Patagonia Refugitive Jacket Womens
The Refugative jacket is Patagonia’s lightest Gore-Tex shell and is designed specifically for ski touring. It’s stretchy over the back and shoulders to give you uninhibited freedom of movement, and features a Cohaesive adjustment system, which means the hood and hems can be cleverly adjusted with one hand when you don’t have another to spare. The Gore C-knit backer provides inner comfort, reduced weight and better breathability, but as always with Gore-Tex, is completely waterproof and windproof. It also features zip-up armpit vents, Recco and connects to all Patagonia snow and alpine pants via the elastic loop at the back.
|MATERIAL||Body: 3.1oz, 30 denier, 3-layer ripstop Gore-Tex. Lower arms, upper back: 4ox, 40 denier, 3-layer stretch plain weave Gore-Tex. All with Gore C-Knit backer and DWR|
|POCKETS||Two front, zip, harness compatible. One inner|
Gore-Tex 3-layer Fabric
Gore-Tex 3-layer fabric is not quite as rugged and robust as its equivalent Pro shell, but it still has all the same waterproof, windproof and breathable capabilities, making it ideal for snow sports and a good-weather backcountry hiking or ski touring. The Gore-Tex membrane is bonded with a soft outer fabric and a knit polyester liner, for the maximum comfort and performance over a range of different temperatures and activities. The Gore-Tex membrane is so effective because it is covered with millions of tiny pores, which are too small to let water droplets, but are large enough to let water vapour out. The high pressure that builds inside a sweaty jacket is what allows the moisture vapour to escape through the membrane to the low pressure of the outside world, keeping you comfortable and warm at all times.
The DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish has become almost ubiquitous in the outdoor industry, and the satisfying water beading it provides has become the hallmark of a beautiful jacket. It is not strictly waterproof but will provide protection on it’s own against a light shower; however it does wear off so needs to be topped up from time to time. The DWR stops water from soaking into the outer layer of waterproof fabrics like Gore-Tex, meaning they remain breathable and light in even in heavy rain.
RECCO is a passive reflector system which improves your chances of being found if you are caught in an avalanche. The RECCO system is used by rescue teams in over 600 mountain resorts globally, making it the most ubiquitous system around. However, while RECCO will improve your chances if the worst is to happen, it’s important to note that it is no substitute for a transceiver, avalanche training courses and a solid understanding of mountain safety.
The Cohaesive System uses a specialised adhesive in combination with specially designed components to embed cord-management systems and clever features directly into the fabric. This reduces weight and keeps the outline of the jacket clean and stylish. Fixtures using the Cohaesive system are also often easy to use with just one gloved hand.
Patagonia Lifetime Warranty
Patagonia offer an ‘Ironclad Warranty’ which means if you’re dissatisfied with the performance of a product at the time of purchase or afterwards, or if it breaks unexpectedly, they will provide a free exchange, refund or repair. They will also repair damage from wear and tear for a reasonable price, and have a section of their website that shows you to repair your own clothing, so there’s no need to unnecessarily buy new gear.
Right from the start, Patagonia has been at the forefront of environmentally friendly production, and are still one of the only companies in the world that offer a completely transparent supply chain to anyone who cares to look. They are constantly experimenting and developing new ways to bring us durable and sustainably produced clothing - recycled polyester, organic cotton, traceable down, responsibly sourced merino and undyed cashmere are all common materials in the Patagonia catalogue. As well as using the best materials and production methods for the planet, Patagonia also make sure every one of their employees is treated fairly, from the shop floor to factories all over the world. And they donate a percentage of their yearly profits to environmental initiatives and community projects in many different countries.