Patagonia’s Alpine Downlab Reimagines What Down Jackets Can Do

Patagonia’s unwavering commitment to creating sustainably made, high-quality performance gear has been the engine of their storied success. The California-based brand has made a name for themselves by making some of the best puffer jackets on the market, and their unyielding standard of excellence drives their innovation as they continue to push the envelope of what jackets should offer. Now, they look to build on their world-renowned reputation even further with the launch of their Alpine Downlab line.

The Alpine Downlab line is a notable launch for a few different reasons. For starters, the goal of the Alpine Downlab line is to hybridize the layering system by integrating down on all its levels. The result of this goal is the lightest, most packable garments the company has made. In essence, they created the hybridized mid-layer/outer-layer garment that would insulate its wearer without compromising mobility or flexibility. Patagonia achieved this goal by using the lightest fabrics they have ever used while also using ultra-premium 800-fill-power goose down, which is some of the highest quality goose down available. They also implemented varied quilting patterns to map warmth to specific parts of the body so the wearer could effectively layer without being overly bulky. The Alpine Downlab men’s line includes three offerings: the AlpLight Down Jacket, AlpLight Down Pullover, and the UltraAlpine Down Crew. The jacket and pullover both have a 100% post-consumer recycled nylon fabric construction that’s made from recycled fishing nets to help reduce ocean plastic pollution. Taking a lighter route, Patagonia constructed their UltraAlpine Down Crew with an ultralight 7-denier 100% recycled nylon fabric; the lightest shell fabric they have ever used.

Of course, the 800-fill-power goose down used to insulate the Alpine Downlab line is certified by NSF International to help ensure the sourcing of the fill was cruelty-free, and their nylon constructions are 100% recyclable. Patagonia’s Alpine Downlab line is available for retail starting at $199.

Purchase: $199+