Patagonia Layering System: Vegan Style

a Gear Review by Kristin Wuhrman

The human body needs to stay within safety range in order to function property, so it’s extremely important to plan ahead and layer appropriately when you are out in the elements doing the things you love best in the backcountry.


Staying warm and dry is key, so layer up!

Layers are crucial, and when used in combination with each other will reach the ideal effect for the season, environment, and activity you are pursuing. They work together to wick moisture, trap in heat, insulate from cold and block wind and weather. Ideally what makes a splendid system includes a base layer, mid layer, insulation layer and hard shell layer.

With today’s technology, it’s quite easy to find gear that aligns with a vegan lifestyle and my go to brand, hands down is Patagonia.


Peace. Love. Vegan. Patagonia.

As a fond Patagonia aficionada and vegan for over 25 years, I proudly own a collection of favorites. They work well with my love of being in the backcountry and doing everything from hiking, mountaineering, running, canoeing and biking. Patagonia is so much more than just a quality brand. Earning a reputation for its trailblazing environmental and social practices, Patagonia’s business model actually rejects overt consumerism. Have you heard of the Worn Wear® program? This program celebrates the stories we wear and keeps your gear in action longer to take some of the pressure off the planet. – It’s an exploration of quality — in the things we own and the lives we live. – Patagonia

Patagonia’s audience trusts the brand, admires its value, and aspires to live by the same principles.


Make everyday a backcountry day with Patagonia

I chose the following four pieces to review for a go-to layering system. These include:


From left to right:

Capilene® 2 Lightweight Zip Neck (base layer)(women’s)(men’s)
R1® Full Zip Jacket (mid layer)(women’s)(men’s)
Nano Puff® Jacket (insulation)(women’s)(men’s)
Super Cell Jacket (waterproof shell)(only available in men’s)


Super Cell Jacket

The Super Cell Jacket has minimalistic, yet diplomatic features and is my go-to nylon waterproof shell because it has excellent pack-ability and super breath-ability. It has a longer cut, which is ideal for guaranteeing coverage, while sized to accommodate a layering system. I’m easily able to wear a base, mid and insulation layer underneath. I’ve been in this shell during pretty much every type of Seattle Area rain – the mountains, rainforests and trails. It never fails me! I love the rock solid hood synch and easy-to-use adjustment as well.

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Nano Puff® Jacket

The Nano Puff® Jacket not only sounds fun but also is fun! It’s an all around winner whether you need it for layering in the mountains or just running around town on the weekends. It’s not only windproof and water-resistant, but is made with highly compressible 60-g PrimaLoft®Gold Insulation making it surprisingly warm and weighing next to nothing. I’ve been caught in the rain with this jacket numerous times and it’s mind-blowing how well it still performs and how quickly it dries. It packs extremely well so when you need to remove a layer, no problem. It’s kinetic!

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The R1® Full Zip Jacketpatagoniareview7

The R1® Full Zip Jacket is a minimalist design that’s been perfected for a gamut of backcountry adventures and is equally excellent as a stand-alone piece. The R1® material is versatile and works in lots of situations with its high/low grid fabric traps, which insulate and remove moisture off the skin. The fit is slim, but true to size. I use my R1® regularly for running, golfing, canoeing and hiking. It’s become my best friend and I love it more every single time I put it on. Looks great with a pair of jeans and is cozy to lounge in on the weekends to top it off.



The Capilene® 2 Lightweight Zip Neck

The Capilene® 2 Lightweight Zip Neck helps you stay on pace up a mountain while wicking away moisture and keeping you warm in cool conditions. It’s extremely breathable and the fastest drying performance base layer I’ve ever owned. It’s fitted, so runs slim, but this is because it’s truly a base layer fit. There is also a crew neck model, but I love having the options to increase and adjust ventilation with the zip neck opening. Another smart feature of the Capilene® 2 are the thumb loops! I can’t tell you how much time I’ve saved putting on layers over this piece and the arms stay put. I wear mine canoeing, running, hiking, and mountaineers and even over a t-shirt on cool mornings.






A few other pieces that are in my Patagonia stash and I swap out for layering include:

R3® Fleece Hoody (women’s)(men’s)
Nano Puff® Vest (women’s)(men’s)
Capilene® 4 Expedition Weight 1/4 Zip Hoody (women’s)(men’s)
Capilene® 3 Midweight Bottoms (women’s)(men’s)
Capilene® 2 Lightweight Bottoms (women’s)(men’s)

Peace. Love. Vegan. Patagonia.

Kristin Wuhrman
Vegan Athlete and Outdoor Enthusiast
Owner BEVEGAN® Plant-Based Health Coaching 

Kristin resides in the Seattle, WA area where she is joyously surrounded by mountains, trails and water. As an animal lover (she has 6 cats, all rescues), a vegan athlete and an outdoors enthusiast, she feels lucky to live her many passions every single day. Kristin and her husband enjoy canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, mountaineering, golfing and playing pickleball together. She and her husband feel very fortunate to have so many natural options around them in the Pacific Northwest, as well as their friendly neighbor British Columbia, Canada.

Kristin (aka Miss Bellevue Vegan) owns BEVEGAN® Plant-Based Health Coaching where she helps people transition into or understand the benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet. She works with health nuts, athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, families and those interested in long-term health.  She’s a proponent of living authentically, developing mindfulness, following your dreams, and creating lasting healthy habits.  

By living a plant-based lifestyle, my performance, recovery, and energy levels are always at their highest.  I am a strong believer that this lifestyle enhances health, physical performance, and mental clarity.” – Kristin Wuhrman


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