Autumn 2013 Outdoor Gear

Misty Autumn is upon us, and a last chance to explore nature’s wilds before the harsh winter winds blow in. If you’re venturing out on an autumnal hike, trek or ramble, has some great suggestions for stylish gear to keep you protected.

Don’t go anywhere without waterproofing yourself. We suggest covering up your top half with the Sprayway Spectre II Jacket. At 608g this jacket is perfectly packable or stowable in a backpack. It folds up nicely and the extra deep wire-peaked hood rolls away for less inclement conditions. When it’s wild and wet this jacket comes into its own though, providing two-layer guaranteed Gore-Tex waterproofing and breathability. Underarm vents can be opened for when you’ve worked up a steam. Multiple large external and internal pockets allow you to carry everything you’ll need on a hike. Adjustable cuffs and a soft collar complete the picture in this very stylish and secure waterproof jacket.

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Underneath now let’s get cosy. How about the Helly Hansen H2 Flow Jacket? This fleece jacket has a brand new concept for trapping warmth. The lining has been cut out in a polka dot effect; these holes lessen the overall weight of the jacket while trapping body warmth inside for a long period of time. So much so that we had to use the zippered vents to release warmth occasionally. We found this jacket pleasingly deceptive, and very warm for such a slim profile piece. It also dries very quickly. Attractive lines mean it can easily be worn as a stand-alone jacket, and it will look very good in the pub after a day-long hike.


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Another option for something warm to wear under your waterproof comes in the form of Lowe Alpine’s Odyssey Fleece. This is a full zip fleece jacket with stretch bound hood and cuffs, as well as a drawcord hem and two handwarmer pockets.

Made with Aleutian fleece this is a super-cosy, full-zip fleece jacket that delivers a great fit and outstanding warmth. A snug hood completes this jacket which will keep out the chillest winds.

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What you wear closest to the skin should probably be the most comfortable piece in your outdoor wardrobe. Patagonia have teamed up with Polartec and used some of their finest innovations in wicking action to produce the Capilene 2 range of base layers. Fabric is baby soft, smooth and comfortable to the touch. After a full day’s energetic wear, the garments stay warm and dry due to a  patented silver technology which disables bacteria and odours. The material is quick drying, contains 20 UPF sun protection and is machine washable. Available in men’s and women’s long sleeved crew tops, zip necks, and bottom layers, in gorgeous colours like teal, birch and blue.

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Don’t make the mistake of neglecting your lower half. We see far too many folks out on our hills wearing the latest in protective gear on their top half while underneath they are wearing – denim jeans, perhaps the least waterproof fabric in existence.

The easy solution is to slip on a pair of Sprayway Hydrolite Trousers whose waterproof storm guard will keep you bone dry. Well-made with an elasticated waist, Velcro adjusters, zipped pocket and an included stuff sac; the ¾ length leg zips mean pulling on these over-trousers is an effortless procedure – even if you are wearing denims underneath.

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The final item goes on your feet. You can never really pay too much for good footwear, especially when you’re planning to stomp the hills and trails. The Helly Hansen Rapide HTXP boot provides a comfortable and durable piece of kit in a very well-priced option. Waterproof membrane technology will keep your feet toasty dry, while the HellyWear toe/heel cap and premium suede upper offers the perfect combination of protection, style and comfort.

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