Josh Cooley
Submitted by Josh Cooley on Wed, 11/22/2017 - 09:35

From sun to snain and everything in between – The Patagonia Stretch Nano Storm
Jacket is one of the best jackets in my winter ski touring arsenal.

My primary rule governing layering for ski touring is that one should never have to
take off a layer in order to add a layer. Think of yourself as a better-smelling onion –
you start skinning in all or most of your layers and then gradually peal them off, as
you get warmer. When you get to a break or the top of your run, all those layers
come out of your bag and go back on your body in the reverse order. Most of the
time, that means I’m skinning up in a softshell jacket and throwing the Nano Storm
on at the top. Why is the nano storm my go-to ski insulation? Simply put, it pairs one
of Patagonia’s best synthetic insulations (the same that is found in their nano air
jacket) with a waterproof-breathable exterior and has streamlined features.

I prefer synthetic insulation for this application because I’m putting it over my
softshell, which often has some moisture on the surface. The H 2 NO shell material
repels moisture (falling from the sky or the from that last yardsale) with aplomb.
Chest pockets are the right size for a phone, some tools or a small notebook and the
large waist pockets are set high making this jacket versatile when worn under a
harness (this is a great colder weather alpine/ice climbing piece as well). The two
interior pockets are a great spot to stash your hat or gloves during the transition.
The insulated hood is helmet-compatible, but that compatibility is more geared
towards smaller profile climbing helmets and not the bigger ski helmets. The cuffs
have simple Velcro cinches and accommodate my under the cuff gloves. Fit is
relatively generous, making it ideal to throw over your other layers. I typically wear
somewhere between a small and medium in Patagonia tops, and I have this jacket in
a medium which allows it to fit over my other ski layers.