Set for Life! Clothing and Shoe Brands That Last the Longest

Good style has no expiration date. But what happens when those classic duds you’re sporting suddenly become literal duds? Have no fear. The adventures of your life can continue seamlessly with brands that go the distance with lifetime guarantees on quality and performance. With this set of warrantied activewear and gear, you’re assured to be well-suited for any day of the week — from the corporate jungle to, well, the actual jungle.

The North Face

The North Face apparel

The North Face lasts a lifetime. | The North Face

The North Face was named after the coldest, most unforgiving side of a mountain, so it’s no wonder that their performance-minded gear is built tough and pushes the boundaries of innovation. While the company is no stranger to the backs of the world’s most accomplished climbers, mountaineers, extreme skiers, snowboarders, endurance runners, and explorers, they outfit the everyday lifestyle, too.

With their instantly recognizable, near-ubiquitous jackets along with additional outerwear, vests, snow sports gear, pants, tents, sleeping bags, packs, footwear, and more, The North Face abides by the motto to “never stop exploring.” And you won’t have to — no matter where your lifetime of adventure leads — with their products (excluding footwear) being warrantied to the original owner against manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product. Footwear products are covered by a one-year warranty.

L.L. Bean

L.L Bean apparel

L.L Bean apparel never disappoints. | L.L. Bean

Company founder Leon Leonwood Bean’s golden rule was this: “Sell good merchandise at a reasonable profit, treat your customers like human beings, and they will always come back for more.” More than 100 years later, and L.L. Bean is still abiding by that rule in every piece of apparel, outerwear, footwear, luggage, and gear item they sell. The brand is an easy go-to source for shirts, flannels, sweaters, jeans, and more. And, the classically rugged yet timelessly refined products are guaranteed to give 100% satisfaction. The company urges anyone to exchange or return anything purchased that is not fully satisfactory and that does not live up to their expectations.

Eddie Bauer

Eddie Bauer apparel

Eddie Bauer is a brand we come back to again and again. | Eddie Bauer

Eddie Bauer is another tried-and-true brand that celebrates the spirit of great American sportswear and the great outdoors. With clothing, accessories, and gear, you’re fully outfitted to live out any kind of adventure. The brand now has a custom division, where you can truly make their signature microtherm stormdown jacket your own.

But, wherever you choose to rock an E.B. ensemble, the company’s promise for a 100% unconditional lifetime guarantee stands firm. In fact, Eddie Bauer was one of the first retailers to offer an unconditional guarantee in writing — Bauer himself was that confident and committed to the quality of his products. And, his philosophy guides the brand to this day. Every item sold is designed to be the best and is built to last, and as the company says, “If anything you buy falls short of those standards, you’re invited to return it at any time.”

Bogs

Bogs footwear

Bogs footwear will keep you comfortable on your feet forever. | Bogs

Footwear that allows you to chart your own path, Bogs were made for work with a series that includes industrial and steel-toe boots plus shoes for the service industries. But it’s not all work and no play. Hiking and hunting boots are part of the mix as are sandals and casual styles. A step up in off-duty style, pairs like the Johnny Chelsea and the Johnny Chukka not only feature Bogs’ technologies that keep feet dry and comfortable, they’re also quite handsome. And, the company has a 100% satisfaction guaranteed clause to ensure that every pair of Bogs you purchase meets the high standards that you would expect. If they do not, just return them for a replacement or a refund. As they say, they “stand behind every pair of Bogs that walk out the door.”

Darn Tough socks

Socks by Darn Tough

These socks live up to their name. | Darn Tough

Proudly made in Vermont with the latest knitting technology, Darn Tough Socks simply live up to their name. They are made for an active lifestyle and clothe your feet for nearly every occasion — from hiking/trekking to running, biking, skiing, hunting, the gym and, yes, even the wild frontier of the office. But we love that the performance-minded pairs are also downright stylish with a range of colors and patterns. Their unconditional lifetime promise is pretty tough, too. The company says if you’re able to put a hole in a pair of them or wear them out, they’ll replace them. And there’s no fine print or time limit. They’re also confident that they will be the most comfortable, durable, and best-fitting pairs you’ve ever owned. If not, you can return them for your money back.

Tilley hats

Tilley Hats

Tilley makes hats that last. | Tilley

From raffia fedoras to black duckbills and khaki medium-brim hats, the options for your head abound with Canadian company, Tilley. Plus, they’re made to withstand the elements, too, so they’re floatable with a trusty wind cord so they won’t fly off your head. They also block 98% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. They proudly call them the “world’s best hats.” One thing’s certain, they do have the best guarantee. Most of the hats and caps are guaranteed for life not to wear out. And, if there is a problem caused by poor workmanship or faulty material, Tilley will replace them for free.

You may also want to check out companies including Outdoor Research, Patagonia, and Arc’teryx, as they have solidly practical lifetime warranties as well.

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