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Summer Clothing perfect for day walkers

Words by Taunton Leisure

on 10/07/2020 12:30:45


Lightweight Summer Clothing Perfect for Day Walkers

Nothing can refresh the mind like a long stroll around gorgeous country on a hot and sunny day. Now is the time of year where nature is definitely at its most vibrant and accessible. A walk in one of Britain’s national parks such as our beloved Dartmoor and Exmoor or along the amazing South West Coast Path, these areas though absolutely stunning do still have rough terrain and large climbs which when combined with the hot sun, bring about their own challenges. You’ll need to protect yourself from the suns hot UV glow and of course bring plenty of water, you never want to caught miles away from civilisation without something to drink.
Another obstacle that you’ll need to cover is the correct clothing. It can be difficult choosing out the appropriate pieces that’ll keep you cool, protect you from the sun and remain durable across the rough trails of the outdoors. Thankfully, were here to help with some top picks from our Summer clothing range that we would recommend to anyone going out on long walks in nature.

Let’s start from the head down!

Sun Hats

To protect you from the sun’s bright glare and keep your head cool, you’ll always be glad you brought a decent hat along.

The Tilley TH9 Melanie Hemp Sun Hat

The Women's TH9 Tilley Hemp Hat is made from a breathable hemp fabric that is naturally resistant to UV light, mould, mildew and salt water.

This ladies Tilley Hat has a broad sloping brim and like all Tilleys, repels rain and floats too, so it may look like a hot weather travel hat but can be used for all seasons.

Just as tough as a regular Tilley, although the TH9 model has a softer look and style it's still rated at UPF 50+ and won't shrink or fall apart so you can rely on it for years to come.


The Fjällräven G-1000 Helags Cap

Keeping with the blue theme, because why not? Perfect for any adventure, the Helags Cap is made from Fjallraven's G-1000 fabric, a very durable material made from a blend of polyester and cotton, it has a UPF 50+ Sun protection, is mosquito and midge bite proof and is wonderfully breathable. Ventilation holes help the hat to breathe in humid conditions and the adjustment at the back ensures the perfect fit. This cap will certainly last a very long time indeed!


Technical Tees

These are certainly not your standard cotton T-shirt. These garments are made for hard activity outdoors in hot conditions. They are made to wick sweat away from your skin helping you feel dry and then let the moisture quickly evaporate into the warm air. These tees are quick drying as well just incase the odd summer shower passes by.

The Arc’Teryx Cormac Logo SS Tee

The Cormac Logo SS is a technical T-shirt designed to perform across a range of activities and environments. The Ostria is a lightweight gridded fabric with excellent stretch, good next-to-skin feel and wicks away moisture.

The regular fit and fabric’s soft hand combine with strategically placed, minimised Merrow stitched seams provide performance comfort during extended mountain training outings, trail runs or gym sessions.


The Icebreaker Women’s Sphere SS Low Crew

The Women's Sphere Short Sleeve Low Crewe t-shirt is a soft and comfortable top designed for use in warm to hot conditions. Featherweight, its made from Cool-Lite; a fabric made up of premium merino wool, TENCEL and Nylon to create a cool fibre blend that wicks moisture away from the body and dries fast. A mid-scoop neckline gives this top a touch of femininity and the drop tail hem provides added coverage.


Lightweight Fleeces

When at high elevations as a cloud rolls over the sun or in the early mornings and evening, you might just find yourself getting cold. It is always handy to pack a lightweight fleece into your rucksack just in case. On the coast and high up on the moors, the weather can change in what feels like an instant.

The Women’s Rab Nucleus Pull-On

We’re big fans of the Nucleus, you’ll find our staff wearing them in store. It is constructed from Rab's Thermic Fleece designed to balance warmth and breathability to keep you comfortable whatever the activity. The half YKK front zip allows for ventilation when it gets warm and a YKK zipped chest pocket keeps small personal items safe. Flat-lock, low bulk seams provide next to skin comfort and the regular fit allows you to move freely.


The Men’s Patagonia R1 Techface Jacket Fleece

The Patagonia R1 TechFace Jacket offers more wind resistance and durability than the Traditional R1 fleece. It still offers fleece like comfort through the stretchy, lightweight double-weave fabric, made up of partially recycled polyester and elastane which works with the articulated patterning to allow for the full range of motion. A DWR (durable water repellent) finish also helps to shed excess moisture.

The sleek, low-bulk, easy push-up stretch-knit cuffs are comfortable to wear on the wrists, two zippered hand pockets are mesh lined for ventilation and a hidden hem drawcord helps to keep out the weather.


Lightweight Waterproofs

As previously mentioned, it may be beautiful and sunny one moment and then pouring it down the next. It happens out there all the time! these waterproof jackets are breathable and allow hard activity  without you getting too sweaty whilst also keeping you protected from the very strongest of deluges.

The Rab Men’s Meridian Jacket

The Meridian jacket is constructed with a recycled 40D GORE-TEX PACLITE Plus outer to keep out the wind and rain while remaining breathable so you feel comfortable on the hills.

The generous, semi-elastic hood features a one handed adjustment allowing you to adjust on the go and the stiffened peak helps to keep off the rain.

Two A-line hand pockets provide enough room for larger items and YKK pit zips offer ventilation without compromising on protection.

Fully adjustable hem and cuffs ensures the perfect fit and a stuff sack allows you to keep this jacket safely in your bag for a rainy day.


The Patagonia Women’s TorrentShell 3L Jacket

The Torrentshell 3L provides comfort and protection in soaking storms and steady drizzles. The nylon stretch outer is made using ECONYL recycled yarns built from sources including discarded fishing nets. Paired with Patagonia renowned and durable 3-layer H2No membrane construction to ensure the highest level of comfort, performance and long-term waterproof durability. A tricot backer and a microfleeced lined neck offers next to skin comfort for those warm summer downpours.

An adjustable hood with laminated visor can easily roll up and stow with a simplified cord-and-hook design and pit zips offer ventilation without comprising on protection. Two hand warmer pockets are finished off with water resistant zips and this jacket even stows into the left-hand pocket for easy storage and transportation. Hook and loop cuffs and a drawcord hem help to seal out the weather.



Now back to the sunny weather which we all came here for. Wearing shorts is simply one of the best ways of keeping cool on hot walks, fact.

The Mountain Equipment Women’s Approach Short

Ideal for long climbs in warm climates, these shorts are made from a lightweight, tough and durable Ascender fabric so they wont let you down. The microfleece lined waistband has an integrated belt for the perfect fit and the active fit with gusseted crotch provides freedom of movement.

Two front pockets are made with mesh inserts that double up as ventilation and a zipped rear pocket helps to keep you organised. Leg tab adjustable provides an adjustable height.


The Arc’terx Men’s Lefroy Short

Designed for hiking and trekking in warm weather, the Lefroy short is made from Aequora AirPerm, an engineered synthetic fibre that offers enhanced properties and performance. Lightweight and comfortable next the skin, this material also allows air to flow for evaporative cooling.

The fabric’s nylon content delivers strength and quick drying capabilities, and the elastane fibres add performance stretch. The Lefroy focus is on hiking and trekking, but the clean, simple design results in a relaxed aesthetic suitable for travel and casual wear.

The trim fit is streamlined, but not constrictive, and articulated patterning and a gusseted crotch combine with the fabric’s four-way stretch to deliver exceptional freedom of movement. Pockets are positioned for accessibility and functionality, the waistband is specifically designed to ride comfortably under a pack, and an integrated webbing belt secures the fit.



For those who do not get on with shorts and want more protection from natures little beasties such as ticks who seem to thrive in the beautiful Summer months, trousers are always a safe bet.

The KUHL Women’s Splash Roll-up Pant

The Splash Roll-Up Pant is made from Uberkuhl stretch fabric, a performance cotton blend designed to dry faster than cotton and provide stretch for comfort and freedom of movement.

These relaxed fit with integrated Kuhlkurve fit and stretch roll up and secure with a snap for those paddles in the sea or for when the weather warms up. The FreeRyde waistband follows the natural contours of your hips to provide a form fit and two hand pockets, snap closure back pockets and a thigh pocket helps to keep you organised.


The North Face Men’s Exploration Convertible Pant

These lightweight convertible trousers will help you move through the mountains with ease. Made from a lightweight nylon stretch fabric to minimise restriction, a durable water-repellent finish and ultraviolet protection they are perfect for mild to wet weather.

When the sun comes out or when it gets too warm, zip them off at the thigh for a pair of robust shorts. The side pocket on the right legs converts into a storage compartment to keep both trouser legs together for ease when the weather turns cooler, or so one leg doesn't go missing.

To help keep belongings safe, these Exploration trousers feature two side, two hand and a rear secure zip pocket and a centre front snap and fly closure, belt loops crotch gusset helps improve mobility and comfort. Perfect for changing conditions and all year around adventures.


Essential Extras

If your heading out for a long walk on a sunny day, do not forget these essentials. Sun cream, bug spray and a nice big water bottle!

Lifesystems Mountain SPF50+ Combi Stick

The Mountain SPF 50+ sun cream stick is an easy-to-use, sweat resistant, 2-in-1 sun cream and lip salve, ideal for use at high altitude. The cream contains highly effective broad spectrum UV filters that protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

Apply liberally over dry skin 30 minutes before sun exposure. One application lasts for up to 6 hours. Reapply every 2 hours at high altitude, areas of increased humidity, after swimming or using a towel.


Lifesystems Expedition Sensitive DEET Free Insect Repellent Spray

This DEET free insect repellent contains the active ingredient Saltidin that offers medium-high level protection against biting insects for up to 8 hours. It is more suited for sensitive skin than DEET based repellents and is also suitable for use on children over 2 years of age. Comes in a durable aluminium bottle with pump-spray top and the repellent will last 24 months from when it is first opened.


The Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth Bottle

This iconic water bottle holds up against bangs, bumps and drops while not leaking a single drop. Marks on the side of the bottle help you to keep track of fluid intake and the wide opening easily accommodates ice cubes and provides easy cleaning.


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