In many of our previous articles we have looked at different brands, with the characteristics that set them apart but also the features they have in common.
This is to allow both, you and us, an easier choice among the “infinite” number of outdoor brands, and a more precise decision at the time of your next purchase.
Today we will do the same thing and compare the jackets of two different brands: Fjällräven and Canada Goose. These can be both considered luxury outdoor clothing brands (more on this later), one is Swedish, the other Canadian.
So, which of the two has the best jackets? Let’s find out below!
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A Short History Of The Brand
As usual, we will begin our comparison with a short history of the first brand: this time we will start with Fjällräven.
Fjällräven is a Swedish brand that produces outdoor clothing, backpacks, gear and accessories. It was founded in 1960 by Åke Nordin in his basement where he produced his first backpack.
Subsequently its production expanded, to produce pants, jackets, curtains, sleeping bags. Åke created a brand capable of attracting many oudtoor lovers, both in Sweden and in other parts of the world. As their mission says: “Nature is in our DNA”.
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This has led them to have environmental sustainability more and more at heart: they launched Eco-Shell and their idea of sustainability starts from the design; then we move on to materials – durable, with low impact – and to production.
Everything is in respect of the environment and nature, in line with the principles on which the company was founded.
Materials and Manufacture
We already mentioned “Eco-Shell” above – an eco-friendly material used by Fjällräven. This is a material derived from recycled polyester created to respect nature. It is a waterproof and breathable material designed for clothing, such as jackets and trousers.
Down is also fully traceable, produced in an ethical way, as well as wool.
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The G-1000 materials, already mentioned in our previous articles on Fjällräven, guarantee protection from the elements.
The main characteristic of the materials and fabrics used is their durability and quality.
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As far as jackets in particular are concerned, these are particularly warm and comfortable, versatile, thanks to technologies such as Eco-Shell, G-1000 materials and the particular selection of materials such as down.
In this paragraph we select one or two popular designs from those offered by the brands we are comparing, to give you a more specific idea on their jackets (or other products, depending on the type of comparison).
This time, by Fjällräven we have picked:
Fjällräven Men’s Keb Jacket
Keb is a durable jacket, very good for trekking / hiking, made of the G-1000 Eco material (recycled polyester and organic cotton) in some parts, and of polyamide and elastane in some other parts.
It is water resistant and available in different colors, with its main feature being durability, which many buyers are very happy with.
Read our in-depth review of this jacket here.
Fjällräven Kiruna Lite Women’s Jacket
Check it out on Fjallraven.com
We have chosen this women’s model also for its practicality and simplicity of design. Water resistant, it is very versatile, produced with durable G-1000 Lite Eco with G-1000 Eco at the shoulders.
Kiruna Lite is available in different colors and combines practicality, versatility and durability.
Fjällräven prices are usually quite high, in fact they can be considered a “luxury” outdoor clothing brand.
Their jackets start at $150 – $175 on average and some of them can reach $700 – $800, usually their heavy insulated parkas and down jackets.
Are Fjällräven’s jackets worth the price?
We think that the prices, which are not very low, are justified by the high performance, breathability and durability of the products. Some of their jackets can also be waxed, thus giving you the possibility to adjust their performance as you need.
In our opinion, Fjällräven’s jackets are worth their price, also for the remarkable quality, design, attention to details and refinement of the technologies used, most of them eco-friendly too.
Also, some of their jackets go on sale from time to time, so if you want to try them without spending too much, keep an eye on that.
If you want to learn more: Why is Fjällräven so Expensive and Popular? Are their Products Worth It?
2. Canada Goose
A Short History Of The Brand
Canada Goose is renowned all over the world for being a high-quality luxury clothing brand.
It was founded in Canada in 1957 under the name of Metro Sportswear Ltd., and continued its production activity until they expanded into the European market in the 1970s and became the Snow Goose brand, which later became Canada Goose.
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One of their most famous products is the Expedition Parka, which earned the nickname “Big Red” in the 1980s.
Over time, the Canada Goose brand has become famous for its high quality jackets, but also for quality clothing and outdoor products in general.
It is also famous because their apparel has appeared in movies like “The Day After Tomorrow” and “National Treasure“.
Materials and Manufacture
With their great attention to detail, especially with regard to their jackets, they have gained popularity over time among those looking for quality clothing that, at the same time, ensures warmth and comfort.
Extreme attention to details and precision are their key words. Their quality control process is very meticulous, and is based on 13 steps.
The quality of the down used in their jackets is also one of the factors which distinguishes them from other brands.
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The down is certified and traceable, as outlined in their Canada Goose Down Transparency Standard™ sustainability program (source).
As for the lining and shells of their jackets, they use Polyester and Nylon like many of the brands in this industry (further reading: Polyester vs Nylon).
By Canada Goose we have picked:
Canada Goose Men’s Langford Parka
The first design we have chosen is the Langford parka for men, made of 85% polyester and 15% cotton, with a 625 fill power white duck down insulation.
Available in many colors, it has a removable fur, for a clean, simple style and look, also suitable for urban lifestyle.
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Canada Goose Women’s Expedition Parka
This is the women’s version of the popular Expedition Parka, available in different colors. It is made of 85% polyester and 15% of cotton, and insulated with 625 fill-power white duck down.
Unique in its kind for the great warmth it provides thanks to its down padding, just like most of the jackets by Canada Goose. Suitable for very cold temperatures and dry weather.
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The prices of Canada Goose jackets are very high for most people, starting at $600-$800 and going up from there, in many cases reaching more than $1000.
Are Canada Goose’s parkas and jackets worth the price?
Canada Goose is famous for being a luxury brand, so the prices of their jackets are not surprising, they are also much higher than those of Fjällräven, as we previously saw in this article.
Even with such high prices, we believe that when it comes to their jackets performance, Canada Goose has rightly earned their good reputation all over the world, also if we take a look at the production process, their products’ quality and the fact that their jackets last for years.
So, in our opinion Canada Goose jackets are worth the price, if you really need a jacket like this (you live or work in a very cold place).
Must read: Why is Canada Goose so Expensive? Are their Jackets Worth the Price?
3. Which Brand is Better?
If we think of a luxury brand that produces quality coats and parkas, Canada Goose certainly comes to mind.
The brand is famous all over the world for their attention to details, the quality of the fabrics and materials they use, the performance of their jackets and the fact that they last for many years.
Canada Goose is mostly popular in colder countries for the warmth and comfort you get when wearing one of their jackets, but also for their classic and minimalist design which we personally appreciate.
As for Fjällräven, it is very famous mainly in Sweden and Europe, where many outdoor and nature lovers rely on their jackets during their adventures and in everyday life. We like their simple design too.
Which one is better?
Having said that, we believe that the difference between these two brands is not so much in quality and attention to details, which are very high in both cases, but in what you are looking for.
If you want a luxury parka which is also fashionable, from a more famous brand, and you don’t mind the price, Canada Goose is for you.
If you want a vegan jacket, and you don’t like real fur and natural down insulation, Fjällräven has many options for you which are made of recycled materials.
Fjällräven also wins if you have a more limited budget: we are not saying this brand is not expensive, but just that among its product line, it has some options which are more affordable.
Lastly, it depends on the activity you are going to use the jacket for. Canada Goose, for example, is renowned for their parkas that are great for very cold, dry weather. On the other hand, Fjällräven has some great jackets for hiking in spring and autumn.
So, in our opinion, these are some of the main questions you have to think about if you are in the position where you need to choose between Canada Goose and Fjällräven.