A few pics from the first prototype of the W’s Downtown Loft Parka. The plush high collar incorporates a concealed zip to deploy a fully insulated hood. Destined to be the go-to insulation in mountain towns everywhere! The new parka just released. Go to Patagonia for more info. -TR
Big shout out to Kenji Takeuchi and all the staff from the Patagonia Tokyo store in Shibuya! -TR
We’ve had an amazing early season in the Coast Range, with the most snow in December in over 30 yrs. Having said that, it was time to pull the trigger on some rapid vertical gain this week. We jumped in with Coast Range Heli, in a Bell 407, and spent the day peak-bouncing the Pemberton Backcountry. Literally lifetimes worth of terrain in every direction. One stoplight and 200+ mountains. This is why we live here. -TR
Susanna Bergström speaking on the FYi x Patagonia design and development collaboration of technical Women’s outerwear for the Fall’13 Snowsports collection.
A recent review of the Patagonia Nano Puff Hybrid (center) by the guys at OUTDOOR GEAR LAB
FYi- back in Hanoi to help with development on another special Patagonia project. Many innovations and truly great products in the pipeline now! A very exciting time for Patagonia Product Development. That’s all we can say until new products are officially released.
A recent FYi development trip to Taipei… that’s all we can say about that until Fall 2014.
Power bounce to the Philippines last week to work on a confidential Patagonia project. That’s about all I can say about that. -TR
The Nano Puff Hybrid is the go-to garment for next winter. The FYi built prototype is shown lookers right above, with the Orange production counter-sample sitting next to it. The Puff Hybrid wasn’t even part of our design workload for the season – we simply designed and built what we most like to wear on a day to day basis in the Coast Range. The idea is to have the Primaloft insulation protecting your core, with R2 fleece everywhere else. The insulation value of both are about the same when covered with a shell, however when you vent, the fleece drops most of its insulative value while the Primaloft doesn’t. Another way to say it is that wind goes through the fleece, while the quilted Primaloft blocks most of it. As such it behaves differently from a traditional fleece or a full Nano jacket. Stay tuned to Patagonia for more information.
Jet-set west coast bounce to Patagonia last week to attend the Board of Directors meeting, and work on a few confidential projects. Many good things in the pipeline! That’s all I can say about that. -TR
The Patagonia progression continues. The Fall 2012 collection highlights include the Nano Puff Hybrid, which was an FYi driven development, to bring the best of two worlds together and create the ultimate layering garment. Another is the Light Flyer Jacket, which is a Gore-Tex winter trail running shell, which is designed to be worn as a system with the Thermal Flyer blended wool baselayer. The entire H2N0 shell collection also underwent a major redesign for Fall ’12. More details on the latest FYi x Patagonia design collaborations will be posted in the near future. Stay tuned. -TR