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The Importance of Right Snowboarding Gear for the Backcountry

October 3rd, 2013

The correct snowboarding gear like the Patagonia Untracked Jacket, is essential for the back-country, whether trekking, snowbarding or skiing. Back-country is a region in any part of the world that is difficult to access with vehicles and can have a harsh terrain as well as harsh climate. People can perish in such areas and they need to be prepared in order to enjoy the beauty of the back-country.

Patagonia Untracked JacketWhat’s the Big Deal?

Inexperienced individuals often do not understand why it is important to have the right kind of clothing and supplies when they go to the back-country. The big deal is survival and safety. In order to achieve this, one must have the right clothing and supplies.

One of the first things that a person should have is a durable and functional jacket. The Untracked Series by Patagonia is a primary example of a great combination of functionality and durability that can withstand the harshest winters known to man. It provides the necessary warmth and mobility without the bulk that one might expect from such a great piece of clothing. A three layer Gore-Tex provides waterproof and windproof function on top of the warmth that the fabric brings for the wearer.

The ideal snowboarding gear not only provides warmth waterproof and windproof functions but also provides safety and mobility for the user. The waterproof function means that melting snow will not dampen the outerwear and reduce the risk of the individual getting cold due to moisture. The windproof function means that the chill brought about by the wind will not penetrate the sturdy shell or the comfy inner layer.

Safety comes, not only in the warmth that it provides, but also in the snug fit that the male and female Untracked Series provides. The snug fit makes sure that warmth will not easily escape from the shell and this particular ski wear has pockets that give warmth when the individual puts his hands in them.

Other safety features include bright colors that stand out from the typical wintry landscape and there is a reflective trim that is incorporated into the jacket. The pockets are strategically situated in order to provide easy access to the wearer and they are big enough for the necessary supplies to fit in them.

Mobility is provided by the fit that is specifically designed to house either the male or female form as well as ample space for stretching and movement. Vents can allow the user to let off some of the warm air that might have accumulated inside the jacket. The vents in the Untracked Series by Patagonia are controlled by sturdy zippers with easy to grasp handles, even when one has gloves on. These are situated in or near the armpits of the individual. Mobility is highly important when the wearer is skiing or using the snowboard. Normal movement is not restricted by the snug fit and this is a vital point in being a great piece of snowboarding gear.

These are just some of the factors that make the Untracked Series a great addition outer wear.

New Patagonia Torrentshell Jackets & Pants

March 18th, 2013

PPared-down and packable, the Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket at Point Loma Outfitting is an H2No® Performance Standard 2.5-layer nylon waterproof/breathable hard shell rain jacket for seriously wet weather.

Aside from stunning landscapes, Southern Patagonia is known for one thing: wet weather. For trekking and hiking in drenching conditions, the Patagonia updated Torrentshell Jacket provides H2No Performance Standard protection that’s durable, lightweight and simple.

Patagonia improved the fit, and the 2.5-layer nylon rain jacket has a waterproof/breathable barrier, a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish and stuffs into one of two zippered handwarmer pockets (with a carabiner clip-in loop). The hood rolls down, stows away, and has a laminated visor; the center zipper now has sleek minimal-welt exterior and interior storm flaps; and the ventilating pit zips have storm flaps and Deluge DWR-treated zippers. With a microfleece-lined neck, hook-and loop cuff closures and a drawcord hem.

The Torentshell pants offer the perfect solution for when nature decides to let loose and you’re stuck in the open water or without any shelter near by. With 2.5 layers of waterproof/breathable H2No protection and a 100% nylon ripstop shell with Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish, you can stay dry and comfortable even in the severest of storms.

The pants have two zippered handwarmers and a zippered back pocket, all equipped with storm flaps to insure the contents inside stay safe. What’s even better is the pants can be conveniently packed into the left handwarmer pocket for easy stow away. These no-frills, lightweight pants are guaranteed to make stormy weather easier on you.

You will find the new 2013 line of Patagonia Torrentshell jackets and pants for men and women including the all new Torrentshell Stretch Jacket at Point Loma Outfitting.

Point Loma Outfitting receives new Patagonia Fall 12 Men’s T-Shirts Early

June 9th, 2012

Jun 07, 2012 -
Just in Time for Fathers Day, Point Loma Outfitting has received some of the new Patagonia Fall 12 Men’s T-Shirts early.

These are some of the best selling t-shirts Patagonia offers and with summer approaching, guys are gonna like the new styles.

First is the Patagonia Men’s P-6 Logo T-Shirt which comes in Blue Clay, Black and Hickory. The classic P-6 logo endures. It’s printed with PVC- and phthalate-free inks on our ringspun and supersoft 100% organic cotton jersey. Taped shoulder seams provide a no-chafe fit.

Next in the collection is the Patagonia Men’s Flying Fish T-Shirt in Gravel Heather with Patagonia’s unofficial surf logo. The Flying Fish T-Shirt’s original artwork by Geoff McFetridge is screen-printed on supersoft 100% organic cotton with PVC- and phthalate-free inks. Taped shoulder seams provide a no-chafe fit. http://www.pointlomaoutfitting.com/c/PMTS.html

Another classic is the Patagonia Men’s Live Simply Guitar T-Shirt in Classic Navy and Stone. Live life unplugged with this tee, made of soft, ringspun 100% organic cotton fabric. Artwork by Geoff McFetridge is screen-printed using PVC- and phthalate-free inks, which are easier on the environment. Taped shoulder seams add a clean finish.

Finally we have the Patagonia Men’s Surfboards T-Shirt in White. The nostalgic image on the Surfboards T-Shirt feels as lived in as a good pair of board shorts. Durable 100% organic cotton jersey fabric is printed using PVC- and phthalate-free inks. Taped shoulder seams for chafe-free comfort.

All of these and many other fine Patagonia Summer Clothing Items are available at Point Loma Outfitting. http://www.pointlomaoutfitting.com/c/NEW.html

Whats next for Patagonia’s Common Threads Programs?

January 18th, 2011

The following is an excerpt from the Spring 2011 Patagonia Workbook. Common Threads is just one of many efforts Patagonia has undertaken to fulfill their Mission Statement: Make the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.

For Spring, 2011 90% of all Patagonia products are recyclable. This puts them shy of their original goal of 100%, but represents a major achievement involving five years of effort.

Their holdout styles include four accessories, five wetsuits, 21 fishing pieces and all 27 pack/luggage styles. They are addressing what it will take to include these in Common Threads in the future without compromising performance.

Common Threads as a program will take a new turn beginning with Spring, 2011 – and become a more comprehensive approach to keeping all Patagonia clothing and gear in use for as long as possible and out of landfills forever. They will provide full details this fall.

Common Threads is a key component of Patagonia’s efforts to reduce their environmental footprint. But it’s not the only one. They chose where possible (in 65% of all styles) raw materials they call “e-fibers” that cause less environmental harm than do their conventional or non-recycled competitors. They use recycled rather that virgin polyester or nylon, organic rather than conventionally grown cotton, “Tencel” rather than nylon.

Patagonia has supported the independent “bluesign standard” since 2000. Nine of their textile suppliers have now also signed on with “bluesign” to reduce resource consumption and vet dye and finish chemicals used throughout the supply chain. They are working with other companies in the outdoor industry to encourage their suppliers to adopt the “bluesign standard” as well. The Patagonia line now contains 20% “bluesign” approved materials.

Through their “Footprint Chronicles”, they track, measure and report the environmental impact of many of the products they make. They also build everything to high quality standards to last longer and require less frequent replacement. They design clothing that retains its appeal for many years.

Other companies are now following suit with the recycling and/or recycled content programs of their own. And the outdoor industry as a whole is at work on a promising consumer-facing environmental index. Patagonia applauds these efforts, and welcomes the hard work of everyone to lighten their footprint as fast as they can.

Patagonia Advocate

October 19th, 2010

Point Loma Outfitting now has the New Patagonia Advocate, a 100% synthetic, ultra-lightweight slip-on that is highly packable for travel, camp. or boat.
The Advocate for women by Patagonia, is the ultimate travel shoe – smash it into your glove box, backpack or carry-on and pull it out at camp. The slip-on’s 100% synthetic leather upper is durable and super soft. Recycled, dual-density EVA anatomical footbed and insole lend cushioning support. Elastic stretch bands and rear pull loop allow for easy on/off.
The Patagonia Women’s Advocate come in three colors: Dark Ruby, Teakwood, and Blue Yonder.
The Patagonia Advocate for Men comes in three colors as well: Sable Brown, Sea Grass, and Narwahl Grey.
The Advocate is made of durable, super soft synthetic leather with a 20% recycled EVA anatomical footbed and l5% recycled EVA insole for cushioning and support, the Advocate packs down to just over an inch to fit in your glove box, messenger bag, carry-on, or tent pocket to wear after a run or catching a wave, on the plane, post-climb or around the site.
Patagonia partnered with l% For the Planet to create a clean simple, portable, ultra comfy, insanely lightweight  slip-on with a purpose all your sports adventures. http://www.pointlomaoutfitting.com/c/PFOOT.html

The Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover is a “must have” for your kit!

April 20th, 2010

The Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover is wind and water-resistant, incredibly lightweight, highly compressible insulation and can be worn as insulation or outerwear in cold climates.  That description does not adequately describe this rather new piece from Patagonia!

Patagonia describes the Nano Puff Pullover this way: “Already a cult classic with our ambassadors and testers, the Nano earns unanimous raves for versatility, surprising warmth and terrific all-around performance in a superlight, no-frills package. It’s weather-resistant enough to wear as an insulated shell in a wet snowstorm, trim enough to pull on for chilly rock pitches (and still see your footholds), and warm enough for light belay parka duty on quick alpine dashes.”  In the winter of 2008 Patagonia gave us a couple of these pieces to try and we found them to be an incredible piece for San Diego’s temperate winter and spring. Another customer has worn it as a mid-layer while doing offshore deliveries and swears by it. This piece is incredibly light (10.2 ounces) so you do not even notice you have it on. It also packs into its own pocket so I’ve found myself just throwing it my bag when I travel so I’ve got it just in case.

How does this piece work so well? The outer shell is ultra light ripstop polyester face fabric (100% recycled) with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellant) finish. Patagonia chose a lightweight 60-g PrimaLoft One polyester insulation which provides excellent warmth and compressibility. Finally the wind-proof liner is also 100% recycled polyester. Patagonia’s choice of   PrimaLoft One ran somewhat counter to their ethos of choosing recycled materials whenever possible. PrimaLoft does have an “Eco” insulation, which is 50% virgin polyester and 50% recycled, but structurally they found the Eco was not as compressible, nor provided as much insulation as the One. If you really want to learn about the various PrimaLoft threads go to: http://www.primaloft.com/outdoor/products.html. Let’s just say that Patagonia chose the best available insulation to fit the designed use of the garment.

Another advantage of using a synthetic insulation such as PrimaLoft is the fact that when wet synthetic insulation still retains heat and dries faster. This is particularly important not only if you are sailing, but get caught hiking in a summer thunderstorm up in the mountains. PrimaLoft is simply the warmest, lightest and most compressible insulation on the planet!

Other features of the Nano Puff Pullover are the deep center front zipper which allows for easy ventilation; and as mentioned before a left chest self-storage pocket with a reinforced carabiner clip-in loop.

Point Loma Outfitting has several new colors of the Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover for men and women. The Nano Puff Pullover for men comes in Mango, Gecko Green, Forge Grey and Black. The women’s Nano Puff Pullover colors on hand this spring are: White, Vivid Violet, Gecko Green and Black. See all of the Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover colors for men and women: http://www.pointlomaoutfitting.com/c/nano-puff-pullover.html

To really understand how cool the Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover is, Patagonia offers this great video showing your the features of the Nano Puff Pullover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VGXXh_KVOA

Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover arrives in New Colors at Point Loma Outfitting

February 22nd, 2010

 The Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover offers an extremely lightweight, wind-blocking, moisture-shedding DWR (durable water repellent) finished 100% all-recycled polyester shell. New colors for this spring include Gecko Green and Seaport Blue

(San Diego, CA )Feb 22, 2010 – The Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover is wind and water-resistant, incredibly lightweight, highly compressible insulation and can be worn as a midlayer or outerwear in cold climates.

Patagonia describes the Nano Puff Pullover this way: “Already a cult classic with our ambassadors and testers, the Nano earns unanimous raves for versatility, surprising warmth and terrific all-around performance in a superlight, no-frills package. It’s weather-resistant enough to wear as an insulated shell in a wet snowstorm, trim enough to pull on for chilly rock pitches (and still see your footholds), and warm enough for light belay parka duty on quick alpine dashes.”

Point Loma Outfitting has several new colors of the Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover for men and women. The Nano Puff Pullover for men comes in Mango, Gecko Green, Forge Grey and Black. The women’s Nano Puff Pullover colors on hand this spring are: White, Vivid Violet, Gecko Green and Black. See all of the Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover colors for men and women: http://www.pointlomaoutfitting.com/c/nano-puff-pullover.html

To really understand how cool the Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover is, Patagonia offers this great video showing your the features of the Nano Puff Pullover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VGXXh_KVOA

Quick hello from above the Arctic Circle.

November 20th, 2008

Hi Tom,
   Just wanted to say; thank you for your great Patagonia sale, the only problem is, I should have purchased more.  Though thankful for what I did purchase as it has been in the (-30′s and lower).  The Patagonia gear has made all the difference.  The sun is rising @ 12:20 pm and setting just before 3:00 pm, total darkness is just around the corner w/temps reaching (-50 degrees and lower).  The Aurora Borealis, sunsets, sunrises and crystal clear skies have been absolutely spectacular and w/Salmon colored peaks and snow the consistency of sugar that sparkles like diamonds, it’s hard to imagine just how hostile an environment it really is.

   Thanks again,

Kevin, guide north of the Arctic Circle
Kevin Bairey
Innovative Solutions of Global Proportions kevlarr2004@mac.com

Patagonia Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket

October 6th, 2008

By Daved Brosche
Patagonia Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket – An oldy but a goody.

With Fall soon approaching, it is time to start breaking out the fleece jackets. If you haven’t yet purchased your Swiss Army knife of outdoor clothing, you may want to look into the Patagonia Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket. While the price tag of the Patagonia Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket may be a bit more than some of the other fleece jackets on the market, its well worth the price. Anything made by Patagonia is going to be expensive, but well made.

So, whats makes the Patagonia Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket worth shelling out a steep $185 smackers for? First of, the name. I don’t mean buy the jacket because it has the cool Patagonia tag on it, but because of who they are. They offer one of the best guarantees in the industry, are all about being eco friendly, and regularly give back t the community.

But, lets get down to the technical specs of the Patagonia Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket. The jacket is made with a cool blend of recycled materials. The fabric is made up of a blend of recycled polyester Synchilla pile and a Capilene. Talk about a warm and cozy fleece. This material will having you pet yourself all night long beside the campfire.

The quick & dirty:

Where you can get one: Point Loma Outfitting, of course!

Why they rock:

It’s windproof/breathable barrier comes sandwiched between cozy recycled polyester Synchilla pile and a Capilene brushed-mesh lining
Full-length zipper is backed by a storm flap
Stand-up collar protects your neck from cold breezes, and the Lycra spandex binding at cuffs and hem seal in warmth
Zippered hand pockets are lined with a moisture-wicking brushed polyester mesh
Vertical zippered chest pocket
Seat-of-the-pants rating: 9 out of 10
Im all about a good fleece jacket. It is one thing I dont mind spending a lot of money on. If I were in the market for a new fleece jacket, I would seriously consider the Patagonia Classic Retro-X Fleece Jacket. But, my North Face Denali has laster a good number of years now, so I think it may be a while before I have a chance to buy this bad boy.

Looking to buy? Check it out!

Patagonia Footwear

August 30th, 2008

Patagonia introduced their line of footwear late in 2006. Prior to this they had a robust relationship with Merrell, but were concerned about some of the manufacturing, and social standards within the footwear industry. So how does a company go about impacting an entrenched industry? Why they partner with the very company they had been working with in the past, Merrell. Except this time they mandated that the shoes bee constructed in a manner in line with their philosophy; make the best product, yet do no unnecessary harm. So what are the results, well here are some examples of their progress:

 Hevea Milk

The latex they use comes from milk harvested from the hevea tree. They felt using hevea milk had two positive results; firstly the harvesting process was actually good for the trees in that it helped boost the milk production. Secondly they found that the milk itself had a certain microstructure that when cured created thousands of tiny cushioning air bubbles. Now I can attest for the later; the Cardon shoes I have been wearing these past few months are the most comfortable shoe I have worn with respect to impact on my knees and spine. I have done trade shows where I would wear one brand of shoe, but have to switch back to the Cardon as my knees would begin aching from standing on the concrete for long periods of time.

 Better Leather

Before sourcing any of their leather, Patagonia really studied the industry. What they found was that all leather does not have the same impact on the environment. To insure that the leather they used in their footwear left the smallest possible footprint, they chose only those tanneries that had ISO 14001 registration. This strict set of environmental standards measures how efficiently a producer uses natural resources, how its processes impact the environment, and how closely the producer adheres to local and international environmental regulations. Patagonia believes that tanneries that measure up to ISO 14001 produce leather that is better for shoes and better for the planet.

 Hemp

Hemp may be one of the most useful, and misunderstood crops ever cultivated. It has a very short growing cycle, requires relatively little water and no pesticides, and is extremely resistant to molds and bacteria. Its root structure even helps prevent erosion. Shoes made of hemp require no break-in period, breathe better and smell better than those made of leather or synthetics, and are less prone to bacterial build up, which is a lot healthier on the feet. Patagonia uses hemp in a variety of ways, including as laces and as well as material for uppers. Check out the Wilkens shoe for their use of Hemp.

 Smart Step

During the shoe manufacturing process, scrap rubber is left on the cutting room floor. But that doesn’t mean it has to end up in a landfill. A number of Patagonia shoes, including the Drifter are made with Ecostep, a Vibram formulated compound that uses up to 30% recycled scrap rubber that would otherwise be thrown away. Ecostep is highly abrasive, resistant and provides great traction in all kinds of weather and terrain.

 

Vegan Friendly

Some of Patagonia’s footwear line, but not all, yet, are made without any animal bi-products. The solvents that are used are water based, and the uppers are synthetic or of natural fibers. A quick example that I can think of is the Tenzing shoe.

 

Now all of the above are obviously a movement in the right direction as far as reducing the shoe manufacturing industry’s footprint, but even Patagonia admits that there are still further advances to be made. Reducing the amount of water used in the tanning process is just one. Yet the journey can only start after the first steps have been made.

 

Now why did I take the time to put all of this down? One, I think Patagonia has a good story behind their footwear line; taking an industry that has been historically harsh on the environment and demonstrating that improvements can be made without sacrificing the quality of the product. I only wish that Patagonia was a little less humble, and did a better job promoting this story. The other reason and likely the most important to you as a consumer is that every shoe of Patagonia’s that I have worn has been comfortable and well made.

 

Just as with the Patagonia clothing they stand behind their product with their Patagonia Ironclad Guarantee: If you are not satisfied with one of their products at the time you receive it, or if one of their products does not perform to your satisfaction, return it to the store you bought it from, or to Patagonia for a replacement or refund. A reasonable charge will be assessed for damage due to wear and tear. They guarantee everything they make. That says something in this day and age!

 

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