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I saw another member had this patagonia and I really liked it:

http://www.patagonia.com/web/us/prod...=23055-723&ws=

Turns out it's $185 new. My experience with some jackets like that in the past is that they look like crap after a year or so of wear. Is this a brand that will hold up well over time with regular wear? This is my problem with spending that much money on any piece of clothing.

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Patagonia is a great brand. Their clothes are very well made and will last for years. I have two jackets myself and would always buy it over the north face. I bought my jackets when they had their annual sale for about 40% off.
 

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Patagonia is overpriced, but it's good.
 

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I own this jacket in another color. I wish I got that off-white color instead.

Don't wash it too often (and when you do, use something like Nikwax Tech Wash). The large pile on the retro-x jacket means that it retains its general appearance and quality over time. It's very warm -- probably the warmest fleece jacket I've ever worn, even three years later -- but my only problem with it is the lack of a cinch-drawstring at the bottom.

Their clothes are well-made and intended to be used in rigorous, harsh outdoors conditions. It'll last.
 

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Originally Posted by huy
Patagonia is a great brand. Their clothes are very well made and will last for years. I have two jackets myself and would always buy it over the north face. I bought my jackets when they had their annual sale for about 40% off.

I love their cause, I just wish it was more stylish and formal. It reaks of "I don't care about looking refined" IMO.
 

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It seems expensive for what it is. I'm sure LL Bean/Lands End have comparable and cheaper options. That said you could probably find it on sale at the end of the season at REI if you want to wait that long.
 

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Originally Posted by clubbyjones
I love their cause, I just wish it was more stylish and formal. It reaks of "I don't care about looking refined" IMO.
I agree, they are a great company that really cares about the environment. Why would you want outdoor clothing to be more formal? I suppose their casual clothing could be more stylish, but I am sure that most of their customers could care less.
 

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I have the earlier version of that jacket. Bought it 16 yrs ago. It was my only cold-weather jacket for about 8 years. Held up great. Still have it. Still looks new. Their fabrics in general tend to look good for longer than other brands, incl. those mentioned above, ime.
 

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Originally Posted by clubbyjones
I love their cause, I just wish it was more stylish and formal. It reaks of "I don't care about looking refined" IMO.

. . . and that i have so much money that i can blow it on $85 fleeces. amongst the fratty types its a status item.
 

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Originally Posted by sbbbjm
. . . and that i have so much money that i can blow it on $85 fleeces. amongst the fratty types its a status item.

Its frat-tastic. Pair with vineyard vines shorts for maximum effect.
 

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I had an internship with Patagonia back in 96, I still have a couple of the fleeces I picked up then, in my opinion they hold up far better than their competitors products. As for price when you dissect their manufacturing and recycling processes to make a garment you'll think it's cheap in comparison to a $200 Made In China shirt from The Barney's Co-op.
Originally Posted by Teger
It seems expensive for what it is. I'm sure LL Bean/Lands End have comparable and cheaper options.
Sure, if your ok with a China Baby QC'ing your bargain fleece.
 

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If you haven't tried one on yet, this particular piece (as well as most of what Patagonia makes) is sized very generously for layering. You can probably size down unless you are tall in which case arm length can become an issue. I have this from a couple of seasons back that is considerably slimmer, still has the windproof barrier, but doesn't have the high-pile retro vibe (and costs more):

http://www.patagonia.com/web/us/prod...=36101-692&ws=

If you have your sizing down, there are usually several new ones on Ebay for a good price. I agree with previous posters that Patagonia stuff is well made and will last a very long time.
 

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Patagonia stuff is great. i bought a bunch of their stuff back when i was still able to get outdoors. wearing one of their classic fleece sweatshirts right now in fact. quality is top notch and like another poster mentioned, Patagonia > TNF.

i've got a retro-x cardigan that i bought wow, maybe 10 years ago and like the other poster mentioned, it looks brand new and is super warm.

if you can wait though, i'd shop near season's end for the best deals or you can try visiting one of their outlet stores if you're in the neighborhood. the ones i know of are Real Cheap Sports in Ventura and the Patagonia Outlet in Reno,NV.

-Jeff
 

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I've had mine for 15 years, wore it everywhere when I was in school. Very warm, wind resistant, still looks great after all these years. If you can afford $185, it's a great investment.
 

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