VF Outdoor (doing business as The North Face) wants its customers to take a hike -- or take a stab at climbing Mount Everest. A subsidiary of uber apparel maker V.F. Corporation, The North Face designs, distributes, and retails its own brand of outerwear, sportswear, footwear, and outdoor gear (including tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks). With the help of its parent company, The North Face offers the popular brand of Timberland shoes, outdoor wear, and leisure products. Other brands include Earthkeepers (uses renewable, organic, and recycled materials), Vans (footwear for skateboarding and snow sports, Napapijri (skiwear), and Reef (sandals, shoes, and swimwear for surfing).