Patagonia’s Mission

Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.

Our Reason for Being

Patagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. Alpinism remains at the heart of a worldwide business that still makes clothes for climbing – as well as for skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, paddling and trail running. These are all silent sports. None require a motor; none deliver the cheers of a crowd. In each sport, reward comes in the form of hard-won grace and moments of connection between us and nature.

Our values reflect those of a business started by a band of climbers and surfers, and the minimalist style they promoted. The approach we take towards product design demonstrates a bias for simplicity and utility.

For us at Patagonia, a love of wild and beautiful places demands participation in the fight to save them, and to help reverse the steep decline in the overall environmental health of our planet. We donate our time, services and at least 1% of our sales to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups all over the world who work to help reverse the tide.

We know that our business activity – from lighting stores to dyeing shirts – creates pollution as a by-product. So we work steadily to reduce those harms. We use recycled polyester in many of our clothes and only organic, rather than pesticide-intensive, cotton.

Staying true to our core values during thirty-plus years in business has helped us create a company we're proud to run and work for. And our focus on making the best products possible has brought us success in the marketplace.


 

Shell, Yeah! We landed recycled materials in 100% of our waterproof shells—without sacrificing performance or durability. And they’re all Fair Trade Certified™ sewn.

Recycled material in all Patagonia Waterproofs

It was a massive endeavor to be the first to pull off using recycled materials in all our waterproof shells—it took years of rigorous durability and wet-weather testing and a multi-level, multi-national process with suppliers—but we got to a point when we decided a shell either uses recycled fabrics and is Fair Trade Certified™ sewn, or we won’t make it. Shell, Yeah!

Galvanized Waterproof Jacket

Unrestricted movement and protection for the worst conditions, the Galvanized Jacket—which now uses 100% recycled polyester—stretches, breathes and shrugs off heavy weather for those exploring the alpine’s boldest terrain. Fair Trade Certified sewn.

  • H2No™ Performance Standard shell: 3-layer, 4.4-oz 50-denier 88% recycled polyester/12% elastane stretch woven with a jersey-knit backer and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • Medium weighs: 516g

Calcite Gore-Tex Jacket

This light yet durable, packable GORE-TEX shell built with Paclite Plus Technology and 100% recycled face fabric is fully featured to keep you equipped and dry from summer thunderstorms to full winter conditions above tree line.

  • 2.5-layer, 3.4-oz 75-denier 100% recycled polyester plain-weave GORE-TEX Paclite® Plus shell with a textured backer and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
  • Medium weighs: 416g

Ascentionist Gore-Tex Jacket

For swift mountain pursuits when every gram counts, the new Ascensionist Jacket offers comfortable, reliable protection in a superbreathable, highly packable shell. Ideal for light-and-fast alpinism or high-output ski touring, the Ascensionist provides the refuge you need at just 13.1 oz—the lightest technical shell we make. 

  • 3-layer, 2.5-oz 30-denier 100% recycled nylon plain-weave GORE-TEX Active shell with GORE C Knit backer technology and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
  • Medium weighs: 372g

R1 Techface Pullover

A durable, highly technical climbing top with the ideal balance of warmth, breathability and protection. Designed to be abrasion resistant so it won’t shred against rock, with climbing-specific features like high-stretch cuffs and a deep center-front chest zipper.

The new R1® TechFace Pullover relies on its pared-down alpine attributes: It’s tough on the outside, soft where it counts and breathable throughout. The stretchy, lightweight double-weave fabric (partially recycled polyester, with spandex) offers significantly more wind resistance and durability than our traditional R1®, with smoother layering. A low-profile center-front zipper helps dump heat, the external zippered left-chest pocket doubles as a self-stuff sack (with carabiner clip-in loop) and sleek, low-bulk, snag-resistant stretch-knit cuffs push-up easily. With a DWR (durable water repellent) finish to shed excess moisture.

  • Lightweight double-weave fabric is soft and warm next to skin but doesn’t trap heat; face is durable and treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish to shed moisture
  • Stretch fabric and design supports a wide range of movement
  • Low-profile welted center-front zipper helps dump heat
  • External zippered left-chest pocket sits behind welt of center-front zipper
  • Self-stuffs into chest pocket with carabiner clip-in loop
  • Sleek, low-bulk, snag-resistant cuffs with stretch knit push up easily on forearms and provide versatile coverage and comfort

Capilene Cool

Our most versatile performance knit for use on trails or on the water stretches and moves with you for a wide range of comfort and provides Polygiene® permanent odor control. Made from 50-100% recycled content, Patagonia tech tees keep you comfortable when you’re working hard in conditions ranging from cool to hot. Fair Trade Certified™ sewn.

Soft, quick-drying and stretchy, our Capilene® Cool Daily is our most versatile performance knit for whatever you have planned. Whether you’re running, climbing or just hanging with friends it dries fast, wicks moisture and stretches, all while providing built-in 50+ UPF sun protection and Polygiene® permanent odor control (work out and go out, all in the same clothes). Made of 100% recycled polyester jersey (heathers and cross-dyes have 50% recycled content) Capilene® Cool Daily feels light, soft and forgiving on the skin and features a clean design with a put-together look. Details include set-in sleeves for chafe-free comfort and total shoulder mobility, MiDori® bioSoft (a plant seed-based multi-purpose fabric softener) to increase wicking speeds and ensure long-term softness, minimal stitching and seaming for maximum skin comfort and 50+ UPF sun protection. Capilene® Cool Daily is also Fair Trade Certified™ sewn, which means the people who made it earned a premium for their labor.

  • 100% recycled polyester jersey (heathers and cross-dyes have 50% recycled content). Fair Trade Certified™ sewn
  • Set-in sleeve design for enhanced movement and fit
  • Stretch fabric provides enhanced comfort during activities both in and out of water
  • MiDori® bioSoft for added wicking and softness
  • 50+ UPF sun protection
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