I moved back to Scotland in November to be closer to the mountains just in time for winter 2022/23 and was super excited to get my hands on the all new for this season Patagonia Powder Town jacket and pants. I headed out on a few occasions with my split board and solid set up to put it through its paces.
‘If you are looking for a sustainable outerwear choice that has not compromised on quality or performance, then look no further.’ – Holly Burns
Of course, it’s no surprise that Patagonia has been leading the charge on sustainability in the outdoor industry for a while now, but I was impressed to hear they had managed to create a PFC Free DWR. Now that’s a lot of acronyms I know…PFC’s also known as ‘Perfluorinated Compound’ are a wide range of man-made chemicals used in everything from non-stick coatings on pans to the foam in fire extinguishers. DWR also known as ‘Durable Water Repellent’ is a coating added to the outer layer that protects the face fabric of the garment, creating a beading effect to stop the water from seeping through to your midlayers. In general, the DWR used in a lot of outerwear contains chemicals that damage the environment and are harmful to humans and animals once it gets into our water source. Having a garment that protects you from the elements is particularly important in Scotland with the average winter day being wet, windy and wild up here in the highlands. So, to hear that Patagonia have invested time and energy into finding the best PFC Free alternatives whilst not sacrificing on performance and durability is a great step in the right direction for the outdoor industry and hopefully more brands will follow.