Thursday, November 13, 2008

Patagonia - My Favorite New Stuff

So "new" isn't really the right word for it. APS has been carrying Patagonia gear for over a year now. But I think a lot of you guys don't know about it so I wanted to make sure to get the word out there. This stuff is great and I was really psyched for us to start carrying it. I don't just mean because I get a discount on it now either; I'm excited to be able to offer our customers what I believe is the best layering system.

What makes it so great? You can tell your friends you're wearing "Patagucci" for starters. Really though there are so many options in terms of what you can wear for the condition your in that it makes it easy to be comfortable even in the worst weather you can find. The Capilene baselayer system provides different layering options from 1 - the lightest weight to 4 - the heaviest. Old timers may remember back when these were called silkweight and midweight but Patagonia went to a number system to make things simpler. The Regulator midlayers use the same idea; R1 to R4. They have undergarments too, including these boxers that are colorful enough to make a great Father's Day present.

Patagonia gear is well made and they always stand behind their products. There honestly is something to be said for getting what you pay for. This stuff is not cheap, but it is worth it when we're talking about being comfortable overnight offshore, hiking the Appalacian Trail or sitting in the back of the boat calling tackticks. If you are ever unhappy with a Patagonia product they are always willing to work with you. They will replace almost anything if it doesn't satisfy your expectations for the gear.

If you are like me than the fact that Patagonia is one of the most environmentally responsible clothing companies out there counts for something too. You can recycle your old Capilene through their Common Threads program & most of the products we offer from them contain some recycled content. For instance these sweet gear bags are made of 100 % recycled polyester. If you're like Chris and you'd rather get poked in the eye than recycle something; you'll be happy to know we offer plenty of non-recycled base layers too. Just check out our base layers & mid layers section.

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