Walking gear: Get ready for winter
The sun is still shining and the temperatures are relatively high in the UK but outdoor brands are keen to encourage you to look ahead to the chillier and wetter seasons. A host of new winter walking jacket and boots are coming into shops. If you love the outdoors and you want to keep on walking into the autumn and winter you might like to check out some of these new products for walking.
Gore-Tex Pro Arc’teryx Beta walking jackets
Making use Gore-Tex’s latest breathable, waterproof fabric are Arc’teryx’s new Beta jackets. Both feature Gore-Tex Pro, described as a "technological leap forward in rugged, breathable, waterproof protection". The Beta LT Gore-Tex Pro weighs less than 350g but is fully featured for mountain storms. Gore-Tex Pro also claims to be a wizard in breathability and is perfect for high output, fast and light ascents. The price for the Beta LT jacket is £349.99. The second new jacket from the Canadian brand is the Beta AR Gore-Tex Pro. Which offers a clean design, ergonomic fit and top quality finish, apparently. The Beta AR retails for £389.99. The jackets are available in Ellis Brigham stores and online
Mammut’s Magic GTX walking boots
Mammut’s Magic GTX walking boots claim to be the ultimate mountain boot for men and women offering warmth down to minus 20 degrees thanks to their Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort Footwear lining. (We can't wait to test these!) The lightweight Magic GTX (a men’s 8.5 weighs 1720g) uses a Vibram Maton sole along with a three-layer wedge made from Poro, PU and TPU to give the wearer enhanced precision and comfort. The boots have a high-cut rubber rand offering protection on a variety of terrain and this boot can be used with a strap-on crampon. The Magic GTX® is priced £220 for men and women’s boots. See www.mammut.ch
Karrimor Challenger Jacket
For less than £120, the Karrimor Challenger men's waterpoof jacket offers a host of features including eVent waterproof fabric, breathable mesh lining and zipped underarm ventilation, soft fleece lining to the collar for added comfort, four zipped pockets to the outer and an inner zipped pocket with media port for your phone or music player, as well as a hood with wired peak. The men’s jacket is priced £119.99 from www.sportsdirect.com
Bergans of Norway have introduced a new softshell jacket in their 2013 range. The Stegaros is windproof, water-resistant and breathable and is best worn as a mid-layer under a shell in wet conditions or as an outer shell in drier windy weather. Bergans of Norway’s softshell jackets are available from www.nordiclife.co.uk
priced £150. In men’s and women’s fit.