Monday, April 10, 2017

Patagonia?

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Reader Question for the Community:
I was curious what other people thoughts on Patagonia were.   It used to be such a focused company but now it seems like just another North Face.  Is the quality still there? Or has Patagonia lost its mojo?











29 comments:

  1. Not really the answer you may be looking for, but...

    Grey quarter zip Patagonias have recently become a sort of de facto uniform (the new white coat?) for some doctors, commonly worn by surgical residents over their scrubs in my New England teaching hospital. Bonus points if they are embroidered with the residency program.

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  2. Love the story pictures, thank you!

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  3. Unlike North Face, Patagonia has a soul and a mission. They invest in their products, and their employees. They're stronger and ever...

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  4. Patagonia seems more fashion-oriented now. My fleece shell is very sturdy and likely durable but untested, since I rarely wear it for being so uncomfortable. I wear a fleece layer daily from early Autumn through late Spring, and find myself reaching for the Orvis products more than any other brand.

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    1. Orvis jackets and fleece can't even be in the same category as Patagonia. Arc'teryx is the only company that can be on the same playing field !

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  5. In my opinion, Patagonia is still a quality company who holds on to its integrity. The are still privately owned (unlike North Face) and not publicly traded. Beginning this month, you can trade in used articles for credit towards new merchandise. My hope is that Patagonia continues on this path.

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  6. We love Patagonia...My husband is on his 3rd generation rain jacket. Patagonia replaced the first one when it started to delaminate - it was at least 3 yrs. old at the time. They have since replaced that jacket and his present jacket is maybe 2-3 years old. No questions, just a phone call and they stand by their products. As for me, it's micro-fleece and fleece. I find the sizing a bit tricky, but customer service is always helpful.

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  7. Please don't compare Patagonia to The North Face. Yvon Chouinard is a hero.

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  8. This posted question makes me wonder many things, this is a loaded question to begin with.

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  9. I have several semi-vintage snap-t fleece and fleece hats from Patagonia which are fine. I also have a Patagonia Hollofill "jacket" that is the warmest piece of clothing I own. It weighs nothing but the outer fabric will rip if you come within 2 feet of a stone or brick wall. It's easily repairable, and it is designed to be lightweight (and worn under a shell if near anything sharp), That said, the technical parkas I've worn in cold and/or nasty weather for the last 30 years have been from Marmot, which makes excellent jackets — well designed and engineered, and extremely durable.

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    1. I like Marmot, also. This past season I was in need of a down coat and compared Marmot with Canada Goose. I ended up with a long Marmot down coat for about a third of the price and have had no regrets. As you mentioned, Jay, well designed and engineered. It looks great and came in blue! I wonder what I have done all these years without it.

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  10. Around here (the "tail" of CT), those Patagonia "Michelin Man" down jackets are the identifing plumage of a certain ivasive species of "bird" we'll call "The Engaged Progressive;" socially insecure types constantly running/biking/jumping into 38 degree water for charity, who conspicuously eats organic kale if anything at all, votes Democratic, marches for nebulous "rights" they think for some strange reason someone's about to "lose," and of course, are all in to Save the Planet (TM). All seem cut from the same well-monied, cosmopolitan, peerlessly educated ectomorphic cloth, and they all have one thing in common besides being boring as hell--never IN THEIR LIVES have they actually gotten dirty doing anything REAL. Only in this town could "farming" now be a MUSEUM based activity!

    As Bill the Cat used to say, "Ackk! Thpppt!" ;-)

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    1. soooooo true, en pointe!

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    2. Well stated! I can't wait to pass your comment to my husband who will give you a standing ovation.

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    3. "The Engaged Progressive"...the other white meat, as we use to say in the '80's for yuppies.

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    4. Are you in Easton or Redding?

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  11. I shared some thoughts on this question several years ago, on the Daily Prep, when I was still in the outdoor retail business. It would be interesting to see them again, if they are available from an archive.

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  12. Patagonia's Snap-T pullovers and jackets are an integral part of my cool-weather uniform. I wear them for all kinds of outdoor activities, including running errands, hiking, and yard work. The quality is excellent, the logos not over the top, and the company is committed to corporate responsibility throughout their supply chain. Although some of the colors can be odd, they usually have grays and blues each season. They do add new products each year, but they continue to offer their classics (several of which are shown in this post), and I see no differences between the Snap-Ts from 10 years ago and those from last year.

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  13. There's an informative article in The Guardian called, "Patagonia and The North Face: saving the world - one puffer jacket at a time" that outdoor gear enthusiasts might like to read.

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  14. Patagonia entire bikini and board short line is entirely fair trade certified! This is just a start and working on expanding. They gave out over 10 million dollars in grants to environmental causes on the busiest shopping day of the year in 2016! The company stands behind a 100% ironclad guarantee and has the largest repair facility in North America all which any repair is free including shipping. All this and still ranking consistently​ in the top two retailers for outdoor jackets and fleece in the market! I could go on but think that this is a good start.

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  15. Their products aren't all made in the USA, but they have a large commitment to ethical sourcing and manufacturing practices. I like the company.

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  16. The green of that vest and pullover is such a beautiful shade and sadly so difficult to find!

    --EM

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  17. I hate the color selection on most of the men's clothing. I am having all sorts of trouble spending about $85 in a gift card from a return I made last year. I just can't find anything that looks like I'd wear it even if it's made well of recycled water bottles...

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  18. Tertiary colors galore. Sad. Also woman's clothing have what i call girlie pockets, shallow and somewhat useless. Retail store in East Village is snooty. I don't understand that at all that point of purchase engagement is so important.

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  19. Depends on what you want the particular piece of clothing to do. Athletic/Hard Use? Arc'teryx. Fashion about town? TNF. More Hipster-flage? Patagonia. Doesn't melt/non-plastic? Barbour.

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