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Outdoor Apparel Market Size - By Product Type, By Material (Synthetic Fabrics, Natural Fabrics), By Gender-Based, By Distribution Channel (Online, Offline), By Price (Low, Medium, High), Global Forecast 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI7349
  • Published Date: Nov 2023
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Outdoor Apparel Market Size

Outdoor Apparel Market size was valued at USD 15.7 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 5.5% between 2023 and 2032. Increased demand for versatile outdoor clothing that can transition seamlessly between different activities and environments, from hiking to urban wear. Enhanced layering systems that allow users to customize their clothing for various weather conditions.

Outdoor Apparel Market

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Increased consumer awareness of environmental issues is driving the adoption of sustainable and eco-friendly materials like recycled polyester, organic cotton, and plant-based textiles. Companies are increasingly focused on reducing their carbon footprint and minimizing water and energy consumption during the manufacturing process. A blurring of lines between outdoor and casual fashion, leading to the rise of stylish outdoor apparel that can be worn both in nature and urban settings. A trend towards outdoor clothing featuring athletic-inspired designs, combining performance and style.


A rising focus on health and wellness has encouraged more people to engage in outdoor activities, leading to increased demand for outdoor apparel that supports an active lifestyle. Further, the growing popularity of outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, running, and cycling, has led to a higher demand for specialized outdoor clothing that provides comfort, protection, and performance.

COVID-19 Impact

Many retail stores, including outdoor apparel shops, were forced to close temporarily during lockdowns and restrictions, leading to a decline in in-store sales. The pandemic disrupted supply chains globally, causing delays in the production and delivery of outdoor apparel. Factory shutdowns, transportation bottlenecks, and shortages of raw materials affected the industry.

Outdoor Apparel Market Trends

The fusion of fashion and functionality has led to the creation of stylish outdoor apparel suitable for both outdoor activities and urban settings, appealing to a broader consumer base. Outdoor apparel is not only for recreational use but is also essential for professionals working in challenging outdoor environments, including construction workers, first responders, and utility workers. The increase in adventure tourism and global travel has spurred the demand for versatile and travel-friendly outdoor apparel that can adapt to various climates and conditions.

Outdoor Apparel Market Analysis

Outdoor Apparel Market Size, By Product Type, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

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Based on product type, the market is divided into topwear, bottomwear, and other accessories. The topwear segment held around 56% market share in 2022. Changing weather patterns due to climate change have created a need for adaptable topwear that can handle a wide range of weather conditions, including rain, snow, and extreme temperatures. The increase in adventure tourism and global travel has spurred the demand for versatile and travel-friendly topwear that can adapt to various climates and conditions.

Outdoor Apparel Market Revenue Share (%), By Material, (2022)

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Based on material, the market is categorized into synthetic fabrics and natural fabrics. Synthetic fabrics, such as polyester and nylon, are known for their durability and resistance to wear and tear, making them ideal for outdoor apparel that needs to withstand rugged outdoor conditions. Continuous advancements in synthetic fabric technology lead to the development of materials that offer enhanced performance, comfort, and durability.

Based on gender-based, the outdoor apparel market is categorized into men, women, and kids. An increasing interest among men in outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, and outdoor sports is driving the demand for specialized outdoor apparel tailored to these pursuits. Men are increasingly prioritizing health and wellness, which includes participating in outdoor fitness activities, fostering the need for comfortable and performance-oriented outdoor clothing. Men engaged in various outdoor professions, including construction, forestry, public safety, and utility work, require specialized outdoor apparel for safety and comfort.

Based on price range, the outdoor apparel market is categorized into low, medium, and high. Low-priced outdoor apparel caters to budget-conscious consumers, making outdoor activities and sports more accessible to a wider audience. Consumers seek outdoor apparel that offers good value for their budget, and affordable options provide functional clothing without sacrificing quality. Further low-priced outdoor apparel attracts beginners and novice outdoor enthusiasts who are just starting to explore outdoor activities.

Based on distribution channel, the outdoor apparel market is categorized into online and offline. The offline segment held around 69% market share in 2022. Many consumers prefer the in-store shopping experience, where they can touch, feel, and try on outdoor apparel, leading to continued demand for brick-and-mortar retail outlets. Physical stores often provide personalized customer service and the expertise of knowledgeable staff who can offer guidance on selecting the right outdoor apparel for specific activities and conditions.

 U.S. Outdoor Apparel Market Size, 2020- 2032 (USD Billion)

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North America dominated the Outdoor Apparel market in 2022, accounting for a major share of around 36%. North America has a strong culture of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, skiing, and water sports, which drives demand for outdoor apparel. The region's diverse climate, from cold winters to warm summers, creates a need for a wide range of outdoor apparel suitable for different seasons and weather conditions. Many urban areas in North America offer opportunities for outdoor activities and an active lifestyle, contributing to the popularity of outdoor clothing that transitions between city and nature.

Outdoor Apparel Market Share

Major players operating in the Outdoor Apparel industry include:

  • The North Face (VF Corporation)
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Patagonia
  • Arc'teryx (Amer Sports)
  • Salomon (Amer Sports)

Merrell and The North Face are dominant players in the outdoor apparel industry due to their vast product landscape, geographical presence, and strategic alliances. These players focus on strategic partnerships, new product launch & commercialization. Furthermore, these players are heavily investing in research that allows them to introduce innovative products and garner maximum revenue in the industry.

Outdoor Apparel Industry News

  • In 2022, Columbia Sportswear Company Acquired prAna, a sustainable outdoor apparel and accessories brand. The acquisition of prAna is a strategic move for Columbia Sportswear to expand its portfolio of sustainable outdoor apparel and accessories. prAna is a well-respected brand with a strong following among eco-conscious consumers. This acquisition will help Columbia Sportswear to reach new customers.

The Outdoor Apparel market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry, with estimates & forecast in terms of volume (Kilo Tons) & revenue (USD Billion) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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By Product Type, 2018 – 2032

  • Topwear
    • T-Shirts
    • Jackets
    • Vests
  • Bottomwear
    • Pants
    • Shorts
    • Trousers
    • Leggings
  • Other Accessories

By Material, 2018 – 2032

  • Synthetic Fabrics
    • Polyester
    • Nylon
  • Natural Fabrics
    • Cotton Fabrics
    • Hemp
    • Bamboo
    • Wool

By Gender-Based, 2018 – 2032

  • Men
  • Women
  • Kids

By Price Range, 2018 – 2032

  • Low
  • Medium
  • High

By Distribution Channel, 2018 – 2032

  • Online Retail
    • Ecommerce
    • Company Owned Website
  • Offline
    • Supermarket/Hypermarket
    • Speciality Stores
    • Other Retail Formats

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • ANZ
    • Southeast Asia 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia 


Authors: Avinash Singh

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Outdoor apparel industry size was USD 15.7 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to witness over 5.5% CAGR from 2023 to 2032 due to higher consumer awareness of environmental issues along with the surging adoption of sustainable and eco-friendly materials

The topwear product type segment held 56% of the market share in 2022 owing to the changing weather patterns due to the growing climate changes

North America accounted 36% of the market in 2022 on account of the presence of strong culture of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, skiing, and water sports in the region ?

Some of the major outdoor apparel companies are The North Face (VF Corporation), Columbia Sportswear, Patagonia, Arc'teryx (Amer Sports), and Salomon (Amer Sports)

Outdoor Apparel Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 303
  • Countries covered: 21
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