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 Men's Essential Boxer Briefs 3" Black
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Patagonia Men's Essential Boxer Briefs 3"
£28.00
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Patagonia Men's Four Canyon Twill Short Forge Grey
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Patagonia Men's Four Canyon Twill Short - 10"
£54.00
£60.00
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Patagonia Men's Galvanized Jacket Crater Blue
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Patagonia Men's Galvanized Jacket
£288.00
£320.00
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Patagonia Men's Hi-Loft Down Hoody Kelp Forest
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Patagonia Men's Hi-Loft Down Hoody
£216.00
£240.00
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Patagonia Men's Houdini Jacket Chartreuse
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Patagonia Men's Houdini Jacket
£81.00
£90.00
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Patagonia Men's Insulated Torrentshell Jacket Barn Red
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Patagonia Men's Insulated Torrentshell Jacket
£234.00
£260.00
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Patagonia Men's Long-Sleeved P-6 Logo Responsibili-Tee Light Beryl Green
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Patagonia Men's Long-Sleeved P-6 Logo Responsibili-Tee
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Patagonia Men's Micro D Snap-T Fleece Pullover New Navy/Classic Red
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Patagonia Men's Micro D Snap-T Fleece Pullover
£72.00
£80.00
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Patagonia Men's Micro Puff Hoody Mango
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Patagonia Men's Micro Puff Hoody
£225.00
£250.00
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Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Hoody Kelp Forest
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Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Hoody
£175.50
£195.00
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Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Hoody Andes Blue
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£175.50
£195.00
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Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Vest Black
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£108.00
£120.00
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Patagonia Men's Nano-Air Hoody Crater Blue
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Patagonia Men's Nano-Air Hoody
£198.00
£220.00
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Patagonia Men's Nano-Air Jacket Black
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£162.00
£180.00
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Patagonia Men's Organic Cotton Gi Pants Industrial Green Canvas
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Patagonia Men's Organic Cotton Gi Pants
£81.00
£90.00
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Patagonia Men's P-6 Label Uprisal Crew Sweatshirt Gravel Heather
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Patagonia Men's P-6 Label Uprisal Crew Sweatshirt
£65.00
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Patagonia Men's P-6 Logo Lightweight Crew Sweatshirt Pumice
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Patagonia Men's P-6 Logo Lightweight Crew Sweatshirt
£50.00
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Patagonia Men's P-6 Logo Organic Cotton Crew T-Shirt Pigeon Blue
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Patagonia Men's P-6 Logo Organic Cotton Crew T-Shirt
£35.00
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Patagonia Men's P-6 Logo Responsibili-Tee Fire
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Patagonia Men's P-6 Logo Responsibili-Tee
From £35.00
2 In Stock
Patagonia Men's P-6 Logo Uprisal Hoody Barn Red
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Patagonia Men's P-6 Logo Uprisal Hoody
£76.50
£85.00
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Patagonia Men's R1 Air Crew Industrial Green
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Patagonia Men's R1 Air Crew
£81.00
£90.00
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