Here’s a slightly different look at outdoor gear on the market at the moment – the stuff that wouldn’t necessarily fit onto the everyday outdoor enthusiast’s kit list, the bold attempts at innovation and the reinvention and 21st century-fication of old classics
Sasta Peski Anorak
Sasta is a Finnish brand that’s worth knowing about. Its environmentally-friendly Peski Anorak is made from a useful fabric called Ventile which is a densely woven cotton that provides a high level of rain protection without the use of any hazardous perflourocarbons (often used in jackets with waterproof membranes). Its large hood has a moldable peak, there’s a large breast pocket and both the hem and waist are adjustable.
Patagonia Snap-T – £59.99
Patagonia has reintroduced it’s iconic range of pull overs that was first popular with American climbers back in the 1980s. The range consists of 17 styles in over 60 different colourways and in 16 prints. Along with the classic Synchilla Fleece (pictured) that the Snap T collection began with, there are also down, cotton and PrimaLoft Gold insulated options – all in men’s and women’s versions.
Lowe Alpine Klettersack – £80
To celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, Lowe Alpine will be releasing a pack that harps back to its foundation years. The new Klettersack, part of the Teton range, will be on sale exclusively with Cotswold Outdoor from March 2017. It’s 30 litres, made from a tough canvas fabric, and it has a useful laptop or hydration bladder sleeve inside.
Burton Stead Rain Jacket – £90
This shirt by Burton is tough. It’s made from a tightly woven nylon that’s treated with wax to give it a fair amount of protection from the rain and any general rough stuff in the backcountry. It’s got a classic fit and comes in three different colourways.
The Muncher by Full Windsor – Kickstarter
Full Windsor calls its Kickstarter product the “ideal companion on any trip where weight and space are a consideration”. It’s a carefully designed 20g stainless titanium utensil with 10 features. These include a spork, butter knife, bottle opener, potato peeler, can opener and cord cutter.
Poler Classic Rucksack – £85
The side pockets on this heritage-look backpack by Polar are both removable – useful if you’re off on any fast and light activities and require a narrower profile. It’s made from an impenetrable 900 denier Campdura with a total capacity of 28 litres and it’s available in a number of different colours. Pick this up from the Brokedown Palace online or from their two London stores.
Patagonia Nano-Air Light Hybrid – £150
Patagonia is aiming at those who go at high tempos with this brand new release for Spring 2017. On the front and down the outside of the arms the lightweight jacket has 40g of synthetic insulation, while under the arms and on the back it has body-mapped stretchy mesh panels for breathability. Should be ideal for climbers or for backpackers. A vest version is also available.
Bellroy All-Conditions Phone Pocket – £75
This provides a useful option for those who take the ‘all-in-one approach’. Chuck your phone, cash and cards and whatever other small valuables in this zipped pouch and it’ll protect them from bumps and pokey things, plus it’ll provide a good degree of water resistance. It comes in leather or suede and in a number of sizes to suit different handsets. Head to The Brokedown Palace for more.