Patagonia M10 Jacket
The Patagonia M10 jacket is the lightest shell jacket by the brand, despite being made of durable, waterproof and breathable three-layer H2No performance fabric. The Patagonia M10 jacket is designed for a huge range of sports, from mountaineering, hiking and alpine climbing to your various rock adventures. Made to be minimal and light so you can wear it unrestricted during your sport, this is protective against the downpours, as well as effective at keeping you cool. Patagonia have kept things simple with the design of the M10 and the jacket features one chest pocket, two harness-compatible front pockets, a one-cord adjustable hem and one-way adjustable hood to keep the weight off. It also packs away into the chest pocket which only adds to its lightness and packability.
|MATERIALS||H2No® Performance Standard shell: 3-layer, 2% nylon ripstop, with a waterproof/breathable barrier and a DWR finish|
|POCKETS||One zip chest pocket and two front zip harness-compatible pockets|
|PROTECTION||Velcro adjustable cuffs, watertight zips|
Patagonia H2No® Performance Standard
Patagonia are the ultimate leaders in sustainability and environmentally friendly production methods, and their H2No® performance standard testing is no exception. Similarly to Gore-Tex, for a fabric to be H2No® approved, it has to pass rigorous tests to make sure it is breathable, waterproof and long-lasting; this involves a number of waterproofing tests, including one which can simulate years of wear, as well as field testing to work out any weaknesses in the product and ensure that it won’t let you down while you’re wearing it. So if you’re buying an H2No® approved product, you can be sure that it will last forever, keep you protected and has been made with the ultimate respect for the planet.
Constructed in a similar fashion to 3-layer Gore-Tex, 3-layer H2No fabric is designed to be completely waterproof, windproof, and breathable. It is made from a highly waterproof outer shell, combined with a waterproof and breathable membrane and a lightweight knit liner to ensure you stay warm and dry all day. All H2No fabrics are DWR-coated to maintain better waterproofing properties.
Ripstop is a fabric weaving technique often used in the shells and linings of technical clothing. The fabric (most commonly Nylon or polyester) is woven in a crosshatch pattern of stronger fibres at intervals to stop the fabric from tearing, and stop further tearing if it does. Ripstop makes fabric 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 while remaining super-tough.
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 if 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. They are constantly experimenting and developing new ways to bring us durable and sustainably produced clothing - recycled polyester, organic cotton, traceable down, responsibly sourced merino and undyed cashmere are all common materials in the Patagonia catalogue. As well as using the best materials and production methods for the planet, Patagonia also make sure every one of their employees is treated fairly, from the shop floor to factories all over the world. And they donate a percentage of their yearly profits to environmental initiatives and community projects in many different countries.