Engelbert Strauss make durable and comfortable work and outdoor clothing that’s less for lumberjack-wannabes like me and more for, you know, actual lumberjacks. Anyway, they stock brilliant cotton staples and rugged footwear at very nice prices. Even better, most of the designs are unisex – no pastel colours in sight!
Weather you’re planning a season of rock climbing or rock pooling, it’s worth investing now in the right kicks for all your sunshiny adventures. Cotswold Outdoor stock all the footwear you need for the spring and summer.
Up epic hills, down coastal paths, falling over a lot into bogs – I love trail running, but it takes tough gear to withstand an outing into the wild. Here’s my favourite tried-and-tested rugged kit for getting off the tarmac and into the great outdoors.
Keep the outdoors #openallwinter with Adidas’ new Climaheat range of insulated layers and down jackets, designed to keep you warm in extreme conditions. I’ve been testing out this day-glo orange stunner, the Terrex Ice Jacket, £110.
It has returned once more! My annual outdoorsy gift guide is stuffed with all my favourite things for all your favourite people, from camping lasses and cliff-jumping lads to adventurous little ones. Plus there’s a mini roundup of socks. Because it’s not Christmas if you don’t get socks and a satsuma.
Off on a ski season this winter? You don’t need warm pants, extra scarves or photos of your dog. Trust me, I’ve seen enough emergency care packages get delivered to Cadbury’s-starved seasonnaires to know that if you’re off to work a winter you require:
It ain’t easy looking good in a blizzard, but help is at hand! These wonder products will help you ski, surf and have slightly blue hair all winter long, without the cracked lips and chapped face. All together now: “the cold never bothered me anyway!”.
It’s jumper wearing, bonfire building, leaf crunching autumn again! Let’s rejoice in all the cosy cliches shall we? There’s no need to hibernate, though – wrap up warm in some of my favourite finds for fall and you can keep camping in forests and cold weather surfing in style all season.
Where are you off gallivanting this summer? Whether you’re getting bug-bitten in the Peruvian jungle or city slicking on a Roman Holiday, make sure you pack a few of my favourite bits of travel kit in your rucksack.
Scrambling about in Adidas’ new solo stealth approach shoes, £95. Grippy soles + lightweight comfort + rad red and black styling = instant favourites. Plus Shauna Coxsey‘s a fan, so you know they’re going to be pretty cool.
I have a serious case of kit lust. Ciré‘s wonderful waxed canvas creations are designed by outdoors nut Alison Vard, who finds inspiration in the mountains and the sea for her practical yet beautiful sorbet-coloured rucksacks, wash bags and wetsuit bags.
My idea of a nice jog is definitely less pounding the pavements and more getting lost in the woods (and covered in mud in the process). I’ve been very good at training for my fast-approaching Endurance Life coastal trail run in Exmoor this weekend, so I’m rewarding myself with some of this lovely gear.
I doubt I have to introduce you to the coolest backback on the block – Fjallraven’s iconic Kanken design. I’ve been wanting one of these dinky-yet-durable rucksacks for ages, so I have been very happy reviewing this oxblood beauty from the Fjallraven Kanken rucksack range at Blackleaf (from £47.95). On Saturday it came to meet ponies in the New Forest with me. Awww.
Surfer Elsie Pinniger runs neon wetsuits from a little workshop in Newquay, designing and creating beautiful, seriously covetable bespoke neoprene suits in a rainbow of colours. She tells me about her love of the beach, seeing her wetsuits in Vogue and the joy of getting to surf daily in the name of work.