If you're in the market for high-quality outdoor clothing and you have an interest in choosing items that are environmentally sustainable, you probably already have a rather intimate familiarity with Patagonia. That being said, you might also be looking for other companies that are similar to them in order to check out the competition. After all, everyone wants to get the best deal possible, right? As such, it's imperative to understand exactly what Patagonia is all about and then find competitors that offer something along the same lines. Here's some background information on the company as well as 10 other companies that are quite similar.
At its core, Patagonia is a high-end clothing company that specializes in outerwear. However, that isn’t why the company is so popular with the people who keep coming back to make purchases, time after time. The clothing sold by the company is made to exacting standards. More importantly, it is environmentally sustainable.
The company has even gone to greater lengths by actively working to protect the health of the planet, both on the front lines and in the political ring. If you like the clothing offered by Patagonia (and you also like what they stand for), here are 10 other companies you might want to check out.
10. North Face
There is a lot to be said about this particular company. It's been around for decades. During that time, the company has become well known for being the go-to corporation for outerwear when people need something that is truly capable of getting the job done without failing, even in the harshest of conditions. It’s easy to understand why people like this company so much. For starters, they produce exceptionally high-quality products, just like Patagonia.
In addition, all of those products are comparably priced to everything Patagonia sells. They're not prohibitively expensive, yet they also offer an upper echelon of products that are definitely more costly. Typically, a person can purchase a good coat for as little as $100 or as much as $700, depending on how much you want to spend. The same is true for most of their other outerwear. Just in case you're curious, the company also sells outdoor gear for climbers, hikers and the like.
The Best of the Best
One of the things that makes this company so popular with buyers is the fact that they work tirelessly to improve the health of the planet. They take a frontline approach by using products that are recycled and working to reduce their carbon footprint as they manufacture and ship clothing. In addition, they actively get involved in charitable fundraising events that can potentially improve the health of the planet in other areas that are not related to the production of clothes. In short, they're working to take a responsible role in the things that they're directly involved in while simultaneously working quietly behind the scenes to improve things that they have absolutely nothing to do with. They don't just talk about improving the health of the planet, they go out of their way to serve as an example for what all of us should be doing.
9. Columbia Sportswear
If you're looking for an environmentally conscious company that sells products of outstanding quality without charging you three times over in order to get your hands on those products, Columbia Sportswear is one of the corporations that should be at the top of your list. There are a lot of things that make this the popular choice for many people. One of those things is the fact that the company produces their clothing ethically. They also work practically around the clock to educate people about the need to protect the environment and choose environmentally sustainable options whenever possible, even if that's not always the most convenient thing to do.
As far as the clothing itself is concerned, it's important to realize that this is a company that produces clothing of all kinds. You can buy high-quality outerwear but you can also buy T-shirts and even shorts. Regardless of the type of clothing you choose, all of it is of impeccable quality. The thing that makes this company truly special on that side of things is that despite the extremely high-quality involved, the products are often far more affordable than other companies on this list.
In fact, they're often a fraction of the cost that you would spend at Patagonia or the North Face. For example, you can purchase a high-quality jacket or coat for anywhere from $80 to $400, provided you're purchasing the most expensive option. They also have a number of plus sizes available. That's not something that is terribly common when it comes to outerwear and activewear, so it's always good to see that they are more inclusive than a lot of the other companies.
This is a smaller company, so you're not nearly as likely to see them getting out there on the political front or working to change the way that people do things when it comes to improving the health of the planet. Much of that is because they simply don't have the manpower or the budget to get involved in those things, at least not yet. It remains to be seen whether or not they will decide to get more involved as they grow. That being said, they do place an emphasis on environmental sustainability as far as the products that they produce. That's definitely a good start and it's much better than purchasing clothing from a company that doesn't make any efforts to curb your carbon footprint whatsoever.
The clothes produced by the company are high-quality and in many cases, they're rather affordable. As is the case in the first two examples, you can use the example here of a nice winter coat. If you want to go with the more economical side of things, they offer them for as low as $80. If you have more money to spend, you can purchase one of their more high-end items for about $400. That's very competitive with the other companies that produce similar lines of clothing.
In addition, the clothing produced by the company is capable of lasting just as long and being just as durable as anybody else. If there is one black mark against this company, it's largely the fact that they just don't offer as many options in their clothing lines as many of the larger companies do. Again, it all comes down to the fact that they're just not as big as many of these other corporations. Therefore, they have to be more conscientious about the way that they spend their money on their inventory.
This is an environmentally sustainable company that works very hard to be responsible in terms of protecting the health of the planet. Interestingly enough, the company was formed in 1971 when a couple of climbers decided to form a group so they could meet other people who had similar interests. They eventually started sewing their own gear together and eventually decided to market it. To this day, they continue to make both clothing and gear such as sleeping bags and backpacks.
Their high-quality clothing can take a ton of abuse and it's typically more affordable than that from Patagonia or the North Face. As a matter of fact, you can buy a good winter coat for about $80. If you really want to kick things up a few notches, you can go all out and spend about $300 on one that has all the bells and whistles.
6. Mountain Hardware
You might not know this, but Mountain Hardwear is actually owned by parent company Columbia Sportswear. That would explain the company's focus on environmental sustainability. It also goes a long way toward explaining how they develop high-quality clothing and keep the prices affordable. What's the difference between the two? Mountain Hardware is designed for a very specific niche of individuals. It's just for those people who love to go hiking and climbing. In fact, it's much more in tune with those who hike through some of the most difficult trails in the world.
The company sells everything from ski suits to pants (and even shorts) for hiking and rock climbing. They're also affordable. Sticking with the example of the winter coat, you can purchase their economy version for about $80. Even their most expensive version available only costs $450, a lot more affordable than the $700 that you might pay for the same thing from Patagonia.
5. Eddie Bauer
This company has been around for a very long time, since the 1920s. They offer all kinds of high-quality clothing and gear and they do it for a fair price. Typically, you can buy a winter coat here for anywhere from $100 to $500. That's definitely in tune with the competition. By the same token, the products produced by the company are high quality and they're capable of getting the job done, even in extreme conditions.
Another big advantage to using this company is that they include plus sizes for almost their entire lineup. They're very much in tune with the idea that someone doesn't already have to be a size zero in order to go out and enjoy the things that will make (and/or keep) them healthy. Many of the other companies on this list have yet to catch on to that idea. It's nice to see someone who's a bit more all inclusive and who realizes that you can't be the picture of health without starting somewhere.
This company is a little bit different than many of the others on this list, but they're still very much worth mentioning. They get their name because they plant 10 trees every time you purchase a single product. In addition, the company produces affordable casual wear products such as hoodies and baseball caps. You won't pay a fortune for their well-made products. Perhaps most importantly, all of their products are made from recycled materials in an environmentally sustainable manner.
It’s interesting to note that this company only started producing clothing and gear such as backpacks in 2010. Before that, it was actually a farm that was designed to be more environmentally sustainable. Eventually, they started producing clothing and gear from recycled products. When you order something, they'll even ship it to you in material made from trees that have been felled as the direct result of deforestation. They truly are doing their part to improve the health of the planet and hopefully, they're setting a good example for other companies that will come along after them.
There are a few exciting things about this company that are definitely worth mentioning. At the moment, they're actively working to create an entirely new line of products that are both more inclusive in terms of sizing and more affordable. As such, they expect to have a new line of clothing as large as 3X that can be purchased for anywhere from $80 to $300. It's taken them some time to build this line because they work very hard to do everything in an environmentally sustainable manner. As a result, they don't cut corners in order to make production faster. The outerwear that they manufacture is high-quality, comfortable and stylish. As such, it's easy to understand why it's so popular with people who love spending time outdoors.
This is another company that's constantly working to become more environmentally sustainable. Many of their products are made from recycled materials and they offer a variety of different sizes. As a matter of fact, they have one of the more comprehensive outerwear lines in existence, including hoodies. Some of their products can be expensive, costing as much as $700. However, they do have a wide price range available. All of their products are well-made and capable of standing up to the elements as well as the test of time.
Written by Allen Lee
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