Patagonia Quilt Again Jacket

Posted on October 10, 2006 Under Fashion

PatagoniaI have been wearing Patagonia gear for the past 25 years (it has been known to show up in my baby pictures). Growing up in a sub-zero alpine climate, I don’t think I really had a choice. You just wore what was warm. Patagonia has not traditionally been a go-to brand for the fashion-concsious because, traditionally, their designs sacrificed style for performance and environment-friendly production possibilities. But this has changed in the past few years. Although the folks at Patagonia will always err on the side of ‘function’ when it’s a close call (and I respect that), they have begun to realize that they don’t have to entirely sacrifice fashion for function. Case in point: the new Quilt Again Jacket ($120)–it’s naturally weather resistant because it is made of chlorine-free wool and fleece from scraps saved from the cutting-room floor. As with all Patagonia garments, it wicks moisture away from your body to mitigate that freezing sweat effect; its full zipper will help you ventilate as well. Patagonia garments are expensive, yes, but with their serious lifetime warranty, all it takes is one buy–long-term value is what we’re talking about here. I am seeing that their new designs pass fashion muster but are also classic enough to withstand fashion trend fluctuations (like a 3-button suit, if you will). The Quilt Again Jacket is a perfect example. Patagonia has always been (and will continue to be) my favorite ‘warm clothes’ brand, but I feel like I can now rock it on the street as well as on the slopes.