Must disagree with the conclusions, not to mention the reverse snobbery.
Everything I've bought made by Patagonia has been at least 1/3 off, and not that hard to find at the price. The Specter was $99, marked down from $150, and is going strong after over ten years.
For some reason, the quality of many Patagonia products doesn't get much credit on this site. I backpack comfortably in the rain all day and in camp with them and later read about 'hypothermic rain' and similar frights on this site. OK, you go your way, and I'll go mine, a lot more safely and comfortably I'll bet.
As for the 'Patagucci' business, please read up a little about the company and its founder. I never see this sort of thing here about Arcteryx, which cost a lot more.
When we feel we have to castigate someone for being a good citizen, something is wrong somewhere.
Patagonia made the second generation Specter too light, and must have got into trouble with that, as they took it off the market and have stuck to heavier shells ever since. It is fantastic news that they now may be taking a stab at a very light shell with well above average breathability.