Patagonia Super Cell Pants (Woman)
The Patagonia Super Cell Pants are built to be light, packable and comfortable, while providing the highest level of water resistance. Made from DWR-coated Gore-Tex Paclite fabric, they are waterproof enough to protect you from the rain, light enough to stash in a backpack and will fit comfortably over your clothes - perfect for a day’s hiking in the rain or a light alpine adventure. Features include calf-length zips, two hand-warmer pockets and articulated knees for freedom of movement.
|MATERIAL||Shell: 100% nylon ripstop GORE-TEX® fabric with Paclite® Technology. Scuff guard: 2-layer, 100% polyester ripstop with a PU-coating. Shell and scuff guard have a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Fabric is bluesign® approved.|
What is Gore-Tex?
Gore is a fabric manufacturer best known for their waterproof, breathable fabric Gore-Tex. The key to Gore-Tex is a membrane which provides the tech performance of the fabric; it is made of the same Teflon that is used to make your pots and pans non-stick. The real trick is making this super non-stick and delicate substance stick the the protective fabrics which turn it into the outdoor fabric we know and love. The bit which makes Gore-Tex special is this glueing process which is done in their top secret, big, blue machine. Only a few members of Gore’s staff know how this is done, it’s one of the biggest secrets in outdoor kit and has been the subject of many a nerdy forum post.
Percolate as the name suggests is extremely packable and lightweight but usually has a slightly thicker outer fabric than the Active Shell making it slightly more protective and better suited to hiking, approaches and camping. Paclite is a 2-layer fabric but instead of a floating liner to protect the membrane is has a ‘half layer’ which is stuck to the inside of the membrane providing protection.
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.
Patagonia’s Environmentally Friendly Business Plan
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.
Bluesign is an international standard for fabric production which ensure that stringent environmental, safety and efficiency standards are are met by any fabric bearing this logo. Bluesign fabrics use fewer chemicals, less water, safer processes and highly efficient manufacturing techniques to ensure that the creation of your new jacket doesn’t destroy the world you hope to use it to enjoy.