Over 40 years ago an experienced climber by the name of Yvon Chouinard founded Patagonia. Evolving his love of the outdoors he introduced his fellow climbers to a new functional form of clothing that started from his small blacksmith shop in California.
Originally producing environmentally-friendly hardware with fellow climber and aeronautical engineer Tom Frost, together they formed a company called Chouinard Equipment. They travelled all over the US forging pitons during the winter months, spending April to July on the walls of Yosemite, then heading out of the heat of summer to the high mountains of Canada or the Alps. On their travels, selling climbing gear from the back of Yvons car, the team visited Scotland during the winter of 1970 and stumbled upon a rugby team shirt they thought would be perfect for rock climbing. Made to withstand the rigors of rugby, it had a collar that would keep the hardware slings from cutting into the neck and featuring colourful red and yellow panels. The shirts were an instant success within their climbing community back in the States.
As the temperature starts to drop, we’ve begun taking stock of some of the great technical pieces Patagonia are renowned for. The more lightweight options like the Torrentshell Jacket are great for taking out for the day and packing away in a bag when not needed. Keeping you warm outside, the X-Vest and Retro Pile vest are designed to insulate body heat, produced with 1/4 Pile Sherpa Fleece and double-sided shearling respectively. Fleece runs over into the bottoms with the addition of the Synchilla Pant, a trouser that makes use of the brands patented Synchilla material designed to keep you warm and dry.
The Patagonia AW18 Collection is available online and in size? stores now.