Macpac Pisa Polartec® Hooded Jacket - Women's
Why we made this
This Alpine Series jacket is a fast-drying and versatile layering piece with outstanding moisture management and breathability, designed for high-intensity activity in cold weather.
The Pisa Hooded Jacket for the Alpine Series — our premium technical collection designed in partnership with the renowned New Zealand Alpine Team. Put to the test by elite mountaineers on some of the world's harshest mountain routes, you can rely on this jacket to stand up to alpine environments. The Pisa is made with revolutionary Polartec® Alpha® Direct, an exciting technology that was initially made for U.S. Special Forces when they needed an advanced insulating fabric in their combat uniforms. This 'active insulation' sits directly on your skin, regulating your body temperature during low and high intensity activity, offering superior breathability and fast-drying properties. With the insulation sitting against your skin, it eliminates the need for a drop liner, making it incredibly lightweight. This insulation sits behind a durable and reinforced 100% nylon ripstop shell with Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment. It packs down to a small size, conveniently fitting into its own hand pocket — ideal for those lightweight adventures and alpine ascents.
Lightweight 100% nylon ripstop shell with Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment
Polartec® Alpha® Direct insulation sits against skin for superior moisture management and breathability
Reinforced shoulders, lower back and cuffs for increased abrasion resistance
Packs small inside its own hand pocket
Adjustable hem regulates temperature
Slim fit, for use under other garments
Main Fabric 100% Nylon Main Fabric Weight (g/m2) 71 Secondary Fabric 92% Nylon, 8% Elastane Secondary Fabric Weight (g/m2) 71 Weight (g) 310
5.0 / 5.0
Practical: 2 jackets in one lightweight package
Disclosure: I'm a Macpac ambassador. But honestly, this jacket is an excellent cross between a fleece (see my review on the Alpha) with a light nylon cover. Two jackets in one and breathable and lightweight. I've been wearing it for alpine days - both rock and glaciated. If it's lucky, it'll get a spin up Aoraki soon. I'm 166cm/62kg and the 10 fits perfectly. Good pocket placement and I'm a fan of the thumb loops as I suffer from cold hands - the more my wrists are covered, the better.
November 20, 2019
Lightweight and so warm
I'd seen the Pisa in stores, but hadn't been drawn to it. I've traditionally been a downie outdoors / fleece indoors kind of person. The Katoomba store folk (they're very nice) convinced me to give it a try and I was super surprised. So lightweight and so incredibly warm. Without the bulk of a fleece, the Pisa is comfy around the house or on cold days in the office. I like that it can be squished into small spaces in my pack and is synthetic vs down, so chucking it in the washing machine after a big adventure on the track and then straight into the dryer is an absolute bonus. I now take Pisa as warm layer option 1 in my backpack. Would love to see more colours in future seasons! Even though I'm a Macpac Ambassador, I would buy this jacket even if I wasn't.
November 7, 2019