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Recommend out door clothing kit

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I am sure that a lot of members of this forum like the out door life and I was wondering what your favourite brands of outdoor clothing are.
Over the years I have tried out many brands such as Berghaus, Regatta, Mountain Equipment, Buffalo, and The North Face to name a few.
However a few months ago I purchased a Paramo Aspira Smock, and a pair of Paramo Aspira Trousers. I have found these items to be the warmest most breathable and waterproof kit I have ever owned and I would certainly recommend them. The question is what items of out door clothing you would recommend.
 
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make sure your boots are good i reckomend going to an ex army mavy store dont buy these crap desighner hill walking boots with the velure and mesh outer surounds they may be gortex and water proof ,but you will be spending £180 on somthing that lasts six months and is un cleanable the first time it hits mud
 
get good leather boots and dub them with bees wax if its new leather take a walk up some stream with them on this will mould them into your feet
 
Personally i wouldn't reccomend any kind of ex military boot .Unless they have come on in leaps and bounds in the past 10 years , which i seriously doubt .
Nothing wrong with a reasonable priced pair of walking boots or magnums with a goretex inner sock .
 
Genuine British Armt cammo jacket and British Army combat trousers. If it's wet I have a British Army cammo goretex unlined oversuit. For real extreem weather I also have a set of sniper's mits and waterproof overmits. This set up has proven hard wearing and waterproof in all the the worst of the Highland weather can throw at it (literaly). It is also a fraction of the cost of 'named brands' in total the cost was less than £150.00!

Available from many of the on-line army surplus stores.

Keith Hart

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agree totally with mil surplus clothing but boots....go for an expensive pair that can be resoled, breaking them in can take some time, i've found standing in a bath of warm water for half an hour then going for a quick five mile walk while still wet works, but make sure you do it when the wife's out as she won't appreciate the little puddles all the way to the front door............keith
 
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How true...

I don't wear military boots btw. I wear good industrial boots, again cheaper and hard wearing. Remember that my kit is worn daily.

Keith Hart

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just up my hill...

Being an outdoor ed instructor in training.

I too use Paramo. I have an Alta II jacket and Cascada trousers, and i have 2 Explorer pull on's. I find this an unbeatable combination which offers unriveled comfort.

I would also reccomend the Mountain Equipment Cirrus jacket as it is amazingly warm. The ME Windstopper guide jacket, ME Sleepwalker 3 sleeping bag.

Karrimor KSB 300 GTX boots. nice and comfy. Gore tex gaiters also a must. Bridgedale are a very good brand of socks.

Vaude do some very good tents i have a Hogan and a Mark II.

Berghaus or Lowe Alpine rucksacks are very nice.

Seal skinz do good gloves.

Well that near enough covers my outdoor wardrobe, refined over many years and does a good job of keeping me dry and warm whilst on the hill avoiding all the ramblers clogging up the nations footpaths. ;)
 
Depends on the environment....

For proper wet and windy sailing, Musto. Yes its expensive, but its very good kit!
 
Mix of stuff

Karrimor KSB 300 boots.. Got a pair of insulated Crag Hoppers trousers (for about 15 quid - go outdoors sale), great for just standing around whilst waiting for scouts to turn up at a check point - normal t-shirt, jumper, fleece (have a couple, a Land Rover one - cheap through work, dont' know the makes but nothing special). Waterproof Karrimor and North Face, both cheap (abot 1/2 price) in sales years ago.
 
agree totally with mil surplus clothing but boots....go for an expensive pair that can be resoled, breaking them in can take some time, i've found standing in a bath of warm water for half an hour then going for a quick five mile walk while still wet works, but make sure you do it when the wife's out as she won't appreciate the little puddles all the way to the front door............keith


Good quality leather walking boots these days come with 'Comfort out of the box' and do not have to be broken in, I know because I have a bit of walking boot obsession!, as I do around three thousand miles of walking a year.
I walk my dogs at least ten miles a day usually along the Mersey Valley. At the weekend it's either Dark or white peaks, or somewhere in the lakes etc. Snowdon I try and do four times a year and have used every trial to get to the summit.
Munro's I have notched up 138. Consequently I have gone through quite a few pairs of boots

My favourites boots though are Brasher hill masters for low level approach, but it has to be Raichle Mt. Trail XT GTX boots these are made in Switzerland I think these are the best hill climbing boots in the world, they have certainly won most recommendations in the Trails and walking magazines and forums As I have a wide foot Scarpa's along with all the other posy European 'last' made boots are to narrower fit for me. Also do not use anything other than Nikwax to proof your boots other wise you will lose the breathability of the leather. Dubbin is mainly animal fat and will in time clog up the natural pores of leather
 
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For cold weather I wouldn't be without either a Snugpak jacket (as worn by Ewan MacGregor on LWR except I look far better in mine!) or a Buffalo thingy, sort of fleecy on the inside, Goretexy on the outside.
 
Personally i wouldn't reccomend any kind of ex military boot .Unless they have come on in leaps and bounds in the past 10 years , which i seriously doubt .
Nothing wrong with a reasonable priced pair of walking boots or magnums with a goretex inner sock .

I paid £150 for a pair of Meindle super cracks, Leather boots gortex lined take fully rigid crampons, used em for snowshoeing in the pyrenees, did the GR20 in Corsica (suppoedly toughest trail in europe) in Summer, rock/ice climbing in smowdonia and general hiking/mountain walking. I've had em 8 yrs and there till going strong. best boots i've ever owned.

Also sprayway waterproofs are good as are Montane fleece/pertex jackets. Paramo are probably the best though.

Lifa and northface for the most important items Thermal undies/base layer
 
For cold weather I wouldn't be without either a Snugpak jacket (as worn by Ewan MacGregor on LWR except I look far better in mine!) or a Buffalo thingy, sort of fleecy on the inside, Goretexy on the outside.


Yes I own 2 Montane pertex/fleece jackets one medium weight and one mountain jacket (ex snowdonia mountain rescue team)
 
Genuine British Armt cammo jacket and British Army combat trousers. If it's wet I have a British Army cammo goretex unlined oversuit. For real extreem weather I also have a set of sniper's mits and waterproof overmits. This set up has proven hard wearing and waterproof in all the the worst of the Highland weather can throw at it (literaly). It is also a fraction of the cost of 'named brands' in total the cost was less than £150.00!

Available from many of the on-line army surplus stores.

Keith Hart

He I am modling some of the kit.

Hope you keep a reflective tabard/ jkt or strobe light with you in case you have an accident. Spotting you comatose in the heather will be a pig of a job in that gear.
 
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