The lockdown looks to have brought on a whole new meaning to the term ‘going out’ this valentine’s day. The days of popping down to a favourite Bao bolt are behind us, and instead, just getting outside is the ultimate luxury. In short, it is time to embrace the great outdoors this valentine’s (As long as you do it within 5 miles of your house).
So, with this limited adventurer spirit in mind, we have picked out our favourite pieces to get you feeling particularly practical. It even falls on a Sunday this year, which is prime rambling time.
For the feet
The first excuse not to go outdoors is that it is raining, and lets be honest, it inevitably will be. Well, your excuse no longer washes, as the Asics Gel-Cumulus 22 G-TX is a fully Gore-Tex trainer, that will keep those toes both dry and warm all day long. On top of that, it doesn’t make you look like a geography teacher, but instead, an on-trend outdoor enthusiast. Surely that can only be a good thing?
For the hands
The Hestra Utsjo glove is a timeless classic, and they have updated their Navy colourway for the season. Made up of a Scandinavian elk leather outer and a super warm primaloft inner, they can be used for pretty much anything.
For the pocket
The Bellroy Card Pocket is an absolute favourite here at Parasol Store. A small, zipped wallet that lets you carry your cards, cash, coins and keys effectively wherever your wanders take you. Let’s be honest, there are not many zipped wallets that you are prepared to take out at the bar (you will be there again), but this is definitely that fits the brief.
For the Warmth
A perfect piece for those who believe that warmth and sustainability should not be exclusive of each other. Made from 100% recycled Polartec (the gold standard in performance fleece) it is fair to say that the Cape Heights Pilot Popover Fleece is not just a pretty face.
For the return
Upon your return from the great adventure you have just conquered, it is inevitable that your appetite for wanderlust will have been wetted. Well in ‘Wanderlust: A Hikers Companion’, we have the perfect antidote to this newfound need for escapades. The book contains a well curated range array of legendary walking routes, vibrant maps, practical tips on what to do whilst out and about, and lastly some very inviting photography.
The Snow Peak Tramezzino Toasted Sandwich Cooker is for those of you who are just not prepared to accept they have had to go home. It will allow you to make serious toasted sandwiches, or even fried eggs on a forest fire, but don’t worry it works just fine on the grill at home for now as well.