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Blaze orange and loving it. While this jacket is specifically made for ice climbers, I have found it to be a fantastic jacket to layer underneath as needed for dropping temperatures and at the same time a great shell in virtually every season.
What I love about this piece:
The hybrid soft shell material and Patagonia H2No® Performance 3-layer nylon ripstop fabric with a waterproof, breathable barrier, bright color, lightweight, and range of use and range of temperatures. The soft-shell areas are made of highly breathable, wind resistant Polartec® Power Shield® keeping you cool at all times.
The hood itself is large enough to slide over a ski helmet as needed and the draw cords are well done. the best thing about the hood is your vision is not impacted in the slightest. It moves with your moves…a rare but stellar attribute in a hood. A great pick up for year round utility.
What to wear under this shell? Fear not Patagonia has an impressive lineup of Merino Wool to keep you regulated no matter your activity.
Here is my go to baselayer on a cold day: Patagonia Merino 3 Midweight Zip-Neck Shirt – Wool…great for any multi sport activity of just under a sweater at the office.
Patagonia Merino 2 Lightweight Crew Shirt – Wool…another excellent base layer that is great to wear alone next to your skin. Patagonia Merino 1 SW Crew – Long-Sleeve – a wonderful lightweight merino shirt that welcomes any training session.
While Patagonia has become a leading outdoor brand they have also become a leader in world wide conservation efforts. The companies commitment to sustainability is not only window dressing but common practice for employees and devout followers of the brand. This is demonstrated by the Uncommon Threads Initiative partnership with eBay to make buying their brand more sustainable. Have you taken the pledge yet?
A person doesn’t have to be in a customer service role to make an impact. Customer service is an art form that is essential to any role within an organization. I recently had an experience that I consider artistry. Art isn’t just a painting, drawing or sculpture but an act that creates a mindset or change for another person.
A public relations contact, Jess, from Patagonia is an artist. She impacted me by doing something not expected and certainly not a responsibility within her Public Relations role. She had been told about a ski accident I was involved in and how I was bummed about my 10 year old, go to Patagonia vest, that had to be cut off my body by ski patrol….along with a new jacket. She acted on an emotion and outside of her job description and sent me a brand new vest. This is a great example of someone demonstrating amazing customer service.
More organizations need people that think outside of their roles to exceed customer expectations! I was already a fan of Patagonia for many reasons beyond their clothing but that was solidified forever by one act of superior customer service!