It’s hard to argue against Canada Goose and Moncler being the go-to choice for luxury outerwear in 2017. Both brands are great options if your looking to invest in a piece of clothing that is functional, luxury and really hold their value well. If you’ve made it to this article, it is likely you know all of this already, but instead you’re likely deciding which brand is better for you – Canada Goose or Moncler?
In this guide we will go into detail to whether Canada Goose or Moncler is the better option for you when buying your next piece of luxury outerwear. We will go over everything that you may be weighing up between the two brands – the best for luxury, best on a budget, or perhaps the best at making parkas, down jackets or bomber jackets?
A Short Introduction to Canada Goose
Canada Goose is a Canadian company that was established in 1957, and is best known for producing luxury arctic apparel that could withstand even the most harsh, extreme cold environments. Recently, this Canadian manufacturer has transcended into the fashion world, notably for their range of functional, luxury outerwear. Their flagship piece of outerwear is without question the Expedition Parka – a highly functional, insulative parka jacket that really embodies what Canada Goose are known for – high quality, functional and utilitarian.
A Short Introduction to Moncler
Moncler, founded back a few years prior to Canada Goose in 1952 in the Alpines of France, is a apparel manufacturer mostly known for its outerwear and down jackets. In recent years, Moncler has become more and more popular – and is now considered one of the ultimate luxury outerwear brands in 2017.
Canada Goose vs Moncler: Which is the best quality?
Moncler and Canada goose are very similar in terms of quality of material used in their outerwear and jackets. Moncler uses Japanese nylon that is very fine – this means that you won’t have to worry about seeing feathers coming through the stitch. Monclers ratio of insulative material is a 90% down and 10% feather – claimed to be the ‘best ratio on the market right now’. This makes for a great coat that is extremely windproof yet lightweight – one of the reasons why Moncler jackets are so popular.
Canada Goose offers a more functional, utilitarian jacket that is specifically built for extreme cold weather conditions – in fact Canada goose jackets (specifically the Canada Goose expedition parka) has been standard issue for the US Antarctic Program researchers. If you’re looking for a jacket for extreme cold weather conditions or arctic expeditions, without a doubt we would recommend going for a Canada Goose jacket over a Moncler.
A Canada Goose or Moncler jacket is the type of jacket that you would buy once and not expect to replace it at least for 10-15 years – they’re built to last, and last they do.
Verdict: Canada Goose – Best for Arctic Expeditions / Functionality
Verdict: Moncler – Best for lightweight/everyday use jacket.
Canada Goose vs Moncler: Which brand is better value?
The price of Canada goose and Moncler jackets vary significantly depending on where you are from – so for this example we will use prices of these jackets from within the United States. In general, Canada Goose is cheaper than Moncler – although the prices are still cheap, and much more expensive when compared to the likes of Patagonia and North Face.
The typical Canada goose bomber jacket (the entry option), comes in at around $500 for a Womens Chilliwack Bomber, and around $700 for a Mens Chilliwack Bomber jacket. The cheapest Moncler bomber jacket, for reference, starts at around $600 for their classic padded jacket for a womens cut, and around $900, but easily ranging up to the 4 figure mark and beyond depending on the particular style and jacket design. Moncler offer a wider range of jackets, and hence the pricing also varies greatly between Moncler jackets and bombers.
Verdict: Canada Goose – Best Value
Canada Goose vs Moncler: Who makes the best bomber jackets?
In this section we will compare the most popular Bomber jackets from both Canada Goose and Moncler – the Chilliwack bomber from Canada Goose and Aiden Quilted Bomber Jacket by Moncler.
The CG variant is a ever so slightly cheaper option than the Moncler variant, and is made from a mix of Polyester and Cotton, available in a wide range of colors. In comparison to the Moncler Bomber jacket, this is definitely more suited to someone who would want their bomber to keep them warmer in arctic temperatures, as this is larger and more insulative than the Aiden Quilted Bomber by Moncler.
The Moncler option is slightly more expensive although offers greater portability and a down insulation that does provide good insulation from the cold. Despite the increased price cost, we would recommend those looking to buy a lightweight, portable bomber – go for the Moncler version. If you are looking for a more versatile bomber jacket that withstands colder temperatures although slightly less everyday use (due to its larger size) then go for the Canada Goose Chilliwack.
Verdict: Moncler – Best everyday Bomber Jacket
Verdict: Canada Goose – For better withstanding colder temperatures
Canada Goose vs Moncler: Who makes the Best Parka Jacket?
When comparing which brand produces the better Parka jacket, it is easy to answer that Canada Goose is the brand to go for. When it comes to Parkas, they really do have it covered with their wide range of iconic parkas for both men and women. Their flagship parka, the Expedition Parka, coming in around $1000 for a mens size and is definitely provides better value than the Moncler equivilent. The Expedition Parka offers plenty of insulation, practicality in arctic conditions and a wide range of color options. Although the Moncler does have popular range of Parka Jackets, it’s difficult to justify the premium you would have to spend for the Moncler brand over the Canada Goose variant.
Verdict: Canada Goose – Best Parka Jacket
Canada Goose vs Moncler: Which brand has the best accessories?
If you’re looking to compliment your new jacket with a matching accessory, such as a beanie or hat, then read on in this section as we show you the top accessories Canada Goose and Moncler offer over than their premium jackets and outerwear.
Our favourite pick from Canada Goose’s range of accessories is their Shearling Pilot Hat (pictured) that features their well-regarded Arctic Tech material. Its well made, super warm, and downright comfortable. If you’re looking for a great Canada Goose hat to complement your new jacket, then this would be our go-to accessory. (Tip: we have heard the sizing comes up usually one size too small, so order a size than you would usually do…)
Moncler also offer a range of accessories other than their premium down jackets, and this also includes a range of hats and beanies. Definitely priced towards the top end of the beanie market, Moncler’s most popular headwear is their Triple Logo Patch Knit Beanie (pictured below), a 92% wool and 8% cashmere material beanie imported from Italy. Available in a wide range of colors, we think this is the go-to if you’re looking to expand your Moncler collection into not just jackets but also hats and beanies.