Patagonia travels the globe in search of the best materials for our clothing, accessories and luggage. When the best isn’t good enough to meet the need we work closely with our suppliers to develop outstanding new fabrics. These joint developments have yielded, over the years, Synchilla® fleece, Capilene® base layers and Regulator® insulation.
Sometimes a fabric needs nothing new, but something less. Take the case of cotton, a natural fiber whose cultivation has for the past sixty years entailed massive use of toxic chemicals. Ten years ago Patagonia said goodbye to the chemicals and switched exclusively to organic cotton. That was in 1996, and we’ve never looked back.
To learn more about our materials and technologies, click on the links below.
We work hard to source materials and use processes that are less harmful to the Earth without compromising quality. Learn more about our environmentally friendlier e-fibers.
GORE-TEX® products with 2-layer construction are designed for a wide range of outdoor activities. A specific GORE-TEX membrane is bonded to the outer material and protected on the inside by a separate lining. The separate lining ensures better wearing comfort and versatility. GORE-TEX products provide breathable comfort and durably waterproof and windproof protection.
GORE-TEX® products with 3-layer construction are designed for a wide range of outdoor activities. The 3-layer GORE-TEX Performance Shell has a special GORE-TEX membrane, bonded to a tough outer material and a robust inner lining. The benefit: no movement between the three layers, which means less wear and tear, and even greater durability.
Gladiodor® Garment Odor Control reduces unwanted smells on the fabric of a garment so you and your partners can breathe a little easier.
Washing instructions can be found inside each of our garments. Following these instructions will ensure the long lifespan of your clothing. In general, washing in cold or warm water with mild powder laundry detergent and line drying are the best ways to clean our products.
For a guide to the FTC product care symbols that you may see used on our clothing care tags, click here. To download this information as a PDF file, click here.
Our definition of quality demands that any garment we make be long-lasting and strong. It should also be as light as possible for its intended uses, supple, feel dry and comfortable against the skin, and be easy to care for. It should be versatile. It should fit an active man, woman or kid: arms must be free to rise and knees to bend. Environmental harm from manufacturing or growing practices, from dyes and finishes, should be as minimal as we know how to make them. Every garment should be beautiful; when we take all the necessary pains to make a product right, it usually does come out beautifully. We design products that embody these qualities.