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Outdoor Clothing


Solbari Outback Sun Protective Shirt

My lightweight Outback Half Placket Shirt is a UPF50+ sun protective shirt, that blocks UVA and UVB rays.
The Technicool fabric is both comfortable and breathable. It keeps me cool and has great anti-odor properties. These are very practical shirts as they are easy to wash, they have two large chest pockets, buttoned rool up sleeves and a very comfortable fit. I particularly like the looks of the half placket. It is a 60% cotton fabric, so I primarily use it as an urban shirt.


Solbari Fishing & Hiking Sun Protective Shirt

This Fishing & Hiking Shirt, is the most practical trekking shirt I own.

Fishing for dinner at the Old Spey Bridge in Grantown, Spey Valley, Scotland.

Packed with features and very good looking! Besides offering the best sun protection you can get, it has an overload of practicality:

  • quick-drying
  • breathable
  • moisture-wicking
  • anti-odor properties
  • four chest pockets (two with velcro fasteners)
  • shoulder vents for superior breathability 
  • Dunder-arm mesh panel for additional ventilation
  • upper arm buttons to convert to a short sleeve
  • rod holder velcro fastener
  • glasses chest loop
  • button down collars
  • relaxed fit
  • easy care and machine washable


Solbari Broad Brim Sun Hat

Wether canoeing or hiking, this Solbari Everyday Broad Brim Sun Hat is my go to sun hat. Very comfortable over long periods of wear and extremely effective UPF 50+ sun protection, blocking UVA and UVB rays. It’s lightweight, packable, breathable and has a 7 cm wide brim. The sun protective mesh panelling at the top provides cooling and ventilation. It has a comfortable sweatband, a drawstring size/fit adjustment and a removable chin strap with locking toggle.


Solbari Sun Protective Outdoor Sport Gloves

These Solbari Outdoor Sport Gloves cover the whole hand, which offers important sun protection when walking with poles. The UPF50+ UVA and UVB rays protection is the best you can get. Being breathable, lightweight and super comfortable, they can be worn all day. The gel padding on the palm for improved and silicone strips improve the handling of poles, paddles, fishing rods and other gear (like my bow and arrow). There is a velcro at the wrist for easy adjustment.


Ullvi 3-layer snow set by ‘2117 of Sweden’

This Ullvi 3-layer set of a hardshell jacket and trousers is the ultimate in snow wear! If you share my passion for ECO-friendly gear, this is the right gear for you.
Outstanding quality, wearability and looks! This is the best wear for winter trips to destinations like the Alps, Pyrenees and the rainy cold of the Scottish Highlands. These Swedish clothes are really comfortable to wear whilst being active.

Eco-friendly:

  • Recycled (plastic bottles) Polyester (Repreve® technology)
  • Teflon EcoElite plant-based and non-fluorinated DWR coating
  • Merino Wool inner layer, naturally breathable, odour-inhibiting and temperature-regulating.

Functionality:

  • an integrated membrane for moisture wicking breathability, windproof and waterproof protection
  • breathability: 20,000 g/m²/24h (MVTR)
  • hydrostatic head main material: 20,000 mm
  • sealed seams
  • stretchy fabric
  • Jacket:2 front zip pockets
  • Jacket:zipped armpit vents
  • Jacket:inner cuffs
  • Jacket:a detachable powder skirt
  • Jacket:an integrated Recco reflector
  • Jacket:full length front zip, with chin guard
  • Jacket:helmet-compatible hood, adjustable, with drawstring
  • Jacket:lift pass pocket
  • Jacket:drawstring in the lower seam
  • Jacket:elastic inner cuffs
  • Jacket: detachable powder skirt
  • Trousers: Scuff guard
  • Trousers: integrated gaiters
  • Trousers: Belt loops
  • Trousers: detachable braces
  • Trousers: adjustable waistband
  • Trousers: adjustable straps
  • Trousers:two leg pockets
  • Trousers: long zipped vents


2117 of Sweden is an innovative Swedish company highly committed to using ECO-friendly materials.
Scandinavian design combined with practical functionality at it’s best!


Western Rise Evolution Pants

The must be the most deceivingly inconspicuous pants around. Untill you put them on! Western Rise Evolution Pant is super lightweight, ultra breathable, stretchy, moisture wicking: The ultimate summer pant! Stronger, softer, stain-proof and packed full of features:

  • High-denier, air-texturized Nylon twill
  • 96% Nylon, 4% Elastane
  • 173 grams
  • Sustainable C6 durable water repellent (DWR) treatment
  • Abrasion-resistant, anti-pilling woven twill fabric
  • 6 pockets
  • Front right media pocket
  • Hidden back right zipper security/passport pocket
  • YKK zippers
  • Ergonomic 3″ gusset
  • Reverse yoke for added mobility
  • Permacore high-tenacity thread (40% more durable than standard spun Polyester thread)
  • Stainless Steel components
  • Blue Sign approved fabric (sustainability) made in Sweden
  • A portion of the proceeds from this item support Western Rivers Conservancy and 1% For The Planet.


Western Rise Limitless Merino Shirt

Western Rise claim that their Limitless Merino Shirt is an outdoor shirt. And it is. But it looks really sophisticated and luxury. This shirt is a joy to wear, being odour resistant, moisture wicking, temperature regulating, wrinkle resistant, and stretches in every direction to move with your body. Wear day-in and day-out, no matter the weather, occasion, or location and WASH LESS! This knit fabric blends 53% Australian Merino wool and 47% polyester making it soft and machine washable. It weighs 330 grams.
On my north European backpacking trips, this shirt is the only shirt I have with me, all year around.
A portion of the proceeds from this item support Western Rivers Conservancy and 1% For The Planet.


On Running Waterproof Anorak

on running anorak

Now this is the ultimate stowaway wind- and rainproof jacket. The On Running Waterproof Anorak, at a mere 216 grams, this will keep you dry and comfortable while active. As you’d expect form On Running, the anorak is packed with cool features and technical solutions, like the hydrophilic elements in the lining transport moisture from the body and expand as they work. Which means the more you sweat, the more breathable the anorak becomes. It has an elasticated tie to pull the hood out of the way, there are hidden vents for increased airflow and the anorak packs into its own inner pocket.


Ellanda women’s padded coat by 2117 of Sweden

This is the ultimate coat for long walks in icy cold weather and snow. This coat is built to fend off the wind and water. Plus, it is breathable to keep your temperature nice and balanced and prevent you from overheating. If more ventilation is required, just open the full-length two-way zip for some fresh air. The coat has snug elastic cuffs to prevent cold air from creeping in and two front pockets will keep your hands warm.
Features:

  • Material: 100% polyester  
  • Material type: Synthetic insulation, Synthetic fibre 
  • Fabric treatment: DWR treated 
  • Fabric properties: breathable, windproof, waterproof 
  • Breathability: 5,000 g/m²/24h (MVTR) 
  • Hydrostatic head main material: 5,000 mm 
  • Other material: with membrane
  • Fill: DuPont Sorona Bio Padding (plant-based) 
  • Sustainability: PFC-free 
  • Closure: Front zip, full length 2-way front zip, 1/4-length 
  • Hood: yes 
  • Pockets: 1 inside pocket, 2 front zip pockets 
  • Extras: elastic inner cuffs


Merino Beanie by On Running

My On Running Merino Beanie. The lightweight, temperature-regulating Beanie that I wear all 3 seasons long.


Rooster Combi Gloves

The Rooster Combi Gloves are the warmest gloves I have ever owned! The combination of an all weather neoprene glove, with an aquafleece (polyurethane outer layer with a fleece inner layer) mitten against windchill, makes the ideal winter glove. The use of Amara (an synthetic leather) on the palms gives loads of grip when wet and is durable enough to withstand a lot of paddling. The mitten can be tucked away neatly into a handy pocket on the top of the glove when not in use. The pocket can also double up as a storage pocket for heat pouches. Water is kept out by Velcro secured neoprene cuffs. I use them both on and off the water.

Photo montage of the two usage options.


Rooster Sailing is a European company with a real good sense for innovation and quality. Visiting their website, you’ll notice they’ll trick you into thinking they are all about sailing (and they are), but Rooster has loads of kayaking-friendly gear if you have an eye for it.

Outdoor Footwear


Grisport Utah Mid Trekking Shoes

These are my main B-class backpacking shoes. A premium model of the Grisport trekking series, it has all the good secs. Made with hydro leather and a waterproof membrane it keeps the water out and yet breathes very well. This luxury version has a leather interior shaping to the foot, creating a non abbrasive foot-hugging shoe. The tongue is leather as well, and is well polstered. The inlay sole prevents sock slippage. The mid-sole dampens extremely well creating a very comfortable feel, whilst the Vibram Evolution sole offers loads of grip. Weighing less then 650 grams per shoe, I’d call them very light.

The lacing hooks on my boots showed this verdigris effect within a week. It’s brass, brass is half copper, copper does this. No need to worry!


On Running Waterproof Trail Shoes

on running cloudrock
My Cloudrock boots.

We found them. The ideal trail running shoes. Ultra lightweight, strong, durable and super grippy! The On Running Cloudrock Waterproof and Cloudventure Waterproof boots. The rubber used gives loads of traction to these shoes and the lugs provide all the grip you want. Especially downhill, these boots make the difference. The natural roll off and the cushioning are really comfortable and secure. A 100% waterproof breathable membrane keeps your feet dry. A minor but nice detail are elastic loops on the tongue to keep your lace ends from hanging loose.

on running cloudventure
My wife’s Cloudventures.


On Running is one of Europe’s most innovative companies. Every little detail of their products is well thought through. You can’t go wrong with their gear.


Doghammer Guide Vegan Shoes

My Doghammer Guide, 100% Vegan shoes are great approach/walking shoes, with their Vibram soles and sturdy, non-abbrasive outfitting. The use of cork is pretty unique to this brand and works really well.
They take the environment very serious!
The soles are recycled Vibram brand soles, offering the grip we all know. The upper material made of vegan leather is not made from petroleum like most synthetic leathers, but from polyamide. This property makes it a very robust, breathable and water-repellent material. The vegan leather is combined with linen made from recycled marine plastic. This marine plastic is collected by the SEAQUAL initiative, which campaigns for clean oceans. The removable insole made of recycled cork and EVA is additionally cushioned in the heel area. A practical loop made of climbing ropes makes it easier to put on. These shoes are handcrafted by a family-run shoe manufacturer in Portugal.
A nice fitting and feeling, yet vegan shoe, that withstands the rigors of the harsh terrains!


Doghammer Gamsbleame Cork Slippers

These Gamsbleame outdoor slippers are made using a cork/wool felt upper and a profiled EVA sole, offer excellent grip on every terrain and loads of impact absorption. The toes tring is thick and the strap is wide. Both add to a very ‘outdoor’ feeling and behaviour. The strap is made of wool felt with a denim lining. The toe string is made of microfibre with a wool core. The upper layer of the footbed is made out of natural (regrowing) cork, which feels ver comfortable, is easy to clean and does not absorb any unpleasant odors.


Insoles

Top: Trailrunners
Bottom: Trekking shoes

I use two sets of insoles. A set of trekking shoe insoles and a set for trailrunning shoes:

My trekking shoe insoles are Superfeet Trailblazer Comfort insoles. These are superlight soles to stabilize on uneven surfaces and prevent friction related chaving. The deep heel cup in combination with the pronounced arch do a lot of the work keeping feet in position and reducing impact on the heel. The whole sole is made using a super comfy foam base providing loads of comfort. In fact, the name of these insoles couldn’t be more accurate, ‘trailblazer’ & ‘comfort’: spot on!

My trailrunning shoe insoles are Superfeet Carbon insoles, cradling my feet and adding a direct feel. Trailrunning and/or hiking on light shoes demands a very direct contact and feel with the ground your walking on. These insoles do contibute to that feel a lot. They are very light and ‘airy’ as well, even in continuous wet conditions, which is unique and sets them apart from many of the other brands.


Kayaking Clothing


V-Shark Knit Waterproof Shoes

We use the extremely comfortable Black Warrior– and Pearl White versions of these V-Shark Knit Waterproof Shoes, made by V-Tex. These are the ultimate in summer waterproof shoes, being breathable and lightweight. We can wear these all day without them getting too hot. The won’t stand climbing rocky portages, but they will be the most comfortable and good looking boots for all other applications. They are Waterproof, Breathable Nanotech Knit, Lightweight (488 grams), 360° 3D Seamless Knit, Stain Proof, Sand Proof, Cold Resistant, Wind Proof, Heat Resistant and Anti Bacterial. What more do you want?


Palm Gradient Boot

These boots are whitewater tanks! Capable of doing the toughest portages and rescue and retrieval tasks! Fewer seams‚ tougher components‚ and reinforcement where it matters. A Vibram sole HydroGrip rubber‚ is the ultimate in wet traction. The boot is shaped to provide ankle support whilst remaining low profile to fit comfortably in a kayak and the insole can be removed if you want extra space inside for thick socks. The upper is reinforced from heel to toe with thick scratch rubber.

  • 3 mm CR neoprene‚ layered mesh‚ scratch rubber
  • Laces for secure fit
  • Boot with reduced heel
  • Pull tabs
  • Weight: 418 grams
  • Open tongue
  • Double stitched seams
  • Vibram HydroGrip compound
  • Stretch neoprene collar against grit ingress
  • One piece scratch rubber toe‚ side and heel protection
  • Solid TPU reinforcement
  • Low profile heel
  • EVA layer for comfort without insole


Supplied by Kajak.nl.


Aquadesign Norma Neoprene Socks

I use these socks inside my boots during cold conditions as thermal isolation for my feet. 3 Panels neoprene, wth glued and blind stitched seams


Supplied by Kajak.nl.


Hiko Zephyr Anorak

Feather light short sleeve paddle cag was carefully constructed to reduce the amount of seams to reduce the weight to minimum. It is designed for racing but can be used for recrational paddling in white or flat water. The material combines low weight with excelent characteristics. It’s made out of Carboflax with celulose base. The inner layer has a special coating that allows the material slide smoothly on bare skin. Neoprene cuffs and collar are constructed from thin and flexible Neospan for more comfort.


Supplied by Kajak.nl.


Hiko SLIM.5 shorts

Half length pants provide comfort when sitting. Higher waist line provides protection of lower back. Just 0.5 mm thin neoprene gives you the feeling of wearing a second skin. Neospan is extremely flexible so it does not restrain movement. Slim products are great to use on a cold summer day during a long stay in the water to avoid the shivers. Designed for tighter fit resulting in higher insulation.


Available at Kanocentrum Arjan Bloem


Spreu Boote Neoprene Jacket

A 3mm thick neoprene jacket providing great protection against the cold weather elements and in winter conditions. Thanks to the new elasticity of it’s neoprene, the jacket has a comfortable fit without chafing.


Available at Kanocentrum Arjan Bloem


Rooster Combi Gloves

The Rooster Combi Gloves are the warmest kayaking gloves I have ever owned! The combination of an all weather neoprene glove, with an aquafleece (polyurethane outer layer with a fleece inner layer) mitten against windchill, makes the ideal winter glove. The use of Amara (an synthetic leather) on the palms gives loads of grip when wet and is durable enough to withstand a lot of paddling. The mitten can be tucked away neatly into a handy pocket on the top of the glove when not in use. The pocket can also double up as a storage pocket for heat pouches. Water is kept out by velcro secured neoprene cuffs. I use them both on and off the water.

Photo montage of the two usage options.


Rooster Sailing is a European company with a real good sense for innovation and quality. Visiting their website, you’ll notice they’ll trick you into thinking they are all about sailing (and they are), but Rooster has loads of kayaking-friendly gear if you have an eye for it.


Megmeister Drynamo Baselayer

For me, a baselayer is the important start of being warm (while active). It needs to wick moisture fast and offer thermal insulation.
My Megmeister Long Sleeve Shirt and Tights have a feature that’s very important for us paddlers: they are completely seamless, 4 way stretch and label free inside! That means no irritation around the arms (or anywhere else). The 4 way stretch also gives a nice amount of support/tightness that feels good and makes wearing them underneath other layers comfortable. They are Anti-odour, antibacterial and very reasonably priced!

This baselayer can be used on their own or as part of a layering system:

  • Single Layering
    When sunny and relatively warm water, these are fine to wear on their own.
  • Layering with a cag
    When wearing a cag and paddling cold water, these offer a nice warm layer underneath your jacket.
  • Layering With a Sleeveless or Short-Sleeve/Shorts Wetsuit
    Used as a quick-dry top underneath your wetsuit to cover exposed areas of your arms, a long-sleeve base layer top works well for warmth.
  • Layering With a Dry SuitBase
    A dry suit doesn’t feel nice and is cold to the touch, so you’ll definitely need noncotton long underwear, helping to keep you dry, warm, and comfortable. You might need the winter version of this shirt and an additional fleece layer though.


Megmeister is an awardwinning EU company and is supported by elite athletes. They are the developers of Drynamo. This is a yarn especially designed for sport and has excellent moisture wicking properties, is ultra lightweight, insulating, breathable and super hygienic.