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.
Meet your new outdoor kit crush. Berg Outdoor just launched their European online store and it’s full of beautifully designed gear, perfect for travels in hot climates and adventures in the back country.
More lovely things to wear this summer! The sun is shining and festival season is looming in all its cidery, fancy-dressed glory. Here’s my pick of key bits and pieces to pack in your rucksack, just in time for Glastonbury.
Planning a single or multi-day hike in the hills this season? Make sure you pack some of my favourite kit for mountain jaunts, from sturdy hiking boots and a light-as-a-feather jacket to a water bottle which could save your life.
I spent a month gadding about with the Polar A360 fitness tracker, £149.50, attached to my wrist. Here’s my review of a gadget which feels a bit like having a small, waterproof personal trainer on your person at all times.
They say there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear. But good clothing which can’t stand up to showers is going to kill your outdoors buzz pretty fast. Enter Nikwax, here to waterproof and protect your kit like a boss. And now they’ve turned their waterproofing prowess to Rab’s Continuum jacket, filled with their water-repellent down.
Balmy summer days call for sleeping out under the stars, so get your mitts on the fantastic Coleman Bering four-man tent from Outdoor World Direct. Easy to assemble and with plenty of room for all your mates, this is the perfect tent to take on your adventures, and I’ve got one worth £199 give away.
Festival season is almost upon us, and whether you’re planning on moshing at Reading, chilling out at Wilderness or having a little cry to Adele at Glastonbury, there’s one thing you can count on if you’re spending a weekend living in a British field – changeable weather. I rounded up my pick of the kit you absolutely need to pack for Red Bull, so you can get on with the important stuff, like pulling obnoxious dance moves and drinking warm cider.
What are you up to this weekend? Can you squeeze in a last-minute adventure? Whatever you’ve got planned you can get kitted up at TK Maxx‘s fantastic Outdoor World event, which is filling stores with amazing kit at fantastic prices. They set me the challenge of popping in to a store and seeing what #RidiculousPossibilities I could create with what I found.
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.
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.