It's time to plan your next great adventure. The key is the right gear: robustly constructed to meet the elements and with sufficient style to take in that gourmet pub that you encounter along the way. Always remember the old hiker's adage: there's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes. We’ve aimed to make sure you're always prepared, whatever the conditions. Now, where's that map?
The inspiration is the devil-may-care racers who took to mountain roads in the 1920s and 1930s. This classic chronograph is designed for just about anything you might encounter, up hill, down the high street or at the race track. Marine grade stainless steel is used for the case of the Carnegie Chronograph Sport from the British watch obsessives at Farer. Three sub-dials take care of expert timing. Effortlessly durable, effortlessly stylish.
A specialist Italian fabric is used for this versaile jerkin which also features a unique eco-friendly padding. It's warm yet breathes easily, ideal for those long treks up a mountain, or the rigors of a chilly commute. With a built-in hood taking care of showers along the way, WAHTS have designed their Commuter Vest to layer under a waterproof jacket, or over a sweater. An adventure essential.
Recycled plastic is used for this super-durable, super-functional lightweight backpack from Stubble & Co., the British label specialising in high quality bags. Back panel is both breathable and cushioned for maximum comfort, while dedicated pockets take care of drinking bottle, debit cards and even spare shoes. There's a padded compartment for a 16" laptop, too. A faithful companion both on the trail and on the commute, perfect as a carry-on bag too.
New technology to resist the worst the weather can throw at you: cutting-edge Graphene combines with a microporous waterproof membrane woven in Italy with 100% New Zealand wool on this hi-tech jacket. Graphene, say the Scandinavian outdoor experts at Norse Projects, helps the jacket lower humidity and regulate body temperature. Fit is engineered and the result is an unexpected style that's down to form-follows-function design.
Who doesn't long for a dip in a lake or the sea after a long hike? Here's the fuss-free answer. Foret's slow fashion ethos, born in Copenhagen, is on show in these uncluttered swimshorts, tailored in 100% Polyester for swift drying. Cut with a pocket to left, right and inside too, these are swimshorts that don't need to try too hard. Their elegance comes from providing exactly what's needed.
Footwear, footwear, footwear. Three essentials for any walking adventure. Thankfully Velasca have risen to the challenge with these Italian-made greased suede calf leather hiking boots, constructed with a high-end Vibram sole. A membrane between inner leather lining and outer greased leather takes care of enhancing water resistance. Visible stitching and signature laces add to a high quality style that takes these hiking boots on urban adventures, too.
Rain, wind or shine, the right headgear is an adventure essential. Allen St., mixing New York City inspiration with a heritage of French tailoring, have the no-nonsense solution in this impeccable 100% cotton twill cap. Six-panel classic construction is robust, exemplified by an antiqued brass buckle and a vegetable-tanned leather strap offering five options for the perfect fit. Subtle luxury.
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