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What we’re wearing in the mountains this summer

Words by Taunton Leisure

on 25/06/2021 14:15:18

What we’re wearing in the mountains this summer

Take a look as we handpick items from our huge assortment of outdoor gear to carry us up the UK’s peaks.

With clear days ahead, it is with huge anticipation that we plan long day hikes into the high hills. There is nothing quite like reaching a peak and looking out at the wondrous landscape beneath you. Summer of course brings its challenges, it can be a wondrously warm day at the bottom of your climb while at the top, there could well be strong winds, cold temperatures and even patches of snow. The above photo was taken recently of Ollie from our Taunton store just about to reach the top of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak and as you can see despite the sunny weather, snow and Ice can still be found.
Due to these conditions, we’re choosing some of our most technical and most adaptable gear. The kind perfect for mountainous terrain with the adaptability to transition you from luscious sunny temperatures to potentially some of our most rough. Weather can change quickly in the mountains and it is always worth being prepared. We’ll be choosing some of our favourite pieces beginning with…

Something for your head: The Patagonia P-6 Logo Trucker Hat

Keeping the sun off and your head properly ventilated is absolutely key up high, a visor is also ideal for keeping the sun out of your eyes on bright days. The P-6 Logo Trucker Hat gives a contemporary nod to Patagonia’s roots, with a classic logo design featured on a mid-crown, trucker-style hat. The hat’s front, bill and headband are made from 100% organic cotton canvas and a polyester mesh in the back keeps you cool. The structured six-panel design and pliable, pre-curved brim provide comfort and adjustable snaps in back customise the fit.

Available in 5 different colourways!

Shop for the P-6 Logo Trucker Hat HERE

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A good techy top: The Montane Dart LS Tee

Never underestimate the true utility of a decent long sleeve top. During hot weather you can roll up the arms allowing you to keep cooler, but you always have the option to roll them down when it gets chillier. The Montane Dart is a classic, all-season, all-mountain long sleeve t-shirt. The lightweight and breathable Apex D-Fuse material features a pique textured backer which sits comfortably against the skin. A POLYGIENE® permanent odour control keeps you feeling fresh day after day. The Dart balances warmth, wicking and breathability perfectly.
Features a relaxed fit, low profile flatlocked seams and UPF 20+ protection.

Shop Men’s HERE
Shop Women’s HERE

A decent pair of trousers: The North Face Exploration Convertible Trousers

Built to be versatile, these classic The North Face Exploration Convertible Pants are ideal for adventures on and off the trail. Wear them long in mild or wet weather for protection against splashes and wind. When the sun comes out, zip them off at the thigh and enjoy a robust pair of shorts.

The lightweight fabric helps you move through the mountains with ease, while a durable water-repellent finish ensures the adventure can continue when rain starts to fall. Ultraviolet protection factor 50 safeguards your skin under direct sunlight.

Shop Men’s HERE
Shop Women’s HERE

A superb softshell: The Mountain Equipment Frontier Hooded Jacket

Designed for technical use in the mountains, the full stretch Frontier Hooded Jacket is made from durable, EXOLITE 210 stretch double weave Soft Shell fabric that has a smooth outer face to provide abrasion resistance and a soft inner to provide all-day next-to-skin comfort.

The active fit is close-fitting and is designed to eradicate unwanted weight and bulk when fitted over lightweight layers. Its fully balanced shoulder block and pre-shaped sleeves provides unrestricted movement, perfect for those moving fast and light in the mountains. The fully adjustable mountain hood is helmet compatible and the front YKK moulded zip is two-way for use with a harness or to provide convenient access to pockets.

Two zipped hand pockets, a Napoleon check pocket and inner zipped security pocket keep all your essentials organised and the adjustable cuffs and dual tether hem drawcord offers a comfortable fit.

Shop Men’s HERE
Shop Women’s HERE

Just in case: The Rab Hispar GTX Waterproof Jacket

Designed for all round mountain use, the Rab Women's Hispar is made from GORE-TEX waterproof and breathable technology to ensure you stay dry, and comfortable all day long.
The regular fit makes it an ideal layering piece. The fully adjustable mountain hood features a wired and laminated peak for unrestricted vision, and the YKK AquaGuard VISLON front zip is backed by an internal storm guard to keep out the wind.
Two-way, YKK AquaGuard pit zips allow for full venting, without compromising on protection and the anti-snag hook and loop cuffs, and elasticated hem and waist drawcord - with one hand adjustment - help to keep the elements out. An internal zip secure pocket and two YKK AquaGuard zipped hand pockets with internal securing clip keeps your essentials close.
The Rab Hispar's style is based on the popular, all round Rab Kangri, but features a different colourway and 40gsm heavier fabric. The Rab Hispar is a limited edition run, and will not be restocked once sold out.

Shop Men’s HERE
Shop Women’s HERE

Somewhere to keep those layers: The Osprey Talon 33 and Tempest 30

Equipped with a 100% Bluesign approved, recycled Robic nylon outer and adjustable AirScape back panel, the new Osprey Tempest series represents the evolution of an icon.
The Talon 33 and women’s Tempest 30 are streamlined top-loading packs for light-and-fast overnights or committing day trips. Ideal for variety of activities such as bikepacking, hillwalking and long day treks. The injection moulded AirScape HDPE backpanel and continuous-wrap harness provides a comfortable carrying experience by moving with you. Unlike the Talon, the Tempest backsystem offers an impressive women's specific fit, with an ergonomically shaped hipbelt, harness, yoke and backpanel. Stow-on-the-Go trekking pole attachment points, stowable twin ice axe loops, front powermesh pocket, stretch side pockets and twin zippered hipbelt pockets enable you to attach and carry belongings on the outside of the pack. An external zippered scratch-free sunglasses and electronics pocket helps to keep essentials close to hand. The main compartment features an internal key attachment clip and the top access lid features its own zippered mesh pocket.
Stay hydrated on the go with the external hydration access and seen in low light with the LED light attachment point and reflective graphics. A top grab handle helps you to grab this pack on the go and side compression straps secure the load.
The recycled high-tenacity nylon features a PFC-Free DWR (durable water repellent) finish to help shed light rain and snow.

Shop for the Talon 33 HERE

Shop for the Tempest 30 HERE

On your feet: The Salomon Quest 4 GTX and the Women’s Quest Prime

Designed for long expeditions and tough conditions, the Salomon QUEST 4 is grippy and supportive. The new ADV-C 4D Chassis guides the foot, targeting sensitive articulations, even on the roughest terrain. Encasing your foot, this chassis also provides extra support around the heel and helps reduce muscle fatigue especially with a heavy backpack. No matter how tired you are or how heavy your pack, the QUEST 4 GTX ensures a stable yet smooth ride on any terrain.
The quality full-grain leather material is long wearing and durable while a GORE-TEX membrane keeps your feet dry -from the outside as well as from the inside. A protective mudguard and toecap protects the lateral and medial sides of the foot, as well as the toe area while the SensiFit™ cradles the foot from the midsole to the lacing system, providing a secure, snug, and virtually customized fit all around the foot.
Moulded to match the contours of your foot, a OrthoLite® insole provides superior cushioning, as well as breathability and durability, to upgrade the comfort and performance.

The super light Salomon Women's Quest Prime GTX Boots are designed to provide optimum cushioning and protection, allowing you to go faster and farther in total comfort.
Split-suede leather upper allows for longer wear and durability and the GORE-TEX membrane keeps your feet dry - from the outside as well as from the inside.
Moulded to match the contours of your foot, a OrthoLite insole provides superior cushioning, as well as breathability and durability. SensiFit™ cradles the foot from the midsole to the lacing system, providing a secure, snug, and virtually customized fit all around the foot. The Contagrip® MD is focused on long-term wear. Using the most durable compound, it has a lug pattern that works equally well on both hard and smooth or soft and loose surfaces. Placed between the outsole and midsole, a lightweight, advanced chassis helps optimize motion control, energy management and protection for an efficient, stable yet responsive ride.

Shop for the Salomon Quest 4 GTX HERE
Shop for the Salomon Quest Prime HERE

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