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What Run Oregon is Wearing: The Better Sweater from Patagonia

As you know, we here at Run Oregon love trying new products. In addition to finding the right gear for our training plans and lifestyle, we like to explore gear from non-traditional running companies. Sometimes, a company that has amazing hiking, climbing, skiing, or rowing gear has pieces that translate directly to running; or branches out into running gear using the technology that serves its athletes well on the slopes or the ring. Patagonia is one such company.

We, along with many other PNW runners, are not unfamiliar with Patagonia. You may even be wearing something from their trail running line. They just make great items for whatever a Pacific Northwesterner needs – running, outdoors, and casual. Their Better Sweater comes from a hybrid of the last two categories, providing wearers with a little coziness to go along with the casual.

This top is fantastic and is a great addition to the closet now that the weather is taking a turn into cooler temperatures. It is constructed from 100% recycled polyester fleece, keeping cold and wind and cold at bay.

The fit is really on point, from our opinion. It has the right amount of slimming without being uncomfortable. It’s perfect to wear before and after races or even to wear on a brisk walk or short run if you so desire. Add in the zippered handwarmer pockets and you have a bit more protection.

The jacket has raglan sleeves and princess seams on both the front and back which give it an upscale look. The slim cut, paired with a nice pair of jeans easily makes it passable as business-casual, if you don’t like going full-force “dressing up” for a night out.

And, in true Patagonia style, they created this with positive methods in mind. The jacket is “dyed with a low-impact process that significantly reduces the use of dyestuffs, energy and water compared to conventional dyeing methods.” It’s also sewn by a process that is Fair Trade Certified.


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At Patagonia, we appreciate that all life on earth is under threat of extinction. We aim to use the resources we have—our business, our investments, our voice and our imaginations—to do something about it.

Patagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. Alpinism remains at the heart of a worldwide business that still makes clothes for climbing—as well as for skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, mountain biking and trail running. These are silent sports. None require an engine; rarely do they deliver the cheers of a crowd. In each, reward comes in the form of hard-won grace and moments of connection with nature.

As the climate crisis deepens, we see a potential, even probable end to such moments, and so we’re fighting to save them. We donate our time, services and at least 1 percent of our sales to help hundreds of grassroots organizations all over the world so that they can remain vigilant, and protect what’s irreplaceable. At the same time, we know that we risk saving a tree only to lose the forest—a livable planet. As the loss of biodiversity, arable soils, coral reefs and fresh water all accelerate, we are doing our best to address the causes, and not just symptoms, of global warming.

Staying true to our core values during forty-plus years in business has helped us create a company we’re proud to run and work for. To stay in business for at least forty more, we must defend the place we all call home.

Core Values
Our values reflect those of a business started by a band of climbers and surfers, and the minimalist style they promoted. The approach we take toward product design demonstrates a bias for simplicity and utility.

Build the best product
Our criteria for the best product rests on function, repairability, and, foremost, durability. Among the most direct ways we can limit ecological impacts is with goods that last for generations or can be recycled so the materials in them remain in use. Making the best product matters for saving the planet.

Cause no unnecessary harm
We know that our business activity—from lighting stores to dyeing shirts—is part of the problem. We work steadily to change our business practices and share what we’ve learned. But we recognize that this is not enough. We seek not only to do less harm, but more good.

Use business to protect nature
The challenges we face as a society require leadership. Once we identify a problem, we act. We embrace risk and act to protect and restore the stability, integrity and beauty of the web of life.

Not bound by convention
Our success—and much of the fun—lies in developing new ways to do things.


Thank you to Patagonia for providing us with sample products. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

 

About Matt Rasmussen (1517 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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