Moncler is a famous Italian brand founded in 1952 in Monestier-de-Clermont in Grenoble, France, and then in 2003 purchased by an Italian entrepreneur.
They started by making tents and sleeping bags, and later they created their first quilted jackets which quickly became very popular and were used in many expeditions.
In 1968 they also became the official supplier of the French national team of downhill skiing.
Nowadays their products include jackets, parkas, knitwear and many more, but are mostly known for their down-insulated puffer jackets.
As we have seen here, Moncler is a luxury fashion brand with jackets that can reach prices as high as $2000. In that article we talk about the reasons behind such high prices and if you want to learn more, definitely take a look at it.
Today’s article is a bit different though, as it’s a selection of 6 brands that are similar to Moncler in terms of designs and jackets performance, but with cheaper prices.
This way you will have a wider range of options to choose from on your next purchase.
We will start with a brief description of each brand and continue with a jacket suggestion.
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Our first pick is Columbia Sportswear, an American company specializing in outerwear, sportswear, footwear, and camping, hiking, mountaineering equipment.
Starting as a family-owned hat distributor in 1938, Columbia Sportswear has been operating in the jackets and sportswear business for many years.
Columbia’s mission, as listed on their website, is “to create enduring, iconic, and innovative products that enable people to enjoy the outdoors longer”.
Columbia’s products are known for their durability and versatility. They provide some of the market’s most durable jackets and parkas.
Columbia’s products are RDS-certified, meaning that they fulfill the requirements of the global standard of using down insulation that is responsibly sourced. In addition to this, their “bluesign” system implementation ensures the sustainability of their products.
Their down jackets’ prices are in the $100 – $300 range.
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Now let’s see the jacket suggestion that we have picked from Columbia’s collection.
Columbia Men’s OutDry Ex Alta Peak Down Jacket
This is a waterproof, insulated jacket built for comfort. It is insulated with 700-fill power down to provide warmth in cold weather, and comes with Columbia’s waterproof and breathable OutDry™ EXTREME technology.
The price is affordable, considering the quality and if we compare it with Moncler’s prices.
2. Eddie Bauer
This brand was designed and maintained specifically for the outdoors by an outdoor guide. Eddie Bauer was started in 1920 with the mission “to work with guides to make gear to meet their rigorous needs”.
The management at Eddie Bauer employs athletes, guides and mountaineers to test their products. This ensures premium quality and utility. In addition to that, Eddie Bauer is credited with designing and patenting the first US Military Down flight suit.
Read also: 7 Brands like Eddie Bauer: Our Top Picks
The history of this company involves sponsoring the first American ascent to Mount Everest and the first team to winter at the South Pole.
Eddie Bauer also provides a good guarantee policy on their products. You can read more here.
The down used in their products is RDS certified, meaning they are committed to only use down from humanely treated waterfowl in their down products.
Their insulated jackets are the most affordable in this selection, ranging from around $70 to $200. They also offer sales on their website from time to time.
Eddie Bauer Women’s CirrusLite Down Puffer Jacket
By Eddie Bauer we have picked the CirrusLite down jacket for women. It is insulated with 650 fill power RDS down, and has a StormRepel® DWR finish to shed moisture.
It comes with a relaxed fit so you can wear it in cold weather with other layers of clothes. The adjustable hem lets you close the jacket to protect you against cold winds.
Marmot, an American brand, was established in 1974 by three friends who loved the outdoors and were on a search for a good jacket to protect them during cold weather.
One of their bestsellers is the Golden Mantle, a puffer jacket that has also appeared in the movie The Eiger Sanction.
The company’s philosophy reads “People, Product, Planet”. They are defined as a value-based company focusing on sustainable products and ecological responsibility.
They are committed to their philosophy through their EnviroFree initiative, their strict Down Policy on the humane treatment of animals, and many other initiatives.
Marmot jackets’ prices are on the affordable side, ranging from $150 to 300$ on average.
Marmot Men’s Guides Down Hoody
The Guides down jacket for men by Marmot is available in many colors and is made for comfort and style. The insulation is provided by the 700 fill power down, with water-resistant Down Defender.
It comes with a two-way zipper, adjustable hem, and many pockets for the hands, on the chest, and inside the jacket.
4. The North Face
The North Face is a world-renowned company started in California in 1966 by Douglas Tompkins.
Their main mission is to “provide the best gear for athletes and the modern day explorer, support the preservation of the outdoors, and inspire a global movement of exploration”.
Living up to its global reputation, The North Face is known as one of the leading brands in hiking and mountain gear. It is also known for providing gear to multiple expeditions.
Just like the other brands in this selection, The North Face is committed to responsible down sourcing, and many of their materials are sustainable and eco-friendly.
Their jackets prices start at around $150 and some of them can reach $400 or more.
The North Face Men’s 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket
By The North Face we have selected the men’s 1996 Retro Nuptse jacket. It comes with shiny ripstop fabric with DWR finish, and a stowable hood that can come handy in cold winter days.
The insulation is provided by the 700 fill power goose down and there are different colors available.
The Canadian company Arc’teryx was founded on the idea that “there is always a better way”. This company is located on the Canadian Coast Mountains, which they think provides them space and inspiration to create innovative hiking, climbing and skiing products.
Their jackets are a bit on the expensive side of this list, starting at around $150 and going up to $600 for some high performance jackets.
Arc’teryx is also committed to sustainability. Their Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology helps them understand the environmental impact of their manufacturing processes.
Not only that, but their products are also renowned for their durability and long life, thus minimizing the need to create new products.
Arc’teryx Men’s Thorium AR Jacket
The Thorium AR jacket for men comes with Arato™ 30 Nylon face fabric and is insulated with 750 fill power grey goose down.
It has a No Slip Zip™ and works as a midlayer in cold weather or as a standalone jacket in cool and dry weather. It is quite expensive, but still cheaper than a Moncler.
The design is very simple and minimalist so you can wear it for a mountain adventure or in the city.
Further reading: Arc’teryx Thorium vs Cerium Jacket: A Comparison
Our last suggestion is one of our favorite brands, Patagonia, which was founded in 1973 in California.
Considering themselves as an “activist company”, Patagonia is committed to environmental causes through its products and philosophy.
Their materials are renowned for being sustainable and environmentally friendly. Many of their down jackets are made of recycled down.
Patagonia specializes in outdoor clothing and gear for activities like hiking, camping, climbing, backpacking and many more.
Even though on the expensive side of the market, Patagonia’s jackets offer an impeccable performance and durability.
Patagonia Women’s Raven Rocks Hoody
By Patagonia we recommend the Raven Rocks jacket for women, a stylish down hoody with a shell made of 100% recycled Nylon.
The insulation is provided by 700-fill-power 100% recycled down (a mix of duck and goose down).
It comes with handwarmer lined pockets and elastic cuffs and hem to keep you warm. The price is quite affordable.
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That’s all for today’s selection! We hope we gave you some new options for your next purchase!
Do you know any other brand similar to these? Let us know in the comments below.