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What we’re wearing part 3–Summer Trekking

Words by Taunton Leisure

on 22/07/2020 14:24:16

Part 3 (002)

What we’re wearing part 3 – Summer Trekking

In part 3 of our clothing series, we’re heading out for days away in nature. Stu from the Exeter store gives some of his favourite products made specially for trekking across the wilds of Great Britain and beyond this Summer.


Summer Trekking

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Stu strikes a pose by a trig point while hiking the Skye Trail.

The UK has some incredible long distance trails to head out onto this Summer for the ultimate socially distanced method of seeing some of the nation’s most beautiful areas. Trekking is packing all you need and heading out on to these long distance routes which lead over hills, along coast paths, across valleys and up mountains. To get the most of it, you’re going to have to sweat and cope with some potentially torrential weather, even in Summer. But, is there truly a better way to take in the beauty of the natural world and let it feel big once more? Whether you are wild camping, staying in bothies, campsites or even B&Bs, you’ll to think about what you’re wearing.

For such an activity, you’ll need lightweight clothing which is tough, breathable and will protect you from the sun’s glare. If you’re new to trekking, it can be a challenge to find the correct clothing and equipment that not only fills the criteria but also works for you. Luckily, that’s what we’re here for! We love trekking and we love outdoor gear and are here to help. Stu, from the Exeter Store has been long distance trekking all across Great Britain , Sweden and New Zealand and is here to give his very top picks on trekking gear that is certainly worth your eye!

Remember…

The great outdoors truly does not belong to us and it is vital that while enjoying these marvellous landscapes that we also take care of it so that it can thrive and be enjoyed by everybody, forever! That said it is also vital that you look after yourself, get to know your way around a map and compass or GPS device if heading out into the unknown, take breaks, keep within your level of fitness, drink plenty of water and bring plenty of snacks to keep yourself fuelled up.

Here are some good to know rules for everybody when spending a few days out in the hills:

-  Leave no trace, leave nothing at all except for footprints. Always clear up any mess you’ve made during lunch or breaks.

- Take nothing, not even that funny shaped rock that looks a bit like your grandad. The only thing you’re allowed to take with you is everything you’ve brought with you and plenty of photographs.

- Blend in and don’t be an eyesore, let others who have come to take in nature enjoy it just as much as you want to. No amplified music and keep your personal volume down unless in case of an emergency.

- Make sure you’re allowed to be there, many of these landscapes are used by the landowners such as farmers, or the military who often practice live shooting exercises in places cut off from people. It is important to know where you are welcome to walk and not.

- Respect livestock, of course bring your dog, they love it up on the hills, but make sure that they are on the lead and under control around any close sight of livestock.

- Know your emergency numbers, mountain rescue can be contacted in an emergency via 999. Others in more remote areas have their own numbers however and you should always know them before heading out.

- Finally, do everything you can to avoid getting into a situation where you should call them, they’re stretched enough as it is and a little common sense goes a very long way.

Now let’s talk clothing! From the head down, here are some of our very favourite ideas to complete your perfect Summer trekking ensemble. Take it away Stu!


Part 3 Hats

The Arc’teryx Trucker Hat and The North Face Horizon Breeze Brimmer Hat

The Arcteryx Trucker Cap is an excellent lightweight cap; classic looking with high tech materials. Keeps the sun out of your face and your head cool as it's made from breathable, fast drying fabric. 

The TNF Horizon Breeze Brimmer hat is a lightweight breathable brimmed trekking hat, which packs down tiny and offers UPF 50 protection.

Shop Arc’teryx Trucker Hat HERE

Shop TNF Horizon Breeze Brimmer Hat HERE

Part 3 tops

The Rab Men’s Force SS Tee and the Patagonia Women’s Capilene Cool Trail Tee

Rab Men’s Force SS tee: it is important to wear a good quality wicking base layer. This one from Rab is very popular, it wicks away sweat quickly, is fast drying and is treated with polygiene, a an eco friendly anti odour material, so that it won't stink too much. Because it dries so fast you would be able to wash it while walking.

Capilene  Cool trail SS T; This Patagonia tee shirt is made of Capilene which is a synthetic fabric that wicks moisture really well and drys quickly. Unlike other synthetic fabrics this feels almost like cotton, and it looks like a casual T-shirt while maintaining its technical properties and it is treated with a Swiss technology called HEIQ which helps to stop it smelling.

Shop Rab Men’s Force Tee HERE

Shop Patagonia Women’s Capilene Cool Trail HERE

Part 3 Mids

The Patagonia Men’s R1 Techface Fleece and the Rab Women’s Cirrus Flex Jacket

Patagonia R1 Tech fleece: This is a great item for warm weather trekking where you might want something warmer in the evenings, up high or when the wind picks up. It has a hard face which means that it keeps some of the wind out but remains air permeable making it very breathable, it's also lightweight and has a smaller pack size than most fleeces.

Rab Cirrus Flex insulated jacket: A great synthetic fill jacket from the masters of insulation. This product would be excellent for those chilly summer nights without being too much to carry. It has stretch fleece side panels which make it more breathable so if you get caught on a cold summit this would work as an active walking piece over a base layer.

Shop Patagonia Men’s R1 Techface fleece HERE

Shop Rab Women’s Cirrus Flex Jacket HERE

Part 3 macs

The Rab Men’s Meridian Jacket an the Patagonia Women’ TorrentShell 3L Jacket

Rab Meridian Jacket: I really like this gore paclite plus jacket and have previously reviewed it. I have been using it a lot during the summer when we have had rain, it’s backs up really small and does not weigh very much, but it’s really tough and I know I can rely on it even in the worst weather which cannot be said for all lightweight shell jackets.

Patagonia Torrent Shell: One of my favourite Hardshells we have this summer, a full 3 layer waterproof at a really good price. It has everything you could want in a summer rain shell, a great hood, waterproof pockets, pit zips for ventilation and is made from Patagonias breathable H2No fabric.

Shop Rab Men’s Meridian Jacket HERE

Shop Patagonia Women’s TorrentShell 3L Jacket HERE

Part 3 Shorts

The Arc’teryx Men’s Lefroy Shorts and the Mountain Equipment Women’s Approach Short

Arc'teryx Lefroy Shorts: These shorts (also available as a full length trouser) are perfect for summer trekking, they offer lightweight breathable protection and have a brilliant cut. Good fitting shorts or trousers are important to avoid chafing. These are made from nylon and elastane making them both durable and stretchy. If you're going off the beaten track I would recommend trousers as these will be better at preventing ticks and other biting insects.

M.E Approach Shorts: These shorts (also available as a full length trouser) are a great lightweight option, they have a great active fit, are nice and airy and are packed with features. They will dry really quickly if they do get wet. And the Shorts pack down small if you did want to carry both.

Shop Arc’teryx Men’s Lefroy Shorts HERE

Shop Mountain Equipment Women’s Approach HERE

Part 3 socks

The Bridgedale Men’s Hike Lightweight Crew Sock and the Smartwool Women’s PHD Outdoor Light Crew Sock

Bridgedale Hike Lightweight Sock: An excellent warmer weather trekking sock, has a great combination of wool and synthetic fibres so that it wicks sweat away from your feet to keep them dry. You are going to get hot and sweaty feet when wearing trekking boots on a hot summer day, so a sock which can deal with your sweat is really important, the synthetic fibres work to wick the sweat away and the wool holds onto the moisture away from your feet. In hot weather I would recommend changing your socks halfway through your day.

Smartwool PHD light crew: Good socks are really important when trekking at any time and especially in the summer when your feet get particularly hot and sweaty. You want something that will wick away moisture quickly and keep your feet as dry as possible without overheating them. This Smartwool sock is a great option, it has a high wool content which deals very well with moisture and enough synthetic fibre to give the sock some durability.

Shop Bridgedale Men’s Hike Lightweight HERE

Shop Smartwool PHD Outdoor Light HERE

Boots Part 3

The Meindl Men’s Bhutan Gtx and the Scarpa Women’s Trek Gtx

Meindl Bhutan: Boots is always a tough thing to recommend as everyone's feet are very different, for UK walking at anytime of year it is tough not to recommend a full leather boot, they may be slightly heavier and less breathable that fabric alternatives, but personally I have not noticed much difference in use between equivalent models. A leather boot will offer you better protection and a much longer life. The Bhutan is a classic trekking boot from Meindl, designed with multi day trekking with a large pack in mind.

Scarpa W Trek GTX: This is a classic 3 season trekking boot from Scarpa is really what you want when you are long distance walking, it offers you plenty of support and protection when you are carrying a heavy pack over rough ground. I think a leather boot is really the best option even for most summer trekking due to its robustness and long life. Only if you are in really hot conditions would I say go for a fabric boot, and without a waterproof lining.

Shop Meindl Bhutan Gtx HERE

Shop Scarpa Trek Gtx HERE


If you’d like any more info on these items, the best place to head is to one of our fantastic stores in Taunton, Bristol and Exeter where experienced staff can help you with any of our product range.


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These products were hand picked and written about by Stu, assistant manager of the Exeter shop. As well as several treks through England and Scotland, Stu has also been backpacking in New Zealand and twice taken part in the Hilleberg Outdoor academy in Sweden. He is often out trekking & wild camping with his German Short-haired Pointer, Hunter by his side.

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