Words & edit: Sacha Dance
If there’s one thing we'll be glad to see go out of fashion, it's COVID-19 - but one thing we're happy to stick with is a new appreciation for the great outdoors, fresh air and wide open spaces.
Winter weather might those long walks seem a bit less appealing, but as the saying goes: "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing."
If you're looking to get kitted out for walking, hiking, running and cycling, we've scouted the best activewear on the market.
As demand continues to boom, the likes of The North Face, Timberland, Orro and Beats are producing amazingly durable accessories and apparel that make the idea of investing in a long-term piece non-negotiable.
TIMBERLAND - EURO SPRINT RED-LACED HIKER BOOT (£130)
The Euro Hiker boot from Timberland explores the meaning of a quality and sustainability with its premium 'Better Leather'; sourced from a sustainable tannery which has been rated silver for its environmental processes.
Effortlessly cool with a nod to the classic, highly sought-after Timberland boot, this style is comfortable with a padded collar as well as durable for those wet winter walks. Not only is the leather sustainable, 50% of the fabric is ReBOTL™; a durable material made from recycled plastic bottles.
This style is perfect for hiking and walking with its protective rubber toe bumper.
Available at timberland.co.uk
THE NORTH FACE - 1996 RETRO NUPTSE PACKABLE JACKET (£270)
The North Face coats are famed for their high-quality insulation and yet remain super stylish for day-to-day wear. Everyone loves a '90s throwback and The North Face are doing just that with the return their classic 1996 Nuptse design.
The retro-styled coat - complete with shiny ripstop fabric, boxy silhouette and stowable hood - is a great choice if looking to invest in a coat this year, and comes in black, white or an array of colourways.
The thing we love the most about The North Face coats is their versatility and commitment to keeping you warm and stylish in the winter. We guarantee that once investing in one of these, you won't be worrying about a new coat for a very long time.
Available at thenorthface.co.uk
STUBBLE & CO - THE ADVENTURE BAG (£185)
British brand Stubble & Co are doing the most with their highly functional bags: Not only do they focus on creating high quality products that are tough and durable, but they also find practical ways to cater for your everyday life.
The Adventure Bag is the perfect sidekick for those long walks and hikes, and also makes a great all-round travel bag. Just some of the main features are a 16” slide-in space for your laptop or tablet; a hidden card pocket; clam shell easy packing and a bottle pocket.
Comfort is also a key focus with all of Stubble & Co’s products: The Adventure Bag has a breathable and cushioned back panel, conveniently placed grab handles and compression straps.
Available at stubbleandco.com
ORRO - GOLD LINE BIBSHORTS (£99)
Whether you're an avid cycler or recent convert, Orro have some of the best quality cycling equipment and gear you could ask for.
These are the all-new Gold Bibshorts are made from unique, premium and technical Lycra. They offer the perfect amount of stretch and compression, which helps the blood flow and muscle performance whilst reducing recovery time.
If you're looking to invest in a new bike, Orro also offer an amazing range of bikes that focus on endurance and speed while remaining eye-catchingly cool.
Available at orrobikes.com
PRIMARK - RUNNING SHORTS (£8)
Primark are full of amazing affordable options for exercise, taking you straight from the gym to the outdoors with a selection of fits that are great for multipurpose wear.
These economical running shorts are perfect for those early morning jogs or to wear as an extra layer over your cycling gear.
Available in Primark stores
THRUDARK - SENTRY BEANIE (£55)
This 100% heavyweight merino wool bean is a great piece for your winter activities, whether that's scaling a mountain or simply walking to work.
Thrudark are a brand who was co-founded by Louis and Staz CGC who were both in the Special Forces. Their mission was to create a brand that would ‘endeavour through adversity’.
They have created pieces that can withstand extreme weather conditions, so if you like to push yourself to the limit with your outdoor ventures, then take a look through their broad product selection of clothing and accessories suitable for those cold climates.
Available at thrudark.com
BEATS - BEATS FIT PRO (£199)
If you're anything like us, you'll only stay committed to those winter workouts with a reliable pair of earphones.
Beats are known for their high-quality audio experience and the Beats Fits Pro are no exception, with fully adaptive active noise-cancelling, flexible comfort, up to six hours listening time, wireless technology and so much more.
These are ideal for someone who wants a quality pair of earphones that wont let them down on the final stretch.
Available at beatsbydre.com