Brilliantly designed ponchos for cycling, walking and even paddleboarding (providing you NEVER fall in).
Clever fastening straps and total waterproofness. They fold up into the front zip pocket for portability, have a peaked hood and weigh less than 500g.
Four colours and cost around £60 at Wildbounds (where there’s also usually a discount on offer too).
A base or mid layer you can take off without removing your boots or outer trousers. Ingenious!
So, dress up warm in the morning and then zip ’em off as the hike, ski or cycle heats you up. Ziplongs come in full and 3/4 length, in wool and microfleece and for men and women. From around £40.
Lightweight, waterproof, proper insoles and non-slip grips. Go for the higher-back clogs with back strap or the closed shoe. Both easy to get on, but won’t leave your feet half way to the toilet block. Around £40 and way better than Crocs. Oh, and men’s and women’s sizes plus lots of colours.
Unlike any other bike helmet, the Closca folds down and opens up to something akin to a horse-riding helmet or even a beautiful Swedish fruit bowl…almost. Not cheap at around £60, but lovely, fits in a bag and very protective.
Ventilated, adjustable, CPSC & EN1078 international safety certifications and a two-year warranty. Available in black, grey or white with contrast accents. Sizes M and L.
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.
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. Plus amphibious running shoes (for walking on water?!)
Shoes from around £100, but more for the top of the range!
The only socks you’ll ever need. I have to admit I’d stayed clear of trying these made-in Vermont socks because of the price (around £15 upwards). Then I found out that they’re guaranteed for LIFE!
And that makes them the cheapest socks you’ll ever buy. With that hurdle passed, you can indulge yourself in their softness, their cushiony comfort and their fabulous range of patterns and colours.
We love the company’s phrase: “Nobody ever outsourced for quality” – says so much about all that cheap and nasty camping gear we come across. Their merino wool is ethically sourced from known suppliers too.
There are ranges for men, women and children, for hiking, skiing, sports and everyday. The “unconditional guarantee” states: “unconditional lifetime guarantee is simple and without strings or conditions. If our socks are not the most comfortable, durable and best fitting socks you have ever owned, return them for another pair.”
Socks that are shoes that are swimming footwear. All in one clever design.
Skinners are hard-wearing socks with a flexible sole that’s strong enough for you to wear outside and even on rough terrain. They’re great as in-the-house slip-proof slippers, for watersports, for gym and yoga classes and for just about anywhere. Easy to wash too. Around £35 and a range of sizes and colours.
Stretchy, beautiful and fits all bikes, these ‘sock’ bike covers are designed to keep your bike’s muck out of the car, the campervan or the house.
If you don’t like peacock feathers, plenty of patterns and plain colours, plus full covers as well as bottom-half ones. Velosock are the best, but expensive. Go for British-made Bike Bra as a cheaper alternative. Pete C.
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.
Soft, breathable, environmentally friendly…and lots of great lyering tops, hoodies, running clothes and more.
Clothes from Bamboo Clothing are, as the name suggests, usually made from natural bamboo, but there are also linen and ethical merino mixes too.