1970s Patagonia First Generation Half-Zip Pile Sweater, Tan (M)

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• Season/Year: Late 1970s/Early 1980s
• Color/Print Name: Tan
• Tag Size: M
• Best fits a Mens M, Womens L
• Pit to pit: 22in
• Base of the back collar to bottom: 27in
• Pit to end of sleeve: 22in

Condition Rating: B+
Notes: The legendary fleece that started it all. This amazing first generation Patagonia Pile Sweater is in excellent preowned condition for its age with signs of normal wear including heavy pilling throughout the garment. A true piece of Patagonia history and a must have for all Patagonia collectors and enthusiasts.

“Our synthetic Pile garments represent a radical departure from standard cold weather clothing. Pile has similarities to wool, down and synthetic fills, but performs well in situations where each of these materials becomes limited. Pile fabric was developed about 20 years ago for use as a wool substitute by North Atlantic fishermen. Pile needs only half as much weight as wool to provide equivalent warmth but its superiority is in its drying properties. Like wool it maintains its loft when wet; unlike down, the slick pile fibers absorb little moisture. In a storm, water drains easily through the bottom of the garment. On the other hand, perspiration raised by strenuous activity wicks to the outside of the garment and evaporates” (Great Pacific Iron Works, 1982).

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