The coolest outdoor clothing for autumn/winter 2019
From the office to the great outdoors, these choice autumnal picks have got you (and your style) covered.
It’s a tricky time of year for clothing. One minute it’s sunny and bright, and the next you're submerged in a puddle cursing your decision to wear shorts. And, even when the weather has made up its mind, no one relishes spending the next few months going from freezing and breezy outdoors to overheated offices.
The good news: adventure-wear has never been cooler. Pick the right combination of clothing and shoes, and you could be left with something that is not only work-appropriate and great in all weather, but can also hold its own when things get physical too. Here are our top picks for this autumn.
1. Patagonia Men’s Better Sweater Fleece Shirt Jacket
Is it stating the obvious to suggest that Patagonia boast some incredibly functional garms that could, in certain parts of East London, be described as wavey? Well, we don’t care, because their clobber is just that good (not to mention the company’s fantastic environmental policies). For men, this low bulk, 100% recycled sweater-knit shirt is a great place to start. It’s subtle enough for the city and lightweight enough for a weekend ramble, with four pockets to store everything from granola bars to a spare pen.
2. The North Face Women’s Gore-Tex Triclimate Down Jacket
Whether you’re braving a storm in the Cairngorms or simply braving the queue in your local coffee shop, it’s important to have a jacket that’s going to keep you toasty. This North Face offering has down insulation to do just that, as well as a waterproof finish to provide an impenetrable moisture barrier to keep out drivel and torrential downpours alike. What’s more, it’s fully windproof but also breathable, meaning you won’t turn up for your first meeting looking like you’ve just hiked Ben Nevis. Not that it couldn’t cope with that too, of course.
3. Fjällräven Splitpack Extra Large
For long journeys and large volumes of gear, this sleek offering from Fjällräven is ideal. What sets this apart from other large backpacks is that the inside is organised into two separate compartments, allowing you to store your weekend kit in one and shove your work gear in the other. And, with 75 litres of storage space, you’re likely to have more than enough room. With all the usual paddings, straps and breathability, it’s the ideal hiking rucksack, while its Greenland Wax finish will ensure the rain doesn’t penetrate inside.
4. Finisterre women's Millook Beanie
When it comes to knitwear, simplicity is best. This two-tone beanie from Finisterre is ideal for the lunchtime dash to get some food and the weekend dash to the top of the Peaks. Made from 100% lambswool, it’s soft and comfortable, while the bright orange pom pom means your hiking partners are unlikely to lose track of you, even if they’re struggling to keep up with your pace…
5. Norrøna Falketind Down Hood Jacket
If you haven't heard of Norwegian outdoor company Norrøna, now is the time to get familiar. Founded back in 1929, it has been churning out quality all-weather gear for nearly a century – all of which is glacier-cool. This down jacket is the perfect place to start your collection. Not only is it made for all season-use (meaning it won’t make you too hot on your commute), but it’s lightweight enough to be compressed down into the bottom of your bag. Best of all, the down insulation is restricted to a t-shirt shape, keeping your chest warm year round without causing you to overheat.
6. Women's Back-to-Berkeley Redux Boots
Dosed in deep garnet red and simply begging to be worn-in over a dizzying multi-day hike, this pair of North Face beauties are nothing short of striking. Marrying state-of-the-art insulation with maximum comfort and grip underfoot, they're just ideal for strolls around sleep villages as they are tricky technical terrain. In fact your only obstacle will be fending off all those random passersby asking where you picked them up.
7. Finisterre Men’s Coho Sweat
Even the most stringent of office dress codes has room for a nice, sensible sweater. British surfing outfitters Finisterre know this, which is why its Coho sweater doesn’t shout ‘look at me’ with a subtle embroidered logo. Not that it doesn’t deserve to shout about its capabilities – it’s made with 100% organic cotton with a breathable terry loop inner face to keep you cool whether you’re trying to win over the boardroom, or rushing to catch the evening swell after work.
8. Haglöfs Women’s Heron Hood
This Swedish brand has been nailing Nordic functionality since 1914, and its Heron jacket is no exception. As a lightweight mid-layer, it’s ideal for throwing on beneath a heavier jacket, or wearing as an outer layer in its own right on those days the weather can’t make up its mind. You're unlikely to overheat in it either, thanks to breathable technology and moisture management. The best part, of course, is that it’s made from 100% recycled polyester, meaning you’ll be doing your bit for the planet without even leaving your desk.
9. The North Face Men’s Ultra Fastpack III Mid Woven GTX
For those who want some hiking boots you could also wear on a date, we recommend opting for this offering from The North Face. Available in black, grey, and caramel, this relatively inexpensive shoe can be dressed up with a good pair of straight-cut trousers, and paired down with your favourite shorts the second the clock hits 5.30pm. As for features, they’re waterproof, breathable, and boast a TPU toe cap to prevent bruising. Meanwhile, the Vibram Megagrip outsole provides durable and sticky traction in all conditions – even when you’re struggling to find your footing in your morning meeting.
10. Houdini Women’s Campus Crew
This classic college crewneck in merino wool is the ideal marriage of functionality and understated cool. In other words, it’s the perfect piece to wear in-office, and up-peak. The emphasis here is on creating a light and soft garment that will also keep you warm whether you’re out for a Sunday dog walk or hiking the local trail. What’s more, it's friction and odour-resistant and designed with your comfort in mind.
11. Sandqvist Dante Backpack
A good rucksack is one of the best investments you’ll make, whether it’s transporting your laptop and lunch or your hiking boots and sunscreen. It just so happens that rucksacks don’t get much more stylish than this offering from Stockholm natives Sandqvist: the 18L pack features padded and adjustable shoulder straps, a front zip pocket and a roll-top main compartment with a leather strap for ease of access. Simple, functional and oh so handsome.
12. Patagonia Women’s Ahnya Fleece Pants
You know what’s not good after a heavy yoga session and heading back to the office? Feeling uncomfortable in your clothes. Well, don't fret as Patagonia has your back. They’re smart enough to dress up with a crisp pair of trainers and a blazer, and flexible enough to keep you comfortable from the office. to the highest peak in your town.
13. Columbia SH/FT OutDry Mid Shoe
This Autumn, trusted outdoor brand Columbia has joined the likes of Patagonia and The North Face by having its clobber stocked by Urban Outfitters. This means that not only is it amazingly durable gear designed to keep you comfortable, cosy, and safe outdoors, but it’s also trendy AF. With that in mind, you’ll have no trouble pulling off a pair of purple and green hiking boots around town and on the trails. Naturally, it’s just as durable and forward-thinking as the rest of Columbia’s hiking boot range. The difference is this one comes with a serious eighties vibe, so, you know, fire up the Walkman and you're good to go.
£135; Columbiasportswear.co.uk and at Columbia Sportswear on London's Carnaby Street, the European Flagship store.
Now put this gear to work with some of these brilliant hikes in the link below...