The Journey: Autumn 19

Tried and tested

Four outdoor items put through their  paces by The Journey team.

KEEN

Innate x Sherpa Boots
keenfootwear.com

These hardy, handsome boots are the result of a collaboration between footwear specialists KEEN  and ethical gear company Sherpa Adventure Gear.  Fifteen euros from the sale of each pair goes to the charity Room to Read, which focuses on education  in the developing world. But there’s more to the boots than altruism – when worn they feel as  rugged as a rain-lashed ridge, with premium leather, wide laces, a KEEN.DRY® waterproof  membrane, a soft footbed and a lightweight  but robust sole.
Joseph Kane

– Ethically minded
– Made for mountain conditions  
– Sturdy and warm
– Tough to fault

Fjällräven

Keb Trousers
fjallraven.co.uk

Fjällräven’s bestselling Keb trousers were originally launched in 2011, but these updated versions have been redesigned for 2019. You know what you’re getting with this Swedish brand – attention to detail and gear built to last – and these attractive trousers are no exception. For serious outdoor nuts they’re the real deal, made using Fjällräven’s densely woven G1000 fabric, which becomes even more adaptable when you apply the brand’s Greenland Wax (sold separately). New features include two-way leg-vent zips and a better fit around the rear.
Tom Rhys

– Available in men’s and women’s
– Very well tailored  
– Openings for knee pads
– No zipped side pockets  

tentree

Juniper Zip Hoodie
tentree.com

The tentree story is a heartening one. Its commitment to sustainability is there in its name – for every item of gear the company sells, ten trees are planted. It means that over 32 million have been planted to date, with a goal to reach one billion by 2030. Its gear also makes use of sustainable fabrics, from organic cotton to cork and even coconut. What’s more, it looks and feels great. A warm, very wearable hoodie.
Molly Thomas

– Every purchase =
ten trees  
– Stylish and sustainable
– Very cosy
– Basic pockets

Smartwool

PhD Outdoor Hiking Socks
georgefisher.co.uk

Bitter experience has taught me that autumn walks and freezing cold feet are not an enjoyable pairing, which means I’m a big fan of proper, snug-as-a-bug hiking socks. These Smartwool Light Crew socks use a technology called – brilliantly – Indestructawool™, which essentially means they’re warm, durable and designed specifically with steely-eyed long-distance hikers in mind. They’re virtually seamless and have a nice high reach, while mesh ventilation makes them breathable without compromising cosiness. Big thumbs up – or should that be big toes?  
Ben Lerwill

– Designed  for walkers
– Around the £20 mark
– Highly comfortable  
– Need careful washing/drying

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