What’s the piece of outdoor clothing you reach for the most often, even on days when you’re not on the hill?
I’d wager it’s probably a fleece of some kind. Pull over, jacket or hoody – they’re all incredibly versatile pieces that have a tendency to creep out of your ‘outdoor’ wardrobe and make it into everyday life. We all know an outdoorsy type who has to be convinced that their favourite fleece isn’t, in fact, suitable attire for a smart casual occasion! It’s not uncommon to see a zip neck fleece take the place of a knitted sweater in an office these days, and why not? Fleece is warm, comfortable, easy to care for and affordable: the bottom line is it just works. From humble beginnings, the fleece family has developed and evolved into myriad different weights and styles to suit every taste. Enter two new Alpkit products coming soon: the sportier Akita jacket or the slightly more sophisticated Mamalute Jacket. Both come in men’s and women’s specific fits and colours. The Akita has a smooth outer face and super soft back with just a touch more wind resistance than your regular fleece, and comes in a full zip jacket style with two hand pockets. The Mamalute is kind of a wolf in sheep’s clothing; the outer is a lovely heather knit which looks like it could be wool but is in fact polyester, and the inner is a more regular looking fleece. The combination is a reassuringly warm and weighty hooded jacket that, let’s face it, you’re probably going to want to keep for best.
For more active winter pursuits we’ve got a couple of new merino styles on their way too. First up is the Velo (the clue is in the name!), a technical twist on the classic bike jersey. Using a slightly heavier weight of pure merino compared to the original Kepler, it will be available in long and short sleeve variants for both men and women. Techy details include a deep venting front zip, stand up collar, rear zipped pocket and a gripper elastic hem. Should keep you cosy biking through the winter months, and if that’s not enough we’ve also got a new version of the Kepler boxers and long johns using the same heavier weight merino for full on winter base layer coverage!