Patagonia Women's Skyforest Parka
A transitional mild-weather piece inspired by an original Patagonia garment found in our archives.
- Heritage-inspired exterior made of durable 100% recycled nylon with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish that sheds light rain in moderate spring weather
- Three-panel fixed hood has a drawcord around the opening for adjustability
- Full-length snapped placket with two-way zipper and storm flap
- Two exterior chest pockets, two handwarmer pockets and one internal pocket all secured with zippers
- Drawcord at waist and hem cinch to create shaping
- Elasticized cuffs
- Length falls below the hip
- 394 g (13.9 oz)
Shell: 4.5-oz 100% recycled nylon with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
Lining: 1.6-oz 100% recycled polyester ripstopView The Footprint Chronicles
Durable Water Repellent
DWR (durable water repellent) fabric finish repels light rain and snow and decreases dry times. When DWR is used in conjunction with a waterproof/breathable barrier, the DWR finish keeps the outer fabric from becoming saturated so that the breathable barrier can do its job.
Although we’ve been using recycled polyester in our garments for 20 years, for some reason locked deep in polymer chemistry, nylon is more difficult to recycle than polyester. After years of research, development, and testing, we’re finally finding some recycled nylon fibers that are suitable for apparel.
Some of the recycled nylon we use comes from post-industrial waste fiber, yarn collected from a spinning factory, and waste from the weaving mills that can be processed into reusable nylon fiber.
We’re diligently searching for a success story with recycled nylon. The challenge lies ahead of us, and we’re committed to discovering the best methods to recycle nylon fiber, but it appears this evolution will take many years.