Lucky enough to have a Glasto ticket? Planning on moshing at Reading or Leeds? Taking the sedate path at a family-friendly shindig? Wherever you are heading, take heed of my definitive festival packing guide which I have compiled from the front line (a muddy field).
In my quest for outdoors-ready gear that you can wear down the pub I review the fully waterproof Berghaus Ancroft parka, stocked by GO Outdoors. Stormproof, furry-hooded and a bit of a looker, it’s now reduced to only £140.
Ever wondered what explorers and athletes have squirrelled away in their rucksacks? I picked ten classics must-haves for the Red Bull Adventure blog – they’re the first thing to chuck in your kit bag for any adventure.
Is your cycling getting a little tyred (sorry)? My brilliant and bike-mad mate Mary Spender shows you how to revamp old kit with a few cans of spray paint. Because colour coodination definitely makes you go faster.
How to best test out the new Tribute II GTX trekking boots, £139.95 from Aku? Give them to your awesome travel writer bestie before she heads off to Japan on a winter adventure. Lucy Thackray tries the Tributes out whilst temple-hopping in Tokyo.
Testing out Arcteryx’s new Atom SL Hoody (£170). Super light at just 235 grams and compact enough to fit in a pocket, this is an efficient and reliably warm mid layer. But is it worth the hefty price tag?
If you’re lacking motivation to get out and exercise in the cold and rain, I hear you – I’m currently mainlining chocolate digestives and watching another storm approaching on the horizon. However help is to hand! Try togging yourself up in my favourite warm and wonderful pieces of sport wear – they’ll cheer up any workout.
I’ve been tearing around the Austrian pistes and the Welsh mountains in Odlo’s Blackcomb Evolution range of winter sport underwear, partly made from recyclable materials. I tested out the long baselayer pants (£65) and baselayer shirt (£65). Cosy, comfy and saving the planet – I’m a big fan.
If one of your New Year resolutions is to dust off your bike and go exploring country lanes, woodland trails and shining mountain roads on two wheels then Halford’s fantastic new cycling essentials guide will help you kit yourself and your trusty steed up in style with kit checklists and handy tips.
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!”.
Searching for the perfect winter coat? If you’re after a hard-working parka that also feels like wearing a cuddle in jacket form then I’d recommend Fjallraven’s Greenland Winter Parka, £295 – it’s warm, waterproof and a bit of a stunner.
Mistletoe, wine, last-minute gift panic… It’s that time of year again. And I’m writing this on a train trundling through the snow-clad Swiss mountains, so I am most definitely feeling the festive love. Be everyone’s favourite person by giving them one of these treats – from cosy woolly socks to wandlerlust-inspiring books and tough waterproofs, this lovely lot would be a joy to find under the Christmas tree.
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:
Cycling kit so lovely you’ll be desperate to head out on your bike on sub-zero mornings just so you can show it off. My picks include bargainous jerseys, lustworthy coordinated kit and a jacket that could well save your life. Take that, winter training!
Ahh autumn, the time of mists, mellow fruitfulness and really great jumpers. I am unashamedly in love with all of the season’s sparkler-waving, pumpkin-carving, fire-warming cliches – after all, is there anything more British than a chilly woodland walk followed by a hot cider next to a pub fire? Just wrap up warm first in my autumnal picks.
Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside. Or at a chilled-out festival. Or in a park. To sum up, I love summer. Here’s my pick of nice new gear for the balmy weather, from the perfect sandals to hard-wearing wetsuits.
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.