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5 High-end outdoor clothing brands that every wardrobe needs

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02.05.2024

By Benedict Unang

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5 High-end outdoor clothing brands that every wardrobe needs

When setting out on outdoor escapades like hiking scenic trails, backpacking through serene countryside, or skiing down majestic mountains, your choice of clothing can significantly impact your experience. It’s not merely a matter of style—it’s about ensuring functionality, comfort and safety, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the activity without distractions. The right clothing also shields you from unpredictable weather and varying temperatures. If you’re new to outdoor fashion, fret not—we’ve curated a list of luxury outdoor clothing brands known for their quality and performance. With these brands in your wardrobe, you’ll be well-equipped for any adventure that comes your way.

 

Patagonia

 

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Established in 1973 by Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia emerged as an extension of Chouinard Equipment, a brand specialising in climbing gear. The American brand focuses on creating apparel tailored for diverse outdoor activities, like the iconic Pile Fleece jacket, Down Sweater and the quick-drying Baggie shorts. Today, its product line has diversified to encompass items ranging from tinned seafood to sleeping bags. On top of that, Patagonia is known for championing sustainability, pledging 1 per cent of sales towards environmental preservation and introducing the ‘Worn Wear’ program, which lets customers exchange their used products for new merchandise credit. 

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The North Face

 

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The North Face has been a trailblazer in the industry since its inception in 1966. Founded by Doug and Susie Tompkins, the brand started with a modest mountaineering retail store in San Francisco and made waves with groundbreaking innovations like the geodesic dome tent and state-of-the-art ski wear. The momentum continued into the ‘90s with the launch of Tekware collection, designed to provide unmatched fit and functionality. Since then, it has remained a dominant player in the market, earning the trust of countless adventurers while embodying its mantra, “Never Stop Exploring.” 

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Arc’teryx

 

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Similar to Patagonia and North Face, Arc’Teryx was born out of the lack of quality gear and apparel. Originally founded by David Lane as Rock Solid, the brand transformed in 1991 when Lane and Jeremy Guard rebranded it as Arc’Teryx, inspired from the bird-like dinosaur Archaeopteryx. Following that, the Canadian label has built a reputation for producing sturdy products. The Gamma series, for instance, stands out for its lightweight soft shell fabric that boasts exceptional stretch and breathability. Additionally, the Beta collection offers versatile jackets in an extensive range of sizes, catering to explorers from XS to XXL.

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Moncler

 

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If you’re into winter sports, chances are Moncler is already on your radar. Established in 1952 by René Ramillon and Andrè Vincent, Moncler takes its name from Monestier-de-Clermont, a quaint mountain village near Grenoble. What began with crafting sleeping bags and tents has blossomed into an Italian icon celebrated for its bold puffer jackets. These jackets provide unparalleled resistance and protection, even in the harshest climates. Continuously pushing the boundaries, Moncler introduces a contemporary twist to both skiwear and après-ski fashion through its Moncler Collections, Moncler Grenoble and Moncler Genius lines. 

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Canada Goose

 

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Another Canadian brand you cannot miss is Canada Goose. Founded in 1957, this Toronto-born label is synonymous with premium winter wear, from parkas in various lengths to windbreakers in a natural colour palette. With a legacy of defying norms woven into its DNA, Canada Goose consistently raises the bar. Over the last decade, the brand has upgraded its lightweight down collection and debuted its Spring collection. Moreover, it has ventured into new territory with the launch of its Knitwear collection, employing luxurious Merino wool garments in its purposeful designs. 

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