Patagonia has been in the market of suiting you up for the outdoors for over 30 years, and with all of that experience, it's no surprise they're now household names when it comes to everything from heavy-duty shells for ice climbers, to cozy fleece for city dwellers. With their unique and innovative designs and colors, boundary-pushing take on business and environmentalism, and painstaking attention to performance and detail, Patagonia has carved out a tradition of excellence in the world of outerwear that can be found in every piece they produce.
Patagonia's Mission Statement reads, "Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire, and implement solutions to the environmental crisis."
Not your ordinary brand, eh? And what's more, they actually practice what they preach! The core of Patagonia's mission remains to deliver useful, simple products to outdoor adventurers. This means that every feature put into a Patagonia product serves a purpose, valuing substance over style. But in addition to creating comfortable, stylish, and performance-oriented outerwear, Patagonia strives to do it all with as little harm to the environment as possible. That means reducing their carbon footprint, reusing and recycling materials, and ensuring that from conception to sale, every phase of a product's life is as lean and green as possible.
They've done this by using recycled polyester in many of their products, and using organic cotton, as opposed to pesticide-intensive cotton. Even more impressive, Patagonia is a founding member of the revolutionary Sustainable Apparel Coalition, aimed at developing a massive database of the entire environmental impact of every manufacturer, component, and process in apparel production. Launched in early 2011, this initiative hopes to have a major and transformative impact on the garment industry, bringing the entire process into line with best environmental practices.
Never settling on their green initiatives, Patagonia aims to help reverse the dangerous downward spiral of our planet's environment by donating at least 1% of their total sales to grassroots environmental groups all over the world.
Innovative, inspiring, ambitious, and accessible, Patagonia as a company and as apparel is something to take note of.
Patagonia creates outerwear for almost every condition and activity on Earth. Aimed at outdoor enthusiasts, climbers, hikers, skiers, snowboarders, and adventurers, but just as at home in the city, the lodge, or around town, Patagonia outerwear works in every situation, and every climate.
That depends entirely on your personal needs:
Let's take a look in Patagonia's closet and see if we can find the perfect jacket to fit your answers!
Designed for exceptional warmth in low temperatures, with a lightweight, packable design, Patagonia's down and synthetically insulated jackets are the perfect choices for winter or cold-weather adventures. Great when trying to save space on your next road trip, hike, or climb, these jackets bring the heat without the weight and bulk of traditional marshmallowy insulated jackets.
Comfortable, lightweight, packable, durable, and incredibly warm, the Down Sweater is perfect on its own in cold, active conditions, and great as an insulating mid-layer in extremely bitter and harsh weather. Designed for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, travelling, climbing, mountaineering, and casual use.
Comes in men's, women's, girl's, and boy's versions. Also available as a hooded jacket for men and women.
Patagonia's fleece jackets are impressively versatile and incredibly comfortable, designed in a wide variety of styles and weights to meet almost any need out there. From the lightweight warmth and softness of casual fleece jackets, to the heavier, wind-proof construction of high-performance fleece, Patagonia has something for everyone, and every condition.
Regulator Fleece insulation pieces are Patagonia's most popular lines of outerwear, and are broken down into 4 weights and categories, each specialized to meet different needs and thrive in different conditions:
Patagonia Womens Re-Tool Fleece
Patagonia Mens Synchilla Snap-T Fleece
Patagonia Better Sweater
Patagonia Retro-X Fleece