Patagonia KnifeRidge Jkt (Women's)
Patagonia have teamed up with Polartec to create the daddy of all soft-shells, the KnifeRidge Jacket. Designed for the ultimate comfort and manoeuvrability while ice climbing and ski mountaineering, Polartec’s Power Shield fabric is comfortable and stretchy, but more weather-proof and breathable than any other soft shell fabric. Combined with Patagonia’s sleek and simple design details, such as a Cohaesive adjustment system and all-helmet compatible hood, the KnifeRidge jacket is ideal for both ascents and descents, in any weather other than hardcore rain or snow storms.
|MATERIAL||3-layer Polartec Power Shield Pro (90% polyester, 10% spandex plain weave with jersey backer) with a DWR finish.|
|POCKETS||Two front, zip (harness compatible). One chest, zip.|
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.
Polartec Power Shield
Polartec Power Shield takes soft-shell fabric to another level. Made up of three layers, it has all the comfort of your standard soft-shell, but also provides the perfect balance between stretch, weather resistance and breathability. The first layer is made up of a tight-knit, stretch fabric, which blocks out wind and rain, while the air permeable membrane underneath accelerates moisture and heat transferral. The lofted microfibre lining is soft and comfortable, but doesn’t restrict breathability, resulting in an easily wearable fabric that can withstand any weather apart from heavy rain and snow.
The Cohaesive System
The Cohaesive System uses a specialised adhesive in combination with specially designed components to embed cord-management systems and clever features directly into the fabric. This reduces weight and keeps the outline of the jacket clean and stylish. Fixtures using the Cohaesive system are also often easy to use with just one gloved hand.
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 from wear and tear for a reasonable price, and have a section of their website that shows you to repair your own clothing, so there’s 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.