Gear Guides, Issue 6

Gear Guide

Salomon Drifter Mid Hoodie 

This reversible mid-layer has a different face fabric on each side. One is a windproof fabric that retains warmth, the other is breathable and stretch-woven. It also gives two contrasting (and very stylish) looks. Clever? Too right it is. 

Sealskinz Trekking Mid-Length Socks

Few things are more soul-sapping than getting soggy feet during a hike. Sealskinz are the masters of socks that laugh in the face of H2O, and these beauties are 100% waterproof and breathable, with merino wool lining.

Finisterre Blazey Beanie 

Made from 100% lambswool, this one-size unisex bobble hat is a stylish option for winter hiking. It’s warm, well-made and looks good, but be aware that it’s on the small side. Matching scarves and mittens are also available.     

Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Boot

A handsome midweight hiking boot with plenty of selling points: they’re snug, hardy and provide good foot and ankle support. They’re relatively lightweight too, and Gore-Tex lining keeps them waterproof.   

Columbia OutDry Ex Gold Down Jacket

A godsend in cold, wet conditions, this absolute gem of a jacket is fully seam-sealed and contains 700-fill power goose down. It’s waterproof, breathable and looks fantastic on the trail.
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ReimaGO Fleece

Not just a cool kids’ fleece. The sleeve zip contains a ReimaGO sensor that tracks your child’s daily physical activity, sending results to a dedicated app. Less intrusive than a wristband, it helps to reward an active lifestyle. Jackets also available.

Primus TrailBreak Ex Vacuum Flask

A robust flask ideal for a family hike – because everyone deserves a hot blackcurrant on a mountaintop! Keeps drinks heated for 20 hours, and the lid is a stainless steel cup. Comes in two models: 750ml (pictured) and 1 litre.

Polar M400 GPS Watch

Today’s GPS watches are often refined but super-pricey, so the M400 (less than £140) is a really strong choice. It’s waterproof, sturdy and pairs to your phone, and the advanced GPS tracks pace, distance and altitude. 

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