Patagonia Trade In: Repurpose Old Gear with Worn Wear

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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 minimising 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) and washed and resold via the Worn Wear website ( or recycled
  3. Use your merchandise credit in store or at 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 and 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 too 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 short, 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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