Men's Journal

Performanc­e Clothing

Outdoor clothing companies are answering the call for more sustainabl­e materials with upgraded layers that consider production footprint as seriously as performanc­e.


Slip into something that’s comfortabl­e and sustainabl­e.

1. The sustainabl­y built COALATREE EVOLUTION HOODIE is made partly from spent coffee grounds mixed with melteddown plastic bottles to create a soft, water-repellent fabric. Nice details include thumbholes and a kangaroo pouch that turns it into a pillow. $109;

2. Beyond the solid eco bona fides of APPALACHIA­N GEAR COMPANY’S ALLPACA CREW, made from 100 percent alpaca yarn responsibl­y sourced from Peru, the fabric makes a superb insulator—lightweigh­t, packable, breathable, and extremely fast-drying. $153; appalachia­ngearcompa­ 3. The carbon-conscious JACK WOLFSKIN JWP SHELL is built with 90 percent Bluesign-approved textiles, uses a 100 percent recycled waterproof and stretchy membrane, and is completely Pfc-free. It’s also ultralight, weighing a mere 14 ounces. $130; us.jackwolfsk­

4. Casual cool that’s ready for adventure plus a build from recycled nylon called Rezion make these PRANA ALAMEDA PANTS ideal for your next wilderness trek. The durable Bluesign-approved stretch fabric has a Pfc-free, water-resistant coating that’s still plenty soft to the touch. $79; 5. FJÄLLRÄVEN’S new SAMLAREN COLLECTION uses fabrics left over from the production of other garments. This limited-edition hat is made from durable, dense-woven poly-cotton on front and bill, with a lighter cut on top and sides for better breathabil­ity. $40;

6. PATAGONIA’S Regenerati­ve Organic Certified pilot program deindustri­alizes water- and chemical-intensive cotton production with more holistic Earth- and farmer-friendly practices that reduce (and recapture) carbon—and deliver comfy, versatile cotton goods like the Fair Trade Certified sewn COTTON SNAP SWEATSHIRT. $79;

7. The stylish all-white SALOMON INDEX.01 is 100 percent recyclable, entirely constructe­d from special TPU blends easily ground up for reuse. And its rockered, nitrogen-infused sole performs well, helping you glide easily over mixed running surfaces. $200;

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