Patagonia Ultralight Down
The Ultralight Down Jacket is built to provide the ultimate warmth for the lightest weight - in fact, it’s Patagonia’s lightest down jacket. The simple design is super-strong, which makes it the ideal insulator for cold-weather adventures, from ice climbing high in the alpine to deep winter mountaineering. The Pertex Quantum ripstop lining is ultra-thin, but almost twice the strength of standard shell fabrics, shaving off those all-important grams without compromising on performance. The down filling is as light and compressible as it is warm, and the jacket comes with a stuff-sack for simple and easy transportation.
|MATERIAL||Shell and lining: 15 denier ripstop Pertex Quantum Y with DWR. Insulation: 800 fill-power 100% traceable down.|
|DOWN||100% Traceable Down|
Patagonia is the only company in the world to implement a 100% traceable down program, which ensures that no birds have been force fed, live plucked or generally treated badly. As the bird farming industry is large and difficult to track, this project has been seven years in the making, and was finally brought into production in 2014. In 2015 Patagonia’s methods and standards were adopted to form a global standard of down production.
The DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish has become almost ubiquitous in the outdoor industry, and the satisfying water beading it provides has become the hallmark of a beautiful jacket. It is not strictly waterproof but will provide protection on it’s own against a light shower; however it does wear off so needs to be topped up from time to time. The DWR stops water from soaking into the outer layer of waterproof fabrics like Gore-Tex meaning they remain breathable and light in even in heavy rain.
Ripstop nylon is woven with an integrated cross-hatch pattern of stronger fibres at intervals, which act as a barrier to stop the fabric from tearing, and stop further tearing if it does. Ripstop nylon is really strong and was first used to make military equipment such as parachutes, but is now commonly used in lightweight shell jackets and made from finer fibres in order to make garments soft and light.
Patagonia Lifetime Warranty
Patagonia offer an ‘Ironclad Warranty’ which means if you’re dissatisfied with the performance of a product at the time of purchase or afterwards, or it breaks unexpectedly, they will provide a free exchange, refund or repair. They will also repair damage due to wear and tear for a reasonable price, and have a section on their website that teaches you to repair your own clothing, so there is no need to unnecessarily buy new gear.
Right from the start, Patagonia has been at the forefront of environmentally friendly production, and are still one of the only companies in the world that offer a completely transparent supply chain to anyone who cares to look.
It all started after the opening of the first Patagonia store; chemicals used in the farming of the cotton started to give the shop staff headaches, so they developed fleeces made from recycled plastic bottles and started to use exclusively organic cotton. As the time’s gone on, Patagonia have implemented a traceable down program, use responsibly sourced merino and Bluesign approved materials. The recycled materials they work with are even more impressive: cotton, nylon, polyester, down and wool, as well as making use of natural materials such as hemp and undyed cashmere.
Aswell as making use of the best possible materials and production methods, Patagonia also make sure everyone of their employees is treated fairly, from the shop floor to factories all over the world. They also donate a percentage of their yearly profits to environmental initiatives and community projects across the world.