Patagonia Capilene® Air Balaclava
Ultralightweight yet extremely efficient, Patagonia Capilene® Air Balaclava provides unsurpassed face, ear and neck protection for alpine climbers and snow riders. Made from an breathable blend of 51% merino wool and 49% Capilene® recycled polyester, Capilene® Air feels light and soft on the skin, insulates even when wet and dries quickly. We create the soft 18.5-micron-gauge-yarns used in Capilene® Air with an innovative airblasting technology that dramatically increases the yarn’s loft while reducing weight compared to traditional wool yarn. Our seamless 3-D construction eliminates chafe points and nearly eliminates wasted material. The traditional balaclava styling lets you position the face opening over your mouth or under your chin, depending upon conditions.
- Fine 18.5-micron-gauge merino wool from New Zealand blended with Capilene® recycled polyester, airblasted to increase loft while reducing weight, provides enhanced warmth, wicking, durability and dry time
- Seamless 3-D construction eliminates chafe points and wastes almost no material
- Multi-use balaclava silhouette keeps head, neck and face warm
- 34 g (1.2 oz)
18.5-micron-gauge 5.6-oz 51% merino wool/49% recycled polyester
In 1993, we adopted fleece into our product line made from post consumer recycled (PCR) plastic soda bottles. We were the first outdoor clothing manufacturer to do so. PCR™ clothing was a positive step towards a more sustainable system – one that uses fewer resources, discards less and better protects people’s health.
Today, we’re able to utilize more sources for recycled polyester and offer it on more garments such as Capilene® baselayers, shell jackets, board shorts, and fleece. We now recycle used soda bottles, unusable manufacturing waste, and worn out garments (including our own) into polyester fibers to produce many of our clothes.
Using recycled polyester lessens our dependence on petroleum as a raw material source, curbs discards and reduces toxic emissions from incinerators.
bluesign® Approved Fabric
Patagonia has worked with bluesign technologies since 2000 to evaluate and reduce resource consumption in our materials supply chain, and to assist us with managing the chemicals, dyes and finishes used in the process. bluesign technologies, based in Switzerland, works at each step in the textile supply chain to approve chemicals, processes, materials, and products that are safe for the environment, safe for workers, and safe for end customers.
In 2007, Patagonia became the first brand to officially join the network of bluesign® system partners.
Any fabric you see that’s bluesign® approved offers the highest level of consumer safety by employing methods and materials in their manufacture that conserve resources and minimize impacts on people and the environment.
The Footprint Chronicles®
Patagonia promote fair labor practices, safe working conditions and environmental responsibility throughout the Patagonia supply chain.
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