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Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia and accredited rock climber, began selling hand forged mountain climbing gear in 1957 through his company Chouinard Equipment. In 1970, Chouinard obtained rugby shirts from Scotland. Chouinard Equipment was forced to file for bankruptcy in 1989 when it lost a series of lawsuits claiming 'failure to inform' of safety issues related to usage of climbing hardware including one filed by the survivors of a climber who died in a fall after slipping out of a Chouinard climbing harness. The resultant increases in their product liability insurance were cited by Chouinard as the reason they stopped making climbing gear. The liquidated assets of the climbing gear side were purchased for $900,000 by Chouinard's longtime partner, Peter Metcalf, and reorganized as Black Diamond Equipment. Yvon Chouinard retained the profitable soft goods (clothing) division of the company which had already been rebranded as Patagonia.

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From large duffels to lightweight backpacks, Patagonia's Black Hole line is one of its most popular. And, in our opinion, the Black Hole Tote Pack might be the best buy of the whole bunch. A combo tote bag and backpack, the bag has convertible backpack straps and handle straps to easily transform at your convenience. And despite its roomy 27-liter capacity, it's very lightweight, weighing in at only 13 ounces. To seal the deal, right now you can score the tote pack on rare sale at REI in the Coriander Brown colorway, bringing the original $89 price tag down to only $60.

Made of 100 percent recycled nylon, the tote pack is ultra-durable. And despite its no-frills design, it has a few handy features that really make it worth a purchase. The bag has mesh water bottle holders and an easy-access external pocket for your phone, keys and whatever else you might need on the go. Plus, the cushioned back could double as a seat cushion while traveling. And the kicker is, when not in use, the bag folds up into itself for easy storage in your closet or a suitcase.

Patagonia's Black Hole bags rarely go on sale. In fact, they're known to sell out from time to time. So take advantage of this amazing deal before it's too late.

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GORE-TEX Reveals New ePE Membrane: Patagonia Outlet, Arc’teryx & More Buy In

GORE-TEX Expanded Polyethylene debuts for fall 2022, promising long-lasting durability, a lower carbon footprint, and lighter weight.

Outdoor industry giant GORE-TEX is so ubiquitous that even small changes to its patented weather-proofing technology reverberate across countless brands and products.

Because of that, details from an announcement made today by the Maryland-based textile leader regarding its all-new waterproof-breathable membrane — its hallmark technology — will send ripples across the industry and may change performance standards in outerwear.

Lofty claims, to be certain, but the unveiling of expanded polyethylene (ePE) already has other industry titans buying in — including Patagonia, Arc’teryx, and more.

“GORE’s commitment to launching ePE directly supports our initiative to reduce our carbon impact by about 65% by 2030,” Arc’teryx director of advanced research, Greg Grenzke, said.

Grenzke teased that ePE would debut in the Arc’teryx line in its Ralle (men’s) and Coelle (women’s) jackets for fall 2022.

We’ve previously reported on details about ePE’s tech. Here’s what we know about GORE’s latest wünder material, and how brands will use it for the fall 2022 season.

GORE-TEX ePE Membrane

GORE-TEX lauds ePE as “a key milestone in GORE’s ongoing sustainability journey.” And that sustainability element is a significant part of both the impetus behind the innovation and brands’ interest in it.

According to GORE, ePE boasts a smaller carbon footprint than its traditional waterproof-breathable membranes. This is thanks to ePE’s more diminutive profile — it has less mass and less overall material, which translates to less energy input, water usage, and carbon output.

Moreover, the ePE membrane is PFC-free, a goal that has rapidly become an industry-wide standard. This lighter membrane can also bond with selected backers and face fabrics — like recycled, solution-dyed, or undyed materials — to ensure the performance elements integrate with a variety of sustainable product constructions.

“This was an ask and a pressure we put on our friends and partners at GORE for a long time,” said Kristo Torgersen, Patagonia’s mountains brand and business lead. “We saw the future of waterproof breathables being in a non-fluorinated chemistry. We set out to eliminate PFCs from the membrane, but we got so much more.”

In addition to its environmental focus, GORE claims ePE possesses long-lasting garment life, fully windproof protection, high breathability, and durable waterproofing.

Where to Find GORE-TEX ePE

In addition to Arc’teryx’s Ralle and Coelle jackets, Patagonia will employ ePE on its Storm Shift ski and snowboard shell kits.

The new membrane will also appear in a variety of both performance and lifestyle products from adidas, Salomon, Dakine, Reusch, and Ziener.

Stay tuned, as GearJunkie will test GORE-TEX ePE in a variety of iterations to see how it stacks up. Learn more about GORE-TEX ePE.

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Billionaire No More: Patagonia Outlet Founder Gives Away the Company

A half century after founding the outdoor apparel maker Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, the eccentric rock climber who became a reluctant billionaire with his unconventional spin on capitalism, has given the company away.

Rather than selling the company or taking it public, Mr. Chouinard, his wife and two adult children have transferred their ownership of Patagonia, valued at about $3 billion, to a specially designed trust and a nonprofit organization. They were created to preserve the company’s independence and ensure that all of its profits — some $100 million a year — are used to combat climate change and protect undeveloped land around the globe.

The unusual move comes at a moment of growing scrutiny for billionaires and corporations, whose rhetoric about making the world a better place is often overshadowed by their contributions to the very problems they claim to want to solve.

At the same time, Mr. Chouinard’s relinquishment of the family fortune is in keeping with his longstanding disregard for business norms, and his lifelong love for the environment.

“Hopefully this will influence a new form of capitalism that doesn’t end up with a few rich people and a bunch of poor people,” Mr. Chouinard, 83, said in an exclusive interview. “We are going to give away the maximum amount of money to people who are actively working on saving this planet.”


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Patagonia will continue to operate as a private, for-profit corporation based in Ventura, Calif., selling more than $1 billion worth of jackets, hats and ski pants each year. But the Chouinards, who controlled Patagonia until last month, no longer own the company.

In August, the family irrevocably transferred all the company’s voting stock, equivalent to 2 percent of the overall shares, into a newly established entity known as the Patagonia Purpose Trust.

The trust, which will be overseen by members of the family and their closest advisers, is intended to ensure that Patagonia makes good on its commitment to run a socially responsible business and give away its profits. Because the Chouinards donated their shares to a trust, the family will pay about $17.5 million in taxes on the gift.

] The Chouinard family irrevocably transferred all the company’s voting stock into a newly established entity known as the Patagonia Purpose Trust in August.Credit...Laure Joliet for The New York Times

The Chouinards then donated the other 98 percent of Patagonia, its common shares, to a newly established nonprofit organization called the Holdfast Collective, which will now be the recipient of all the company’s profits and use the funds to combat climate change. Because the Holdfast Collective is a 501(c)(4), which allows it to make unlimited political contributions, the family received no tax benefit for its donation.

“There was a meaningful cost to them doing it, but it was a cost they were willing to bear to ensure that this company stays true to their principles,” said Dan Mosley, a partner at BDT & Co., a merchant bank that works with ultrawealthy individuals including Warren Buffett, and who helped Patagonia design the new structure. “And they didn’t get a charitable deduction for it. There is no tax benefit here whatsoever.”

Barre Seid, a Republican donor, is the only other example in recent memory of a wealthy business owner who gave away his company for philanthropic and political causes. But Mr. Seid took a different approach in giving 100 percent of his electronics company to a nonprofit organization, reaping an enormous personal tax windfall as he made a $1.6 billion gift to fund conservative causes, including efforts to stop action on climate change.

By giving away the bulk of their assets during their lifetime, the Chouinards — Yvon, his wife Malinda, and their two children, Fletcher and Claire, who are both in their 40s — have established themselves as among the most charitable families in the country.

“This family is a way outlier when you consider that most billionaires give only a tiny fraction of their net worth away every year,” said David Callahan, founder of the website Inside Philanthropy.

“Even those who have signed the Giving Pledge don’t give away that much, and tend to get richer every year,” Mr. Callahan added, referring to the commitment by hundreds of billionaires to give away the bulk of their fortunes.

Patagonia has already donated $50 million to the Holdfast Collective, and expects to contribute another $100 million this year, making the new organization a major player in climate philanthropy.

Mr. Mosley said the story was unlike any other he had seen in his career. “In my 30 plus years of estate planning, what the Chouinard family has done is really remarkable,” he said. “It’s irrevocably committed. They can’t take it back out again, and they don’t want to ever take it back out again.”

For Mr. Chouinard, it was even simpler than that, providing a satisfactory resolution to the matter of succession planning.

“I didn’t know what to do with the company because I didn’t ever want a company,” he said from his home in Jackson, Wyo. “I didn’t want to be a businessman. Now I could die tomorrow and the company is going to continue doing the right thing for the next 50 years, and I don’t have to be around.”

“Hopefully this will influence a new form of capitalism that doesn’t end up with a few rich people and a bunch of poor people,” said Mr. Chouinard.Credit...Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

In some ways, the forfeiture of Patagonia is not terribly surprising coming from Mr. Chouinard.

As a pioneering rock climber in California’s Yosemite Valley in the 1960s, Mr. Chouinard lived out of his car and ate damaged cans of cat food that he bought for five cents apiece.

Even today, he wears raggedy old clothes, drives a beat up Subaru and splits his time between modest homes in Ventura and Jackson, Wyo. Mr. Chouinard does not own a computer or a cellphone.

Patagonia, which Mr. Chouinard founded in 1973, became a company that reflected his own idealistic priorities, as well as those of his wife. The company was an early adopter of everything from organic cotton to on-site child care, and famously discouraged consumers from buying its products, with an advertisement on Black Friday in The New York Times that read, “Don’t Buy This Jacket.”

The company has given away 1 percent of its sales for decades, mostly to grass roots environmental activists. And in recent years, the company has become more politically active, going so far as to sue the Trump administration in a bid to protect the Bears Ears National Monument.

Yet as Patagonia’s sales soared, Mr. Chouinard’s own net worth continued to climb, creating an uncomfortable conundrum for an outsider who abhors excessive wealth.

“I was in Forbes magazine listed as a billionaire, which really, really pissed me off,” he said. “I don’t have $1 billion in the bank. I don’t drive Lexuses.”

The Forbes ranking, and then the Covid-19 pandemic, helped set in motion a process that would unfold over the past two years, and ultimately lead to the Chouinards giving away the company.

In mid-2020, Mr. Chouinard began telling his closest advisers, including Ryan Gellert, the company’s chief executive, that if they couldn’t find a good alternative, he was prepared to sell the company.

“One day he said to me, ‘Ryan, I swear to God, if you guys don’t start moving on this, I’m going to go get the Fortune magazine list of billionaires and start cold calling people,’” Mr. Gellert said. “At that point we realized he was serious.”

Patagonia has become more politically active, going so far as to sue the Trump administration in a bid to protect the Bears Ears National Monument.Credit...Laure Joliet for The New York Times

Using the code name Project Chacabuco, a reference to a fishing spot in Chile, a small group of Patagonia lawyers and board members began working on possibilities.

Over the next several months, the group explored a range of options, including selling part or all of the company, turning Patagonia into a cooperative with the employees as owners, becoming a nonprofit, and even using a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC.

“We kind of turned over every stone, but there just weren’t really any good options that could accomplish their goals,” said Hilary Dessouky, Patagonia’s general counsel.

The easiest paths, selling the company or taking it public, would have given Mr. Chouinard ample financial resources to fund conservation initiatives. That was the strategy pursued by his best friend, Doug Tompkins, founder of the clothing companies Esprit and The North Face.

But Mr. Chouinard had no faith that Patagonia would be able to prioritize things like worker well-being and funding climate action as a public company.

“I don’t respect the stock market at all,” he said. “Once you’re public, you’ve lost control over the company, and you have to maximize profits for the shareholder, and then you become one of these irresponsible companies.”

They also considered simply leaving the company to Fletcher and Claire. But even that option didn’t work, because the children didn’t want the company.

“It was important to them that they were not seen as the financial beneficiaries,” Mr. Gellert said. “They felt very strongly about it. I know it can sound flippant, but they really embody this notion that every billionaire is a policy failure.”

Finally, the legal team and board members landed on a solution.

In December, at a daylong meeting in the hills above Ventura, the entire team came together for the first time since the pandemic began. Meeting outside, surrounded by oak trees and avocado orchards, all four Chouinards, along with their team of advisers, agreed to move ahead.

“We still had a million and one things to figure out, but it started to feel like this might actually work,” Mr. Gellert said.

Credit...Natalie Behring for The New York Times

Now that the future of Patagonia’s ownership is clear, the company will have to make good on its lofty ambitions to simultaneously run a profitable corporation while tackling climate change.

Some experts caution that without the Chouinard family having a financial stake in Patagonia, the company and the related entities could lose their focus. While the children remain on Patagonia’s payroll and the elder Chouinards have enough to live comfortably on, the company will no longer be distributing any profits to the family.

“What makes capitalism so successful is that there’s motivation to succeed,” said Ted Clark, executive director of the Northeastern University Center for Family Business. “If you take all the financial incentives away, the family will have essentially no more interest in it except a longing for the good old days.”

As for how the Holdfast Collective will distribute Patagonia’s profits, Mr. Chouinard said much of the focus will be on nature-based climate solutions such as preserving wild lands. And as a 501(c)(4), the Holdfast Collective will also be able to build on Patagonia’s history of funding grass roots activists but it could also lobby and donate to political campaigns.

For the Chouinards, it resolves the question of what will happen to Patagonia after its founder is gone, ensuring that the company’s profits will be put to work protecting the planet.

“I feel a big relief that I’ve put my life in order,” Mr. Chouinard said. “For us, this was the ideal solution.”

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With the seasons changing and the air getting cooler, now is the perfect time to gear up for a beautiful outdoor excursion this fall. Whether you're a hiker, camper or general outdoor enthusiast, Patagonia Web Specials have all the best deals on apparel and gear.  

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Right now you can grab up to 50% off post-season apparel for women, men and kids, as well as gear and packs, which means you'll be fully prepared for your next adventure. Patagonia’s products come with the brand's signature Ironclad guarantee, which means if you’re unhappy with your purchase, you can get a refund, replacement or repair. 

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To make shopping Patagonia's sales even easier, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite deals and answered frequently asked questions about the brand.

The best deals at Patagonia 

  • Patagonia Women's Endless Ride Liner Shorts for $38.99 (Save $40.01)
  • Patagonia Men's Back Step Shirt for $40.99 (Save $28.01)
  • Patagonia Men's Long-Sleeved Fjord Flannel Shirt for $43.99 (Save $45.01)
  • Patagonia Men's Baggies 5-Inch Shorts for $44.99 (Save $20.01)
  • Patagonia Men's Better Sweater Fleece Henley Pullover for $58.99 (Save $60.01) 
  • Patagonia Women’s Woolyester Fleece Pullover for $68.99 (Save $70.01)
  • Patagonia Middle Fork Pack 30L for $73.99 (Save $75.01)
  • Patagonia Slope Runner Pack 8L for $83.99 (Save $85.01)
  • Patagonia Women's Nano Puff Vest for $103.99 (Save $45.01)
  • Patagonia Women’s Fiona Parka for $148.99 (Save $150.01)

What is Patagonia?

Patagonia is an outdoor and gear company specializing in adventure-ready goods that are meant to last a lifetime. The company sells a variety of goods ranging from outdoor jackets to fishing gear.

What are the best deals to shop at Patagonia? 

Patagonia’s Better Sweater fleece jacket is Reviewed-approved for the way it “feels worn-in, snug, plush and stylishly versatile all in one,” according to our staff. Several versions of the popular piece are featured in the sale, including the Men's Better Sweater Henley fleece pullover for $58.99, saving you $60.01. 

Since fall is right around the corner, you can also get ready for the colder weather with discounts on vests, jackets and sweaters. Grab the brand's Women's Fiona parka for $148.99, saving you $150.01. From outdoor gear to fleece favorites for the whole family, you can save on tons of must-have styles when you shop Patagonia's Web Specials. 

Does Patagonia have sales?

Yes. Patagonia offers sales throughout the year along with discounted prices in the Web Specials section all year round. The section is stocked with discounted designs even when it’s not a sale event, however, so it’s worth checking back even if you miss out on the major markdowns this time around. Selection and sizing availability typically changes every few weeks.

What are Patagonia Web Specials?

In order to make way for new styles, the brand regularly discounts older ones. Many times, you’ll see significant savings on jackets, vests, pullovers, pants, tops, accessories and gear.

Why is Patagonia so expensive?

Patagonia’s products are built to last a lifetime. If you’re ever unhappy with your purchase or if it doesn't work, you can always request a refund, a replacement or repair—this guarantee adds to the price tag.

Where do I find the Web Specials page?

You'll see "Web Specials" linked in the dropdown menu under "Shop" on the homepage. (Alternately, you can bookmark this story!) Note that Patagonia almost never promotes its sales on its main page, so checking the Web Specials section itself is the best way to find deals.

Why shop Patagonia?

Not only is Patagonia one of the best-known outdoor brands in the world, the company has made durability and environmental stewardship cornerstones of its brand identity. Some of the programs include the Ironclad Guarantee, product recycling program Worn Wear, and a commitment since 1985 to donate 1% of sales to preservation and restoration efforts through 1% for the Planet. 

What is Patagonia's Ironclad Guarantee?

Patagonia has built their product to last. As such, they guarantee any product they make. If you’re not happy with your purchase, you have a few options to choose from: You can return the item to the store or online to get a full refund; you can request a replacement in-store or online; or, for minor damage, you can request a DIY repair kit to be sent to you (or you can take it into stores). For larger repairs, you can send it in to the repair center. Please look below for a more detailed explanation about the repair process.

What is the repair process like?

With every purchase, you can get a free repair. (Note that repairs to highly technical items such as wetsuits may incur a fee.). For small tears or holes, Patagonia will send you a patch kit. For larger issues, stores can do minor repairs on site or you can send it in to their repair team in Reno, Nevada—you cover the shipping cost.

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Backcountry takes up to 70% off fall gear from $15: Patagonia Outlet Online, North Face, more

Backcountry offersup to 70% off fall gear and apparel from top brands. Prices are as marked. Inside this sale you can score deals on Patagonia, The North Face, Sorel, Stoic, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, and more. Customers receive free delivery on orders of $50 or more. The men’s Patagonia Classic Synchilla Vest is currently marked down to $47 and originally sold for $79. This vest is an awesome layering option for cooler weather and it’s available in four color options. It’s great for hiking as well due to its packable design and it has three zippered pockets to store essentials. Find even more deals by heading below or you can shop the entire sale here.

Our top picks for men include:

  • Patagonia Better Sweater Henley Shirt $77 (Orig. $119)
  • The North Face Printed Lyons Jacket $48 (Orig. $99)
  • Patagonia Classic Synchilla Vest $47 (Orig. $79)
  • Patagonia Shearling Button Pullover Fleece$97 (Orig. $149)
  • Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket $104 (Orig. $149)
  • …and even more deals…

Our top picks for women include:

  • Patagonia Los Gatos 1/4-Zip Jacket $64 (Orig. $109)
  • Backcountry Knit Skort $20 (Orig. $68)
  • Patagonia Re-Tool 1/2-Zip Pullover $90 (Orig. $135)
  • Patagonia Retro Pile Vest$77 (Orig. $129)
  • Patagonia Radalie Lightweight Bomber Jacket $104 (Orig. $149)
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Patagonia’s New Fast-And-Light Vest Pack Outlet Online Sale Is Best in Class

As I crested my second col of the day and peered down at the 3,000-foot valley ahead, a gust of wind chilled me instantly after the effort of the climb. Knowing the descent down the switchbacks to a small rifugio could be a cold one, I pulled a windbreaker from my pack. Halfway through a quest to run Alta Via 1—also known as the Dolomite High Route—in three days, I was grateful for the volume of the Slope Runner Exploration pack ($179) that Patagonia had lent me to test for a few months.

My route spanned nearly 100 miles across the Italian Alps, with more than 26 thousand feet of elevation gain and loss, which meant I had to move fast and light. Thankfully, the trail passes more than a dozen huts where I could refill water, load up on butter-heavy calories, and bunk for the night—allowing me to pare down my kit to the weight of a typical day pack. Still, my mission required considerable essentials: poles, raincoat, puffy, buff, gloves, sunglasses, headlamp, stroopwafels, electrolytes, two 500m flasks, first aid kit, InReach satellite communicator, emergency shelter—and the much-appreciated windbreaker.

The run was an ideal setting for testing the Exploration, a new 18-liter vest-pack hybrid built on the fundamentals of the brand’s existing Slope Runner series. This version carries on the line’s tradition of keeping things simple and highly functional, while expanding the storage capacity by more than double the volume. The pack has a large main compartment, four front pockets on the shoulder straps, one hidden zippered pocket, and one external lash point for an ice ax, poles, or helmet.

But the new Exploration is different from its smaller siblings in more than just size. Patagonia designed the Exploration for big alpine missions and overnight trips that necessitate more gear than a typical running vest, but also require agility and comfort for long days. The pack accommodates bulky items like a small sleeping bag or bivvy, and carries moderate weight with little bounce or movement on your back, thanks to a top cinch closure paired with added elastic cords that loop into the shoulder straps to pull volume and weight close to your body.

Patagonia tapped the expertise of athletes like ultrarunner Luke Nelson to dial features in the Exploration. “I spent several years working with the designers to build this adventure vest,” Nelson told me. “I’ve used it for Tor Des Geants, multi-day running in Nepal, and dozens of adventures in the backyard. I think it is a great fusion of simplicity with just the features you need to get way out there.”

Having tested it in the Tetons and Cascades myself, I wanted to see how the Exploration would handle multi-day use and abuse, and the timing worked out to employ it on the High Route in northern Italy.

The good news is that the pack does an incredible job at the most important thing: carrying weight securely, even while running at a good clip. At one point I was hauling 15 pounds comfortably while negotiating steep switchbacks at speed. To date I’ve had zero chafing or wear issues, and often forgot how much I was carrying on my back. This is a rare feat. It’s easy to make a pack that carries a lot; it’s harder to make one that doesn’t bounce or sway while doing it. Oh, and the pack itself weighs only one pound.

The biggest downside is the design of the main compartment. It’s completely unstructured, so to stay organized, I packed my gear in stuff sacks, then put them inside the large compartment. I didn’t mind using the smaller sacks—it helped keep things organized and within reach. But what did bother me was the surprisingly narrow opening, making it cumbersome to take gear in and out (especially larger items like a camera). Another knock: while the pack comes with a weather-resistant DWR finish, the top closure doesn’t seal completely, so I often used a pack cover in heavy rain, just to be safe. These feel like obvious fixes for the next iteration.

Some of the Exploration’s finer details became noticeable over time. A perforated stiffener panel adds structure to the back, improving stability with moderate and heavy weights. The front pockets are easy to use and have enough space for snacks, full flasks, and other small essentials. Plus, I’ve found the 210-denier, 100 percent recycled ripstop nylon used for the body shell to be incredibly durable thus far, despite brushes against rocks and brambles and regularly being tossed into the corner of huts.

Overall I rank this vest-pack hybrid as one of the best in its class for its ability to carry weight much more comfortably than its competitors. This supersedes all other functionality for anyone looking to get into long alpine linkups, fast scrambles, and warm-weather fast-and-light missions.


Similar Models

Osprey Duro/Dyna—15 liter

Designed with a large hydration bladder and multiple compartments, the Duro (men’s) and Dyna (women’s) packs are great options for fast and light trail running. The best feature is the comfortable hip belt that helps take weight off your shoulders.

Black Diamond Distance—15 liter

Another running vest meets hybrid alpine pack, the Distance was one of the first in this new category. Durable and simple, the primary downside is that it doesn’t carry heavy loads as smoothly and stably as others.

Ultimate Direction Fastpack—20 liter

This larger, feature-heavy design helps it stand out from the Exploration and others. However, while it can carry more in the main compartment and external pockets, we found the large shape and frame harder to run quickly with.

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Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket Outlet Review: A Classic Shell Jacket Gets New Tech:

Newly updated — the Patagonia Torrentshell 3L gets a big upgrade in the waterproofing department.

We love a good comeback story, but the truth is that the Torrentshell rain jacket hasn’t ever fallen out of style. It has only gotten better. One of Patagonia’s most popular jackets, the Torrentshell 3L Jacket has staying power, and for good reason.

In its current adaptation, the Torrentshell gains a half layer in its proprietary Patagonia H2No membrane over its predecessor, and with it a bump in overall waterproofing and durability. But more so than that, it’s the jacket’s overall versatility and accessibility that has won us over.

We tested the latest version of the Torrentshell 3L jacket in Washington state’s Cascades this spring. We found that at its price range, there are few other jackets that can compete with the value this jacket provides. It may not be the most breathable or packable rain jacket, but for general hiking and everyday use, it’s easily one of the first we’d reach for. 

In short: At $150, the Torrentshell 3L Jacket undercuts plenty of other jackets — and beats them out in a good number of metrics. A newly updated three-layer H2No waterproof membrane brings this classic piece into the present, and makes it a viable choice for anyone looking for a grab-and-go shell.

Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket Review

Torrentshell 3L: Specs

  • Waterproof membrane: Proprietary H2No three-layer
  • Waterproof rating: 20,000mm/24 hrs.
  • Breathability rating: Unpublished
  • Pit zips: No
  • Fit: Regular
  • Weight: 13.9 oz.
  • Price:  $150


Brewed up especially for Patagonia, the proprietary H2No Performance Standard technology used in the Torrentshell specs out at 20,000mm waterproofness, which proved in our testing to be far sufficient to keep out nasty downpours and gales.

The new three-layer membrane adds an additional tricot backing, which improves moisture wicking and helps keep the membrane clear of body oils that would otherwise block and impede waterproof performance. We see this as an excellent update to the Torrentshell jacket.

This additional layer does come with a penalty in weight and bulk (our two primary complaints), but considering that most other competing rain jackets utilize a 2.5-layer membrane, you gain a considerable amount of waterproofing for the tradeoff.

Jackets like the Outdoor Research Dryline or the Mountain Hardwear Stretch Ozonic both come in at a similar price point but won’t provide the same long-lasting waterproofness.


There are no published breathability ratings for H2No waterproof membranes (trust us, we’ve scoured the internet). But, in testing, we found the Patagonia Torrentshell 3L’s ability to breathe as better than other 2.5-layer jackets, and about as good as other three-layer shells.

Compared to a jacket like the 66 North Snaefell, which uses a Polartec NeoShell three-layer membrane, the difference is noticeable, but that jacket runs $375 more. And for the money, the Torrentshell is absolutely capable. 

During difficult climbs, we needed to vent with the pit zips, which isn’t uncommon, and we were thankful for the dual-zippered underarm openings to keep air flowing.


With a stiffer feel than some other rain jackets, the Torrentshell feels like a rain jacket of old, and does produce a bit of a crinkle when in use. We’re unsure if this is due in part to the 100% recycled (50% pre-consumer, 50% post-consumer nylon) face fabric, but it makes sense to chalk it up to that. We’d imagine with some use this jacket would break in and become more supple. 

The added wicking textile on the interior of the jacket does increase the overall comfort and feel, but the shell is missing a few key niceties (soft chin guard, please!).

Weight & Packed Size

At 13.9 ounces, the Torrentshell isn’t your wispy trail runner’s emergency shell, but it’s not designed to be. Patagonia’s own Storm10 Jacket uses the same three-layer version of its H2No waterproof membrane, but it comes in at a svelte 8.3 ounces overall. The Torrentshell’s weight and bulk are largely due to its 50D nylon ripstop face fabric and burlier construction. 

Patagonia was certainly channeling its Wear it For Life ethos and aimed to create a jacket that would stand up to seasons of abuse — and they nailed it with the Torrentshell. 

Zippers, Pockets, and Hood

As a more budget-minded jacket, the Torrentshell doesn’t make use of any waterproof zippers that are seen in higher-end rain shells. Instead, the main zipper sports a unique three-fold storm flap arrangement that encases the zipper and seals out weather, which we found to work well. The same storm flap design is found on the hand pocket zippers and pit zips.

The right-hand pocket has a double-sided zipper and carabiner loop, meaning the entire shell can be stuffed into it for ease of transport. The hood, while not helmet-compatible, did fit well and is two-way adjustable with a laminated brim.

Sustainability & Durability

Patagonia’s decision to make the Torrentshell out of its three-layer H2No waterproof membrane will certainly up the durability of the jacket in the long run, along with the thicker 50D face fabric. We struggle to think that anything but the most brutal treatment would begin to wear down this jacket, and in testing, we couldn’t put a scratch on it.

We’ve previously hailed the Torrentshell as being highly sustainable, but also understand there’s no free lunch. Reaching for a jacket that has tipped the scales in any one direction typically means it’s more liable to suffer in another metric.

For sustainable jackets, that often boils down to overall performance. Rain jackets of old used all types of petrochemicals to achieve their waterproof performance. While Patagonia is making moves to use only fluorocarbon-free DWR finishes in all of its outerwear by fall 2022, the Torrentshell unfortunately still uses the old stuff.


The Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket would make an easy choice for anyone looking to grab a rain jacket and go. The newly updated three-layer H2No waterproof membrane greatly improved this already classic jacket, and places it head and shoulders above others in the same range.

A highly sustainable build — featuring 100% recycled face fabric, Fair Trade certified sewing, and a PU membrane that incorporates 13% bio-based content — rounds out this everyday shell. The jacket does make some concessions, namely in average breathability, bulkier packed size, and stiffer fabric. But at the $150 price point, few jackets come close to touching it in terms of accessible performance.

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Backcountry just dropped a huge Semi-Annual sale—save up to 60% on Patagonia Outlet Store and Smartwool

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Sales on high-quality outerwear can be few and far between. No need to break the bank on hiking and outdoor essentials, however—right now you can save big on everything from leggings and zip ups to jackets and polos at Backcountry. We found savings on Patagonia, The North Face, Smartwool and so much more. 

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Whether you're on the hunt for lightweight gear that will let you enjoy the last bits of warm weather in style or bulkier pieces that will keep you toasty as temperatures drop, Backcountry's Semi-Annual sale offers savings across all categories. Now through Labor Day weekend you can save as much as 60% on outerwear that's sure to keep you on-trend on the trails.  

One great pick for fall is the Patagonia Shelled Synchilla women's jacket, down from $179 to just $107.40 right now—an impressive 40% markdown. Designed for all-day comfort and warmth, the jacket is wind and water-resistant and features an interior fleece lining and hand pockets. Other Patagonia jackets have seriously impressed us with their versatility and style, so we're sure this zip up will please. 

Hitting the green for one last warm-weather putt? You won't regret picking up the Smartwool Merino Sport men's short-sleeve button-up shirt. Made with the same durability and comfort as Smartwool socks, this trendy shirt features soft and odor-resistant Merino wool. The button-down will effortlessly take you from the golf course to a backyard barbecue in style thanks to its sleek design and flatlock seams. Usually ringing up for $85, you can take home this sporty style for as little as $59.50 today. 

For hitting the trails, the green or the slopes, Backcountry has all your shopping needs covered. Shop the Semi-Annual sale today for stylish savings on most-wanted outerwear and outdoor gear. 

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Patagonia Women's Dual Aspect Jacket Outlet Online and Bibs: Stay dry in the mountains without sacrificing comfort or function

There are a lot of choices out on the market when it comes to cold-weather gear. And for those discerning buyers who are looking for something that not only keeps you dry but also keeps up with you as you sweat—skinning or climbing up winter mountain objectives—it's important to find the best. There are some essential features to look for when weeding through your options, from true water resistance to the equally important breathability, fit, comfort, maneuverability and weight.

Time after time, I've ditched jacket after jacket to the local gear consignment shop because there just wasn't something quite good enough about it. Sometimes the fit is great for skiing but isn't versatile for climbing, and you end up with a jacket that constantly pulls up and over your harness every time you reach high. With other jackets, you might be skinning up a steep track on dawn patrol, feeling the sweat and heat build up underneath your jacket that does a fine job of keeping moisture out, but a terrible job of letting heat escape. The goldilocks jacket can be hard to come by.

Enter the Dual Aspect jacket and bibs from Patagonia, which hits all the marks of a high-quality alpine kit.

The first thing I liked about the jacket was its straight fit. Not too narrow, and not too fitted, its shape is more boxy than anything, allowing for plenty of cold-weather layering underneath. For reference, I am 5-foot-8, and a small size leaves me ample room for layering underneath, which gives me the impression that this jacket runs a bit big. It is, however, built long enough to fit comfortably underneath a climbing harness. With two large zippers, it's easy to open and close the jacket with thick gloves. The hood is spacious and helmet-compatible with a stiff, reinforced brim, and the neck is high with great coverage. Underarm gussets help you reach high as you swing your ice tools without pulling your jacket up and over your harness, and pit zippers help you ventilate when things are getting too steamy.

Specifically engineered for alpine climbing, the Dual Aspect bibs take comfort and movement in the mountains to the next level. They passed the hose test, providing adequate waterproof protection. I also took them out on steep hikes in the mountains and was as comfortable as you can be sweating in hard shell pants. The design shines with its clever four-way stretch suspenders, which are made of a lightweight stretchy mesh, and paired with the bibs' high-step gusset, makes for unrestricted climbing movement. The cinched waistband is comfortable and (get ready, ladies) bathroom compatible—just pull the back part of the waistband down and feel free to go wherever is convenient, even with a harness on—a total game changer, thank you, Patagonia!

Together, the Dual Aspect jacket and bibs make for a powerful kit. And high-performance and high-quality construction of course, comes at a price. The biggest downside to these items is their price tags, which make for one committing purchase, especially when combined. Because of this, I would recommend this kit to the serious alpinist who sees herself spending a lot of time climbing or skiing in mountain environments where water resistance and maneuverability from a hard shell are paramount.

Some other things to consider are that this jacket is constructed from Patagonia's proprietary performance standard for waterproofing, H2No. The three-layer H2No Performance Standard is composed of 100% recycled nylon ripstop face with a slick jersey backer, a waterproof/breathable barrier and a PFC-free DWR finish (durable water repellent coating that does not contain perfluorinated chemicals). If you're looking for the most durable, most waterproof kits on the market, you might want to look elsewhere. But the three-layer H2No is not only less expensive than Gore-Tex, it is plenty rugged and waterproof enough for most, and is made from recycled materials to boot. Also worth mentioning is that this kit is Patagonia's first that does not contain any perfluorinated chemicals in its waterproof finish.

At 9.4 ounces for the bibs and 14.6 ounces for the jacket, this kit is also lightweight, allowing you to move fast and free in the mountains. They aren't too bulky, either. If you want to strip down for the uphill ascent, packing them in a bag is a viable option. If you're a serious alpinist looking for your next kit, you can feel good about pulling the trigger on the Dual Aspect from Patagonia.

Miya is a former rock guide and now full-time photographer. She's done freelance work for Bishop Area Climbers Coalition, ClimbOn Skincare, Drink Zaddy's, Gear Junkie, Hoka, Moja Gear, Novus Select, Outdoor Gear Lab and Patagonia in addition to Alpinist. She resides in the Eastern Sierra or out on the road in pursuit of photos and climbing in her trusty Honda Odyssey. You can see more of her work at

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The Patagonia vest outlet online endures in San Francisco tech circles, despite ridicule

Long associated with Wall Street and Silicon Valley, the Patagonia vest has endured as a tribal symbol of finance and tech. But those who've dared in recent weeks to put on their vests in San Francisco have been the target of a resistance of sorts.

"Urgent: Stop wearing vests," implore flyers plastered around the city. "You live in San Francisco now. It's time to start acting like it."

It's the latest show of frustration from city residents against the tech workers that many blame for making the city one of the nation's most expensive. NPR tried but was unable to track down the creator of the flyers.

Not everyone who sports a Patagonia vest is a "tech bro," says proud Patagonia vest-wearer Sam Runkle.

"The kind of people who wear Patagonia are maybe raising rents and maybe are the kind of people that these other groups are trying to push back on," he said on a recent afternoon as he played fetch with his golden retriever, with a lacrosse stick and ball, in a grassy field overlooking the San Francisco Bay. "But there's another cohort of people who do wear Patagonia who are not at all part of that."

For instance, Runkle, who works in sales at the software startup Paylode, said of his digs in the city's trendy Marina neighborhood: "I live in a four-bedroom that's really a two-bedroom with a plywood wall, so I don't think I'm raising any rents."

And, he notes, a Patagonia vest is practical in San Francisco: the perfect wind shield for a city on the tip of a peninsula.

"It's comfy," Runkle says. It gets the job done."

Indeed, plenty of women and non-tech workers adore the vests in the Bay Area for the same reason, but Runkle admits it's most often sported by bros. In particular, bros who know something about venture capital or software engineering.

"It's true," he says.

The vest "hits the right sweet spot between East Coast money and West Coast casual"

The tension fueled by the vests comes as no surprise to historian Margaret O'Mara at the University of Washington and author of the book, The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America.

She said the rise of the fleece vest in tech circles coincided with the throng of new investors piling into flashy startups in the early 2000s.

"In a way, it has its roots in the marriage of Silicon Valley and Wall Street that started with the dot-com boom," she said.

As the finance and tech industries became closer over the years, venture capitalists ditched preppy sweater vests for Wall Street's favorite garment: the Patagonia vest.

"You can wear your pressed khakis and your collared shirt and you put on a fleece vest and it just hits the right sweet spot between East Coast money and West Coast casual," O'Mara said.

"VC Starter Packs" offer Patagonia vests, a Twitter feed audit and a Peter Thiel book

It became a status symbol to waltz around the Bay Area rocking a vest with the name of a venture capital firm you recently closed a deal with, or one with the embroidered logo of your new job at a Big Tech company. Elite tech conferences used to hand them out as swag. The vests carried cachet.

Sumukh Sridhara remembers walking to his tech job one day shortly after moving to San Francisco and seeing person after person wearing the same exact vest.

"It just seemed like something that didn't necessarily fit in San Francisco," he said. "In a place that's usually known for its diversity of types of people and types of things that people work on, everybody just ends up wearing the same outfit in this one industry."

So, in jest, he began selling a "VC Starter Pack." It included a gray Patagonia fleece vest, the book Zero to One by entrepreneur Peter Thiel and a personalized Twitter feed audit, among other things.

He did find some takers at $699 a pop, and he donated the proceeds to charity. Then, as part of the joke, he redirected the website he created for the VC Starter Pack to job listings at the prominent venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

"It seems like nowadays the way to work in VC is to just work there," he said.

Of late, Sridhara said he has seen fewer vests with the names of companies and tech conferences around town. That's in part because of Patagonia. Last year, it announced it would stop selling vests with corporate logos. (Patagonia declined to comment for this story and Andreessen Horowitz did not respond to multiple emails.)

Still, walk around the windy streets of San Francisco and you'll find plenty of people wearing the vest.

On a recent afternoon in the city's financial district, a group of colleagues at a fintech firm strolled out of their office building, some in their vests. Among them: Faris Ajluni who says he started just two weeks ago.

"In preparation, because I knew I wasn't wearing a suit, I bought three vests," he said. "I made sure not to get a Patagonia one. I didn't want to get stereotyped, so I got non-labeled vests for that reason."

He acknowledges that, yes, he might look like a tech or finance bro, but so what?

"It's part of the uniform. And it fits. I like the way vests look on me. They make your shoulders look big. I'm a guy, so big shoulders help," he said.

The fleece vest does not add flair to one's look in every city.

Sridhara, who made the VC Starter Pack website, recently launched a new kit for techies moving to Miami. Among the items: an appointment with a fashion consultant, so tech workers don't look ridiculous wearing their fleece vests while holding their piña coladas along South Beach.

"You can't tan in a fleece jacket, " the site instructs. "A local stylist will acquire palm prints, Versace jungle prints, and guayaberas for you."

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