Nominated by outdoors writer Dixe Wills

16th January 2017
Outdoor brand

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1) Páramo

Eco-friendly, hard-wearing and pretty darn cool, Páramo products tick a lot of boxes. Waterproofing comes courtesy of the excellent Nikwax, and 80% of Páramo’s products are manufactured by a charity that employs ‘at risk’ women from the streets of Bogotá. paramo-clothing.com

2) Patagonia

With a reputation for making high quality long-lasting clothing, Patagonia makes everything from climbing clobber to swimsuits. It’s a US-based ‘benefit corporation’, which means it is legally obliged to strive for a positive impact on the environment, workers and society.

3) Sprayway

Particularly known for their brilliant range of hi-tech jackets, British company Sprayway also produces top quality ethically sourced sleeping bags and tents, while its recycled-plastic fleeces feel so good you could almost forget how awful 2016 has been. sprayway.com

4) Vegetarian Shoes

Founded in 1990 by Robin Webb as a one-man operation in Brighton, East Sussex, Vegetarian Shoes are now the makers
(in nice worker-friendly factories in Britain and Europe) of some of the most comfortable, ‘breathable’, and vegan-friendly walking boots known to humankind. vegetarian-shoes.co.uk

5) Vaude

A byword for high quality, technically advanced gear, Germany’s Vaude make a massive range of products including walking boots, backpacks and their wonderful tailored fleeces. However, they’re probably best known for designing some of the niftiest lightweight tents on the planet. vaude.com/en-NL/

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