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 Micro Puff Hoody Carbon
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Patagonia Men's Micro Puff Hoody
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Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Hoody Balcan Blue
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Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Hoody
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Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Vest Black
Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Vest
£108.00
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Patagonia Men's Nano-Air Hoody Forge Grey
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Patagonia Men's Nano-Air Hoody
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Patagonia Men's Nano-Air Vest Black
Patagonia Men's Nano-Air Vest
£126.00
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Patagonia Men's P-6 Logo Lightweight Crew Sweatshirt Oxide Red
Patagonia Men's P-6 Logo Lightweight Crew Sweatshirt
£50.00
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Patagonia Men's Performance Better Sweater Fleece Hoody Navy Blue
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Patagonia Men's Performance Better Sweater Fleece Hoody
£117.00
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Patagonia Men's R1 Fleece Pullover Hoody Balkan Blue
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Patagonia Men's R1 Fleece Pullover Hoody
£126.00
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Patagonia Men's Retro Pile Fleece Jacket Sage Khaki
Patagonia Men's Retro Pile Fleece Jacket
£108.00
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Patagonia Men's Retro Pile Fleece Pullover El Cap Khaki
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Patagonia Men's Retro Pile Fleece Pullover
£99.00
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Patagonia Men's Strider Pro Running Shorts 5" Balkan Blue
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Patagonia Men's Strider Pro Running Shorts 5"
£54.00
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Patagonia Men's Triolet Jacket Fire Red
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Patagonia Men's Triolet Jacket
£292.50
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Patagonia Nine Trails Waist Pack 8L New Adobe
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Patagonia Nine Trails Waist Pack 8L
£90.00
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Patagonia P-6 Logo Trucker Hat White with Fire and Andes Blue
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Patagonia P-6 Logo Trucker Hat
£32.00
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Patagonia P-6 LoPro Trucker Hat Tasmanian Teal
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Patagonia P-6 LoPro Trucker Hat
£32.00
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Patagonia Powder Town Beanie Park Stripe: Viking Blue
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Patagonia Powder Town Beanie
£38.00
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Patagonia Refugio Backpack 28L Forge Grey/Textile Green
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Patagonia Refugio Backpack 28L
£67.50
£75.00
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Patagonia Tech Web Belt Forge Grey
Patagonia Tech Web Belt
£32.40
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Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Tote Pack 27L Curacao Blue
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Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Tote Pack 27L
£58.50
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Patagonia Women's Ahnya Fleece Pants Deep Plum
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Patagonia Women's Ahnya Fleece Pants
£54.00
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Patagonia Women's Better Sweater Fleece Jacket Woolly Blue
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Patagonia Women's Better Sweater Fleece Jacket
£90.00
£100.00
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Patagonia Women's Cable Beanie Black
Patagonia Women's Cable Beanie Black
£35.00
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Patagonia Women's Capilene Midweight Bottoms Black
Patagonia Women's Capilene Midweight Bottoms
£58.50
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