Found! Four of the coolest brands for outdoor clothing

Are these some of the coolest outdoor clothing brands you’ve never heard of? We’ve been testing a few companies that seem to slip below the radar for walking shoes, outdoor trousers, bags and jackets.


Kühl

Men’s Revolvr trousers by Kühl. How can you resist names like Slackr and Destroyr, eh! From around £50

Ever-popular womne’s Splash roll-up convertible hikig trousers that look great in town too. Watch out for the US sizing. Generous fit too. From around £50.

We don’t mind saying that this North American company make the absolute best outdoor trousers we’ve come across. They fit fabulously (providing you find your way around the US/UK sizing muddle) and many of the styles are as streetwise as jeans, but with all the versatility and flexibility of outdoor clothing

There are men’s and women’s ranges, though far fewer models make it to the UK than are available in the US and Canada. Let’s put some pressure on them to send us UK-ers a bit more choice!! Tops, jackets and brilliant shorts too.

Here are our favourite trousers. You’ll find a selection on Amazon, plus a range at George Fisher and Gaynors in Cumbria.


Poler Stuff

Oh my, their backpacks are lovely. And there’s something to suit everyone’s style – from quirky to minimalist. Try the roll-top retro or a bright mini. There are drybags, duffels, camera coolers and even a surfboard bag too. Clothes and kit aren’t as inspiring, but bags are great. Ranges start at around £20 for a stuffable pack.


Vivo Barefoot

Porto street boot

Barefoot hiking boot. There’s a an animal-friendly non-leather version too.

The most minimal, lightweight, comfortable and cool-looking shoes just happen to be pretty good for your feet too. Vivo make shoes that allow your feet to move and breathe as if you were barefoot. There are running shoes, hiking boots, streetwear and all-round trainer types – for men and women.

They won’t suit everyone’s feet. If you have no arches or a serious foot problem that requires a lot of support, you might not find these help. For most of us, though, they give a fantastic sense of freedom that makes you want to hop, skip and jump.

Vivo Barefoot Primus Trail

There are some non-leather options for vegans, some that come with a training insole to get you used to the feel and some with a choice of sole for firm or soft ground.

We gave one of our testers a pair of the Primus Trail to test and she won’t take them off. We’ve now tried the boots too and they’re pretty wonderful. (See our feature on lightweight walking boots for more). Shoes from around £60, but rather more for the top of the range.


So what if my legs get cold…my skirt’s insulated!

Moab cycling shirt for men

Vaude

This company just seems to get it right both in terms of style and in their fantastic environmental and ethical stance. The range is huge and includes jackets, trousers, some very nice backpacks, T-shirts and more. All very minimally designed and with flattering fits.

We really liked their jackets when we were researching for our non-down padded jacket feature.


Got any favourites? Let us know below. And we’ll keep adding as we discover more brands that know how to style as well as keep us warm.

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