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 Ascensionist 55L Fire
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Patagonia Ascensionist 55L
£162.00
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Patagonia Ascensionist Pack 35L Joya Blue
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Patagonia Ascensionist Pack 35L
£144.00
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Patagonia Atom Sling 8L Classic Navy
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Patagonia Atom Sling 8L
£45.00
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Patagonia Beanie Hat Classic Fitz Roy: Andes Blue
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Patagonia Beanie Hat
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Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 100L Black
Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 100L
£126.00
£140.00
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Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 40L Classic Navy
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Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 40L
£85.50
£95.00
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Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 55L Black with Fitz Trout
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Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 55L
£99.00
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Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 70L Peppergrass Green
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Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 70L
£108.00
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Patagonia Black Hole Pack 25L Crater Blue
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Patagonia Black Hole Pack 25L
£90.00
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Patagonia Black Hole Waist Pack 5L Black
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Patagonia Black Hole Waist Pack 5L
£45.00
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Patagonia Brodeo Beanie Fitz Roy Rambler: Chicory Red
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Patagonia Brodeo Beanie
£35.00
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Patagonia Fitz Roy Horizons Trad Cap Mulch Brown
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Patagonia Fitz Roy Horizons Trad Cap
£35.00
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Patagonia Fitz Roy Horizons Trucker Hat Pumice
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Patagonia Fitz Roy Horizons Trucker Hat
£32.00
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Patagonia Friction Belt Fitz Roy Belt: Black
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Patagonia Friction Belt
£28.00
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Patagonia Live Simply Guitar Funfarer Cap Swamp Stamp Multi: Pigeon Blue
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Patagonia Live Simply Guitar Funfarer Cap
£32.00
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Patagonia Men's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece Industrial Green
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Patagonia Men's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece
£90.00
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Patagonia Men's Capilene Air Crew Classic Navy
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Patagonia Men's Capilene Air Crew
£99.00
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Patagonia Men's Capilene Cool Trail Shirt Mango
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Patagonia Men's Capilene Cool Trail Shirt
£35.00
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Patagonia Men's Capilene Cool Trail Tank Mango
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Patagonia Men's Capilene Cool Trail Tank
£30.00
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Patagonia Men's Capilene Midweight Bottoms Black
Patagonia Men's Capilene Midweight Bottoms
£58.50
£65.00
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Patagonia Men's Capilene Midweight Crew Black
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£54.00
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Patagonia Men's DAS Light Hoody Chartreuse
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Patagonia Men's DAS Light Hoody
£288.00
£320.00
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Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Hoody Black
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Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Hoody
£207.00
£230.00
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Patagonia Men's Down Sweater Vest Black
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£126.00
£140.00
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