Saturday, November 21, 2009

Patagonia's First Online-Only Catalog

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Patagonia has just released their first online-only catalog, Patagonia Surf Fall 2009. While I'm a fan of their paper catalogs (it's just nice having the pictures in your hand), this is a great step for a company that prides itself on environmental awareness and action. And what you can get from the online catalog that just ain't possible in a print version is video--really cool surf action video. There's also a section showing Patagonia wetsuits in action. I've blogged about those before as they've become almost icons in the surf world. Now see 'em up close in the online catalog.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Patagonia Ascensionist: A Soft Shell Classic

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My first Patagonia jacket was the Dimension Jacket. I purchased it from Sport Chalet and basically got it for half price. I loved the trim fit, the stretchy material, and it's clean look. I later purchased another Patagonia Dimension that had a few changes (and eBayed the other one) and loved that one as well.While Patagonia no longer makes the Dimension Jacket, their newer minimalist soft shell is the Patagonia Ascensionist. They make both a men's and women's version that is very similar to the old Dimension. As a soft shell, it's really not designed for rain (the leaky shoulders of my Dimension would attest to that), but for wind resistance and breathability, Patagonia soft shells are tough to beat. And in this version of the Ascensionist, they've added some extra protection from the elements which is fantastic.

This season, Patagonia has changed up the color scheme adding colored zippers. It's a different look for Patagonia but has a great style.



Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bike Commuting: Get on out there!

Left: Relaxed; Right: Nervous (Illustration by Chris Philpot)
Graphic from Outside Magazine, October 2009
I enjoy commuting by bike. I happen to live close to where I work, so while I don't get much of a workout, it just feels good. Outside Magazine printed an article in their October issue that dispells some myths and offers encouragement to those considering hopping on their bike for the commute--some great tips. Plus it's a great chance to wear your Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover!

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