Arc’teryx and Canada Goose are two of Canada’s most well-known (and most renowned) brands. Born in the Coast Mountains, the former brand offers technical performance and minimalist style, successfully answering the needs of both urbanites and athletes.
Canada Goose, on the other hand, provides its customers with exceptionally warm and polar expedition ready-garments that are just as stylish as the ones offered by Arc’teryx.
So, which one of these two Canadian brands is better? Whose apparel should you go for? If you’re looking for an answer to that question, you’re in the right place – my thorough analysis of these brands and their most popular products should help you determine which one of them is a better choice for your needs.
Table of Contents
- 1 Arc’teryx – A General Overview
- 2 Arc’teryx – Popular Products
- 3 Canada Goose – A General Overview
- 4 Canada Goose – Popular Products
- 5 Arc’teryx vs Canada Goose – The Verdict
Arc’teryx – A General Overview
This famous Canadian company was founded three decades ago in North Vancouver, British Columbia. The brand was established under the name Rock Solid but changed its name to Arc’teryx because Jeremy Guard, the company’s CEO at the time, wanted a name that would go well with the brand’s “evolutionary innovation” image.
In the early 1990s, Arc’teryx wasn’t selling just quality outerwear but backpacks and climbing gear too. Once the company obtained a license for the use of Gore-Tex technology, it quickly established itself as one of the world’s most esteemed outerwear brands and is still holding that status today.
When it comes to the technologies Arc’teryx uses in the manufacture of its jackets and other products, most of the brand’s technical garments rely on the already-mentioned Gore-Tex. However, the brand has also developed a number of its own proprietary technologies, such as the AC2 technology that is used in Arc’teryx backpacks.
Furthermore, all of the raw materials used by Arc’teryx are Bluesign Certified, and the brand also takes environmental sustainability quite seriously – all of its animal-based materials are sourced ethically. The result of all this is some of the market’s best-performing garments, not just in regards to wearing but also look, style, and longevity as well.
Arc’teryx is an expensive brand – it’s as simple as that. Most of their jackets start at about $150, with the best and most feature-packed models costing as much as $400 and more. Are these garments actually worth their price? As far as I’m concerned, they are. Their price is completely reasonable if we take into account their quality and performance.
Arc’teryx – Popular Products
Arc’teryx Men’s Gamma LT Hoody
- Material: 56% nylon, 34% polyester, 10% elastane
- Weight: 19.2 oz
- Fit: Regular
- Great crafsmanship
- Could be more water-resistant
As far as I’m concerned, this particular Arc’teryx garment is an ideal example of how a softshell jacket needs to look and feel. While the model favors breathability over weather protection, it is more than capable of withstanding light precipitation and moderate winds.
This is because it’s made out of a sturdy fabric called Wee Burly, which is combined with a standard DWR coating. The model’s hood is adjustable and helmet-compatible, while the jacket itself allows for excellent freedom of movement without feeling too bulky. It is available in six colors.
Arc’teryx Men’s Beta AR Jacket
- Material: N40p-X 3L GORE-TEX Pro; N80p-X 3L GORE-TEX Pro
- Weight: 1 lb
- Fit: Regular
- Great storm collar
- Adjustable storm hood
- Great weather protection
The next model in my short roundup of the most popular Arc’teryx products is an excellent hardshell that you can obtain in five different colors. The Beta AR Jacket provides its wearer with an all-round (“AR”) mountain performance due to its set of convenient features that includes a spacious fit, a deep hood, and an incredible collar design.
Manufactured from 40D and 80D face fabrics and enhanced with a Gore-Tex Pro membrane, this jacket offers decent weather protection. It has a small internal zippered pocket and two exterior hand-warming pockets, as well as an adjustable storm hood.
Arc’teryx Men’s Zeta LT Jacket
- Material: GORE-TEX PACLITE Plus (40-denier ripstop)
- Weight: 10.9 oz
- Fit: Trim
- High-quality DWR treatment
- Exceptionally breathable
- Allows for great freedom of movement
Here we have a versatile, storm-worthy Arc’teryx men’s jacket that offers a truly stellar performance. Besides the fact that it’s expensive, the only downside of the Zeta LT is that it comes without ventilation options – everything else about it speaks quality, convenience, and elegance.
This jacket is both water-resistant and breathable thanks to its Gore-Tex Paclite Plus material. It’s a feature-packed model, too – it comes equipped with Velcro wrist closures, a watertight front zipper, a DWR coating, an incredibly well-designed hood, and many other convenient features. It’s a fantastic function-focused jacket in every sense of that term.
Arc’teryx Women’s Atom LT Hoody
- Material: 94% polyester / 6% elastane
- Weight: 11.3 oz
- Fit: Trim
- Great color options
- Could be more wind-resistant
There’s a lot to like about this women’s hoody coming from Arc’teryx – it provides great mobility, it is impressively warm but also breathable and comfortable, and it has a great fit. What more could one want? Although quite pricey, it is one of the best women’s insulated layers you can buy on today’s market.
The main materials used in the manufacture of this jacket are Coreloft Compact insulation, which is sandwiched between the model’s face fabrics, and fleece, which can be found in its armpits. Women’s Atom LT Hoody has two hem drawcords, a single hood drawcord, and is coated with a DWR coating.
Arc’teryx Women’s Cerium LT Hoody
- Material: Nylon
- Insulation: Coreloft synthetic insulation / European white goose down
- Weight: 9.8 oz
- Comfortable hood
- Very warm
- Great fit
- Lacks water-resistance
Besides the fact that it features a great warmth-to-weight ratio, this Arc’teryx women’s jacket is also super light and provides a fantastic fit. It uses 850-fill power down to keep its wearer warm and it’s extremely adaptable – it works great when worn under a shell but also when worn as the outermost layer.
There’s a single interior chest pocket on Cerium LT Hoody, as well as two zippered hand-warming pockets and a comfy hood with its own drawcord. Its only downside is that it’s not the most water-resistant women’s jacket in its price category.
Arc’teryx Women’s Covert Cardigan Jacket
- Great wind-resistance
- Super comfortable
- Not very technical
Are you looking for a casual but sleek fleece jacket? If that’s the case, this model is undoubtedly one of your best options. Women’s Covert Cardigan Jacket offers a decent amount of warmth in a package that is exceptionally stylish yet surprisingly lightweight.
As a jacket of this type, the model absorbs water but it’s very good at blocking the wind. Its Alpenex fleece feels great against the skin and its pockets are as comfortable as they can be. In my opinion, it’s a fantastic option for casual wear, but not something you should go with if you’re looking for technical performance.
Canada Goose – A General Overview
Canada Goose is a much older brand – it was established on the other side of Canada, in Ontario, all the way back in the 1950s. Once the company created its very first down jacket two decades after its foundation and started selling it in Europe, it changed its original name – Metro Sportswear – to Canada Goose.
Nowadays, Canada Goose is among the world’s most renowned manufacturers of outerwear. They are especially well-known for the warmness of their jackets – these are a great choice for all those who often hike or work in very cold regions. CG’s jackets are also exceptionally durable and can last for decades.
The main fabrics used in the manufacture of Canada Goose apparel are polyester and nylon. These materials are of the highest quality and one of the reasons why CG’s jackets are so long-lasting. The way in which Canada Goose makes its garments is very extensive and rigorous – it consists of 13 separate steps and, as such, guarantees the quality of a finished product.
The company also uses goose and duck down for its down-insulated jackets, with these materials being fully traceable and ethically sourced. The same can be said for coyote fur and Merino wool, even despite some controversies about CG’s use of these animal-based materials.
Just like Arc’teryx, Canada Goose is all but an affordable brand. Most of their jackets are accompanied by hefty price tags and can cost as much as $600 and more. However, these prices are more than justified in most cases – as I’ve said, CG’s jackets and other garments are long-lasting, well-made, and very warm.
Canada Goose – Popular Products
Canada Goose Men’s Chateau Fusion Fit Parka
- Main fabrics: Arctic Tech (85% polyester, 15% cotton); coyote fur
- Insulation: 625 fill power white duck down
- Weight: 2.2 lb
- Super warm
- Lifetime warranty
- Great features
- Not the best choice for layering
As its name suggests, this Canada Goose parka was designed to deliver a perfect fit, and it does exactly that effortlessly. Just like most CG-made garments, this one is also quite expensive, but the price is definitely justified here – the Chateau Fusion Fit Parka is packed with convenient features.
On this model, you will find 3 interior and 3 exterior pockets, as well as recessed rib-knit cuffs that successfully lock in body heat. One feature I particularly liked is the chin guard, which is made out of the tricot fabric and feels very soft and comfortable.
Canada Goose Men’s Carson Down Parka
- Lining: 100% Nylon
- Shell: Polyester 85% / Cotton 15%
- Insulation: 625-fill-power white duck down
- Adjustable hood
- Very comfortable
- Incredibly warm
A nod to the more traditional Chateau Parka I’ve described above, this particular Canada Goose coat looks a bit more stylish, especially in the “Military Green” color. It’s a mid-thigh length model that uses 625-fill power down for insulation and sports a quilt-through design.
Just like in the case of the Chateau Parka, this model also sports an exceptionally comfortable chin guard and heat-locking cuffs. It has two pockets less, though – there are 4 of them in total and all come with their own zippers. The model also has an adjustable hood with a removable fur ruff.
Canada Goose Men’s MacMillan Parka
- Offers great features
- Stylish look
- Very warm
With features such as the curved hemline or quilt-through design, this hip-length Canada Goose men’s parka provides its wearer with both warmth and style. While it’s available in only three colors, it is, in my opinion, a fantastic option for urbanites who need good weather protection for active city living.
Using white duck down for insulation and sporting most of the features found on other CG men’s coats, the MacMillan Parka is also very practical. Here, you’ll find 3 pockets, recessed rib-knit cuffs, a chin guard, an adjustable hood, and many other convenient features.
Canada Goose Women’s Chelsea Parka
- Comfortable and warm
- Great weather-resistance
Fortunately, the minimalist aesthetic of this beautiful women’s parka is not the only good thing about it. CG’s Women’s Chelsea Parka uses quality duck down to keep its wearer warm and it comes equipped with many convenient features, such as the fleece-lined hand-warming pockets or the removable and adjustable hood.
The parka itself is made out of CG’s proprietary Arctic-Tech fabric and easily provides phenomenal performance when it comes to weather resistance and overall durability. It sports a hip-length, quilt-through design and looks very attractive in all color variants.
Canada Goose Women’s Shelburne Parka
- Main fabrics: Nylon, polyester, natural coyote fur
- Insulation: 625 fill power down
- Weight: 4 lb
- Exceptionally comfortable chin guard
- Interior backpack straps
- Incredibly warm
The next Canada Goose coat for the ladies is a thigh-length model that’s guaranteed to keep you warm while also making you look good – this is a very stylish parka. Just like most of the other CG garments I’ve described, this one also uses duck down for insulation and has a removable fur ruff.
Other features you can expect include interior backpack straps, snap-closure exterior cuffs, a snap-closure back vent, and a tricot-lined chin guard whose softness is pretty much unmatched on the market. The parka also has 4 pockets in total – two interior ones and two exterior ones.
Canada Goose Women’s Rossclair Parka
- All-around weather protection
- Stylish look
- Convenient features
- Non-adjustable hem
One of the most popular Canada Goose women’s winter coats, the Rossclair Parka justifies its hefty price tag with the phenomenal build quality and many convenient features.
The combination of 625-fill power down, proprietary Arctic Tech textile, and all of the model’s drawcords and zippers keep the wearer warm and the harsh elements at bay.
The last Canada Goose garment I’ll be taking a look at is their Rossclair Parka, a well-made mid-length coat for the ladies with a sleek look and the ability to protect its wearer from the harsh elements. The parka looks particularly attractive in its “Early Light” (white) variant.
The Rossclair Parka offers superb protection from cold weather due to its combination of white duck down insulation and Arctic-Tech exterior fabric. It’s a feature-packed coat, too – expect 4 pockets, a zipper-closure back gusset, recessed rib-knit cuffs, an interior waist drawcord, a chin guard, and a 2-way adjustable hood.
Arc’teryx vs Canada Goose – The Verdict
So, which one of these two brands is better? Truth be told, Canada Goose rivals Arc’teryx quite closely, since both brands design, manufacture, and sell some of the best jackets you can buy on today’s market.
And while it’s true that CG’s jackets fare extremely well in freezing weather, I consider Arc’teryx to be a better brand – its technical pieces are simply unrivaled.
I love hiking. From the Camino de Santiago to the West Highland Way in Scotland or simply a great day hike on the weekend. Hiking refreshes me, my mind, and keeps my body reasonably fit. So far I have walked three Camino routes and many other long distance hikes in the UK, Canada, and around the rest of Europe. One of the best was my hike up Ben Nevis.