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 snow skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, paddling and trail running. These are all silent sports. None require a motor and 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.
Today, Patagonia's values reflect those of a business started by a band of climbers and surfers, and the minimalist style they promoted. The approach they take towards product design demonstrates a bias for simplicity and utility.
For those 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. They donate their time, services and at least 1% of their sales to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups all over the world who work to help reverse the tide.
Patagonia knows that all their business activity, from lighting stores to dyeing shirts, creates pollution as a by-product. So they work steadily to reduce those harms. They use recycled polyester in many of their clothes and only organic, rather than pesticide-intensive, cotton.
Staying true to Patagonia's core values during more than 30 years in business has helped them create a company they're proud to run and work for. And their focus on making the best products possible has brought them success in the marketplace.
Patagonia Snowboard Jackets Waterproofing
Patagonia's 2.5-layer H2No® Performance Standard shell fabrics are completely waterproof, windproof, breathable and highly packable. Because 2.5-layer H2No® Performance Standard shell fabrics are so lightweight and compressible, these Patagonia snowboard jackets are excellent choices for backpacking, alpine climbing and backcountry skiing and snowboarding. They combine a water-repellent shell fabric with a waterproof/breathable membrane and protective top coat barrier without the need for a protective lining fabric, which makes it light weight and highly packable. Additionally a distinctive raised print layer is applied for decreased surface tension when layering and increased moisture management.
The 2.5-layer H2No® Performance Standard shell fabrics are coated with DWR (durable water repellent) fabric finish that repels light rain and snow. In conjunction with a waterproof/breathable barrier, the DWR finish keeps the outer fabric from becoming saturated so that the breathable barrier can do its job. All Patagonia snowboard jackets bearing the H2No® mark have been vigorously tested for durability in a 24 Killer Wash, a process used to simulate years of use and abuse in a short period of time. This process consists of exposing the fabric to severe thrashing in a modified washing machine for a continuous 24 hours. H2No® Performance Standard is Patagonia’s benchmark for waterproofness, breathability and durability, which ensures a high level of long-term performance backed by an Ironclad Guarantee. H2No® Performance Standard products undergo the most rigorous testing in the industry. The H2No® Performance Standard for waterproof shell garments is 20,000 MM before, and 10,000 MM after the Killer Wash test.
Patagonia also sends ambassadors and testers into the field to punish these garments in every possible condition to expose any potential weakness in materials or construction. They reject any garment that does not pass the tests, regardless of technology or fabric supplier.
Don't forget to read up on care instructions for your new Patagonia snowboard jacket.