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What we’re wearing on our hot summer walks

Words by Taunton Leisure

on 10/06/2021 14:08:31

What we’re wearing on hot summer walks

Take a look at some of our top picks from our vast assortment of terrific  summer clothing and gear.

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. Woodland paths are lined with stunning flowers and hedgerows beneath the shade of bright green, vibrant trees where you’ll be taking shelter to give yourself a break from the intense sunshine. When walking in hot weather, it is important to protect yourself from the suns hot UV glow and of course bring plenty of water, you never want to be 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 for 2021 that we would recommend to anyone going out on long walks in nature. This is what we’re wearing on our long escapes into the outdoors.

On our heads: Tilley Hikers Hat

Often overlooked, a decent hat to keep the hot sun off your head all day can make such a big difference. The Tilley sun-protective Hiker's Hat is designed with an evaporative cooling insert, powered by HyperKewl, to help relieve heat stress during treks. A rear brim loop provides a place to securely clip your Hat in place when not in use.

The broad brim provides abundance of shade and the UPF 50 provides sun protection. Features include 3/4" mesh insert around the top provides extra ventilation, front and back wind cords system secures the hat in gusty conditions and water-repellent finish keeps off the rain. Available in a range of sizes to fit your head, this hat is made with everybody in mind.

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Around our necks: Buff CoolNet UV+ with Insect Shield

It’s certainly true that a scarf is not what comes to mind on sunny days outdoors, but there certainly are some real benefits with the correct one. This multi-functional tubular is perfect for outdoor activities during sunny days. The four way ultra stretch offers complete movement and the seamless design offers complete comfort. This buff also offers a cooling effect by vaporising moisture and removing body heat so you stay cool, dry and comfortable and Polygiene stay fresh technology which prevents the growth of odour-causing bacteria at the source and offers high level of odour control.

The high UV protection protects you from harmful UV rays and the light, revolutionary Insect Shield technology keeps insects away and the breathable recycled polyester fabric makes it perfect for running, cycling, walking and climbing.

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On top: The Montane Dart T-shirt
It is certainly worth using a proper technical T-shirt made for outdoor use, you want something quick drying, highly breathable and moisture wicking keeping you as comfortable as possible over long days out. The Dart T-Shirt is a classic all-season, all-mountain tech t-shirt. The Apex D-Fuse fabric has a dual layer construction, with an exceptionally soft and wicking pique knit next to the skin and a smooth, marl effect face. With an added POLYGIENE® odour resistant finish, the Dart series offers the perfect balance of warmth and breathability. Available in both men's and women's versions, this is already proving to be one of our most popular tees.

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To keep you warm (just in case): The ME Lumiko Hooded Jacket

Even on a hot summer’s day, the weather can be unpredictable. It’s always wise to have a couple of essentials hidden away in your pack just in case. When the sun sets behind a hill in the evening or if the winds rushes by out of nowhere, you’d be sensible bring yourself a nice lightweight fleece. The Mountain Equipment Lumiko Hooded Jacket is a light and fast drying stretch fleece jacket for climbing, hiking and mountaineering. The bluesign approved, performance Lumiko stretch fleece and slimline Active fit makes this jacket an ideal lightweight fleece layer for anything from climbing, to big days in the Alps. Cover stitched seams throughout provide next to skin comfort and the grown-on hood adds extra warmth. A single chest pocket keeps essentials secure. The Lumiko Hooded Jacket is available for both men and women.

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To keep you dry (just in case): The Montane Pac Plus Jacket

As mentioned above, you never know when bad weather may just pop on by to say hi. The rain is almost as frequent in the Uk as how often we talk about it and it is always best to be prepared, just in case. The Montane Pac Plus Jacket is designed for mountain walking and long-distance trekking alike. The GORE-TEX PACLITE PLUS technology ensures you stay dry and the comfortable dry-touch backer enables quick transfer of vapour through to the outside of the fabric. The fully adjustable hood is paired with a stiffened peak to help keep out the rain. When not in use, the hood can be rolled away to reveal a mid-heigh collar to keep out the wind. A full-length YKK AQUAGUARD front zip is backed by a internal storm flap and the two-way design allows you to belay and climb without compromising on protection. Two mesh-lined YKK AQUAGUARD zippered hand pockets are large enough to accommodate a map. Shaped cuffs with adjustable hook and loop tabs and the adjustable hem with cinchable drawcord help to seal out the weather and when not in use, this jacket packs down into its own pocket. Available in both men’s and women’s versions, this is certainly a lightweight waterproof worth keeping in your rucksack in case of soggy emergencies.

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On your legs: The North Face Horizon Shorts

There is nothing that keeps your legs comfortable on hot days like a good pair of walking shorts. These breathable, lightweight and quick drying shorts are perfect for warm weather hikes. Constructed from rip-stop nylon with a crotch gusset, these shorts provide maximum mobility. A durable water repellent coating and UPF 50 finish means you will be covered in the rain or sunshine. Roll up tabs provides versatility and two front and back pockets help to keep you organised. Available for both men and women, these shorts will keep you comfortable all day long.

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On your feet: The Keen Men’s Newport H2 or Women’s Venice sandals

Love them or hate them, there is truly no better way to keep your feet cool on walks then by wearing a decent pair of walking sandals. The Keen Men's Newport is a hybrid shoe/sandal that's perfect for warm weather use.With washable polyester webbing uppers and razor siped lugged soles which provide grip in the wet. The Newport is sure to appeal to those who want the support of a shoe with the openness of a sandal.

The Keen Women’s Venice is a hybrid shoe that combines the support offered by a shoe with the openness of a sandal. Similar to the Newport shoe, the Venice provides exceptional traction on mixed terrain, but adds an open strapping system to pair outstanding ventilation with a streamlined outsole for a lighter ride.
Features include V-strap forefoot capture design which holds the foot securely, an EVA footbed to help cushion, and a patented toe bumper to add protection.

Shop for the KEEN Men’s Newport H2 Sandals HERE
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