Patagonia’s stuff is expensive! I like to call them Pata-gucci, a term coined by a friend of mine when shopping in one of their stores. Thanks to true diligence though, I scored one on Backcountry.com‘s website for $169.00. These 800-fill-power Traceable Down jackets retail for $229.00 on Patagonia‘s website. Why did I choose this above brands like Marmot (too boxy), Mountain Hardwear and Spyder (too expensive), Prana (didn’t seem warm enough, 700 down fill), and Arc’teryx (too tight in the hips, please note I’m a curvy 5’2″ at 150lbs)? Read on and you shall see…
Patagonia is a company that touts itself as an environmentally friendly clothier that originally catered to the climbing community. The founder, Yvon Chouinard, got his start as a climber in 1953 as a 14-year-old member of the Southern California Falconry Club. The clothing company was founded in 1973. With over 40 years in the business, they strive and have succeeded in constructing their clothing from recyclable sources without compromising performance. From their website: We continue the search for more environmentally friendly fabrics. We are using more hemp, in some products in combination with recycled polyester. Recently, one of our suppliers has found a way to recycle polyester from sources other than soda bottles – and we’re making use of the fabric in some of our best selling products. More importantly, clothes themselves potentially can be recyclable. In the future, it should be possible for consumers to return a polyester-based jacket to us to then forward onto a processor to be re-made into fiber or other forms of plastic.
What I mostly love about this jacket is freedom of movement. I have worn it for over three weeks now, testing it while winter hiking, in the freezing rain (not a downpour, but a healthy shower), at work during 1F temperatures and on the slopes. I did buy a women’s Large so I could layer with a chunky sweater or my Marmot Variant vest if I needed to. On much colder days, I would have my Marmot vest on and it was enough to keep me comfortable. It’s 800 fill down has kept me warm and my body heat temperate. I run hot and am prone to sweating easily, so having a base layer, with a poly flannel underneath is enough for me in >40F environments.
During one of my wet hiking excursions, I was worried that the ripstop fabric would be permeated by the rain, tamping the down fill and reducing the jacket’s warmth. However, the shell is a 20×30-denier 100% recycled polyester ripstop with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish and the lining is a 22-denier 100% recycled polyester ripstop with a DWR finish. This resulted in no issues with keeping me warm and I didn’t have to break out the poncho a friend gave me. I stayed dry as well, but I still have a rain jacket that I plan on utilizing as another layer of defense in heavier downpours or torrential monsoons in the future. You can never be too prepared!
This leads me to another amazing feature of this jacket. It has an inner pocket on the left side, convenient for storing your phone, keys, or anything you need quick access to. Well, turn this pocket inside out and it doubles as a stuff sack for the jacket. Once inside the sack, it makes a great pillow!
Much love and Aloha,
your Pata-gucci wearing clueless wanderer