Custom Patagonia Alternatives: The Best Branded Vest, Jacket & Outdoor Apparel Options for 2021
Embroidered Patagonia vests and jackets have long been a popular choice for companies seeking quality, customizable, eco-friendly wearable swag for their employees and customers. Now that Patagonia has announced its decision to transition away from adding corporate logos to its vests, jackets and other products, many companies are looking for branded outdoor apparel and accessory alternatives for trade shows, giveaways & employee appreciation events.
Our top Patagonia apparel alternatives that you can add your brand logo to in 2021 are outlined below, along with the reasons we think your employees and customers will love the promotional apparel and accessories available from these brands. Don’t worry – we’ve included some variations of the iconic fleece vest that helped put Patagonia on the map.
Charles River Apparel
Charles River Apparel is a growing family-owned outerwear and apparel company, specializing in rainwear, fleece & all-season performance activewear. Based outside Boston, their affordable designs are inspired by the heritage, traditions & unpredictable weather of the New England region. Their New Englander Rain Jacket, originally designed in 1983, is one of the top-selling rain jackets in the U.S. (Good Housekeeping called it “genius”). Deeply committed to charitable giving and social compliance, Charles River Apparel is a member of the Fair Labor Association and works with additional social compliance organizations.
Customizable apparel from Charles River Apparel includes their Heathered Fleece line:
Modeled after a customer favorite, the Heathered Fleece series will keep you warm in the woods and stylish everywhere else. Anti-pill 100% polyester sweater fleece, brushed on the inside for softness and added warmth 8.26 Oz./yd². Yarn-dyed to produce a unique heathered appearance. Complies with CPSIA.
The North Face
The North Face is a well-known, high-end manufacturer of quality activewear and outdoor apparel/gear. Their fleece vests, quarter zip jackets and other outdoor wear provide an excellent alternative to Patagonia. Like Patagonia, North Face is also committed to sustainability. The North Face recently pledged to use only 100% recycled or responsibly sourced apparel fabrics by 2025.
Essential customizable apparel from The North Face:
Available in Men’s and Women’s sizes, this abrasion and wind resistant vest has a warm technical gridded fleece interior. Perfect for outdoor activities in inclement weather, this highly wind resistant vest has wind permeability at less than 10 CFM (0 CFM is 100% windproof). Brushed micro gridded fleece interior with reverse coil center front zipper and hand pockets. Available in Black or Dark Gray Heather.
Available in 5 colors in Men’s sizes and 10 colors in Women’s This quarter zip fleece jacket is the perfect layer for spring skiing and early season hikes. Versatile smooth-faced fleece features a quarter-length zipper that lets you easily regulate temperature. Made from 235 g/m2 100% polyester fleece with soft brushed interior. Hardwearing design with pill-resistance cadet collar. Reverse-coil quarter zipper for easy venting dries quickly to minimize heat loss. Contrast embroidered The North Face® logo on left sleeve.
Carhartt was founded in Detroit and many of their high-quality products are still made in the USA. Their iconic workwear brand is synonymous with durability. Enough said.
These built-to-last wearables by Carhartt make great company swag:
Available in Men’s and Women’s sizes, this dependable, durable jacket is tough on the outside and warm on the inside. Available in several colors, including Black and Carhartt Brown, this jacket is made of 12-ounce, firm hand, 100% ring spun cotton duck canvas, sanded and brushed for softness.
One-size-fits-all fleece beanie cap. Soft and warm, this hat is perfect for icy winter mornings. Available in Black, Charcoal Heather Gray and Dark Brown.
Eddie Bauer is a classic. The brand that introduced quilted down puffer jackets to the world back in the 1930s, Eddie Bauer is an affordable outerwear and sportswear staple.
Customize these great wardrobe essentials by Eddie Bauer:
Available in 3 colors and both Men’s and Women’s Unsettled weather won’t dampen your adventures in this sleek 3-layer soft shell with exclusive StormRepel durable water repellent (DWR) finish. Created with 8K/3K waterproof/breathable fabric, the outer shell has stretch and the look of your favorite sweater or heathered fleece. The brushed microfleece interior adds warmth and comfort. Made of a 100% polyester knit shell with DWR coating bonded to a water-resistant laminated film insert.
Available in 4 colors, this versatile, durable backpack is designed for any day hike or urban adventure. Merging the needs of both worlds, it has a hydration port and tube keeper on the shoulder strap as well as a padded laptop sleeve. Features large main compartment, sternum chest strap with integrated whistle, quick-release buckles, multiple pockets for easy organization, side compressions straps with Hypalon anchors for load stability, adjustable padded shoulder straps and laptop sleeve.
Like The North Face and Patagonia, Columbia is a premium outdoor apparel and gear brand. Columbia Sportswear Company is one of the largest outerwear manufacturers in the world. Founded in 1938 and headquartered in the Pacific Northwest, their quality performance wear and outdoor gear is moderately priced.
Some bestselling promotional apparel and accessories by Columbia:
Available in Men’s and Women’s sizes, this quarter zip pullover is a lightweight layer that is perfect for the golf course or other outdoor activities. This Columbia pullover in available in a wide range of colors and features Omni-Wick™ technology that wicks sweat away from the body, Omni-Shade™ UPF 30 sun protection and a seamless zippered sleeve pocket. 100% polyester, Double Knit with Mesh Back, contrast cover stitch and zipper.
Available in 3 colors, this unisex bucket hat fits most: 21.5″ – 24.5″; 3″ brim. Omni-Shade™ UPF 50 protects you from the sun’s harmful rays; Omni-Wick™ sweatband and mesh venting actively breathe and pull moisture away from your skin to keep you cool. Adjustable drawcord and toggle at back.
Founded in 1974, Marmot is a leader in outdoor performance clothing and gear for hiking, camping & winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. Like Patagonia and many other companies in the outdoor apparel and equipment field, they are committed to environmental sustainability.
These customer favorites by Marmot are perfect for personalizing with your company’s logo:
The Men’s Tullus Insulated Puffer Jacket is also available as the Aruna Insulated Puffer Jacket for Ladies. 100% polyester ripstop DWR and 600 fill power down with down defender. This stylish puffer jacket has zippered handwarmer pockets and elastic bound cuffs/hem.
If you are looking for a promotional bag replacement for Patagonia’s well-constructed backpacks and travel bags, we suggest you consider Osprey. A well-regarded backpack and bag manufacturer for the past 47 years, popular Osprey products can be customized with your company’s logo. Committed to sustainability and corporate social responsibility, Osprey uses bluesign®-approved and recycled materials to help reduce their carbon footprint.
Bestselling branded backpacks & bags by Osprey:
Integrated raincover keeps your pack and gear dry. Trekking pole attachment with upper compression strap capture. Internal hydration sleeve accommodates up to a 3L reservoir (not included). Ventilated AirSpeed backpanel. Scratch resistant organization pocket for sunglasses and electronics. Stretch mesh side pockets for storing smaller items. Sternum strap with whistle. Removable webbing hipbelt. Backed by Osprey’s All Mighty Guarantee.
The Arcane range from Osprey includes tote bags, duffel packs, roll top packs, day bags, laptop sleeves, day bags and more.
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