Patagonia

Alpinism is at the heart of Patagonia, the worldwide business which makes clothes for all things outdoors, namely fly fishing, climbing, skiing and trail running – sports where the award comes in the form of hard-won grace and moments of connection between us and nature.
Patagonia’s approach demonstrates a bias for simplicity and utility, and their minimalist style reflects these values. A love of the wild and beautiful places has inspired Patagonia to participate in the fight to conserve the environmental health of our planet. To help reverse the steep decline, Patagonia give their time, services and at least 1% of sales to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups all over the world who work to help reverse the tide.
Pollution is created as a byproduct of production, so they are steadily working to reduce those harms. Recycled polyester is used in many of their clothes, and pesticide-intensive cotton is never used – only organic cotton.

Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.
–Patagonia’s Mission Statement

Patagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. Alpinism remains at the heart of a worldwide business that still makes clothes for climbing – as well as for skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, paddling and trail running. These are all silent sports. None require a motor; none deliver the cheers of a crowd. In each sport, reward comes in the form of hard-won grace and moments of connection between us and nature.

Our values reflect those of a business started by a band of climbers and surfers, and the minimalist style they promoted. The approach we take towards product design demonstrates a bias for simplicity and utility.

For us at Patagonia, a love of wild and beautiful places demands participation in the fight to save them, and to help reverse the steep decline in the overall environmental health of our planet. We donate our time, services and at least 1% of our sales to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups all over the world who work to help reverse the tide.

We know that our business activity – from lighting stores to dyeing shirts – creates pollution as a by-product. So we work steadily to reduce those harms. We use recycled polyester in many of our clothes and only organic, rather than pesticide-intensive, cotton.

Staying true to our core values during thirty-plus years in business has helped us create a company we’re proud to run and work for. And our focus on making the best products possible has brought us success in the marketplace.


waders: re-engineered from the booties up.

An improved upper-body fit, articulated legs, newly streamlined gravel guards and poly-lined anatomical booties take the Rio Gallegos to a new level of comfort, performance and durability for the most dedicated anglers. Get an inside look at all the features at your local fly shop.

Men's Rio Gallegos Zip-Front WadersMEN’S RIO GALLEGOS ZIP-FRONT WADERS

Take a look inside a pair of Patagonia waders: You’ll see a unique serial number that tracks every detail in the production of that pair.

It’s the work of Patagonia’s Wader Task Force—a group of people, from chemical engineers and textile developers to designers and field testers, all dedicated to one task: building the best waders.

Tracking every detail, every time is just part of what they do. The Wader Task Force is an ongoing process of inquiry, a feedback loop that takes everything we learn from testing, design and production and applies it to the development of the next generation of waders.

Form follows fishing.

If there’s one sure thing in fly fishing, it’s that gear goes through the wringer: Anglers are going farther to explore untouched fisheries as well as pushing off the beaten path closer to home. No matter where they go, man or woman, they need gear that straight-up works: Waders that fit, boots that stick, clothes that keep the weather out or the sun off—in other words, form follows fishing.


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