Whether you’re a spontaneous adventurer or a meticulous planner, it’s always worth having clothing and accessories that give you the confidence to tackle the big challenge. I’ve selected two sides of the coin here for you – one being technical clothing suitable for adventures, as well as a handful of pieces that cross over as stylish adventure-inspired options. Nowadays it’s acceptable to wear technical jackets in the city, so why not be adventure-ready?
District Vision + Salomon Rubber and Kevlar-Trimmed Mesh Sneakers, £210
Salomon is regarded as making some of the best trail sneakers on the market. District Vision on the other hand works with athletes and the world’s top sportswear brands to make stylish and functional kit. Bring these two specialists together and you’re bound to come up with something pretty special. The sneakers feature water-repellent mesh uppers while boasting protective Kevlar toe caps as well as Contagrip® rubber soles that offer enhanced traction on the trickiest of surfaces. If the challenge is there, these will be up for it.
Available at salomon.com
Acne Studios Reflective Padded Jacket, £800
Taking elements that won’t look out of place on a mountain, this urban take on a padded jacket has a fur lined collar as well as water proof front zip closure. The fabric itself is reflective so there’s no fear of not being spotted day or night. Giving it contemporary flair it has a detachable belt bag. This is definitely more of a style statement than anything.
Available at acnestudios.com
Snow Peak Indigo C/N Parka, $749
Combining streetwear style with form and function, this parka has been developed and made in Japan by people who are passionate about bringing outdoors adventure to the city. Wear this with confidence while carrying all your necessities in oversized pockets that they say you can even carry a small dog in. Companionship on an adventure is always good.
Available at snowpeak.com
Danner Trail 2650 GTX Mid Hiking Boots, $155
Danner has a rich history of hiking boots and its heritage boots are a great stylish option to make an outfit look more rugged. Its contemporary range of hiking boots are made with the modern adventurer in mind. Lightweight and with a Vibram sole this boot doesn’t quite know if it’s a hiking boot or trainer. Actually, it’s purposefully made that way and with Gore-Tex waterproof lining, do with it as you will. Made for serious mileage so go hard or don’t bother at all.
Available at danner.com
Mammut Wall Rider MIPS Helmet, £149
Stay stylish and protected with this attractive, award-winning helmet in a handsome monochrome that will work with any coloured outfit you may be wearing on the mountain. Style credentials aside, this is serious gear for when the reality of perils and dangers are there while on an expedition. Adventure should be fun, along with the adrenaline-filled moments, so let’s have it with some reassurance.
Available at mammut.com
Rapha Short Sleeve Merino Base Layer, £60
As any adventurer would know, a good base layer is vital to help regulate body temperature. Merino wool keeps you cool in hot climates and warm in cold climates, making it perfect. Rapha’s classic base layer does that and more with a stylish design that features flat lock stitching so it won’t chafe and a longer back, idea for cycling. A grand tour of the Pyrenees will have to be on the cards.
Available at rapha.cc
Stone Island Garment-Dyed Quilted Crinkle Reps Nylon Down Jacket, £750
This coat looks like it’s already been through a few years worth of wear and could tell a tale or two. The garment-dyed jacket is made with a polyurethane resin coating that helps make it more water and wind resistant though, so you don’t need to worry about it lasting. Basically, another winner from Stone Island.
Available at stoneisland.co.uk
Barbour X Margaret Howell A7 Waxed Jacket, £479
Waxed jackets are commonplace in the countryside, offering protection to the elements while you go about your business. Imitating that country pursuits vibe, they have also become commonplace in the city. Upping the waxed jacket style stakes, Barbour has collaborated with British designer Margaret Howell on some refined jackets that keep in line with Barbour’s heritage.
Available at barbour.com
Red Wing Roughneck Boots, €299
Red Wing boots have become synonymous with hardwearing footwear. These particular ‘Roughneck’ boots were made for those who worked in dangerous occupations and therefore needed to be tough and durable. They feature a heavily lugged sole that offers grip on any surface – ideal for mountainous terrains while being equally adequate for styling it up on your days off.
Available at redwingheritage.eu
Tom Ford Ribbed Cashmere Rollneck Sweater, £1,690
A classic roll neck is a must and is more than capable of holding its own on a mountaintop, by the sea, and in the city. Pair with an overcoat for a more tailored look, or mix with a down jacket for extra warmth and ready yourself for a blizzard.
Available at tomford.co.uk
Jack Wolfskin Lakota Vest, £100
Depending on what you’re up to, a vest (or gilet) is going to be your next companion when it comes to staying warm but when you need manoeuvrability while hiking or cutting down a tree to make your next fire. Featuring an extra warm recycled synthetic fibre insulation, the Lakota Vest is windproof, protecting you from any unwanted chills from gusting winds. Don’t beafraid to wear it over other garments for extra ballsy style kudos.
Available at jack-wolfskin.co.uk
Rapha Outskirts Tie Die Wind Jacket, £180
Nothing quite beats the exhilaration of cycling up a mountain. Well, probably the descent with death-defying corners, but you’ll probably be more breathless after the first leg. Stay stylish and on trend with Rapha’s tie-dye wind jacket that will keep the wind out and enhance your cycling kit. If you haven’t already got a Rapha membership, get one so that you can get guides and recommendations on cycling routes as well as where to stop and get your coffee.
Available at rapha.cc
Loro Piana Convertible Stretch-Shell Hooded Jacket, £2,115
Everyone lives a two-in-one. This gorgeous hooded jacket has detachable sleeves converting into a gilet and you know with Loro Piana’s fastidious take on fabric and style you’ll have a winner with this one. With great styling you can wear this en route to a boardroom meeting and then directly head off on your outdoor adventure.
Available at mrporter.com