The vegan’s answer to Canada Goose, Mammoth Outewear uses synthetic PrimaLoft Gold Insulation to mimic the packability, warmth, and softness of goose down. The Toronto-based company, which produces its coats domestically, is also keen to spread the warmth around. For every jacket purchased, $10 goes to help the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals abolish the commercial fur trade.
Personalized climate control, anyone? With NuDown’s line of inflatable jackets and vests, adjusting your internal thermostat is as easy as squeezing a pump. In lieu of conventional insulation, the Reno, Nev. company uses a system of air chambers to capture and store body heat. A pocket-sized bulb, stowable when not in use, controls the amount of air that buffers against the chill.
THE NORTH FACE
The North Face isn’t giving up on traditional down just yet, but the outdoor-apparel company also teamed up with the makers of PrimaLoft to develop “Thermoball,” an animal-free alternative that uses small, round fiber clusters to trap heat within minuscule air pockets. Independent testing conducted by Kansas State University graded ThermoBall with the equivalent warmth of 600-fill goose down.