnt have stretch at the arm pits so i went a size larger than i normally would. Rob Fielding
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined May 8, 2011
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