We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our athletes and ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we'll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn't mean testing is over. Once a new item shows up in our catalogs, our staff gets busy ground-truthing the latest offerings. They know the questions our customers will be asking, and turn that attention to our gear.
Product Report - Caplilene Silkweight T-shirt (aka: Capilene 1), Sun Tech Shirt, High-wire Hemp Jeans, Lightweight Endurance Ankle Socks, and Nomad Boots
Activity - Championship Okra Wrestling (read: volunteer work for EarthWorks Community Farm)
Tested by - James Enochs, Environmental Coordinator, Patagonia Pasadena
It all started with the crash of the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate. I’m not sure exactly when, but at some point in the very distant past, those two tectonic plates smashed together and formed the San Gabriel Mountains, just above Patagonia’s Pasadena store. Sometime later, rainfall formed the San Gabriel Valley, and at the southern end of that valley, right where it meets the Los Angeles River, a smaller fertile indentation on the landscape was formed that would later be called the Whittier Narrows. Much later, LA County Parks and Rec donated four acres of what was being used as overflow parking for the nearby Whittier Narrows Recreation Area to a group called EarthWorks Community Farm.
[James battling wasps and stickiness in the sea of okra, armed only with his trusty Sun Tech Shirt and High Wire Hemp Jeans. Photo: Sean Carter.]