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Old 11-12-2008, 08:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I have some money to blow through and I've been looking at a bunch of different brands. I've heard a lot of good things about Patagonia but do you really think it's worth it? I know they're really environmental so am I paying for them to do that or is there stuff really that much better?
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They are part of 1% for the planet, one of the originators. The company puts it's money where it's mouth is. Yvonne Chounaird (owner, founder) is a mountaineering legend and over amazing person. You really can't speak highly enough of their gear, they stand behind it 100%. Every bit as burly as Arcteryx or North Face. It is also Patagucci, because they are a tad bit expense. I had an old coat that was around 15 years old. It needed some repairs due to wearing out from use. They fixed it for free.
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Old 11-12-2008, 10:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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read his book Let My People Go Surfing its amazing you'll want to buy everything Patagonia... Great business ethics and great products!
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Old 11-12-2008, 10:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I sell Patagonia in the store I work in... I've heard enough crazy stories about how satisfied customers are with Patagonia. One guy told me he bought a Patagonia sweater 25 years ago, wears it enough and still to this day it has nothing wrong with it...no rips, tears, brokens zippers or anything. With Pategonia you are paying for quality, look at it as an investment more than a purchase
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You really can't speak highly enough of their gear, they stand behind it 100%. Every bit as burly as Arcteryx or North Face. It is also Patagucci, because they are a tad bit expense.
With some companies, you're paying for the marketing hype. With Patagonia, you're paying for the quality. Their stuff is excellent! I have a 15 year old Patagonia shirt that went from every day wear to doing chores wear to camping shirt. I kept saying that as soon as it got frayed on the cuffs or collar, I'd toss it. 3 home renos, many oil changes and numerous canoe trips later, it hasn't lost a button. All the rest of their stuff that I own seems to be the same quality.

Very much like North Face gear used to be (and still is, although I think they've dropped just a notch in quality)
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Old 11-12-2008, 10:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a patagonia fleece vest bought 13 years ago at Stratton. Wear it a ton and it is still in great shape.
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I definitely echo the other sentiments here. Their stuff is more expensive, but you just don't have to replace it. Their base layer (capilene) is as good as it gets. I don't board, or do much of anything else outdoors without it.

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They are part of 1% for the planet, one of the originators. The company puts it's money where it's mouth is. Yvonne Chounaird (owner, founder) is a mountaineering legend and over amazing person. You really can't speak highly enough of their gear, they stand behind it 100%. Every bit as burly as Arcteryx or North Face. It is also Patagucci, because they are a tad bit expense. I had an old coat that was around 15 years old. It needed some repairs due to wearing out from use. They fixed it for free.

worked for a boat store for 4 years selling patagonia. they rarely have problems, they always back there shit...people will come in with 10+ year old patagonia stuff that is still fine. patagonia is a great great company.
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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They are absolutely the best of the bunch when it comes to this type of clothing. I was hesitant to spend the extra $ on the capilene base layers for like 2 years and ended up spending so much $ on other companies stuff (NorthFace, Burton, Chilly's, Under Armour) that by the time I ended up buying it I could have paid for it twice. Yes it's expensive but you will never even consider owning something different once you buy it
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Old 11-13-2008, 09:15 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Im actually glad to hear that, I was wondering which company to go with for base layers
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