Patagonia’s 80s Snap-T collection is redesigned for modern times

Patagonia’s new Autumn/Winter 15 collection isn’t really very new. It’s a reintroduction of one of the brand’s most iconic ranges, the Snap-T, first introduced as far back as 1985. 30 years later and the bright colours and crazy patterns still seem to be a popular choice among hikers and climbers.

“When the Snap-T was initially created in 1985, it was the most technical fleece and the best insulation available,” said Helena Barbour, Patagonia’s Business Unit Director, Sportswear. “It has retained the same functionality, features and classic silhouette over the years, but we are constantly evolving it, challenging our processes, experimenting with fabrics.”


The range consists of 17 styles in over 60 different colourways and in 16 prints. Along with the classic Synchilla Fleece (pictured) that the range began with, there are also wool, down and PrimaLoft Gold insultated options – all in men’s and women’s versions.

The Snap-T Pullover design retains the T-neck, pocket shape, binding and snap closures. The main changes are in the materials that are used: the nylon and wool is recyclable, the cotton is organic and the down is traceable.