The human body needs to stay within safety range in order to function property, so it’s extremely important to plan ahead and layer appropriately when you are out in the elements doing the things you love best in the backcountry.
Peace. Love. Vegan. Patagonia.
As a fond Patagonia aficionada and vegan for over 25 years, I proudly own a collection of favorites and wear them well amongst my love of being in the backcountry doing everything from hiking, mountaineering, running, canoeing and biking. Patagonia is so much more than just a quality brand. Earning a reputation for its trailblazing environmental and social practices, Patagonia’s business model actually rejects overt consumerism. Have you heard of the Worn Wear® program? This program celebrates the stories we wear and keeps your gear in action longer to take some of the pressure off the planet. – It’s an exploration of quality — in the things we own and the lives we live. - Patagonia
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Make everyday a backcountry day with Patagonia
I chose the following four pieces to review for a go-to layering system. These include:
Super Cell Jacket
The Super Cell Jacket has minimalistic, yet diplomatic features and is my go-to nylon waterproof shell because it has excellent pack-ability and super breath-ability. It has a longer cut, which is ideal for guaranteeing coverage, while sized to accommodate a layering system. I’m easily able to wear a base, mid and insulation layer underneath. I’ve been in this shell during pretty much every type of Seattle Area rain – the mountains, rainforests and trails. It never fails me! I love the rock solid hood synch and easy-to-use adjustment as well.
Nano Puff® Jacket
The Nano Puff® Jacket not only sounds fun but also is fun! It’s an all around winner whether you need it for layering in the mountains or just running around town on the weekends. It’s not only windproof and water-resistant, but is made with highly compressible 60-g PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation making it surprisingly warm and weighing next to nothing. I’ve been caught in the rain with this jacket numerous times and it’s mind-blowing how well it still performs and how quickly it dries. It packs extremely well so when you need to remove a layer, no problem. It’s kinetic!
The Capilene® 2 Lightweight Zip Neck
The Capilene® 2 Lightweight Zip Neck helps you stay on pace up a mountain while wicking away moisture and keeping you warm in cool conditions. It’s extremely breathable and the fastest drying performance base layer I’ve ever owned. It’s fitted, so runs slim, but this is because it’s truly a base layer fit. There is also a crew neck model, but I love having the options to increase and adjust ventilation with the zip neck opening. Another smart feature of the Capilene® 2 are the thumb loops! I can’t tell you how much time I’ve saved putting on layers over this piece and the arms stay put. I wear mine canoeing, running, hiking, and mountaineers and even over a t-shirt on cool mornings.
A few other pieces that are in my Patagonia stash and I swap out for layering include:
R3® Fleece Hoody
Nano Puff® Vest (women’s)(men’s)
Capilene® 4 Expedition Weight 1/4 Zip Hoody (women’s)(men’s)
Capilene® 3 Midweight Bottoms (women’s)(men’s)
Capilene® 2 Lightweight Bottoms (women’s)(men’s)
Peace. Love. Vegan. Patagonia.
Owner of BEVEGAN® Grassroots Health. Board Certified Holistic Health Coach. AKA Miss Bellevue Vegan. Plant-Based Health Consultant. Vegan Athlete. Outdoor Enthusiast. Outdoor Gear Reviewer. Author. Cotopaxi Local Ambassador. Animal Lover. Dreamer. Believer.
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