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Sure, we’ve all got overflowing wardrobes with the right gear for every possible eventuality. Every enviable gear collection is built on the same foundations – the most versatile pieces that go everywhere and do everything, whatever the location and whatever the weather. If you’re streamlining your collection, packing light or just expecting unpredictable British conditions, these are the pieces you’ll want to have with you – you can thank us later.


Mid-Sized Pack

A mid-sized pack is the ultimate in versatile gear, if you choose it right. Look for a pack that’s around 20L-30L in volume – that’ll be plenty to carry everything you need for a day hike in wet weather, and be big enough to carry extra food and water for when you feel like taking the adventure further. And the bonus? It’ll be the perfect size to take to work or uni, too. 



Mid-Height Boots

Somewhere between a walking boot and an approach shoe, if you only wear one pair of shoes this season, it’ll be these. Lightweight and flexible enough for all-day comfort on well-made trails, but with enough grip and ankle support for mountain ascents, if you’re after one pair of shoes to take you everywhere, you can’t go wrong with mid-height boots.



Insulated Jacket

High-performance, mountain-ready insulation in a sleek enough package to wear in town – the humble down jacket has come a long way, and will be your go-to in no time. For ultimate versatility, we recommend synthetic insulation. It’s warm enough for extreme temperatures, breathable for when you’re moving fast and won’t stop performing if the rain comes in. What more could you want?




Packable Waterproof

Gear doesn’t get much more versatile than this. Whether you’re up against torrential rain and harsh summit winds or unexpected showers on the trails or at the crag, there’s not much a good waterproof can’t do. Look for a packable jacket with its own stuff sack – usually a 2.5-layer construction – for reliable weather protection without sacrificing convenience and light weight.



Hat And Gloves

A performance insulated jacket is one thing, but you’ll still be suffering if you don’t have a hat and pair of gloves with you on a cold day. Easy to put on and take off to adjust to changing temperatures, so small in your pack you won’t even notice them, and potentially a lifesaver if there’s an emergency – there’s no excuse not to have these with you at all times.



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