“Struggling in the vortex, in my jacket made of Gore-Tex, it fits wonderfully” once sang Gruff Rhys of noted cagoule-wearers Super Furry Animals. And if the song wasn’t 23 years old, we’d swear he was talking about this new jacket from Arc’Teryx (think North Face on steroids). Lightweight, showerproof and packable, what more do you need? Perfick.
More-or-less a rucksack, it’ll comfortably carry all the gear you’ll need for a short-to-medium weird walk, plus you’ll have space to store any charmed objects or interesting pebbles you find, plus anything you forage in the hedgerows along the way.
Keep sheltered from the rain with this swish camo accessory.
A praktical snack companion for the great outdoors. Cook up a storm with this portable stove.
The dad shoe silhouette has had its fifteen minutes; the true heads are walking out to Neolithic burial chambers in a sturdier “4 seasons” boot. Berghaus for show, Danner 600s for a pro. Peep the waterproof suede upper. Yes thanks!
The “Paintball Camo” parka from Stone Island is a one-of-a-kind garm. Oversized fit, rusty print. Ticks all the right boxes for a weird walk.
Top it all off with a first rate titfer. Somewhere between drug-dealer-at-a-festival and metal-detectorist-on-a-hot-day is the Weird Walk sweet spot. True stylists may opt for a wider brim but the bucket is still king for us, as epitomised by this weatherproof Swedish bush hat.
Retro Everest assent vibes abound. Not a “name brand” perhaps but if you want a top-quality mid-layer without getting fleeced, this will do the job, look mega, and the price-tag won’t blow your bucket hat off. Speaking of which…