From its origins as a makeshift climbing equipment shop in a tin shed in Ventura, California, Patagonia blossomed into one of the world’s most respected outdoor brands. The company hasn’t been around as long as rival outdoor retailers like L.L. Bean or Eddie Bauer — but in the 40 years it’s been around, Patagonia has become a leader in eco-friendly practices and a staple in the wardrobes of outdoor adventurers.
These days, Patagonia’s ubiquitous fleeces, Torrentshell jackets and down vests are just as likely to be spotted on mountainside trails as they are on city sidewalks. Besides activewear, outerwear and swimwear, Patagonia equips outdoor enthusiasts with backpacks and gear like sleeping bags and water bottles.
Dedicated to protecting the earth, Patagonia provides grants to environmental groups and runs a product recycling program called Worn Wear. Patagonia even levies a 1% for the Planet tax on itself, donating 1% of sales to nonprofit groups committed to the preservation and restoration of the planet.
What Is Patagonia?
They named Patagonia after the pristine, wild, sparsely populated semiarid scrub plateau that covers nearly all the southern ends of Argentina. The California-based brand sells outdoor apparel, packs and gear for activities like climbing, surfing, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, trail running, camping and fishing. Patagonia is known for its sustainability initiatives and gives 1% of all sales back to environmental nonprofits working to protect the earth.
Patagonia prioritizes durability, eco-friendly materials and fair-trade practices. Given their high-quality standards, Patagonia apparel can be on the expensive side. That said, you can score fleece pullovers, yoga pants, wetsuits and other gear for less with our guide on how to save at Patagonia.
1. Shop Patagonia Worn Wear
Patagonia Worn Wear is a resale program dedicated to extending the life of Patagonia products. The program lets you shop used Patagonia apparel, outwear, accessories and packs at discounts up to 50%.
2. Get a Patagonia Worn Wear Trade-in
Through Patagonia Worn Wear, you can also trade in your used Patagonia clothing for a merchandise credit of up to $100. You can use that merchandise credit toward new purchases at Patagonia stores and Patagonia.com, as well as secondhand apparel from Patagonia Worn Wear.
To make a trade-in, bring your used, good-condition Patagonia items to a store, or request a prepaid shipping label to make a trade-in via mail.
3. Sign Up for Patagonia Emails
If you register for Patagonia’s e-newsletter, you’ll receive exclusive offers and activism event alerts in your inbox. To sign up, scroll to the bottom of the website and enter your email where it says to “Subscribe.”
4. Shop Patagonia Web Specials
Patagonia Web Specials are a collection of clearance deals available year-round. In the Patagonia Web Specials section, you’ll find men’s and women’s apparel, packs and gear at discounts of up to 50%. Typically, Web Specials are available online only.
5. Shop Patagonia Sales
Does Patagonia ever go on sale? Yes, but they can be tricky to catch. That’s because, unlike many retailers, Patagonia doesn’t throw sales around holidays like Christmas or Memorial Day. In addition, there’s no Patagonia Black Friday sale or Cyber Monday event. It makes sense, considering the brand’s stance against consumerism and mass consumption.
While there may not be a Patagonia Black Friday sale or Patagonia Christmas event, Patagonia tends to offer two major sales each year — typically in February or March and August. During these semiannual sales, you can score discounts of up to 30% on the previous season’s merchandise.
6. Shop a Patagonia Outlet Store
Patagonia Outlet stores are scattered across the U.S. At outlet locations, you can find deep discounts on current and past-season Patagonia merchandise. Locate a Patagonia outlet near you.
7. Get Free Shipping from Patagonia
Patagonia charges anywhere from $8.50 to $13.95 for standard shipping (up to eight business days), depending on the order amount. However, you can get free ground shipping (up to 10 business days) on orders over a certain threshold.
The free shipping threshold varies but usually ranges between $49 and $99. You typically can find the current free shipping amount listed on the Patagonia website.
8. Get Your Patagonia Merch Replaced or Refunded
Patagonia backs its products with an “Ironclad Guarantee,” which accepts returns on Patagonia products that don’t perform to your expectations. The retailer can provide a refund, replacement, or store credit for qualifying items in good condition.
9. Repair Your Patagonia Merch
For a reasonable fee, Patagonia provides repairs for apparel and gear that is damaged due to wear and tear. To get a repair, visit a Patagonia store. You can also mail your item to the Patagonia repair team in Nevada using this printable repair form.
10. Know the Patagonia Return Policy
The Patagonia return policy lets you return new and sale merchandise for a full refund within a year of purchase. Items returned after a year will be refunded with Patagonia store credit.
How To Make a Patagonia Return
You can make a Patagonia return in stores or via mail. To make a return via mail, follow these steps:
- Start the return online. To start your return, visit the returns page with your order number and email.
- Print a shipping label. If you have an order number, you can print a $5 return shipping label. Patagonia deducts the $5 cost from your refund. If you don’t have your order number, you can fill out a return form.
- Drop off your return. Drop off your return at the carrier. Your return should be processed within seven to 10 business days.
11. Join the Patagonia Pro Program
The Patagonia Pro Program is a membership-based program for qualifying outdoor professionals, environmental grant recipients and outdoor industry partners.
Examples of qualifying professionals include federal law enforcement and military members, wildland fire crews, ski and snowboard instructors, yoga teachers and professional athletes. Membership is available by application only. You can apply online using your work email address.
12. Look for Patagonia Coupons and Promo Codes
Patagonia rarely runs coupons and promo codes, but it’s always worth checking with RetailMeNot — just in case. Our Patagonia deals page features a constantly updated list of current offers, sales and codes from the brand.
Other Helpful Patagonia Tips
To help make your Patagonia shopping experience as smooth as possible, we’ve answered a few of the most common customer questions below.
Where To Buy Patagonia
You can buy Patagonia products at Patagonia stores and Patagonia outlets, as well as Patagonia.com and WornWear.Patagonia.com. In addition, you can find Patagonia products at partner retailers like REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Backcountry.
How to Wash a Patagonia Down Jacket
Remarkably durable, Patagonia down jackets aren’t much harder to wash than a pair of jeans. Here’s how to wash a Patagonia down jacket, step-by-step:
- Find a down-specific detergent. Traditional detergent can remove natural oils and negatively affect the jacket’s loft and performance.
- Wash in a gentle setting: A front-loading washing machine is best, but a top-loading washer can do the job in a gentle setting.
- Dry on low heat. Dry your Patagonia jacket on a low heat setting. If you want to air-dry your jacket, lay it flat in a dry spot out of direct sunlight for several days.