North Face have become one of the most popular outdoor clothing brands. They are known for high quality materials in their jackets that will not only warm you during winter but they will also keep you looking stylish throughout it. And in the realm of outdoor apparel as street wear, North Face have grown to be one of the most popular.
We’re looking specifically at the North Face puffer jacket in this article…. But by extension, as an outdoor clothing brand, you’ll also find all manner of outdoor wear from hiking gear to summer or casual apparel.
Now, not everyone wants to wear the same lifestyle brand as everyone else. So, if you’re looking for a brand like the North Face, but perhaps with more of an edge, there are plenty of options.
In this post we’ll take a closer look at the best outdoor clothing brands like the North Face for you to get cosy in.
Known for their environmental sustainability and high quality materials, Patagonia are one of the most obvious North Face alternative options.
The first difference that you will see is the price. Patagonia tends to be more expensive, which might turn some people off. However that higher price point also means you’re getting high quality outdoor gear made from sustainable or recycled materials.
In fact, Patagonia were one of the first brands to focus on sustainable materials before it was a buzzword.
Like the North Face, Patagonia actually started life as a mountain climbing and hiking brand.
Patagonia gear is designed to be extremely durable. They are made to help you through adventures and winter sports, so they will last you plenty of winters. So if you’re looking for a quality outdoor brand that definitely offers more high quality products than North Face, take a good look at Patagonia.
The Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket
There are plenty of options for quality and stylish jackets with Patagonia. But we like the Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody for it’s simple styling and top grade performance. Keep the cold and the wind off with this cool outdoor clothing classic jacket.
The Japanese Gap, Uniqlo are one of those brands that have grown in popularity in recent years for their simple stylish clothing. While Uniqlo mostly specialises in casual outdoor clothing, they also offer a cool line of stylish winter jackets.
This includes a very cool line up of down puffer jackets, very similar to North Face.
Uniqlo is by far one of the cheapest options when it comes to quality down and puffa jackets. They are simple, stylish and affordable.
However, if you are an outdoor enthusiast and you’re looking for performance gear for outdoor activities, then you should probably consider another brand. Uniqlo jackets are not meant for technical performance such as sports or hiking. However they are perfectly suited for rainy walks along the British coast or even staying warm on your commute to work.
And crucially, they do offer a relatively low cost option compared to most of the other brands on this list.
The Uniqlo Puffer Jacket
There are lots of options to choose from with Uniqlo, with prices ranging from £70 up to around £170.
We like this cool down parka jacket from Uniqlo.
While they might not have the street cool of North Face or Patagonia, Columbia offer quality outdoor apparel at affordable prices.
Columbia jackets are of decent quality and are made to last. Reviews of Columbia jackets on Amazon tend to be in the 4 star and upwards range, making them very well-liked. Based on their customer reviews most people state that their jackets are incredibly durable and high quality.
In addition to this, Columbia also offers a great variety of styles from technical outdoor clothing to casual styles, so it doesn’t matter if you are looking for a city jacket or something to wear in the woods, you will find a great fit for yourself.
The Columbia Hooded Puffer Jacket
When it comes to finding a jacket like the North Face puffer, we think Columbia comes very close. And, to add to that, it’s more than half the price.
If you’re looking for an outdoor brand with street cred, Volcom are going to be a great fit for you. As a skate and snowboarding brand, Volcom offer a cool aesthetic that would normally be associated with these cool winter sports.
Volcom is also at the higher end of the price range, although a lot of people consider them to be a great and reliable brand. This is mainly because they focus on gear that can be used for winter sports, which means that they have to be both comfortable and durable.
Of course this means that their jackets will keep you warm for many winters to come, and probably look good in a few years too. If you’re looking for street styling then Volcom are a great option, and they have a number of affordable options too.
Volcom Storm Proof Gore-Tex Jacket
With an unmistakably snowsports styling, the Storm Proof Gore Tex jacket from Volcom is made from recycled materials, and is made to keep you warm during any outdoor adventures.
When it comes to sustainable outdoor clothing, US brand Burton are a top choice (Not to be confused with British suits and casual mens wear brand also called Burton). The snow sports brands are often the best options for high performance outdoor clothing. And Burton is one of the best known snowboarding brands, meaning they tend to be super cool and often with weather proof features such as wind resistance, inner lining, snow skirts and tons of pockets.
Burton jackets are specifically made for snowboarders and skiiers, so you know that they are made to last and that they will keep you warm and insulated. However, because they are such a niche brand, their prices are often on par with luxury brands such as Canada Goose.
But, Burton are arguably better quality, made from premium and durable materials and built to last.
If you’re looking for high quality outdoor clothing that is designed to withstand the impact of outdoor activities, while also being made from recycled or sustainable materials, then Burton is for you.
Burton [ak] Hover Pro 3L Jacket
If you’re a snowboarder then you already have your eye on a few Burton jackets. Or, if you want a great jacket for outdoor enthusiasts, or to simply look cool on the streets or hiking the countyside, then this Burton Jacket is a made to measure.
We all know H&M, they are present at almost every single mall strip and most people will have a few pieces in their closet from them. Of course, they are very affordable and still quite fashionable.
While H&M offer a great choice of stylish clothing, they’re not always the most high quality products, often described as fast fashion.
However… I do have H&M clothing and jackets that have lasted me many years (as I’m sure you do too). So never write off H&M for an afforable alternative to expensive down jackets from North Face.
Decathlon has grown to be one of the best budget outdoor brands, with a huge range of products for outdoor sports. This includes a range of puffer jackets and winter jackets which, although not a luxury brand, definitely offer some of the benefits of brands like the North Face.
Generally, if you want to do winter sports, but don’t want to spend a fortune on gear in the beginning, you’ll head to Decathlon. The store offers a wide variety of gear for the winter (especially insulated jackets) that are very affordable, but will still keep you warm for a couple of winters.
While they might not quite have the cool factor of brands like North Face, Patagonia, Burton and Volcom, they are definitely functional and winter proof. They are also also often either very vibrant with their colour schemes.
Decathlon Mens Padded Hooded Jacket
This funky mens padded jacket will keep you warm in temperatures as low as -10c. So even if you get caught out by the weather, you’ll look cool and stay warm.
So whatever your budget or style this winter, it’s easy to look good and stay warm. And if you’re not so keen on North Face as a brand, we think these are all excellent alternatives to the North Face Jacket.