The eco-minded outdoor and workwear brand recently launched the men’s Steel Forge denim jacket and jeans—online exclusive made from a 92 percent organic cotton and 8 percent Dyneema blend.
With Dyneema fiber being 15-times stronger than steel at the same weight, Patagonia says the fiber “has allowed us to take a time-honored workhorse denim fabric and make it even more durable.”
Milled at Cone Denim with cotton sourced in the U.S., Patagonia describes the fabric as a “burly” 12.5 oz. denim. The fabric is dyed with a bio-based dye produced by Stony Creek Colors from natural indigo grown in the U.S. The jacket and jeans are cut and sewn in California.
The Steel Forge denim jacket ($199 retail) and jeans ($159 retail) are equipped with utilitarian features.
The roomy jacket—designed for layering—has a bi-swing back for ease of movement. The jacket has ample carry capacity with several pockets on the front, and two hidden side-entry hand warmer pockets set behind cargo pockets. The cuffs and waist are finished with a double-button adjustment to personalize the fit.
The matching relaxed fit jeans have two front drop-in pockets with knife clip gussets; two drop-in back pockets; pockets on left back and right legs, sized to fit a cell phone and a utility loop on left hip.
The jeans have double-fabric knees for additional durability. The doubled knees have bottom openings that accommodate knee pads and allow easy cleanout. The denim’s gusseted crotch allows freedom of movement.