You know the drill: Friday afternoon hits and you’re already clock-watching on the countdown to swapping brogues for hiking boots, ready for a weekend exploring the great outdoors. And if your weekdays are spent earning that adventure, your best bet is investing in kit that can thrive in both the outdoors and the city; gear that’s as suited to queuing in Starbucks as summiting Helvellyn. And if that kit is made by an independent brand as obsessed with getting stuck in outdoors as you are, well...then you’ve just about nailed it.
Crafted from premium anodized aluminium, this carabiner keyring is the perfect go-between from work and play. It’s designed to organise your everyday carry, using a dual compartment construction to ensure that your keys are secure when you open the top to clip it to your bag, belt or bag strap. Even better, it has a bottle opener attachment ready to pop open a cold one when you clock off on Friday afternoon.
Designed in Melbourne’s trendy Fitzroy district and crafted from premium quality, environmentally-certified leather, this bifold wallet features an innovative, considered design that’s perfect for commuting and travel. It uses three easy-access card slots for your most used cards, with the rest tucked away discreetly and accessed with a handy pull tab. With a hidden coin pouch within the flat notes section and RFID technology to protect your cards from skimming devices, the Note Sleeve is ideal for mid-week coffee runs and weekend breaks.
Whether you’re cycling to the office or hiking up Snowdon, this waterproof, breathable jacket is perfect for staying dry while on the move. It’s been designed in Scotland and deliberately tested in the most foul weather the far north could muster, so you can be sure the waterproof guarantee is no gimmick. What’s more, this unisex jacket features reflective details for safety on the bike that can be tucked away when you’re wandering around town. Its classic, minimalist aesthetic is just as suited to urban strolls as it is to pedalling through central London.
Handmade in Yorkshire, this waterproof backpack has been purpose built for cycle-commuters, with a padded laptop sleeve, internal organisation mesh pockets and a completely weathertight construction. Restrap’s workshop is staffed by experienced cyclists who know exactly what it takes to create a high-quality rucksack for use on two wheels - the Sub Backpack is the result of their efforts. Built from heavy-duty materials and featuring external crossover straps for attaching a helmet, it’s just as ready for your weekend adventures, too.
Cycling or walking to work is something that everyone should endeavour to do, where possible - this issue is that you’re left feeling hot and sweaty before settling down at your desk. This henley top from Norwegian brand Northern Playground is the answer. Smart enough for creative offices, its relaxed fit is comfortable both on the move and sitting down, while the fusion of organic wool and silk that it’s built from has anti-odour properties to keep you feeling fresher for longer.
A hot brew solves most issues, whether you’re having a ‘professional disagreement’ at work or celebrating reaching a summit in the Lakes. Built by insulation wizards Hydro Flask, this coffee flask will keep your brew piping hot for up to six hours and your iced coffee cold for up to 24 hours - what's more, it's built from durable 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel. That solid construction is backed up by a lifetime guarantee from Hydro Flask, so you can take extra credit for avoiding single-use coffee cups on the way to work. What’s more, this flask utilises their signature powder coat for extra grip and a comfortable feel.
This everyday belt is constructed with hydrophobic webbing woven into a four-way stretch pattern to allow for maximum flexibility and movement while still providing superior strength and support. That same weave also gives unrivalled comfort, and its metal-free buckle lets you stroll through airport security unhindered en route to your next adventure. With a casual style that’s just as suited to navigating office politics, the Vapor from Arcade Belts is your new go-to belt.
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