Patagonia Trade In: Repurpose Old Gear with Worn Wear

A lot of outdoor people don’t know that you can actually send in used Patagonia gear through the Worn Wear program and receive merchandise credit. This is a great way …

A lot of outdoor people don’t know that you can actually send in used Patagonia gear through the Worn Wear program and receive merchandise credit.

This is a great way to look after the planet by minimizing resource consumption and ensuring a garment or piece of gear that you are no longer using finds a new owner.

How to Trade In Used Patagonia Gear

Patagonia estimates that having a resale market adds two years to the lifespan of typical garments, resulting in significantly less materials and energy being consumed and less waste being produced.

  1. Trade your used gear in at Patagonia store and get a credit
  2. The gear is repaired (if needed), washed, and resold via the Worn Wear website (https://wornwear.patagonia.com/) or recycled.
  3. Use your merchandise credit in-store or at Patagonia.com or the Worn Wear Site.

How Much Credit Will I Get?

Patagonia offers up to $100 per item on a sliding scale ranging from $10 upwards.

Typically, for a trade-in, you’d get:

  • $10 for shorts, sweatshirts, and small packs and bags
  • $20 for sweaters and fleeces
  • $30 for technical fleeces, larger backpacks, and duffels
  • $40 for shells, technical packs, high-end hoodies, and fleeces
  • $60 for insulated shells, Stormfront luggage
  • $100 for three-layer snow shells, insulated GORE-TEX shells, and 3-in-1 jackets and parkas

What Items Will Patagonia Accept for the Worn Wear Program?

Most Patagonia garments and certain gear items. The way the program notes put it is, “We accept Patagonia clothing that functions perfectly and is in good condition.” As you can see from the trade-in values, this also extends to bags, packs, and Patagonia luggage, as well as Patagonia garments.

What Items Won’t Patagonia Accept via Worn Wear?

Anything that goes next to your skin – bras, underwear, Baggies and Barely Baggies shorts, swimwear, baselayers, socks, and yoga wear. Other items they won’t accept for trade-ins are hats, scarves, gloves, and beanies, as well as footwear, waters, wetsuits, and sleeping bags.

When Did Patagonia Launch Worn Wear?

The program has been running since 2017, during which time more than 120,000 quality used Patagonia items have been sold.

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Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He's appeared in fishing movies, founded a successful fishing site and spends every spare moment on the water. He's into kayak fishing, ultralight lure fishing and pretty much any other kind of fishing out there.
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