Columbia vs Eddie Bauer: Which Brand is Better?

Columbia vs Eddie Bauer: Which Brand is Better?

We are here again today with another brands comparison: this time we will examine in particular the differences, strengths and main characteristics of Columbia and Eddie Bauer.

As we have already done, for example for Eddie Bauer and Canada Goose in a previous article, we will identify some features of each brand, to help you make an appropriate choice of the brand that best suits your needs and preferences.

They both offer a wide selection of outdoor clothing and equipment: from jackets to hiking boots, to technical clothing and backpacks.

So let’s see which of these two would be the better choice for your new jacket, hiking boots, or new backpack.

Continue Reading

11 Best Hiking Backpacks Brands You Should Try this Year

11 Best Hiking Backpacks Brands You Should Try this Year

In one of our last articles, we examined 10 hiking boots brands that we think you should try this year.

In order to offer you a complete view of many outdoor sports and of hiking in particular, a mission that we’re trying to accomplish since the beginning of this site, today we will continue with 11 of what we think are some of the best hiking backpacks brands.

In fact, in order to bring things with you while hiking or exploring nature, your backpack’s quality is something you cannot ignore or neglect.

Here we have chosen several brands for different needs and personalities, to give you a complete view of the options you can choose from on your next purchase.

Anyway, in our opinion your aim when choosing your next hiking backpack, should be to optimize your performance without renouncing to comfort, durability and quality.

So, let’s take a look at the brands we have selected.

Continue Reading

Eddie Bauer vs Canada Goose: Which Brand is Better?

Eddie Bauer vs Canada Goose: Which Brand is Better?

Facing cold temperatures in the winter may be a hard challenge. Throughout this season, outdoor enthusiasts, whether they are climbers, hikers or mountain sports lovers, need performing apparel to be protected and safe.

That’s why today we will continue with another brands comparison trying to help you choose the products that better suit you.

Eddie Bauer and Canada Goose, are the two brands that we’ll see in this article. Both offer excellent outdoor products as we have previously seen for example here and here, but today we will try to understand which one of the two would be the better choice.

So, let’s start right away with Eddie Bauer!

Continue Reading

10 Best Hiking Boots Brands You Should Try This Year

10 Best Hiking Boots Brands You Should Try This Year

Choosing among several companies and brands may be a hard challenge, especially when acquiring your hiking boots. In this cold period of the year, for example, you may need comfortable yet warm ones.

The brands we have selected today are not only our favorites, but also some of the most popular manufacturers of hiking boots and mountain apparel in the world.

Some of them are European brands and some American: most of them are famous worldwide, because they are synonymous of quality and long-lasting apparel and mountain equipment.

We hope that here you can find your next favorite brand, as most of them have several choice options that suit well throughout the year.

When choosing your hiking boots, you have to consider first the terrain you are going to go onto, and consequently choose the right footwear. Besides, several components matter, such as the height of the shoe, the sole and the forepart.

For each situation you also have to estimate if you are an expert or not, to better choose the shoes that suit you.

Among our selection, most of the brands consider the sustainability aspect of the fabrics, technology and materials used, ensuring a real sustainability program for their production. We think that it’s a very important feature, especially in these times.

Here we have selected 10 brands, each with its peculiarity and particular features that makes them unique. They make outdoor apparel, or they are specialized in hiking boots.

So, are you ready to choose your next hiking boots? Let’s take a look!

Continue Reading

Rab vs Arc’teryx: Which Brand is Better?

Rab vs Arc'teryx: Which Brand is Better?

Temperatures have dropped considerably in the past month and it may have caught some of you unprepared for winter.

Those with jackets from the previous winter season may be all well and good, but there are many others who may need to purchase a new one this season. In particular those who need a quality garment for their outdoor activities and adventures.

The same goes for gear and essentials for going out on a hiking trail, up a mountain or just on a camping trip. Pants, boots, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags etc., are all very important and must not be overlooked.

While it is true that you can get away with a more affordable product of a slightly lower quality the rest of the year, during winter you need to get quite serious about it.

But which product to buy is a hassle all in itself. Which brand to go for, which design, can all prove to be bothersome feats in determining what you will spend your money on.

That is why comparing brands and products is something we have put quite a bit of effort on, as we find it more useful than just focusing on a single brand to help you figure out which one you should choose.

With that in mind, over these past two years we have gone through numerous brand comparisons and we will be doing that once more today, where we will look at Rab and Arc’teryx.

Continue Reading

Osprey Atmos vs Aether: Which Backpacks are Better?

Osprey Atmos vs Aether: Which Backpacks are Better?

Travelers, hikers, backpackers, students and everyone else who relies on backpacks to carry their belongings know too well the importance of a quality pack.

A high quality backpack is not just one that will last for a long time, withstand the elements and use, first and foremost it is a backpack that you can wear comfortably and which is designed to carry weights without straining the back.

With the number of designs available on the market, it is very difficult to make a clear cut decision on which one to go for.

This is also the case for Atmos and Aether, two very popular backpacks by Osprey, one of the most renowned brands of packs. Which one is the better one for you can prove to be quite a challenging choice.

This is why comparing products or brands provides a clearer picture on the features, differences and similarities of each, which would allow you then to make a more educated choice as to which one of them fits your requirements better.

For that reason, we have frequently compared a variety of brands and products, primarily jackets. As we are trying to expand the range of designs that we feature in our selections, reviews and comparisons, today we thought of turning our attention to backpacks.

Let’s see which is the better option for your next adventure!

Continue Reading

Why Is Fjällräven So Expensive and Popular? Are Their Jackets and Backpacks Worth It?

Why Is Fjällräven So Expensive and Popular? Are Their Jackets and Backpacks Worth It?

Everyone has a favorite brand of clothes, backpacks, shoes, sunglasses, electronics, anything practically. While it can certainly be true that there are many brands that become popular solely because they are endorsed by celebrities or for being a one-shot type of brand, there are others with a well-deserved reputation and loyal customer base.

Renowned outdoor clothing brands are often of the latter type, because it is thanks to the quality and performance of their products that they become popular and beloved.

In our efforts to find and select great brands, we have looked at numerous ones over the years. At times we have focused more on the products, while other times our attention was more on their history and the reasons behind their popularity.

Today’s piece is another one that focuses on brand popularity and the factors that influence it. So far, we have gone through a few brands in this regard, such as Canada Goose or Arc’teryx, and we will proceed with a European brand (here are some European ski jackets brands) this time, Fjällräven.

We have looked into Fjällräven a couple of times so far (for example here and here) and have also included a number of their products in our selections, the most recent one being the G-1000 fabrics.

Let’s now proceed with today’s topic of exploring some of the reasons behind Fjällräven being such a popular brand despite its high prices.

Continue Reading