So you’ve developed a lust for Patagonia’s Nano Puff jacket; I don’t blame you. A few months ago I wrote my love letter to the puffy coat — how it accompanied me everywhere from the Tetons to the Andes and now lives dutifully by my side in Manhattan, far from any mountains. I recommitted to my vows by buying the anorak pullover version, too.
If you haven’t committed to the Nano Puff just yet, and price is the primary factor holding you back, there’s another option: L.L.Bean’s Primaloft Packaway Jacket, which is on sale today for just $75 when you use code BEAN25 at checkout from L.L. Bean’s site. I know what you’re thinking — it’s not Patagonia — and I get that. The Patagonia brand has a particular magnetism to it. But, like Patagonia, L.L.Bean is also a heritage outdoor brand that is, objectively, iconic.
Both the Nano Puff and the Packaway possess a 100% recycled polyester, water-repellent shell cut with two hand pockets and another interior chest pocket. The Packaway has an additional exterior chest pocket as well. Both have drawcord-equipped hems. The jackets are nearly identical. And while love and loyalty keep me true to the Nano Puff, I will admit that the addition of Cross Core insulation does give the Packaway one-up over Patagonia’s jacket.
And the Packaway has another advantage to it as well: it’s only $75 today, which is a full $125 cheaper than the Nano Puff, which costs $199. If you aren’t drawn to one brand over the other, or a specific color, the choice is an easy one to make.
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