Adventure-Ready Everyday Gear

Having one wardrobe for weekend adventures and another for your day-to-day is an expensive hobby. Instead, invest in quality gear that can front up to the great outdoors without looking out of place in town and city

28th August 2020 | Words by Matt Jones @ WildBounds HQ

Plenty of people who love the great outdoors spend most of their time stuck in towns and cities. And often they have a stack of outdoor kit that spends most of its life packed away in a spare room or in boxes in the garage. But wouldn't it be better to invest in kit that can thrive in both the outdoors and the city? Gear that’s as suited to queuing in Starbucks as summiting Helvellyn? This versatile collection of premium goods is all made by independent, design-led brands who understand modern urban living, but who are also as obsessed with getting stuck in outdoors as you are.

The James Brand | The Mehlville

The James Brand Mehlville carabiner keyring

Crafted from premium anodised aluminium, this carabiner keyring is the perfect go-between from work and play. It’s designed to organise your everyday carry, using a dual compartment construction to ensure that your keys are secure when you open the top to clip it to your bag, belt or bag strap. Even better, it has a bottle opener attachment ready to pop open a cold one when you clock off on Friday afternoon.

DUER | Live Free Adventure Pant 2.0

These pants straddle the divide between town and country, putting a metaphorical leg in each camp. The slim, contemporary cut creates a modern, tailored silhouette, yet the convertible ankle cuff turns them into a jogger suitable for active adventures. With extra stretch built in, they offer both comfort and style anywhere, from the urban jungle to the great outdoors.

Meander | Meander Jacket

Meander Jacket in navy

Whether you’re cycling to the office or hiking up Snowdon, this waterproof, breathable jacket is perfect for staying dry while on the move. It’s been designed in Scotland and deliberately tested in the most foul weather the far north could muster, so you can be sure the waterproof guarantee is no gimmick. What’s more, this unisex jacket features reflective details for safety on the bike that can be tucked away when you’re wandering around town. Its classic, minimalist aesthetic is just as suited to urban strolls as it is to pedalling through central London.

Hydro Flask | 24oz Lightweight Wide Mouth

Use this double-wall vacuum flask in the city to keep your daily coffee piping hot, and at weekends for ice-cold hydration when you hit the trails. The wide mouth design makes it easy to add ice cubes to your drink but also for your favourite barista to top off your grande latte. Plus, this bottle is 25% lighter than the other 24oz bottles in the Hydro Flask range, making it a practical option to take anywhere.

Topo Designs | Klettersack 25L

This outdoor-inspired pack has clean, uncluttered looks, a tough build and a roomy interior, making it great for daily carry whether you’re a university student, city creative or trail hiker. Its 25-litre capacity will swallow gear for a day in town or a backcountry adventure. Leather lash tabs can also be used to secure extra gear or attach a bike light.

BLUNT | Metro Umbrella 2020

This umbrella’s rounded tips and spinning, fully tensioned canopy won’t snag on street furniture or fellow commuters. It is the perfect size to provide plenty of protection without taking up too much space on the streets. Simply push a button and the canopy auto-opens and collapses, and it stows neatly into a carry sleeve. But it is also wind-tested up to 55mph, so it’s also the perfect companion for blustery weekend walks, whether you head to the coast or take to the hills.

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