The best fall and winter gear from Patagonia
Fall is here, which means that it’s time to prepare for cool temperatures, changing leaves, and most importantly: the arrival of Sending Season (at least for the climbers out there …)!
Patagonia, arguably the most well-regarded outdoor clothing brand, has the outdoor clothing you need to stay warm while embracing the outdoors this fall and winter.
Patagonia focuses their efforts on creating multi-functional products that you will own for a lifetime rather than a season. With their Ironclad Guarantee on all products, you can rest assured that your gear will last. Patagonia’s ongoing commitment to helping the planet through responsible business practices has won our hearts, and the exceptional quality of their products has won our business, year after year.
Patagonia has designed the Nano-Air Hoody with one goal in mind: to keep you warm on the move. The jacket functions with the comfort and versatility of fleece while offering the protection and warmth of a light puffy. Exceptional breathability and range of motion allow the jacket to be worn while climbing, and the warm-when-wet insulation and hand warming pockets make it toasty during short breaks. Pairing this jacket with a shell (we recommend the Houdini below) allows unprecedented protection at such a light weight. Off the mountain, the jacket will keep you warm through cool autumn evenings, but be careful: the cozy fabric might lull you to sleep around the campfire.
When light and fast climbing meets the sobering force of inclement weather, protection from the elements becomes crucial. A light shell can be the difference between hypothermia and dancing in the rain. The Houdini weighs about the same as a quickdraw, and with its built-in stuff sack and clip-in loop, it will disappear onto your harness until the clouds come rolling in. This nylon ripstop jacket with Durable Water Repellent finish fits easily over baselayers and light midlayers. Don’t get caught in the alpine without it!
RPS Rock Pants
Sending temperatures and shorts are unfortunately incompatible, but the RPS Rock Pants afford the range of motion that you’ll need on difficult routes. The pants have been designed for comfort under a harness, and the rear pockets double as a reinforced seat, so you won’t tear embarrassing holes while sitting on abrasive rock. The adjustable waist closure and cinch cuffs will give you a perfect fit. The zippered thigh pocket is deliberately placed below the leg loops and can be easily accessed while wearing a harness.
Lady crushers rejoice; Patagonia scoffs at the ‘shrink it and pink it’ approach of many outdoor brands. These pants can be converted to capris in an instant with a pull of an elastic cord at the hem, they boast a loose fit for freedom of motion, and they are available in black.
Patagonia jeans, like so many of their products, are the reinvention of a classic. They have transformed traditional jeans into an environmentally friendly product by using 84% less water, 25% less CO2 emissions, and 30% less energy than the average jeans, with absolutely no toxic dyes. They have been crafted with an equal effort towards style and performance. These jeans are at home both in the city and the outdoors. If you make a quick commute from the crag to the bar, these jeans will serve you well. Learn more about these jeans in our feature, Cleaner, Safer, and Fair Trade, Too: Patagonia Denim Redefines the Blue Jean.
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Take a look at the Synchilla, Re-Tool, Lightweight Synchilla, and Glissade Reversible; they will all deliver comfort for years to come. This is the pullover that made fleece famous, and its classic look will never go out of style. The Men’s Synchilla and Women’s Re-Tool will keep you protected from cold and light winds, and the abrasion resistant fabric will ensure seasons upon seasons of use. The lightweight option provides the same benefits, but is better suited for layering. The Glissade Reversible boasts a recycled polyester ripstop shell with Durable Water Repellant on one side to combat the elements, and a classic fleece pullover on the other to keep you looking good once the weather clears.
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Down Sweater Jacket
The Down Sweater Jacket will top the must-have list year after year. Some essentials never change and season after season, the Down Sweater Jacket offers unbeatable protection against cold. This Jacket sets the standard for both comfort and functionality. 100% recycled polyester ripstop treated with Durable Water Repellant will keep the jacket dry while the 800-fill-power goose down keeps you warm. The entire jacket compresses into a built in stuff-sack, which can be clipped to a carabiner for easy storage. It is perfectly suited for both alpine climbing and cold-weather city commutes. Wear it on the peaks of the Rockies or in the heart of New York City; it will always serve you well.
The goose down used in the Down Sweater Jacket is traceable from farm to factory, meaning no birds were force-fed or live-plucked, and the jacket has been certified by NSF’s Traceable Down Standard, an independent third party. For comfortable, compressible, and responsible protection from the elements that will last you a lifetime, look no further.
Capilene Polyester Baselayers
Capilene baselayers offer more options and styles than we can reasonably cover, but rest assured that all of these baselayers are warm, durable, and easily layered. They boast Polygiene permanent odor control to prevent the growth of odor caused by common bacteria, an added benefit over lesser-quality baselayers. Recycled content fabrics and bluesign approval ensure these baselayers will serve both you and the planet. The many available options will allow you to select a baselayer perfectly suited to your needs.
Buy here: Explore the full line of Patagonia Capilene base layers
The Ascensionist Pack is the last technical pack you’ll need. From ice climbing to ski mountaineering to long rock routes, the Ascensionist delivers comfort and the features you need, but nothing more. It is streamlined and stripped of all excess, without sacrificing the essentials. It boasts a compression strap system that can also hold skis, an ice axe carry system, two collars to protect gear from the elements, and a removable aluminum frame. Both sizes can be overstuffed if necessary, without sacrificing protection from snow and rain. The support system moves with you, so you’ll never be burdened by your pack. If overnight adventures are in your season plans, the 45L pack is the best choice. For those who prefer to take their climbing one day at a time, look to the 35L pack.
Patagonia Beanie Hat
Patagonia is more than a clothing brand, they are a company that uses business to better the world. From their responsible sourcing of down to fair labor practices, Patagonia sets a world-class example for corporate responsibility. Show the world you support this mission with a beanie depicting the iconic Fitz Roy skyline, Patagonia’s long time logo. It is both stylish and functional, and studies show that wearing a beanie makes you climb harder.
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