Honestly, had I not been introduced to the entire "outdoor industry" by a Patagonia employee, I would be posting more reviews.
I actually wanted to wear this jacket to the Outdoor Retailer show in two weeks, just to "give the finger" to the type of culture that surrounds that show. The "who do you work for" and constant glances at badges are some of the (many) reasons why OR needs to change (in addition to the completely prick attitude of the folks who organize the event).
Patagonia, y'all are on top of your game- as a privately held company, I prefer to give you my dollar over MHW, TNF or even Arcteryx. The other brands that are owned by corporations rarely make the effort, if at all, to change practices within the industry- whether it is assembling your Merino 3 base layers in the U.S., give back to the planet (seriously, how many companies even give anything back?), or simply starting a recycling program that both reduces carbon footprints and increases demand for your products.
Most importantly, Patagonia has HOOKED IT UP over the years, whether it was via warranty or just some cool rep. Upon reflection, I have more qualms with former employers, than I do Patagonia.
While I purchased this jacket, SOLELY for the purpose of reviewing/exposing it, I feel pretty bad about trumpeting the jacket.
Rest assured, I have written confirmation from Patagonia that NO ONE will be fired as as result of me purchasing this jacket. Patagonia wants to comp me for it, in return for me keeping it under wraps until it March 1. I hope they give me job :)