1 Paddle for it!
Adventure Plus Canoe, Sevylor, £399. Capable of carrying a crew of three (two adults plus child), this multi-chamber, highly manoeuvrable, inflatable 3/2/1-seater canoe (chairs detach) is the ultimate adventure ark for summer paddling missions. Boasts a removable fin, integrated spray decks and high sides. Made from tough materials, it weighs 15kg and packs into a carry bag that's much easier to store than a full-size canoe.
2 Beat the elements
Eidfjord Jacket, for men (pictured) or women, Bergans of Norway, £290. Lightweight (535g) but hard-hitting, this stylish Scandinavian coat combines cutting-edge fabric evolution with intelligent design. The outer layer is made with planet-friendly, plant-based 'Ecodear', which is waterproof, windproof and breathable. Pit-zip vents make it excellent for summer adventures into the unknown, while other features – helmet-compatible hood, well-placed pockets – add versatility.
3 Sleep easy…
EvoLite sleeping matt, Therm-a-rest, £120. This comfortable, ultra-light (330g) self-inflating sleeping matt gives you a good night's sleep on the trail.
4 …Or sit comfortably
With the simple addition of the folding and lightweight (220g) Compack chair frame (Therm-a-rest, £40), the Evo-Lite sleeping matt magically becomes an al-fresco seat, too.
5 Take to the trail
603 Mountain Bike, Whyte Bikes, £525. A beautiful trail-hopping steed for two-wheeled wilderness escapades, with internal cabling, 100mm of front suspension for the rough stuff (plus lockout capability for flatter and firmer terrain) and 27.5" wheels for maximum manoeuvrability. The core drivechain components are Shimano, and the aluminium frame means the whole ensemble weighs 13.6kg.
6 Adapt to conditions
Men’s Explorer Trousers, Berghaus, £70. Convertible walking strides that look and feel great as longs or shorts, these trousers have five pockets, including a very handy map-sized thigh pouch. The nylon fabric construction is flexible and durable, for when you're clambering over rocks, and fast-drying in case you're caught in summer showers.
7 Stay warm at night
Lamina Z Spark Sleeping Bag, Mountain Hardwear, £130. The embrace of this synthetic-fill summer sleeping bag is way warmer than its 1kg profile suggests. Capable of keeping most people comfortable in 1°C, and packing down to a compact-sized stuff-pack size of 15cm x 30cm, it's a mummy-shaped slumber sack with a nifty neck-level zip pocket for stashing a headtorch.
8 Protect your gear
Black Canyon Dry Bag, Seal Line, £17 to £50. A light, tough, super-safe deposit sack capable of keeping valuables and electrics dry on the wettest and wildest missions. A good drybag is always an excellent addition to a kit list, and this 300D, PVC-free option (available in 5L to 55L sizes) is one of the most durable available.
9 Trek in comfort
Carbon C3 Compact Poles, Komperdell, £109. Fully adjustable and armed with a rock-solid locking system, these 3-section telescopic, Austria-made walking poles extend to 120cm at full stretch, but can easily be shared because of their versatility and the ease of adjustment. They're lightweight (190g per pole), and come with ergonomic grips and tungsten/carbide tips.
10 Take to the sea
Lotic Wetsuit, for men or women, Alpkit, £135. Designed in collaboration with athlete Dean Jackson and the Outdoor Swimming Society, this excellent open-water swimming wetsuit – also perfect for coasteering adventures – features various thicknesses of neoprene to provide the best balance between manoeuvrability, comfort and warmth. Red flourishes on the suit’s extremities improve visibility.
11 Heat when you need it
Torres Gilet, for men (pictured) or women, Páramo, £95. Lightweight, versatile garment that keeps your all-important torso toasty while leaving arms free – perfect when paired with a base layer and ideal for all sorts of summer activities. A Nikwax windproof outer eradicates windchill and water-resistant synthetic fill provides great insulation. It features three zipped pockets and integrated mesh breast-pocket-cum-stuff-sack.
12 Layer up
Quantum Hoodie, for men or women, Icebreaker, £160. Midweight, long-sleeved hoodie providing sensational warmth for outdoor adventures during long summer evenings, when the sun has dipped but the wild still calls. Wear it hiking, biking or running – mesh side-panels provide breathability, the merino wool is astonishingly odour-resistant, and thumb eyelets prevent sleeve ride. Super comfortable – looks ace in any setting.
13 Take shelter
All-weather shelter, Snugpak, £54.95. Travel light and build your own bivvy wherever your adventures take you, with this 3m x 3m tough tarp. Comes complete with four adjustable guy ropes, eight ultra-lightweight alloy pegs, plastic snaps and reinforced eyelets and webbing, which can be quickly combined in various configurations to construct a pop-up summer shelter.
14 Stay cool
Expedition Stretch Shirt, Royal Robbins, £60; also available for women. Providing UPF50+ sun protection, this lightweight, quick-drying, mesh-lined and superbly ventilated collared shirt is the perfect summer walking garment. Funky features include a document pouch, secure zipped breast pocket, innovative back vents and roll-up sleeve tabs. And it's crease-resistant, so looks good even after a day on the trails.
15 Pocket your micro light
Waterproof Adventure Light, Finisterre, £95. Designed by UK marine specialists Exposure Lights and made in Sussex, this tough little beast is born to deal with British conditions. It’s waterproof to 100 metres, can be handheld, hung as a lantern (with a light-dispersing attachment) or used as a headtorch. Comes with rechargeable batteries and spares.
16 Sleep in the trees
Travel Hammock, Exped, £30. A brilliant addition to your summer kit, this ultra-light (480g, including ropes), super strong, sling-style bed can be simply strung up between trees or fixtures pretty much anywhere, to provide a comfy nest to swing and slumber in. Doubles as a sunshade.
17 Find your way
GPSMAP 64s handheld GPS device, Garmin, £279.99. Summer brings longer days and bigger adventures. As you roam further from home, this handheld GPS with a large screen allows you to record escapades, mark waypoints, plot new missions and explore geocaching challenges. Comes preloaded with TOPO UK & Ireland maps and has wireless connectivity.
18 Take a campsite luxury
Glacier Stainless 1-Cup Mini Espresso, and Double-walled Espresso Cup, GSI, £43 and £8. Early risers enjoy the best summer adventures, when the light is right and wildlife is just awakening. Put a spring in your step with a quality coffee, courtesy of this classy 1-shot espresso maker, which delivers the perfect brew in seconds.
19 Keep an eye out
LB Series Compact Binoculars, Luger, £47.95. A superb pair of long-range peepers for allsorts of outdoorsy types, from twitchers to trekkers who like to truly survey their surrounds. Compact, with a sturdy, waterproof body and easy-to-operate central focussing wheel, they offer 10x magnification and weigh in at just 250g.
20 Wear on the waves
Cabo sunglasses, Barz, £90. Fitted with polarised lenses offering excellent protection from harmful UV rays, these high-quality Australian-made lightweight polycarbonate sunglasses float like corks, making them ideal for aquatic adventures in the sun, including canoeing. The face-hugging design means they’re also good goggles for biking and hiking.
21 Look after your feet!
Kimtah Boots for men or women, Teva, £120. Smart-looking, mid-height leather boots that provide comfort, stability, traction and ankle support, with eVent-technology waterproofing allowing your feet to breath easy. Ideal for technical trails no matter what cards the British summer deals, but equally at home at the bar of a country pub.
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