People: our outdoor gear is dialled-in. We know the value of waterproof breathable membranes in our shells; of EVA in our boots; of ripstop nylon and lightweight polyester in our tents. And we spend our cash accordingly.
But what about our day-to-day, my dudes? Do you put as much thought into your lifestyle pieces—technical chops, comfort, durability—as you do into your adventure apparel?
It’s time you did. So here are five lifestyle pieces, from well-regarded outdoor-gear brands, that outdoorsy guys (or whoever) should sport come 2020.
Starting from the top down:
Buff Knitted Hat Braidy
The company you know for multifunction sport-headwear also makes stylish knitted hats—or toques, as we call them in the Great White North. It looks like knitted wool but it's tough-wearing, easy-care acrylic—plus, these toques feature additional fleecy fabrics for a cozy fit and element-protection.
Arc’teryx Donavan Crew Neck Sweater
Built to Arc’teryx’s high standards from wool (odour management), cotton (comfort), nylon (durability) and polyester (moisture resistance), this stylish sweater represents peak mountain fashion. We love the shoulder pads—which shed raindrops and look military-tough.
Eddie Bauer Larrabee Pro Long Sleeve Shirt
A classic-fit, wear-it-anywhere shirt‚ this breathable button-up from Eddie Bauer should occupy a few hangers in your closet. The cotton/linen/poly blend is light and dries quickly—even wicking moisture when things get hot. We like it for warm-weather travel—the back vent makes it ultra-breezy.
686 Anything Cargo Pant
A DWR-treated hiking pant that wears like sweats but looks good enough to sport at a casual dinner? A cargo pant that features 13 pockets but doesn’t make you feel like you should be guiding tourists through the Serengeti? This is the Anything Cargo Pant from 686, a quantum leap in active-pant style and functionality. (Also pictured at top)
Saucony Kinvara 10
A lightweight running shoe that looks this good is a rare bird indeed. Like all Saucony runners, this one is loaded with tech—such as an EVERRUN topsole and EVA+ midsole for longevity and comfort, plus engineered mesh that breathes easy. But in the stylish Fog Quake pattern particularly (pictured), they’re steezy enough for the everyday.