Comparing materials and fabrics is one of the best and easiest ways to understand differences in performance and composition between different materials.
In our efforts to make it easier for you to access this information and to also understand the fabrics and materials we write about so often when discussing jackets, we have done several comparisons.
This week we will continue with another comparison between two materials that share some similarities, but are distinctly different from each other. We will look at Polyester vs. Wool.
While we have compared Fleece to Wool in a prior article, Polyester is more than just fleece, which is why we will look at it as a material that is so commonly used in jackets and coats in many of its forms, not solely limited to wool-mimicking fleece.
Let’s get started!
The brands that we have chosen for today’s comparison offer a wide range of products for many outdoor activities, be it for winter or summer.
They are Salomon and The North Face.
The first is a French brand (here are some other French outdoor brands) that makes it into our site for the first time, and the second, well, you probably know it as it’s a very popular brand from the U.S., world-renowned, and that has been featured in many of our reviews and comparisons.
While there are many outdoor brands that focus particularly on one or two types of products, like for example Canada Goose which is popular for its down parkas, such is not the case for today’s brands as they offer different products in their collections.
From jackets, to shoes, to backpacks and other accessories, these two brands have everything you need for your adventures out in nature.
So, let’s get started right away and see how they compare to each other.
Insulation reviews and fabric technologies have now become a regular feature in our work. A few days ago we featured the Polartec® Alpha® Insulation, in which we looked at its characteristics, the way it works and its composition.
Today we will look at another Polartec® fabric, the Power Grid™ fleece.
Fleece fabrics are versatile and widely used when it comes to jackets and other technical garments. They insulate well, are breathable and very lightweight, making them a great addition to jackets that are meant for high-performance and comfort.
We have looked into fleece and fleece jackets in the past, but today’s pick is not just your average fleece.
Let’s take a look!
Brands that specialize in outdoor clothing are many, but exactly how many of them share enough similarities in the quality of their products to be compared to each other?
That is a question that has to lead us to explore and compare some of the best brands when it comes to technical and performance clothes that are made to keep you safe and protected in outdoor adventures.
So far, we have looked at many brands, including some of the biggest names in the market of outdoor sports clothing, and there are still many more to feature.
Something we do frequently is comparing brands that have been extensively featured in our reviews, selections and other comparisons, in order to see how two individual brands measure up to each other.
Today we will be doing the same by taking a look at Eddie Bauer versus The North Face.
Fabric comparisons in the past few months have helped us to better understand the origin, as well as the purpose of different fabrics, especially when it comes to their use in jackets.
So far, we have gone through a multitude of different fabrics and fabric technologies, by learning more about their composition, use and the qualities that set them apart.
Our fabric comparison series has primarily relied on Polyester as the main fabric to compare other fabrics to, the reason for that being quite simply its versatility.
Polyester is used in a number of different clothes, household items, bedding and also for outdoor items such as backpacks or sleeping bags.
In today’s comparison we have chosen to compare Viscose fabric to Polyester and see where the two differ and how they are used in jackets.
Choosing the right jacket is one of the most important decisions that you have to make, if you are going to stay out in nature for many hours when it’s really cold in places like for example Canada.
Maybe you could be working outdoors, or maybe you could be planning your next hiking trip with your friends in the harsh Canadian winter, but one thing is for sure – you’ll need a jacket, and a good one!
And where can you find such a jacket? – you’d ask. Well, if you’re going to face a harsh Canadian winter, why not try a Canadian jackets’ brand?
Here on our site we have many comparisons and reviews of winter jackets’ brands, like this selection of Canadian brands for example, and today we’ll add another comparison to our increasing collection.
We’ll put against each other Canada Goose and RUDSAK, and see which of the two would be a better option for you depending on the occasion.
Canada Goose is very popular for their parkas, you probably know it, whereas RUDSAK is a newer Canadian brand that creates high quality jackets with luxurious details, along with other clothing, bags, footwear and accessories, as we saw in their comparison with Mackage.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look.
Insulated jackets are made to keep you warm in chilly weather. During the winter months this is all the more important. Down and other similarly-insulated jackets come in many different designs, styles and warmth levels.
Here on our site we have gone through several different types of winter and other lighter jackets that rely on insulation to keep you cozy when the temperatures drop.
These past few days we have focused on the importance of insulation and today we will continue with a comparison that features two very popular types of insulation, Polartec® Alpha® and PrimaLoft®.