If there’s one thing every traveler should have, it's good quality outdoor clothing. Invest well and you won't be that person who lags behind the group because their cheap hiking boots are giving them blisters!
When I buy my outerwear I look for three things: comfort, durability and style.
The last of these often tends to be the hardest to find. There’s no point in having a warm coat that lasts a life time if it looks terrible. Fortunately, there are plenty of outdoor clothing brands that will make you look fly as you take on the great outdoors.
Just a heads up for first time buyers: outerwear can get pricey. The first time I bought a heavy duty winter coat I almost had a heart attack. But, that winter coat has lasted me four years so far and helped me brave the winds of Patagonia.
In brief, outdoor clothing is expensive but well worth investing in. Just make sure you get the right travel gear. Here are some of my favorite brands to help get you started.
1. The North Face
Let’s start with the best known outdoor clothing brand out there: The North Face. No doubt you’ve already seen people sporting this mainstay outerwear brand on some hiking route somewhere.
Whether you need a jacket for skiing or pants for yoga, The North Face has got you covered and you won’t look like a dork wearing its gear. This brand is also pretty moderately priced given its fantastic quality.
Vancouver-based Arc’teryx has been making waves in the outdoor clothing world. The brand is not cheap but the designs are on point and the products will last you forever. One of the best buys from Arc’teryx is its fleece – warm, lightweight and good-looking, this bad boy ticks all the boxes.
Named after the famous volcano in Ecuador, Cotopaxi is an outdoor clothing brand with a social conscience. The brand funds sustainable poverty alleviation projects, so you can buy its products knowing you’re contributing to something good.
The outerwear on offer with Cotopaxi is on the lower end of the price scale, but the company hasn’t compromised on quality. Llama fibre and goose down are staple materials among the brand’s products.
Columbia has just about every thing you could possibly want when it comes to outdoor clothing. Whether you’re skiing, hiking or even fishing, Columbia will kit you out in style.
Having tried out a number of its products, I can vouch for the brand with confidence. The brand’s products are high quality with excellent durability and I wouldn’t have survived Peru’s Sacred Valley without my Columbia hiking boots.
Bonus: Columbia’s products are very affordable!
Predominantly focused on mountain-wear, Kuhl has made a name for itself because of its selection of pants. If you’re shopping online, the website allows you to narrow your search based on the fabric you want, the size you need, or even by the activity you’re planning on undertaking.
The outdoor clothing on sale at Kuhl is invariably top quality and is probably the most stylish outerwear on the market at the moment.