The British know more than anyone that getting out and about means embracing the elements; there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing, or so the saying goes. And, with outdoor meet ups more common after Covid, what better time to get yourself and your loved ones kitted out for the great outdoors? We’ve put a good collection of items here to give you some inspiration:
Clothing & Apparel
Keen Targhee Waterproof Hiking Boots, £95.99
If you’re keen to start 2021 with some more serious walking, the Targhee hiking boots are a great bet. They’re available in low, mid or high sizes – the latter providing more ankle support. Excellent levels of waterproofing and we’ve always felt Keen are a notch above when it comes to comfort levels. We’d also recommend ordering half a size larger than your normal shoe purchases.
Tog24 Craven Waterproof Jacket, £32
Tog24 are releasing a nice selection of outdoor wear at the moment and there are some discounts available which mean that crucially, they are not breaking the Christmas budget. The Craven waterproof jacket is a simple waterproof that packs down small and light. Comes in a variety of attractive colours.
Spoke London Bulletproof Trousers, £135
The Bulletproof trousers from Spoke are marketed as a performance trouser, but they come with Spoke London’s trademark style, tailored and bespoke. The brand have a fitting guide on their site which works like a charm (somewhat unusual for these types of online sizing guides).
Keela Inner Layer, £54,95
A good new inner layer is a great gift idea for the outdoor lover, and we really liked this option from Keela. It’s made of 200gsm merino wool so it regulates temperature well, wicks away moisture and is naturally odour resistant.
Craghoppers Sawrey Fleece, £33
The Sawrey Fleece provides the opportunity to get cosy at Christmas. Made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles, it’s a chunky, thick fleece that reminded us for old fashioned woolly jumpers our dads used to wear.
On Trailbreaker Waterproof, £160
Perfect for the winter runners amongst us, On’s gear isn’t what you’d call budget running wear but if you’re serious about getting out there in the wind and the rain it does a fantastic job of keeping you protected. As the name suggests, it’s perfect for those keen to hit the trails and tackle some more serious terrain in their runs.
Montane Prism Glove, £45
PrimaLoft insulation and a PERTEX outer fabric ensure your hands won’t get cold in all weathers this season. They pack into their own stuff sack, which is a nice feature, and they provide an excellent level of warmth for the price, size and portability. Perfect for that elusive white Christmas.
Sealskinz Fusion Control Gloves, from £55
These are new from Sealskinz, and celebrate keeping active during the wettest of weather over the winter period. Developed to be a low-profile, comfortable, dexterous glove, we found them to be especially good for activities whilst keeping your hands warm, dry and very well ventilated.
Vango Radiate Single Sleeping Bag, £74,99
If trying winter camping early in 2021 is high up your list, the Radiate sleeping bag from Vango might be a good Christmas present option. It’s a deluxe three-season sleeping bag, meaning it’s rated down to very cold temperatures and as well as that, rather innovatively, it has a pocket for a power bank that when connected, can warm an in-built heating element to keep you ultra-cosy.
Fjallraven High Coast Hip Pack, £35
I’ve been using one of these to carry stuff around in on walks recently, and for shorter expeditions or day trips in good weather, it makes such a difference to leave larger, bulkier bags in the car or at home. It fits a generous number of items and is 100 per cent recycled and waterproof. Has front and back pockets, and features an adjustable hip strap with a key clip and inside mesh pocket.
Craghoppers Kiwi Bag, £48.75
A classic, retro backpack with a roll top, much like the Stubble & Co bag featured elsewhere in the article. A great everyday option for the commute as well as outdoor adventures, it comes in two attractive colours. Each bag is made using 15 recycled bottles.
Primus Vacuum Bottle, £25
A nice double-walled flask to keep drinks hot or cold – comes in a variety of unique and appealing colours and features a ‘click and close’ seal with combined lid and mug.
Stubble & Co Roll Top Bag, £105
There’s a lot to like about Stubble & Co’s offerings – they’re fashionable and stylish but have an outdoor practicality and durability at their heart which we like. Their new offering, the roll-top bag, has two large side pockets, a vertical outer pocket, an inner pocket a direct access 16” laptop pocket, useful for working on the move.
Outdoor and Travel Tech
Honor Watch GS Pro, £199.99
Honor, a subsidiary of Chinese phone manufacturer Huawei, are relatively new to the smartphone market, but the GS Pro is aimed squarely at outdoor and travel enthusiasts, and is ruggedly-designed and built, has GPS functionality whilst hiking or running and a vastly above-average battery performance for its price point.
Sony WF-XB700 True In-Ear Water Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Sports Headphones, £59
Compact and lightweight, these Sony wireless headphones do the job when it comes to keeping the tunes playing when you’re out and about. We really liked the fact that just a ten minute charge will give you an hour of playback time – perfect for those quick runs when the headphones are out of power.
Skullcandy Sesh True Wireless Earbuds, £49,99
A different option for wireless headphones, we found these also coped admirably with outdoor exercise and activity. Again, they come in their own charging case and fit and connect well straight out the box.
Instax SQ1 Instant Camera, £99
New from the Instax line is the excellent SQ1, and we’d recommend this as a good option for those wanting to hit the ground running with prints outdoors and travelling. It takes pictures in the traditional square shape and comes with automatic exposure control. It’s also light and portable – a big plus for those outdoor adventures with friends.
Snow Peak Hozuki Lantern, £112
If you’re camping a good lantern is a must, and we really liked this offering from Snow Peak. It’s a little more expensive than some of the other ‘top of the range’ lanterns out there, but the quality of light is excellent and is also has an intelligent energy ‘sleep’ mode to preserve power – turning itself off when the room becomes silent.
Silk Snood Face Mask, £26,99
When the temperature drops after Christmas and those frosty early 2021 mornings start to greet us, you’ll be glad of finding something like this silk snood face mask in your stocking. Warming to use as a buff, and can double up as a face mask too.
Circular&Co Coffee Cup, from £11
This is the world’s first reusable cup made from recycling single use cups. Keeps drink hot or cold for about ninety minutes.
Clif Blok Calorie Cubes
I’ve been using these for a little while now during cycles and runs – and also afterwards if I need an extra boost of energy. They come in some appealing flavours and are a nice little option for the bottom of the stocking.