There’s nothing wrong with looking great in the great outdoors. Whether you’re scrambling up a mountainside, staggering in marshland or skipping through a meadow, you can be sure that there’s a super smart bit of gear to go with your adventure. Even if there’s no one for miles around to bear witness.
These days, there’s a smorgasbord of high-tech, versatile, and Earth-friendly garments and brands to choose from. Japan, a country that can fixate its efforts on a particular style or lifestyle with real enthusiasm and detail, seems to be taking the lead on that. Snow Peak, Nanga, and Montbell are to name but a few of the cult outdoors brands hailing from the country. One brand in particular has grabbed the attention of adidas — the sleek, technical and wander, co-founded by Keita Ikeuchi and Mihoko Mori.
At the end of last year, we reported on adidas TERREX’s first collaboration with and wander. As the warmer seasons approach, the brands have unveiled their latest collaborative effort: a small capsule of considered contemporary outdoor clothing and footwear.
The collection, which comprises men’s and women’s fits, is earthy and natural in tone. There are none of the bright, unnatural colors that are often found in outdoor clothing. Instead, expect dark greens, soft beiges, and a dusty, sandy pink.
Inside the collection there are two XPLORIC RAIN.RDY waterproof jackets. This everyday, on-the-go piece is made with 100 percent recycled nylon, and features the and wander trademark reflective strip around the zips. The men’s option is olive green, whilst the women’s look dusty pink and slightly longer.
For those cooler summer evenings, try grabbing the fleece jacket with its all-over abstract earth patterns or the fleece tunic with its drawstring waist. These pieces, along with the shorts and pants, are made in part with recycled materials. Each also comes with a highly useful number of pockets.
Over in the footwear department, there are two iterations of the Free Hiker 2. This hiking sneaker is packed with adidas classics like a BOOST midsole and a PRIMEKNIT upper, which is made with 50 percent Parley Ocean Plastic and 50 percent other recycled polyester. The shoe also boasts a Continental rubber outsole and a sock-like fit. Altogether, it makes for a hiker that’ll turn heads (even if those heads belong to the sheep in the field you’re hiking through).
Jump in and check out the whole collection on adidas.com. And, if you’re interested in more outdoor-ready apparel, take a look at the latest collection from Paris-based Satisfy Running.