Designed primarily for sailing and other aquatic activities, Helly Hansen's jackets have been made in Norway since 1877.
Columbia outdoor gear has been made in Portland since the 1930s. Originally a hat company, Columbia now focuses on versatile outerwear. They are known for their multi-layer designs and excellent value.
An outdoor equipment manufacturer, Sierra Designs is especially well-known for their tents. However, they also sell a full line of waterproof shells. Their rain gear is lightweight and excellent for ultralight backpacking.
J. Barbour & Sons
A British manufacturer, Barbour is renowned for its rugged outdoor clothing. Usually known for its rugged appearance, Barbour clothing is often thought of as hunting clothing. Barbour uses a number of water-proofing techniques not found in many modern synthetic jackets, such as waxed jackets.
Article Written By Louie Doverspike
Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.