1 Travel light
Duro 6 running pack, Osprey, £70.
This compact pack is designed for trail running, but also pass for mountain biking and, at a pinch, minimal summer walking, for those who like to move over the hills at a lick. It’s basically a waistcoat that clings tight for a no-bounce load. Inside there’s space for a litre of liquid in twin flasks (supplied), plus space for some basic gear – a map, compact waterproof jacket, perhaps a light insulating layer, and something to eat. Lots of useful little pockets on the front provide a home for your phone, suntan lotion, sunglasses and nourishing snacks or energy gels.
The overall appearance is pleasingly neat and functional, in a neutral grey with some hi-vis relflective details that will please the safety-conscious.
2 Layer up
Women’s Seabrook Hoody, Patagonia, £90.
This lightweight, zip-up hoody provides a layer of warmth without being bulky. Perfect for spring walks or bike rides, the stretchy knit blend is designed to be a snug fit. Slightly long in the body for our tester, it also offers 50+ UPF sun protection, handy for protecting skin on sunny days.
3 Basic comfort
Go Dry Zip Longsleeve baselayer, Mammut, £55.
• Women’s version also available.
When you are slogging uphill and perspiring heavily, this stylish top feels remarkably pleasant, thanks to its ability to draw moisture away from the skin. The zip allows you to cool off when you need to. The skin-tight fit will look splendid on some – wear if you dare!
4 Love your legs
Enduro Deep Waistband ¾ women’s leggings, Bam, £35.
Made from Bam’s soft and breathable fabric, which has the knack of keeping your legs warm in cold weather, without overheating when the temperature rises. The high waist band keeps you feeling neat when running, walking or cycling.
• Bam also offers men’s leggings.
5 Stay safe
Reflect360 CRS Cycling Jacket, Proviz, £129.99.
Proviz’s super-reflective garments now come in bright new colours, including hi-vis yellow and this perky blue. They don’t score high on breathability, so they can feel pretty steamy in warm weather, but visibility is their selling point.
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