You don’t actually need to climb mountains to appreciate this rather lovely men’s jacket, from Cotswold Outdoors. Good outdoor kit makes all the difference even if your idea of extreme sports is a day pootling along a quiet river bank. Cold and wet, you’re no fun to be with. Wearing this, you’re good to go whatever the weather.
It’s not often you see mainstream clothes that come with eco credentials, but the Glade Jacket from Hagloffs is made from recycled polyester. Yes, recycled. I’m going to see if I can find out any more from Cotswold Outdoor about where the recycled polyester comes from, as I think it’d be fun knowing these jackets were once a pair of old school trousers, or someone’s 1980′s curtains.
The double-layer construction of the jacket means you’ll keep warm and dry at all times, and the unceremoniously named ‘pit vents’ keep you from getting all sweaty and uncomfortable. Plenty of pockets mean there’s no excuse to try to get someone else to carry the map, compass, Tunnocks biscuits or whatever. Adjustable cuffs and an adjustable hood ensure you stay nice and dry, with no raindrops finding their way down your neck or up your arms.
It’s not all about practicality though, is it. Outdoor gear has to look the part too, and this jacket certainly steps up to the mark on that score. It’s got good lines and isn’t bulky at all, and the colour is spot on – a cool, watery blue that’s a million miles from some of the more ordinary outdoor wear available.