Finding the perfect mid layer can sometimes feel like finding a needle in a haystack. That’s what it felt like to me until the Patagonia Men’s Ultralight Down Shirt arrived on my doorstep earlier this year.
This shirt is so rad! It’s super lightweight (packs into a tiny bag), warm and minimalistic, which makes it a perfect mid layer to pair with a good shell and base layer. I really dislike bulky mid layers because I feel that they inhibit my movements, but this piece feels like a second skin. I now wear this piece every time I go skiing and don’t know how I lived without it.
The nylon ripstop fabric used is Patagonia’s lightest ever engineered and twice as strong as their normal fabrics used with their insulation pieces. The finish features Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) so that you can wear it at times without a shell and the insulation is 800-fill-power premium European goose down for superior warmth. I’ve taken this shirt out on some pretty damn cold stormy winter days and it works amazingly well.
The Patagonia Men’s Ultralight Down Shirt is definitely a must have for any serious skier or boarder who wants the best performance mid layer in the game. This is not the type of piece that you’d want to rock out for a night at the bar since it’s not the best looking shirt in my opinion, but when it comes to layering and functionality, it can’t be beat. Shelling out $250 for a mid layer may seem expensive for some, but quality isn’t cheap and this shirt will make your skiing and boarding excursions much more enjoyable, warmer and dryer.