In the summer of 1968, Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, and Dick Dorworth decided to climb the rarely attempted Cerro Fitz Roy. They drove from sunny California to southern Argentina to the then mystical land of Patagonia in a dodgy van.
The film, Mountain of Storms, documents the road trip that changed their lives and inspired Chouinard Equipment to choose the name “Patagonia” for its new clothing line in 1973.
I absolutely love Patagonia as a brand so I’ve gathered a few jacket options that you will not only look good in this winter but you will actually be warm and dry in as well (descriptions from and all available from Oi Polloi Manchester)!
Fitz Roy Down Hoody – A high-grade bit of cold-weather kit made using that wonder of the animal world, goose down. Not only is it super-warm, it’s also got that high level of comfort only 800-fill-power premium European goose down can give. That’s some comfort
Isthmus Parka – Coated in a water repellant finish for when you spill your hip-flask on the summit of Helvellyn. Moving inside — there’s a nice bit of deep-pile fleece action for warmth. The pockets on this are particularly good, lined with brushed tricot — a fabric usually used in the puppet manufacturing industry — making this the jacket of choice for stealth-mode Rod Hull manoeuvre. Toasty.
Torrentshell – A waterproof yet breathable pac-a-mac. The Torrentshell Jacket uses Patagonia’s trademark H2No® Barrier, which defies the laws of nature to block rain and wind getting in, whilst letting sweat escape. Apparently designed with the humid climate of the rain-forest in mind, it’s equally suited to a non-sweaty cycle in the rain.
Primo – Made from recycled three layer Gore-tex, which ticks pretty much all the functionality boxes — it’s lightweight, it’s breathable, it’s waterproof, it’s windproof… we wouldn’t be surprised if it tied our shoelaces too. If you’re still doubting it’s waterproof credentials, it’s got taped seams and has been given a water-resistant finish. Whether you’re hitting the piste or just getting piste, look no further than the Primo Jacket.
So there we go, there’s a jacket to suit everyone from Patagonia, get your cold bones down to Oi Polloi and pick yourself up a treat! While you’re there, the Primo Jacket is on my Christmas list if you fancy ticking it off!