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Please compare and contrast WeatherWool with other brands? There are a LOT of other outdoors-oriented brands, and some of them are large and/or old with many different products, so direct comparisons might not be possible. But still, eventually we would love to address each of them.

And so ... how do you compare different items of outerwear? I think a comparison has to be based on testing ... so basically a comparison means putting the subject garments thru the same series of tests, and then evaluating the test results.

One important point -- sorry if it is obvious -- but a garment can only be as good as the materials from which it is made. And most garment manufacturers do not manufacture their own materials, whether synthetic or natural. And unless you make the stuff from which your garments are made, you are competing on style, superficial design features, marketing and price. The central idea to keep in mind about WeatherWool is that we make our own Fabric, starting with raw wool sourced from ranchers we personally select, because that is the only way to meet our performance specs ... there is just no way we would ever use fabrics that are, literally, 'run of the mill'.

Please note that most of the following names are trademarks and registered trademarks of the respective companies:

  • Arc’teryx
  • Asbell
  • Boreal Mountain
  • Browning (The Jan/Feb 2018 issue of Bowhunter Magazine says Browning's Hell's Canyon Speed Rain Slayer FM Jacket is "Water/windproof and extremely breathable". Can I get a refund if it isn't?)
  • BuckStrut Apparel
  • Buffalo Special 6 Anorak
  • Canada Goose
  • Day One Camouflage
  • Denim (in general)
  • DSG
  • Empire Wool and Canvas
  • Filson
  • First Lite
  • Fjallraven
  • Galvin Green
  • Gamehide
  • Gore-Tex
  • Haglöfs
  • HECS
  • King of the Mountain
  • Kryptek
  • Kuhl
  • Kuiu
  • Lester River
  • LL Bean
  • Marmot
  • Mossy Oak
  • Nomad
  • Noronna
  • Oakley
  • Onca
  • Outdoor Research
  • Patagonia
  • Paramo Directional Clothing
  • Pendelton
  • Pertex
  • Pnuma
  • Prois
  • North Face
  • Ravenwear
  • Realtree
  • Sasta
  • ScentLok
  • Sitka (Sitka Challenge)
  • Sleeping Indian
  • TrueTimber
  • Under Armour
  • Vasque
  • Voormi
  • Woolrich
  • and ...?  

This is a new section that I didn’t think of until the end of December, 2017. There is a great deal to include here, so it will take a long time to fill this out. And this is an area where we can use input from lots of people … people who have knowledge of these other brands, and hopefully, WeatherWool too. Two of our Advisors have a lot more experience with other brands than I do ... Jim from Connecticut (love that closet picture) and Mike Dean ... and either of them will be happy to give you some detailed comparisons. But also, we would like to hear about comparisons from other people because this seems like a good way to get ideas, and we do everything we can to be the best All-Purpose Outerwear there is. And toward that end, we have decided to develop a way to test and compare outerwear.

IMPORTANTLY ... we don't want to get into a lawsuit shooting-match with some corporate lawyer. If you represent some other company, by all means just give us your input. We strive to be absolutely accurate at all times.

Also ... The above list of outerwear makers might serve as suggestions for people looking for other possibilities. So if you are doing some research, we'd appreciate to hear about your findings. We love to be compared to anything else. Thanks for your help!


16 May 2018