Around here, Patagonia is known as Patagucci. As Urban Dictionary puts it, this is the ‘finest, chicest brand of outdoor gear available’.
There it is!
Now, the literal LAST word I would use to describe myself is ‘chic’. But if owning enough Patagonia to outfit a small country makes me chic…I’ll take it. Beyond that, I like what the company stands for and I’ve never torn a pair of Patagonia pants up the crotch while skinning or put a hole in a Patagonia tee while kayaking or had a Patagonia bag fall apart while traveling.
I’m headed to the Caribbean and then to Singapore and Myanmar this month, and finally got around to packing. Here’s where I found out just how much Patagucci I own.
- Light sweatshirt for early mornings at temples. Patagonia lightweight hoody.
- Breathable, quick-dry, lightweight pants. Patagonia Happy Hike crops.
- Bikini for Marina Bay Sands’ rooftop pool. Patagonia Mamala Top and Kelu Bottoms.
- Breathable, quick-dry, lightweight shirts. Patagonia Capilene Lightweight tees.
- Sundress for nights out in Yangon. Patagonia Morning Glory dress.
- Breathable, quick-dry, lightweight, waterproof jacket. Patagonia Torrentshell.
- Shorts for meandering Singapore’s food markets. Patagonia Happy Hike shorts.
- Breathable, quick-dry, lightweight knock-around skirt. Patagonia Happy Hike skort.
- Hat to keep the sun off my face. Patagonia Trucker. (To be fair, I did throw in my Telluride Brewing trucker too. And was tempted to bring my POW ‘Make America Deep Again’ trucker but figured I’d rather avoid political banter abroad.)
- Breathable, quick-dry, lightweight workout gear. Patagonia Strider Shorts and Windchaser Shirts.
- I won’t comment on my underwear. Let’s just say they’re breathable, quick-dry, and lightweight.
Sensing a pattern here?
I packed the daily necessities – mini first aid kit, wet wipes, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, bug repellent, microfiber towel, flashlight, headlamp, LifeStraw water bottle, and snacks – into my Patagonia Atom Sling.
All of this then went into my 90L Patagonia Black Hole Duffel.
They mean they came up with nothing that I don’t already have.
Mind you, I am NOT sponsored by Patagonia. I like their gear. The Nano Air is single handedly the best midlayer/daily driver jacket I’ve ever owned. Patagonia stuff performs well and has been good to me, but this is not the only brand I rely on and invest in (cough <Arc’teryx> cough). Like any Colorado mountain kid, if it doesn’t serve a purpose and/or won’t stand up to the average beating I’m going to put it through, I won’t buy it.
But…maybe I should be sponsored by Patagonia. There are, like, 3 things I don’t have with that fish logo on it.
I’ll report back on how it all performs in Myanmar!