Toddlers: 12 - 24 Months

North Face vs. Columbia Jackets

I'm looking for a very warm jacket.  Does anyone have an opinion on which jacket is 'better' between North Face and Columbia?
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Re: North Face vs. Columbia Jackets

  • In the REI world, North face beats Columbia most of the time, but if your talking about for a child who will outgrow it in a year, I would go with columbia.  In fact, DD's winter coat this year is Columbia.  Both are good quality.  Northface tends to have better styling too.
  • For you? Columbia makes a bunch of different "levels" of coats, not only in warmth but in quality. I.e. the kind for ski shops vs. the kind for Kohl's. I think North Face only makes the higher-end ones. So, you really need to compare particular items to know which is better/warmer.

    In my opinion, real down is still the warmest thing. My down jackets are warmer than my Columbia ski jacket. The best? I have a long puffy down coat from Lands' End that I call "big blue." It's not very attractive, but it is AWESOME. Like wearing a big comforter. 

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  • It's for me.  I'm looking for something a little sleeker looking than the Columbia's and North Face has a new jacket out this year that is just that.  They're about twice the money but I figure I'll have it for years.  I just want to stay warm!
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  • North Face - hands down in my opinion. I have a ton of Columbia stuff from when I lived in Portland, Or and then my husband (who is an avid skier/boarder) "introduced" me to North Face. I was always dry and warm when we went to the mountain and never uncomfortable. Plus its a little more stylish I think too
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  • North Face is "better" and around here Helly Hansen is best (also more stylish). Columbia is ok and a great value if you shop the Outlet, but I don't think they are as warm.

    I live near Mt. Bachelor and get major coat envy each season. I'm excited to lose my pregnancy weight and fit into old coats this winter! =)

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  • I love North Face. I have purchased two of their winter coats and they were both super warm.

    I have this one, except it's older so the quilted part looks slightly different. I love it.

    http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/shop/product_The-North-Face-Women-s-Aconcagua-Jacket_10097152_10208_10000001_-1_

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  • I've had the same Columbia coat since I was 20.  I'm not 29 and you'd never be able to tell that it was 9 years old.  It still looks great and I wear it a ton when it's cold.  I've never had a North Face coat- they've gotten too popular with the high school crowd so I don't really have a desire to wear one anyway.  NF coats probably have this too, but my coat has a fleece coat on the inside and a nylon or whatever windproof one on the outside.  You can take them apart for when it's not as cold.  Obviously, Columbia is much less expensive, if that matters at all.  I think I paid $150 for my coat years ago.
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  • DH, the avid camper/hiker, would say North Face in an instant.  But I can't afford it so I've done Columbia my whole life with no complaints.

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  • image Christina79:

    North Face is "better" and around here Helly Hansen is best (also more stylish). Columbia is ok and a great value if you shop the Outlet, but I don't think they are as warm.

    I live near Mt. Bachelor and get major coat envy each season. I'm excited to lose my pregnancy weight and fit into old coats this winter! =)

    Oooh I forgot about HH - they are are good too

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