Finisterre’s Functional Outerwear For Discerning Adventurers Conquering Land and Sea

For over 20 years, England’s Finisterre has been crafting apparel that’s laser-focused on innovation and sustainability. Founder Tom Kay looked to redefine cold water surf gear with a keen focus on functionality and environmental responsibility but the brand’s impact has gone well beyond that niche segment. 

Finisterre’s dedication to transparency is evident in its commitment to traceable wool, organic cotton, and recycled polyester and nylon. Their Leave No Trace packaging, water-soluble and ocean-safe, aligns with their eco-conscious ethos, minimizing environmental impact at every stage.

Finisterre’s journey began above a surf shop, where Tom Kay identified shortcomings in the ethics, design, and functionality of many action sports brands. From a humble fleece, the brand rapidly expanded, offering a diverse range of clothing for surfers, encompassing merino underwear, waterproof jackets, and more.

Finisterre’s commitment to performance and sustainability is evident in its technical clothing lines. Exclusive fabrics like ‘C-shell’ in the ‘Anabatic Jacket’ showcase the brand’s dedication to recycling, with materials fully recyclable at the end of their lifespan. Noteworthy is the Bowmont Project, a testament to Finisterre’s dedication to wool sourcing with traceability reports ensuring ethical practices.

Today, Finisterre isn’t just for surfers. I recently had the opportunity to experience Finisterre’s Men’s Hegen 1/4 Zip Wool Fleece myself and it’s become a staple in my closet. If it can handle Cornish waters then New York winters are a walk in the park. Getting to the details, the super-soft brushed inner not only provided exceptional warmth but also offered a comfortable fit for extended use. The embroidered chest logo added a touch of style, and the zip chest pocket and side hand pockets proved to be practical additions. Finisterre’s claim that the Hegen is perfect for layering held true, making it a versatile piece in my closet.

Finisterre’s Berings Deck Jacket just works. It perfectly blends an organic cotton shell with sherpa fleece detailing. The heavyweight brushed organic cotton fabric with a Durable Water Resistant (DWR) finish not only offered breathability but also provided rain resistance, making it ideal for colder months. The recycled sherpa lining added insulated warmth, while the vintage detailing and plastic-free Corozo nut buttons showcased Finisterre’s commitment to style and sustainability. 

For those needing a reliable companion in the city and beyond, the Drift 30L Waterproof Roll Top Backpack is worth considering. The recycled waterproof material, fully adjustable shoulder straps, and showerproof front pocket all help the backpack lead with function. It’s got a tremendous amount of space and the removable inside padded laptop case and side bottle pockets just add to its versatility. Do we wish it had some organizational features? Yes. But having open space to pack things works in our favor, too. Explore more of Finisterre’s offerings in the gallery and head to the Finisterre website to shop the goods now.


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