The cynical voice in my head said “summer is coming, and thanks to lockdown you don’t ever leave the house anyway, so why on earth would you need trekking jackets?”

Not long after, with caution thrown to the wind and said jackets acquired, I joyfully realised my inner cynic had underestimated not only the fickleness of a British Spring, but also the cabin-fever inducing effects of lockdown with three young children.

And so, with some fear and trepidation, we ventured out. After all, May is a month filled with hope and promise, like an expectant cherry tree bud waiting to blossom into life. All things seem possible in May, which (considering the way March and April had unfolded) could only be a good thing. The weather was starting to turn warmer, and our daily meanderings (referring to them as anything more than “walks” would be over-ambitious, as our one- and three-year-olds made sure we never ventured too far) slowly became more adventurous.

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Tangstad three-layer men’s jacket

Our jackets became sanity savers on countless occasions. Having been caught out too many times in the past by the two-faced nature of British weather, we soon resolved to never leave home without them, regardless of the forecast. While it’s not suitable for extremely cold temperatures or snow, the Tangstad three-layer men’s jacket is perfect for a walk on a chilly British day: it’s comfortable, waterproof and very effective at counteracting a cold breeze. It’s stretchy so fits really well, and the breathable material helps for long and sweaty walks (it even has underarm ventilation to keep me smelling as fresh as a rose).  

Nastum women’s jacket

The Nastum women’s jacket has the same attributes, and my wife was glad she decided to be brave and choose the bright blue one as it looks great. It’s light as a feather, and the hoodie came in useful on plenty of occasions when we were caught in unexpected downpours. The jacket consists of three layers: the outer layer (which is abrasion resistant), the middle layer (waterproof, windproof and breathable) and the inner layer (comfortable protective lining). Even with these layers it’s still somehow light and sleek, which is great for fitting into a day pack. 

Of course, our kids made sure the new and clean look didn’t last too long, as they gleefully attacked us and our jackets with a potent combination of mud-caked wellies and sticky ice-cream fingers. However, the jackets are very easy to wash (max temperature 30 degrees, and don’t tumble-dry) so for once it was the parents who had the last laugh. Any jacket which can survive the rigours of family life – and these ones passed with flying colours – are surely ready to conquer the world.

Photo by Julie Patrick (instagram: @_juliajane)

3 reasons to use Maier Sports clothing

Maier Sports clothing comes in 32 sizes for men and 25 for women, so finding that elusively perfect fit should at last be possible.

Maier Sports began in 1938 as a textile company, and later became a skiing and tennis clothing brand. Today it’s well known as the leading brand for outdoor wear. All Maier Sports products come with a 5 year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

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