A few years ago, I received The North Face’s Apex McKinley jacket as a gift. I wore it for years until the day it mysteriously vanished. Hard to say where I lost the Apex McKinley. But I’ve missed that hardworking piece of outerwear ever since. Like most pieces of favorite gear, the Apex McKinley proved difficult to replace. We tried two new options recently, and here’s how they stack up.

Free Country BristolFree Country Bristol Jacket – Often found online for $50 or less, this bargain of a softshell presents more than $100 in potential savings to savvy outdoor gear shoppers. It doesn’t quite have the detailing of other more expensive products. But in reality, you might not miss them. Read full review.

Marmot GravityMarmot Gravity Jacket – At GearGuide, we rarely if ever have been disappointed in a piece of gear from Marmot. And the Gravity keeps up the Marmot rep with ease. Awesome detailing is located everywhere on this hardworking garment proving that you do get what you pay for. Read full review.

Apex McKinley FrontThe North Face Apex McKinley Jacket (originally published in 2011) – My long-lost favorite is no longer available from The North Face. It’s replaced with their new Apex Bionic. Read original review.

Thanks for reading another outdoor gear review from GearGuide. And thanks to Free Country for providing product for this review.