Patagonia

Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia's founder, started climbing in 1953 and began making pitons in 1957 after going to a junkyard and buying a used coal-fired forge, an anvil, some tongs and hammers, and teaching himself the art of blacksmithing. By 1970, Chouinard Equipment had become the largest supplier of climbing hardware in the USA. It had also become an environmental villain because its pegs were damaging the rock. After an ascent of the degraded Nose route on El Capitan, which had been pristine a few summers earlier, it was decided to phase out of the piton business. Fortunately, there was an alternative: aluminium chocks that could be wedged by hand rather than hammered in and out of cracks. They were introduced in the first Chouinard Equipment catalogue in 1972. Chouinard Equipment later became Black Diamond.

The clothing business started small with a few rugby shirts imported from the UK. The name Patagonia was chosen as it was decided the range should not be exclusively for climbers and Patagonia was pretty much unknown territory for everyone in those days. Fleece clothing (then used by fishermen) soon followed and then new materials such as polyester for base layers began to be used. During the '80s bright colours were introduced into a world previously dominated by greens, browns and blues.

In the late '80s Patagonia started using recycled material to make some of its clothing, a process that has accelerated in recent years, and also decided to donate 1% of its sales to ecological good causes, which has done ever since, most notably by buying up vast swathes of wild land in South America and then donating them back to the country concerned as national parks.

Patagonia make brilliant outdoor clothing and equipment but there are some other very good reasons to support them as a company which are partly why Needle Sports has such a major stockist of their range for so long.

Patagonia Beanie Hat Classic Fitz Roy: Andes Blue
Patagonia Beanie Hat 28860_BLKswatch 28860_LGBK (1)
Patagonia Beanie Hat
From £40.50
£45.00
Save 10%
10 + In Stock
Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 55L Black with Fitz Trout
WBF19_49342_BFZTswatch Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 55L
Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 55L
£126.00
£140.00
Save 10%
3 In Stock
Patagonia Black Hole Pack 25L
Patagonia Black Hole Pack 25L Patagonia Black Hole Pack 25L WBF19_49297_CNYswatch WBF19_49297_BLKswatch Patagonia Black Hole Pack 25L
Patagonia Black Hole Pack 25L
£90.00
£100.00
Save 10%
Out of Stock
Patagonia Black Hole Waist Pack 5L Black
BlackHoleWaistBlackSwatch BlackHoleWaistNavySwatch Patagonia Black Hole Waist Pack 5L
Patagonia Black Hole Waist Pack 5L
From £50.00
1 In Stock
Patagonia Brodeo Beanie
Patagonia Brodeo Beanie Patagonia Brodeo Beanie Patagonia Brodeo Beanie Patagonia Brodeo Beanie
Patagonia Brodeo Beanie
£40.50
£45.00
Save 10%
10 In Stock
Patagonia Friction Belt
Patagonia Friction Belt Patagonia Friction Belt Patagonia Friction Belt
Patagonia Friction Belt
From £25.20
£28.00
Save 10%
Out of Stock
Patagonia Line Logo Funfarer Cap
Patagonia Line Logo Funfarer Cap Patagonia Line Logo Funfarer Cap Patagonia Line Logo Funfarer Cap
Patagonia Line Logo Funfarer Cap
£31.50
£35.00
Save 10%
3 In Stock
Patagonia Men’s AlpLight Down Pullover
Patagonia Men’s AlpLight Down Pullover
Patagonia Men’s AlpLight Down Pullover
£216.00
£240.00
Save 10%
2 In Stock
Patagonia Men’s Clean Climb Trade Responsibili-Tee
Patagonia Men’s Clean Climb Trade Responsibili-Tee Patagonia Men’s Clean Climb Trade Responsibili-Tee
Patagonia Men’s Clean Climb Trade Responsibili-Tee
£40.50
£45.00
Save 10%
1 In Stock
Patagonia Men's Airshed Pro Pullover
Patagonia Men's Airshed Pro Pullover Patagonia Men's Airshed Pro Pullover
Patagonia Men's Airshed Pro Pullover
£70.00
£100.00
Save 30%
1 In Stock
Patagonia Men's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece Industrial Green
WBF19_25523_INDGswatch WBF19_25523_NENAswatch
Patagonia Men's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece
£99.00
£110.00
Save 10%
2 In Stock
Patagonia Men's Capilene Cool Daily Graphic Shirt
Patagonia Men's Capilene Cool Daily Graphic Shirt Patagonia Men's Capilene Cool Daily Graphic Shirt Patagonia Men's Capilene Cool Daily Graphic Shirt Patagonia Men's Capilene Cool Daily Graphic Shirt Patagonia Men's Capilene Cool Daily Graphic Shirt
Patagonia Men's Capilene Cool Daily Graphic Shirt
£40.50
£45.00
Save 10%
4 In Stock
Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Hoody
Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Hoody Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Hoody
Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Hoody
From £252.00
£280.00
Save 10%
2 In Stock
Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Vest
Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Vest Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Vest
Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Vest
£180.00
£200.00
Save 10%
2 In Stock
Patagonia Men's Houdini Jacket
Patagonia Men's Houdini Jacket Patagonia Men's Houdini Jacket
Patagonia Men's Houdini Jacket
£90.00
£100.00
Save 10%
2 In Stock
Patagonia Men's Isthmus Anorak
Patagonia Men's Isthmus Anorak Patagonia Men's Isthmus Anorak
Patagonia Men's Isthmus Anorak
£126.00
£140.00
Save 10%
2 In Stock
Patagonia Men's Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover
Patagonia Men's Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover Patagonia Men's Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover
Patagonia Men's Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover
£108.00
£120.00
Save 10%
2 In Stock

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better.

Your order contains no items