The Right Gear for an Autumn Walk
Regular readers will know about how much we enjoy getting outside. Being outdoors really is good for the body. mind and soul. It’s not just about the exercise, really experiencing the sights, smells and sounds of our countryside makes you feel so much better. Getting out and about is easy in the summer when the weather is good, but it is all too easy to use British weather as an excuse for staying in when the weather changes. However, I am a big believer in there being “no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” My girls know full well that we walk to and from school regardless of the weather. If it is raining, we just make sure that we are dressed appropriately.
At this time of the year, you need to make sure you can keep warm and dry. The two most important items to wear in order to enjoy the outdoors right now are a waterproof coat and walking boots. I chose to review a couple of items from Blacks to help me enjoy the beautiful British countryside, whatever the weather.
THE NORTH FACE Women’s Litewave Fastpack GORE-TEX® Boots
Getting the right footwear is critical. I broke my ankle a couple of years ago, and since then I am extremely mindful about what I wear on my feet. It is so important to have strong, supportive shoes with plenty of grip. However, I don’t like heavy footwear. These Women’s North Face walking boots are ideal for me. They are made with a GORE-TEX® waterprood membrane to provide wet weather protection and breathability. The soles have 4mm lugs which provide excellent grip.
The boot is lightweight and comfortable, and the height on them makes my ankles feel supported. Of course, a taller boot isn’t for everyone, but Blacks have a great range of Women’s walking boots. These are perfect for me – and not just because they are in my favourite colour!
TECHNICALS Women’s Polar Parka
I am a little bit in love with my new TECHNICALS Parka in the Blacks Women’s winter jackets range. It is lightweight, but warm and waterproof. The outside is treated with a durable water-repellent finish. This was put to the test at the weekend when I was caught in heavy Cornish rain. The water just ran off the surface of the coat, whilst I stayed warm and dry.
The coat has 2 zipped side pockets, an outer chest zipped pocket and inner zipped pocket, which means I can keep my phone and various “mum paraphenalia” stored safely whilst walking. I also love the sleeves (which is not something I generally wax lyrical about). They have velcro adjustable cuffs with ribbed inners, which means I don’t get water dribbling down them. The other feature that I never realised I needed in a coat before, is a slightly longer bit at the back. I can now sit down for a rest without getting a wet bum! Perfect!
I usually keep a waterproof jacket for when it rains, but I am wearing it every time I leave the house. It is so comfortable. I know it will keep me warm whenever I am outside over the next four or five months.
Disclaimer: The brands included in this post asked for my opinion on the products featured from their range. All thoughts and opinions are my own.