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This jacket is brilliant with two small opportunities. I will repeat a lot of what's been said already, it's nice and long in the arms, it's cut perfectly to slide over an outer layer when you stop for a break. I use this jacket as a layer for ski touring and it keeps me warm when I stop for a lunch break or when the wind picks up. I... Read More do wish is had a slightly bigger stuff pocket, Patagonia is usually great at making that easy to use and this one you have to work at it to get it in there. That's not too big a deal, I really with this had DROP POCKETS!! So nice in a jacket like this to have a spot to dry out gloves or just stash them. I know that both of those things would add weight, and this is aiming for light, but in my opinion those two changes would make it perfect. Compact enough to always be with you, but warm enough to act as a safety layer when out in winter temps.
Excellent Insulating Jacket
I’m surprised by how much I rate this jacket. It’s very light yet provides excellent warmth and protection. The fit is perfect. I’m 188cm (6ft 2in) and weigh between 85-90kg (190-200lbs) depending on season and a size Large was just right. I reckon I could wear this even if I weighed 10kg more. It’s very comfortable. I prefer the DAS Light Ho... Read Moreody to the Nano Air and Nano Puff as this is more versatile and can be used as an outer layer due to better weather protection for moderate rain and wind when out and about. Coupled with an outer shell (I use a Dead Bird Beta) when the weather gets very wet and windy, it’s an unbeatable combo for my needs. This is the best in its class jacket and highly recommend.
Good nano air alternative
Hardly noticeable due to weight. Many positives with 2 way zip, chest pocket, minimal adjusters, good size pockets. However, this would be perfect with addition of either an internal zip or drop in pocket. Level of water resistance good. And accepts an ultralight waterproof shell pullover with ease due to being reasonable fitted
Good nano air alternative
Hardly noticeable due to weight. Many positives with 2 way zip, chest pocket, minimal adjusters, good size pockets. However, this would be perfect with addition of either an internal zip or drop in pocket. Level of water resistance good. And accepts an ultralight waterproof shell pullover with ease due to being reasonable fitted
The Best Puffy I Own
The DAS Lite is the best technical insulation garment that I have ever bought. The best feature of this jacket is very subtle; it is designed to properly fit OVER your shell layer. Those who are adept at moving efficiently through the mountains know, the layers you are wearing while moving upwards are usually going to be too cold when you need to ... Read Morestop for a longer period of time (such as at a belay, ski tour transition, or when eating lunch). It is far quicker to wear your puffy as your outermost layer, rather than to take off your shell, and put the puffy on underneath it. This has been called the "puffy-over-shell" method of layering. Unfortunately, most puffy jackets are designed with the old-school three layer system in mind (base, insulation, shell) and therefore have a slimmer fit. Climbers and skiers who prefer the "puffy-over-shell" method of layering. have been forced to either size up, or cram their shell-clad arms and torso into slim-fit puffy jackets. Enter the DAS Lite, with its belay-parka like fit. It easily slides over whatever you happen to be wearing prior to stopping movement, whether that is a light windbreaker, or a heavy-duty 3L ski shell. The main difference between the DAS Lite and other belay-style parkas is that the DAS Lite has much less insulation. This is ideal for many days when a typical belay-style parka would be overkill. The features on this jacket are simple and subtle. Two hand pockets and one chest pocket allow for easy storage of small items or warming up hands. The lack of a draw-cord at the bottom hem seems to be a deal-breaker for many users, but I prefer it. In my experience, hem draw-cords only make the jacket ride up and then stay up, rather than draping back down during movement. Eliminating the drawstring also helps in reducing overall garment weight. The only thing that I feel should be added to the jacket is an internal, mesh, drop in pocket (as is found on many belay-style parkas and jackets), for warming up gloves, or water bottles. With the weight saved from omitting other features, this addition would be well worth it. I really hope that Patagonia does NOT discontinue this jacket. Mine is still going strong after three seasons of use, but I would immediately buy another if I knew they were going away anytime soon.
Great jacket but needed improvement
It is a great synthetic jack except for the hem around your waist. I bought it last year and it seams in the description that it now has elastic in the bottom hem like on the wrist. That sounds like it would be a great improvement. A backpack hip belt with this jacket over other layers really flairs out at the bottom leaving the area between your h... Read Moreip belt and waist exposed. The electric seams like it may improve that.
I have only warn this jacket a couple times while hiking in the White Mountains the biggest problem is it is missing a drawstring or elastic at the bottom. It is especially obvious while wearing a backpack hip belt. It leaves the area between your hip belt and pants essentially exposed. If they fixed that it would be perfect. I will have to try and... Read More sew in my own.
Thanks for the feedback, Edward. If you're looking for something comparable with that bottom hem adjustment, we recommend checking out the [Men's Fitz Roy Down Hoody](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-fitz-roy-down-hoody/85500.html?dwvar_85500_color=BOB&cgid=mens-jackets-vests). The only thing to keep in mind is that it has down insulation, which is wonderful at keeping you warm but won't perform as well as synthetic insulation when wet.
My new favorite
My old favorite miracle jacket was the down sweater. I thought nothing could beat it, but this has. The only thing is IT NEEDS A DRAWSTRING AT THE BOTTOM. It really bothered me at first, because I could feel cold air coming up through the bottom of the jacket. So I added a drawstring myself. Pretty easy to do. Now it is the best jacket ever!! Hopef... Read Moreully Patagonia will add a drawstring at the bottom in the next iteration.
Originally I was looking at getting the micro puff, but the DAS Light is ultimately the micro puff with a DWR coated extra shell. It regulates heat super well, and has kept me warm way below freezing. my only wish is that it had drop pockets on the inside. one other thing is that it fits closer to a parka than a jacket. this is not a bad thing, jus... Read Moret something to keep in mind. if you do not want a little bit of a larger fit, maybe go a size down.
Beauty in functionality
This is a recent acquisition to replace my 10 year old DAS parka. It is exceptionally light and surprisingly warm. I sized it to fit over layers. The fit is comfortable and long enough to extend below the waist. Two way zipper for harness access The hood is generous for either ski or climbing helmet. Great layer for breaks or transitions while skii... Read Moreng! Material is highly wind resistant. My only suggestion may be to add an internal dump pocket? Overall. I am quite happy with this product so far. I hope the lighter weight fabric lives up to the durability of the old DAS parka. This is a great backcountry garment and a piece of insurance to carry in your pack or dry bag against unexpected or adverse conditions!
The benchmark for lightweight insulation
I bought the DAS Light to go under a shell in Winter conditions and as a summer belay. Six months on, I wear it for everything from trips to the gym to Winter mountaineering. So much thought has gone into this unassuming jacket. The regular fit has enough room for a layer underneath and the arms have unrestricted movement. The hood is excellent: ad... Read Morejustable, and with an elasticated edge that easily accommodates a helmet, with no loss of vision when you look from left to right. It's so light you'd think the jacket would have trouble insulating you, but it's very effective, and pretty showerproof too. In fact, I'd say it's more effective than equivalent down hoodies, because the insulation doesn't migrate, so there are no cold spots. Equipment care is so easy: a quick wash with Nikwax tech-wash, and the jacket is good as new again. As much as I love my regular DAS Parka, (and I really do), the DAS Light is the first jacket I reach for.
survived Tokyo nights
This Jacket kept me nice and toasty in Tokyo at night when temps dropped down to about 35 degrees F. usually i wear S but this runs kinda large and arm length was a little bit longer so XS ran perfect enough and still had a bunch of room to layer up. the Only complaint i have with this jacket is that its so dang hard to stow away in its pouch. No c... Read Morelue why this is a struggle compared to like the nano puff which is easy to stow
I've gotten to know this jacket over several years. On cold, dual sport rides with various shells. And, riding my bicycle in cold & wind w/o a shell. The darn thing is nearly weightless. Good hood adjustment. Excellent, large 3 pockets w/ tactile pulls. Zips from the bottom for heat dumps. I bought it for the visible color and stayed for t... Read Morehe near perfect jacket.
Best insulated outer layer ever made!
My all time favorite piece for backcountry skiing. I ski 100-150 days per year and use this piece nearly everyday. Light, simple, more durable than a puffy, and manages moisture better. Please never stop making this piece, and if you do warm me so I can get more than the 3 that I already have.
My closet is loaded with jackets from just about every brand and the DAS Light Belay Hoody is one of only 2 jackets I wear religiously. (The other is the Arc'teryx Gamma MX Hoody) As a pilot, this jacket allows my body to stay warm in the air, and on the ground. As an adventure photographer/cinematographer, I'm exposed to every weather p... Read Morehenomenon on earth and the DAS has kept me warm even in temperatures and conditions that I would have thought were beyond its design. From a chilly day to frigid temperatures, the jacket is magical! DAS is in a specific category of its own and I wouldn't change a single element of its design. Please make this piece forever! P.S. Also, can you send another? :-)
The Das Parka is probably my favorite jacket. I figured I'd give the Light version a try. I took it out of the packaging and immediately noticed a crunchy texture that was very off-putting. It is definitely unique (in a bad way) compared to other Patagonia jackets. I've also noticed that it isn't that warm. It seems much closer to th... Read Moree Macro Puff than the Das Parka.
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Excellent jacket with a major flaw
The jacket really feels like down, it's quite warm and very wind resistant, you can go outside in 5*C with only a shirt on, it packs down relatively small (though hard to get into the stuff pocket). Everything is close to perfection except for the lack of a draw-cord at the base hem... for such a warm and wind resistant piece this was a no bra... Read Moreiner... Especially when you consider it's a outer layer so it's quite a large fit if worn w/o other layers underneath... I will go out of my way to add a elastic draw and make this jacket truly 5 stars!
decent "light DAS" jacket but needs some tweaking
A belay jacket should be sized slightly large to fit over base layers and a shell. I purchased a medium which is my typical Patagonia jacket size and it was too small to be worn as a belay jacket. It fit like most of my other medium Patagonia jackets. I was hoping to try on the large at the store but it was not available. For the record my 15+ year... Read More old original DAS size medium fits comfortably over my normal ice climbing layers. Also, as other reviewers mentioned, the jacket won't easily fit in the stash pocket. I tried but gave up. The salesperson at the store was nearly able to get in the pocket, but not easily. And if it does fit in the pocket, you probably wouldn't want to try to stuff it wearing gloves while awkwardly anchored on a small ice bulge. Thoughts - It seems like a nice weight for a DAS "light" jacket, but the sizing could stand to be tweaked, the stuff pocket needs to be resized, and it really could use interior open pockets for storing/warming gloves while belaying.
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I've been looking for a hooded, synthetic jacket for cold weather fishing, transitional skiing/hiking and I think this is it. Typically the first hour or two here in the Southwest is frigid with a breeze, but the high hooded collar and shell kept me comfortable. Easily stowable. Room for layering underneath. I've been on several rainy hik... Read Morees and the shell sheds water very well. I haven't had to pull out my rain shell yet. So, if the Plumafill doesn't collapse, and the shell material sheds water after repeated wear AND washing, this could be a great jacket. The shell material is slightly crinkly, but now I'm being picky.
Best "Go To" Insulation jacket ever!
This puffy is more durable than most puffies when it goes to packability.. Great for outdoor mountain excursions and expeditions. Sizing however runs more fitted (NOT standard Patagonia regular). Fabric is durable and light. I loved this jacket so much that I got TWO - one in black and another in metric orange. Great technical hoody for the alpine!... Read More
Perfect fall, fly fishing jacket.
Bought this because I wanted something warmer than a nano puff for cold days on the river. Last fall, while changing flies, I accidentally dropped my keys in the river. Without hesitation, I plunged my arm down two feet into the water. While I was soaked, the synthetic insulation still kept me warm and I was able to fish for another couple hours wi... Read Morethout freezing or returning to the truck. Love this thing.
As advertised...great jacket
Usually wear medium, small fits better for this jacket, still plenty of room for insulation underneath. Great warmth to weight ratio, really like this jacket. Poor reviews mostly seem to be folks that did not know what they were ordering. Headed to kayak Glacier Bay, and will not need to rent a jacket twice the weight. Thanks Patagonia
Great lightweight jacket. Hard to stow.
The Das Light is a great belay layer. super warm for its weight and cuts wind well. Downsides: the outer shell tears exremely easily and stowing it in its pocket is a wrestling match that is almost impossible with cold digits. This jacket still needs some fine tuning...
Drop pockets, please!
Warm for its weight, but as with others before, it's important to note that there are no internal pockets. These catch-all, warm pockets are a miss here, but if that's no biggie for you, the jacket is a warm, lightweight option. Hoping the jacket is more durable than other options like my MacroPuff hooded jacket that preceded this purchas... Read Moree. I do miss the pockets on that jacket, however!
This is a fantastic, amazingly warm jacket for such a lightweight piece. For most Patagonia products, I wear a size Medium top, while the Medium I ordered fit, it was too tight for layering underneath. I replaced the Medium with a Large and it is perfect over a mid-layer. I am using this as a light belay parka, fitting over my midlayer and hard she... Read Morell. I can wear my medium nano puff or R1 beneath. At the same time, the large is not so huge that that swamps me when worn alone. I love the hood! It fits easily over other hoods and doesn't crimp my large head the way other hoods have done in the past. The shell fabric creates a seamless windproof surface that resists wear and the light coating seems to trap the heat. Love it!
Audibly Loud but Great Piece
This jacket is becoming a staple in my wardrobe during the wet/windy cold season. It does everything that my micropuff does and much more. I've honestly stopped wearing my micropuff except for scenarios where size and weight is everything (bikepacking). It is very warm, blocks wind and is still quite lightweight. It has room for layering (noth... Read Moreing crazy). I'm usually wearing a t shirt under it in the temps down to the 25s (F) and I'm golden. I am a warmer person so adjust this per yourself. I do not personally use this for belaying but I find the hood is excellent even when not wearing a helmet. The material is quite loud if you're moving your arms a lot, kind of like a bag of sun chips. This doesn't bother me but just know it's not a quiet jacket like say a micropuff. Honestly this is a weird thing to have as an attribute to think of but it could bother some people.
Warm and well-made but BAGGY!
I alternate between Medium and Large in Patagonia depending on the fit and what I'm after (layering, etc.). Since I thought this was more of a technical jacket I went with size Large and that was a major mistake. It's QUITE baggy. Fit issues aside, build quality on this is great. And it feels great on, even against bare skin. It's l... Read Moreight. It packs down small. I think I'm going to keep it and just try to make it work. There's a lot to like about this jacket, but make sure you try it on in person before you buy it.
Mini DAS for the win!
Patagonia, please don't discontinue this jacket! Many serious skiers and climbers think this is quite possibly the best insulated jacket that has been made in recent memory. The fit is just barely generous enough to fit over my hardshell when I stop moving, and the pocket placement is well thought out (although I can't fathom why this jac... Read Moreket didn't receive internal drop-in pockets??). Anyways, I have one of these and I love it. If it sticks around, I'll definitely buy another one when mine wears out.
I love the DAS LIGHT HOODY. I feel zero wind chill in this jacket along the Hudson on the west side of Manhattan. Super light, comfortable and minimalist. I gave only 4 stars for some manufacturing inconsistencies, as I tried on a few of these: the one that I have has cuff elastic that is way to large and open. The others I tried on had a more snug... Read More cuff elastic, which would help keep out the cold. But, I kept the one I have because the fill in the jacket felt more robust and the others I tried the fill seemed quite thin and even non-existent in some parts of the jacket. If I could have the cuff elastic altered on this one, I would.
Patagonia Makes Nothing But the Best
The DAS Light is a key layering piece or a stand alone with minimal base layers underneath. The DAS Light is super warm. Everything Patagonia makes has the best fabrics, best insulation, true quality and attention to detail. I have been wearing Patagonia since 1993. Patagonia makes beautiful jackets and clothing. Every piece they make is Top Qualit... Read Morey. I love the DAS Light.
Finally one that Fits!
I am really happy with the Longer cut of this Jacket. The Sleeves and hem are longer than Micropuff as well as other Brand's offerings. I love the full coverage. A draw cord at the hem would be nice as there is still some extra room there. This is the best crossover summer-winter puff I've tried yet.
almost 5 *
great light piece of kit. Used so far climbing and skiing in Scotland - keeps the light rain off enough whilst also shielding from the wind. Packs super small for keeping in pack when ski touring/climbing. Like others have mentioned an adjustable waist would be great and also some really basic internal drop pockets for gloves/skins would make this ... Read More5*
Really good jacket
This jacket is really good. It's very warm and vary light, very comparable to a down jacket. But it's not without flaws. The fit is large, really large. The fabric is really flimsy. Right out of the box, some areas on the inside already have some abrasion marks. The jacket is also not very stylish. Overall, it's good jacket if you k... Read Morenow what you are getting.
Hello Yingluan! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about some of the disappointments with the jacket. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
It has the consistency feel and look of a trash bag, I put it on for 10 seconds and immediately hated it.
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Practically Perfect in Every Way
...just like Mary Poppins. This jacket is warm for its weight, relatively weatherproof, light and simple, and well-appointed with a minimal feature set for adventures in the mountains. The hood is great. Its adjustable and fits comfortably with or without a helmet. The cuffs and hem are elastic, both not adjustable. I find that they work fine! I... Read Moret includes a two-way zipper, which feels like a bonus on a jacket this light, but I see no downside and Ill happily take it! The Pertex fabric is crinkly, but performant and comfortable. I don't mind the sound; it just reminds me of how much windchill I'll be spared and how many gear aid patches I won't have to cut out! I find the insulation adequate for temperatures approaching freezing. I would not use this jacket as a mid layer due to low breathability (a.k.a. windproof). If it's much colder than freezing and I expect long periods of low activity, I will probably leave this at home and opt for a down jacket. After one particularly wet outing, the insulation in the cuffs got quite saturated while the jacket was in my pack. It may be that they got submerged, as the pack probably collected some water. Im not used to light synthetic fill retaining so much water, but the circumstances were unusual. The cuffs dried out overnight, passively. It does not include internal drop-in pockets, which befuddles me. The other climbing-focused insulated jackets in Patagonias line-up include drop-in pockets even the Micro Puff has them. I like internal pockets for carrying food / drink or for actively drying gloves, socks, etc. It does include external hand warmer pockets, which are insulated outside and pleated inside for extra capacity. Personally Ive tried to wean myself from external pocketsif my hands are cold and my brightest idea for warming them is to stand around with my hands in my pockets, then Ive lost the layering game that day! Overall this is one of my all-time favorite styles from Patagonia, and my favorite jacket in the lightweight puffy category. Ive been smitten since it was first released. I will buy another one when the one I have wears out. I hope the next one has internal pockets!
Super Warm and wind proof/resistant!
Great fit! Would be a nice improvement to add a large dump mesh pocket on the inside, to stow a water bottle to keep warm while working belay, or resting after some free heeling.. I prefer a cinch-able hood, as the elastic is too tight and wears on the neck when not up and over a helmet. Overall a fantastic bomber jacket, and my new go-to when leav... Read Moreing the house!
Always along for the ride -
I've been a fan of the micropuff since it first came out - the DAS Light Hoody is even better. Still super lightweight, but the extra outer fabric layer makes it so much warmer. Hood seems to fit better, and the two-way zipper is a welcome feature. I work as a Nordic Ski Patroller - the DAS Light is always in my pack! I can stuff it down into ... Read Morethe bottom of my pack. Provides instant warmth as soon as I stop and put it on. I am 5'11, 175 lbs and the medium still allows enough room for a capilene thermal hoody and a nanopuff vest.
Excellent specialized protective layer
Well made jacket that hits the mark for low-exertion cold weather protection. Exceptionally light and windproof handles extended walks at 18F with no other insulating layers. Using for warmth in casual outdoor settings, and as an emergency layer if unexpected issues halt a biking or running plans. Nearly as warm as a Primo Puff parka but with a thi... Read Morerd of the bulk.
Back story: I've been in love with my Patagonia down jacket for 12 years and I've thoroughly enjoyed winter adventures with it. But this jacket made a convert outta me. So far I've worn it skinning uphill in temps down to windchilled -30s F, and 0F backpacking. It withstands wind INCREDIBLY well, better than my beloved down. And I me... Read Morean strong summit gusts, not just a breeze. I was suspicious of it's warmth at first but I was proven wrong after these tests. Unlike my down I could comfortably wear it during high output (uphill). I was perfectly comfortable in the aforementioned temperatures with only one or two of the RIGHT layers underneath. When it got really cold at base camp (not moving so much, about 0F) I put my hardshell (Triolet) over it and I was really impressed at my comfort level. My companions kept mentioning a cold I just couldn't feel. And I don't need to worry about keeping it dry here in New England, the achilles of down. I don't count ounces but the weight of this jacket is noticeably light, which is the crazy thing. Insulation technology, man...
warm and light
I just bought it just before the Christmas and liking it. Its warmth and weight is amazing. The hood is magical. I tried it without a beanie. its covers the head well and sits perfectly as beanie. It would have been perfect with waist cinch as others have mentioned. I am 5.7'' weighing 170 lb, wearing medium. the body fit is true size but... Read More the upper arm width is little big. With its wind and water resistant feature now I don't have to worry carrying extra gtx jacket or wp jacket. very excited to test it on the Front Range slopes soon.
Been a Patagonia patron since 1986, still have all of my gear still in circulation. Recently purchased the DAS Light Hoody in October. Went hiking in Utah and the sleeve brushed up against some pine trees and it punctured a hole in the material. Thought the material would hold up better. Great jacket otherwise.
Hey James, thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're sorry to hear the shell fabric tore that quickly. We'd be happy to help you repair this with a complimentary Tenacious Tape Patch Kit. Just give us a call at (800) 638-6464 or chat with us live on http://Patagonia.com so we can help you out. Alternatively, you can send this in for [repair](https://www.patagonia.com/repairs/)!
Light but effectively warm
I chose this coat for its environmental and social responsibility characteristics (what it is made of and how it is made), hoping it will be my every-day winter coat in Ohio for the next 30 years. So far so good. The coat is remarkably light, but it is quite warm, just the way I like it.
The only jacket youll need. Super functional + warm
I love this jacket. I had a micro puff which is a little bit more tailored fit but it kept getting snagged on rock and on the trail. This jacket is amazing how in the back country but also as an every day jacket. I go skiing with it and I barely need a midlayer underneath. When youre out in the wilderness in packs into its little pocket and you can... Read More clip it to your pack I want to get frosty just put it on. Like I said very warm, water resistant (snow/rain) plus scratch and rip resistant. It is less tailored or tapered than the micro puff but its super versatile more so than the micro puff. I take it out in New England winters and it earns its keep. You cant go wrong with this jacket. Buy it!
Warm. Perfect with a layer.
I had a previous down sweater and after 10+ years it was time for something new. Main use cases were New York city wear and the occasional weekend trip to colder locations. In the store it was down to this, the das or another jacket like the tres or parka. The associate really recommended this and said some recent pro athletes loved this too. I co... Read Moreuldnt agree more. Its light, sits well and is true to size, fits perfect with a layer. For layers, I either use a micro fleece, a r1, or a vest. The hood sits nicely on the forehead and doesnt move for me. Like the down sweaters, the side pockets are perfectly angled. The chest zipper pocket is perfect for Your phone. In terms of wishlists, the only thing i can think of is the bottom of the jacket could be tightened, with a fastener a bit, like the down sweater, but honestly you dont notice it. Highly recommend this jacket and cant wait to see how it does in the snow and peak cold.
Toasty warm Das Light!
Im finding the Das Light to be an ideal weight for cold Vermont temps! Its perfect for our daily dog hikes, whether worn alone or with a goretex shell. Its amazingly warm for its weight! Though we are just now receiving some snow, I plan to use it for snowshoe trips, as well. It seems to handle both wind and light rain well. The pockets are just ri... Read Moreght, and I love the lightness of the fabric! Great color, too (green). Note that the fabric is a bit shiny, but I dont mind it. Highly recommend this jacket! Buy it - you wont be sorry!!
Great All Around Outdoor Jacket
I purchased this jacket with the temperate climates of the California Bay Area. This jacket is perfect for cold beach days due to the wind-stopping shell material. I am 5'11 205 pounds and this jacket fits with enough room for a long sleeve base layer, and/or vest combo. The two-way zipper is a fantastic feature and affords the opportunity t... Read Moreo quickly access your waste line without having to unzip the whole jacket. The only two improvements I have for this jacket would be the lack of interior pockets and maybe adding a string to the hem to stop the wind from entering the bottom of the jacket.
New favorite mid-layer puffy
The DAS Light has become my new favorite belay jacket for the shoulder season. It's impressively warm for how thin it is, which helps a lot with range of motion across activities. With winter right around the corner, I'm excited to see how it holds up as an active mid-layer puffy for backpacking. My only setback with this jacket is that ... Read Morethe hem doesn't have a drawstring. Fortunately for me, I often wear it with a backpack on so I don't lost much core heat over this. Not worth losing a star.
My favorite piece of kit to date.
Recently picked up this hoody from an outside vendor because my size wasnt available online. Regardless, Im really happy with it. I own couple of Micro Puffs and consider them quite comfortable, but this one holds true to the warmth to weight ratio statement. Ive worn it with and without layers since it arrived. My regional temperatures are beginni... Read Moreng to drop and we just encountered our first snowfall hike in the NC mountains. Ive stayed warm and dry throughout, thanks to the outer fabric, insulation and PU coating. This jacket is incredible in every aspect. Yet another example of Patagonias commitment to excellence and sustainability. Im pretty sure that itll last a lifetime. After all, its backed by the Iron Clad guarantee.
Put this in your pack
If you spend any time in the backcountry in winter, you need this in your pack. The DAS Light is the perfect insurance policy for those of us who don't need a high altitude warhorse like the original DAS parka but need something to throw on in cold weather for lunch breaks when snowshoeing or to be ready for an unexpected overnighter or a stor... Read Morem that blows in. I spend a lot of time solo snowshoeing in Idaho's mountains in the winter, and I always make sure the DAS Light is in the bottom of my pack. I need to be ready for an emergency overnighter, sudden shift in weather, and just general cold winter weather. This parka checks all the boxes.
I see this jacket as a "Two-Way, Center-Front Zipper". I am disappointed you don't have these types of zippers on ALL your jackets especially your lightweight rain coats as they have to be zipped up to stay on your body.
Hi Don, the two-way, center-front zipper is featured on our DAS Light Hoody because it's a technical alpine jacket and the zipper function serves for better belay access when climbing. Many of our other jackets do not have this two-way feature because they're not used as often for other sports. You can find other belay specific tech jackets here, https://www.patagonia.com/search/?q=belay&lang=en_US.
Refined and Warm
After bashing a micro-puff for several years, it was time for an upgrade. The DAS light delivers. More warmth, a more functional two-way zipper, and what appears to be a more durable finish. The slightly heavier weight than a micro-puff is negligible. The designers got this piece right. The only add-on I'd like to see are two interior drop-in... Read More pockets to dry out wet gloves while on the move. Otherwise - love it.
Almost 5 starts
I bought this because I wanted something warmer than a nano puff but more durable than the micro puff. So far it has fit that role well. It is nice and warm, stops wind in its tracks, and layers well enough. I really, really like it and the yellow-ish color with the blue-green inside. But, don't buy one yet unless you really need it like I did... Read More. They are going to revise it in the future and hopefully add the few things its missing. When they do it will be, in my opinion, the best puffy out there. Here's what I want to see added to a future version: 1) A way to sinch the bottom (As almost everyone else has pointed out) 2) This combines a few recommendations that are all related. Please give the chest pocket a water proof zipper and make the pouch larger and also made of a water proof material. This way, the pouch could make the jacket a sort of water proof container when it is in stuffed mode. Also when I say make it larger I mean large enough that it could be stuffed with something like a plus sized phone in a pocket of the jacket. As it is it barely fits just the jacket. 3) I think adding a version with the tight fitting hood of the nano puff/micro puff would be really nice. I love that hood and was sad to part with it. I know that having a hood that fits over a helmet is important to this jackets intended use (rock climbing) so maybe you could make a nano puff with the outer material of this jacket for extra warmth/abrasion resistance? I don't really know how the good people on Patagonia's design team make their decisions so maybe I sound like a crazy person. 4) Finally, I would like to see a second chest pocket on the inside right of the jacket. It would be great if it was about the size of the one in the nano puff. It could work well for storing a wallet or something where you really don't want to risk losing it. Glove warmer drop in pockets like those on the micro puff would be a welcome addition as well. Thank you to the Patagonia team and store I bought this from for being so great! Keep it up!
Hey Samuel! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful and thorough review. This is incredibly helpful feedback, which we've passed along to our Design team.
I have had a DAS for years and love it. For an example, I was benighted in the Bugaboos and slept on a rope bed with the DAS keeping me more comfortable then I deserved. Problem is it is a bit bulk and heavy. The DAS light is super light and very warm for what it is. I attribute it to the combo of advanced insulation and Pertex fabric with Poly coa... Read Moreting. Perfect piece for pushing it fast and light. Agree with others about lack of hem tightener.
Love this jacket
Got this jacket as an all in one to throw on for the down portion of backcountry skiing. Fits that role admirably, typically going over a base layer or a more 'alpine fit' softshell. Also a great around town jacket, good warmth, decent protection, and very comfy. 3 things to take it from 4 star to 5: 1) Go from regular fit to relaxed. Thi... Read Mores would better enable it to act like a lite belay jacket (ie over a baselayer, light R1 type mid, and shell) while still working as a mid layer when wanted. 2) Waist cinch as others have noted. 3) Add 10-15% more fill for the little extra bit of warmth that extends the versatility another 5-10 degrees
Hey Chuck! We appreciate this feedback and have passed it along to our Design Team. If you're looking for a great belay parka with a bit more warmth than the DAS Light Hoody, check out the [Macro Puff Hoody](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-macro-puff-hoody/80111.html?dwvar_80111_color=SMDB). Thanks again for taking the time to write this review!
A breakthrough warm jacket
Excellent fit, synthetic insulation with exceptional warmth, two way zip, great hood perfect for outdoor activities in any damp climate, But to be 5 star it needs drop pockets, many jackets do but especially belay jackets and a drawcord at the hem. These are oversights & would put it beyond reach of any other jacket.
good warmth for the weight
full disclosure i returned this item because i felt like i wasnt going to take full advantage of its technical benefits, but in trying it on, i could tell it was a very nice and well made lightweight jacket. it has great warmth for the weight and i could imagine that it is great for high exertion activities in cooler weather. i cant speak to exactl... Read Morey how warm or breathable it would have been because i returned it. the material was extremely static generating and the synthetic material was very noisy. for the cost i felt like i wasnt likely to wear the jacket enough in situations that really warranted it in order to justify keeping it, but thats more about my situation than any issues with the jacket.
Great for winter hiking!
First I tried the XL, this is my normal size. But after wearing I found that there was too much space around the waist, really wide. So I tried the L which fits me really nice around the waist. I really like the jacket, it amazes me that it keeps me so warm in cold conditions while being really "light". Thanks Patagonia for this qualit... Read Morey product!
The DAS Light achieves what the micro puff was lacking, which was some durability. I've found this piece to be just what the Dr. ordered for a spring/fall weight belay style jacket. I'm not as worried about using this jacket while rock climbing due to it's higher abrasion resistance over some of the lighter insulation jackets in the ... Read Moreline! Sizing accommodates spring/fall layering quite well underneath.
This piece is amazingly warm, light, and comfortable. It is much warmer than the micro puff, while weighing slightly more. Still outrageously light! Every aspect was well thought out and I especially love the cuffs and longer drop hem. Has to get this one in purple. 6/190 and L fits gray with plenty of room to layer. Shoutout to Sean at Engearment ... Read Morefor the demo. Get one before theyre gone!
Its basically a 2020/21 Puffball Hoody
So while the full Das is a substantially warm synthetic hoody the Das light is just that... "Light". I was in the market for a warmer Nano Air... Was looking at Atom AR Hoody but was hoping for something a little lighter and a tad more compressible. Enter the Das Light. Well, when I got it I realized I'd just bought an updated versio... Read Moren of the original "Puffball". The Puffball was Patagonia's first synthetic 'Puffy"circa 1993ish... aptly names the "Puffball". I still have mine, 25+ years old and still going strong... but mine is a pullover, sans hood, and I wanted a full zip hoody. I expected the Das light to be a little 'puffier' but its warm enough for what it is. Its windproof and the DWR is fairy robust. I'd think of it as a Nano Air with a windproof shell. I would not call this a 4 season piece but definitely a solid 3 season. Its fine in the upper 20ºs but any colder you'd want something warmer. One downside, sorta the only one is the omission of a draw cord at the hem :-( ... For 3 season backpacking, alpinism or winter morning dog walking it replaces my nano air + a ultra light weight shell... Again, essentially a 'Puffball' for the current generation. Great addition to the quiver.
One of these Das is Not like the other!
Bought the Das Light to augment my Das Parka on warmer days. While I love the warmth to weight ratio, I'm not crazy about the outer material of this jacket. It wrinkles like crazy to the point where it looks like I slept in it and I don't see a way to straighten it. In addition as many others have pointed out there is no cinch at the bott... Read Moreom to tighten nor is there a powder skirt like my Powder Bowel. The wind and cold can and do come up the jacket from the bottom because of this.
Thanks for the feedback on our Das Light Hoody! We value the fact that you took the time to let us know your thoughts, we can now take this information and improve on future designs. For the wrinkles, we'd recommend trying a steam on the outer fabric, you'll just want to hold the steamer a few inches away from the jacket while using. If you find at the end of the day that you're not satisfied with your purchase, you can always [send it back to us](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Love the weight versus warmth ratio on this jacket! A lot has been mentioned about the lack of a waist cinch and I concur!! Seems like a no brainer when designing this jack that somebody obviously missed...That said does make it easier to layer and if the layering piece has an adjustable waist then no big deal. My bigger concern is that I cannot ke... Read Moreep this jacket from wrinkling something fierce!!!! Looks like I always slept in it.
I swear, with my hand on a box of skinny old rat-tail skins, that in the last 30 years I have owned every Puff Ball, Puff Jacket, Puff Daddy, Nano and Micro hoodie that Patagonia has made. The wait was worth it. 'Puff' jackets don't last forever because they they are warm and light so you wear them every day. This jacket has seam tap... Read Moree under the rarely exposed stitching. I spent a couple of hours behind my snowblower in a ground blizzard a few weeks ago. My pants and gloves were soaked and the jacket was dripping wet. I was wearing a T-shirt underneath and it was dry. The jacket was dry after maybe 30 minutes indoors. I'm 5'11" and 195 lbs - the XL is just what I wanted - it can go over everything. Size L is probably the "proper" fit. I agree, it needs a bottom draw cord. Also, I never use the the inside out pocket-to-stuff sack feature. It's a bit of a tight fit and (IMHO) stresses the zipper. I'd prefer a "drop in" pocket, then it's a quick stuff to create a nice pillow. Light, warm, dry and breathable. I'm wearing mine every day. JW
This is THE jacket.
Your partner is 10 ft above her last pro and a stiff wind is crawling over your bare, sweaty neck. Stressed out? Nah. You just nestle into your sweet DAS jacket and pull that big hood over your helmet. Comfort! Safety! I've found this to be the best belay jacket ever. Just enough more warmth than the micro (but still lightweight and packable!)... Read More, it's got the double zippers you want, and all the warmth you need (obvs less breathable than the air, this is for stop and go activities). Your loved ones may even compliment your style!
Chartreuse DAS Light Hoody
for reference, im 511 and 155lbs. the medium fits perfect! if i remember correctly, Patagonia said theres a 25% increase in warmth over the micro puff at a cost of only 2 extra ounces. with that said, i have both and it is noticeably warmer but if you are on the fence and you already own a micro puff just save your money. you can always layer up u... Read Morender neath without spending another $300+ on a new jacket. i dont regret buying this piece by any means, i love it as much as my micro puff. plus, when i saw they had chartreuse colorway i was sold on it because yellow is my favorite color. im a cyclist, i love bikepacking and bike touring. since my micropuff was smolder blue, i figures this yellow one would be perfect for high visibility riding where theres motorists. i could dive into the science of it, but theres actually a good explanation on YouTube from Sean Sewell at Patagonia on the engearment channel just look up Patagonia ISPO 2020.
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