What To Wear For An Adventure

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What To Wear For An Adventure

Words by Mr Tom M Ford

12 May 2016

The Battenwear parka jacket, Neighborhood henley shirt and Viberg hiking boots you need to take on nature. Whether you’re scaling Snowdonia or strolling to the supermarket.

The word “adventure” in the modern world does not have the meaning it once did. Spend a day over the weekend exploring a mildly wooded area near your house? You’ve had an adventure. Live in south London and made the trip to north London? That’s an adventure. Tried out a new café off the main high street and got a bit lost? Again: adventure. Indeed, so sheltered are our lives that pretty much any pursuit that isn’t going to work or your local pub could be classed as an adventure.

Sometimes, however, to escape the icy shallowness of the metropolis, we embark on journeys that do actually have a genuine dose of “adventure” about them. You may not be trekking in the Andes or living with a tribe in the Amazon – but you’re in the kind of situation where the signal on your phone goes a bit iffy, and you get quite wet. We’re thinking: a weekend of walking in the country, or a camping trip near the coast. If those things sound appealing, we’ve got just the kit you need, below. Or, if you’re more in the stay-at-home camp, it’ll look just fine worn in your local neighbourhood, too

Our favourite thing about this parka from made-in-the-US brand Battenwear is its bright colour. Really, there’s nothing more outdoorsy than forest green. But it’s also fit for purpose, if your purpose is actually going outdoors – rather than just looking like the outdoors – thanks to its tough ripstop fabric, which is wind- and water-resistant. Add a pair of sunglasses and you’ll be prepared for the elements, both foul and fair.

If you’re going hiking, you need to be comfortable. You certainly don’t want any synthetic fibres next to your skin. One of the best things you can introduce to your skin is this super cosy waffle-knit top by Neighborhood – the perfect layer to keep you warm under your coat. The fact it’s a henley, and that the collars are ribbed, gives it a retro feel that, dare we say, channels the appearance of old explorers. Explorers that didn’t have the benefit of GPS – which we imagine you’ll appreciate from this Suunto watch.

Now, not everybody wants to spend this much on a pair of boots and then go tramping around in the mud and wet. But, if you did, you would find that Viberg’s hiking boots stand up rather well to such conditions, thanks to their naturally waterproof whole-cut design, which the company has been producing since the 1970s. Go the whole hog (clothes-wise anyway) with a pair of warm woolen socks from outdoorsy British brand The Workers Club.