by Joe Henry | May 16, 2017

Companies like Arc'teryx, Icebreaker, Marmot, The North Face, and Patagonia don't just focus their attention on hardcore outdoor enthusiasts. Many have since come down from the mountain and now offer their durable, weather-proof clothes to city slickers.

Not only that, but they also have robust corporate sales departments.

Of the four, Patagonia is most well-known for its commitment to social and environmental awareness. But it's also got a great line-up of high-quality jackets and fleeces. For instance, Patagonia's Down Sweaters have a shell made of 100 percent recycled polyester and stuffed with European goose down that's traceable -- so you know that the birds weren't live-plucked. These sweaters are also extremely light, so you get the warmth without the weight. For heavy downpours, Patagonia has its Torrentshell Jacket, made of 100 percent recycled nylon fabric. It adheres to Patagonia's proprietary performance standard H2No, which assesses each coat's waterproofing, windproofing, breathability, and packability. It also has a hood that can roll down and stow in the collar, as well as a microfleece neck lining for added comfort.

Icebreaker RealFLEECE Dia Long Sleeve Hood

Another firm with a serious commitment to social and environmental good citizenship is New Zealand-based Icebreaker, which has a "baacode" on every garment that will let you trace the wool in its products all the way back to the sheep station where it was sheared. Icebreaker combines light, soft merino wool with synthetic fibers that combine the durability and strength of modern synthetics with the many benefits of wool, such as breathability, odor resistance, and its ability to insulate even when wet. The Women's RealFLEECE Dia Long Sleeve Hood sweatshirt is 87 percent merino wool wrapped around a nylon thread core and brushed for warmth and softness.

If you're dealing with severe cold, there's the Arc'teryx Fission SV Jacket -- an insulated coat designed to be waterproof and for warmth, thanks to its ultra-light, synthetic Coreloft insulation. For something a little more lightweight, Arc'teryx also has the Squamish Hoody -- a durable, hooded jacket that's designed more for wind resistance during warmer weather activities.

The North Face also offers a warm weather jacket via its corporate gifting program. The Resolve 2 is a weatherproof rain jacket built for breathability, and has an adjustable hood that can be stuffed into the collar. It also has a DryVent polyurethane shell to keep moisture out, and a mesh lining to keep wearers from sweating inside of it. It is available from Premco.

Marmot's similar offering is its Gravity Jacket, a practical, windproof soft shell that's comfortable yet durable enough to handle harsh conditions -- though it doesn't have the insulation to handle the extreme cold. For greater warmth, consider Marmot's Calen Jacket, filled with Primaloft Black insulation, a synthetic compound made with 60 percent recycled fibers. It's designed for warmth without making the wearer feel too bulky. The Calen is also designed to be a mid-layer, or it can be worn on its own.