Patagonia has introduced the High Alpine Kit, an integrated layering system from base layer to belay parka, designed with attention to detail and minimalist design principles for moving efficiently through the least forgiving environments.
In creating the kit, Patagonia asked its alpine climbing ambassadors to imagine, build and test pieces of clothing they could use individually or as components of a system for climbing in high alpine zones. Each piece in the kit is patterned to work seamlessly with the next, creating flawless integration while being simultaneously effective as individual pieces.
“The High Alpine Kit was conceived, built, tested and refined by a group of select Alpine climbing ambassadors, advanced innovation and alpine climbing designers,” said innovation designer Casey Shaw.
Eric Rice, lead alpine designer, said, “Our team of designers and alpine ambassadors field tested the High Alpine Kit in just about every region with notoriously horrendous weather from Mont Blanc to Ben Nevis to Cordillera Huayhuash, illuminating every subtlety in materials, construction and design, and integrating this feedback to refine each style with an ethos of functionality, minimalism and efficiency. It took many rounds of testing and design changes, but the result is an efficient, elegant system — and there’s nothing more important at altitude than simplicity.”
The nine-piece kit includes the men’s and women’s quick-drying seamless Merino Air Hoody and Bottoms as a base layer; the midlayer Nano Air Light Hoody and Pants that are stretchy and breathable for high-output endeavors; the men’s M10 Anorak and women’s M10 Jacket made from the lightest three-layer waterproof and breathable shell Patagonia makes; the men’s and women’s Galvanized Pants using a new soft, stretchy and durable three-layer waterproof and breathable H2No polyester and spandex fabric, and the Grade VII Down Parka made with a fully baffled construction and the 800-fill Traceable Down liner.
Rounding out the kit is the Hybrid Sleeping Bag, an “elephant’s foot” style bag made from 850-fill Traceable Down insulation in an ultralight Pertex Quantum shell fabric, and the Ascensionist pack, a climbing backpack with critical high-alpine features.
Based in Ventura, Calif., Patagonia is a certified B-Corporation recognized for its commitment to authentic product quality and environmental activism, contributing over $78 million in grants and in-kind donations to date.