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.
1. Canada Goose
A short history of the brand
Canada Goose has a history that begins in 1957 in Toronto, Canada. It was launched by Sam Tick and at the beginning it was called Metro Sportswear Ltd. But, the name was later changed to “Canada Goose” in the 1970s after the brand launched its first down jacket and entered the European market.
Since then, the brand’s down parkas have become very popular, despite their high prices, and are considered as some of the warmest and best quality jackets out there. Canada Goose is highly popular among those residing in cold areas such as the north of the U.S and Canada.
Their jackets are durable, well-made, stylish, and can keep you warm and protected in very harsh and cold weather.
Materials and Manufacture
Canada Goose uses nylon and polyester as their main fabrics, just like many popular outdoor clothing brands. They use only the best quality of fabrics to enhance the finishing of the products and make them durable.
Goose down, being the type of down with the best quality as we’ve seen here, is utilized for the most part of their down insulated parkas, but they also use duck down in some jackets.
Canada Goose follows the guidelines of the “Responsible Down Standard”, which means that the down material is traceable and responsibly sourced, with humanely treated animals that aren’t live plucked.
The brand also uses merino wool and Coyote fur, which are also sourced responsibly. But in the past few years, Canada Goose has started reducing the amount of Coyote fur utilized, due to recent controversies.
As for their manufacturing process, it is an extensive process that includes 13 steps to make sure each and every detail is examined to create optimal quality products.
Other comparison that you might like: Canada Goose vs Parajumpers: Which Brand is Better?
To give you a better understanding of the brands and of these comparisons, we usually choose one or two popular products from each brand. Here is what we have chosen for Canada Goose:
Canada Goose Women’s Expedition Parka
The Expedition parka provides outstanding protection in extreme weather and it is made of 15% cotton and 85% polyester. The hood comes with Coyote fur from Canada. It has a front zipper and flap pockets, which can work as both cargo pockets and hand warmer pockets.
The jacket includes hook-and-loop straps and bungee waist for a better fit. The insulation is provided by the 625 fill-power white duck down.
The parka jackets are Canada Goose’s most popular items. They are considered as some of the best jackets in the market by many users who have tried and reviewed them online.
While they are highly durable and very insulating in harsh weather and low temperatures, they come with a quite high price tag that starts at around $600 and goes up.
However, another point in their favor is the fact that these are very long lasting products and can be used for years to come, as many users have reported.
So, are these jackets worth the price?
The high durability, quality and good insulation of these jackets make them worth the price, especially if you reside in very cold areas.
But, in our opinion, if you don’t need such a high insulation because, let’s say for example, you live in the south of France, then in your case maybe it’s better to look at some more affordable jackets which are also lighter.
To learn more on this topic, check out this article: Why is Canada Goose so Expensive? Are their Jackets Worth the Price?
A short history of the brand
RUDSAK is a 90s brand, launched by Evik Asatoorian in Montreal in 1994.
One of their first products was the black leather jacket, a symbol of nonconformity and rebellious spirit, which was also a source of inspiration for the brand founders, with many celebrities in popular movies wearing this type of jacket.
Now, more than 20 years after its foundation, RUDSAK has many products in their collection and has seen an important increase in popularity during the past years.
Among these products you can find jackets, footwear, handbags and many other accessories, for men, women and kids.
Their most renowned items that immediately come to mind when we hear about this brand, are obviously their leather jackets, but also their parkas which come with trims of different colors that you can choose according to your style. And this is not something that we see very often in jackets brands.
RUDSAK, just as one might expect from a quality brand like this, utilizes only high quality fabrics, leathers and furs in the creation of their products, and this is also one of the reasons behind their popularity.
The brand has over 30 branded boutiques and also their online store, if you want to try some of their items.
Materials and Manufacture
RUDSAK’s winter coats come with 800 fill-power goose down for their insulation, with a blend of 90% down of premium quality and 10% feather fill. As you probably know, and as we’ve explained in this article, goose down is, in the majority of cases, better than duck down at insulating and more expensive.
As for their manufacturing process, it includes close monitoring of each and every detail right from the conception of the product to its finished version.
Just like any reputable brand, RUDSAK focuses on innovation, which they believe is essential to constantly enhance the performance of their products, as well as their customers’ experience.
The high quality leather they utilize is of lambskin and calf, and undergoes a tanning process that improves the product’s appearance.
RUDSAK is an environmentally conscious brand that follows the “Responsible Down Standard”, which means that their down products are created in cruelty-free and environmentally friendly conditions.
The down is certified and completely traceable. The source can be verified through their down-tracking program, allowing customers to find the source of the down used in their purchased product.
RUDSAK also utilizes HyperDry Allied down in some jackets, which is a patented technology that improves down’s water-resistance (down doesn’t insulate when wet, as we’ve explained here) and makes it easier to clean, while maintaining its softness and fluffiness.
Now let’s see the jacket we have selected for RUDSAK.
RUDSAK Women’s Cervia Down Parka
We have selected the Cervia down parka with a shell made of 100% polyester and a lining of 100% nylon. It comes with sleeves and trimmings that are made of genuine leather.
The storm hood is removable and its fur is from Asiatic raccoon from China. Also, the hood comes with front flaps and faux Sherpa lining.
The insulation is provided by a blend of 80% down and 20% feathers, and the jacket has several outer pockets.
RUDSAK is a high end brand, just like Canada Goose, and provides high quality, luxurious jackets. The price tags of their jackets can easily reach on average $500-$600, which is quite high for many of us, although slightly more affordable than Canada Goose’s prices.
Are these jackets worth their price?
With such high prices, one can only expect high quality, attention to details and a very good performance. Well, RUDSAK has all these qualities, and that’s why in our opinion their jackets are worth the price.
3. Which Brand is Better?
When it comes to parka jackets to wear in places where winters are really cold, Canada Goose is one of the best choices you can make. There aren’t many brands that offer the same level of insulation with their products.
So, when it comes to insulation alone, Canada Goose has the upper hand in this case.
RUDSAK, too, offers some very warm jackets but, from what we have seen so far, their focus is not on the insulation alone, but in finding a balance between keeping you warm and making you look stylish and fashionable.
Which one is better? Which brand to choose?
If you’re going in a very cold place where you’ll stay out in nature for a long time and you are happy with a minimalist, classic style, you can choose Canada Goose. Their parkas will keep you warm and safe.
On the other hand, if you want more design options to choose from and you want to use your jacket in your day-to-day city life, you can choose RUDSAK and save some money too.