Living in Keswick we know the weather can do anything at any time, and (with the exception of last summer) you need to be prepared for everything! Looking back at photos from last spring we had snow, then were thrust straight into blue skies and sunshine.
So this spring I’m fully expecting rain and looking forward to testing the new Arc’teryx Zeta SL jacket (£280.00), made from the new improved next-to-skin Gore-Tex PACLITE Plus fabric. Arc’teryx describes it as a garment for fast hiking; I say walk slower and take in the views if you want, but at just 270g I won’t object to carrying it in my pack.
I'm also excited by the women’s Zeta SL waterproof pants (£190.00)in Night Shadow to match the stormy spring sky. They’re a beautiful fit, with a zip fly, and you’ll be happy to wear these all day long in the rain. The Arc’teryx legwear theme continues with the Palisade Pants (£115.00), great classic walking trousers but also for women I’d suggest the Oriel leggings in a durable nylon knit fabric (£75.00) teamed up with the very successful Taema T-shirt (£50.00), they will work well at wicking any moisture on any speedy hike to our Lake District summits. For men, the Cormac T-shirt (£50.00) does the same job superbly.
In spring and summer it’s usual for us to also need a light insulation layer, although last summer all my testing had to be done in northern Norway; my preferred Arc’teryx insulation was a Konseal Jacket (£130.00) which uses Polartec PowerDry grid fabric, a fast-wicking, quick-drying travel piece, plus the Atom SL hooded jacket (£170.00) with its light insulation; my go-to camping jacket.
In footwear, I’m really looking forward to using the Arc’teryx Norvan LD Gore-Tex shoes (£170.00) on some of my wet speedy exploring trips through the Lakes this spring; there are still some paths that I haven’t found, or ones I most like to visit - Hogs Earth is always worth an explore in the rain!
Zeta SL £280 womens colours robotica & theanine Men dark firoza & labyrinth
Zeta SL pants £190
Palisade pants £115 women black sapphire men mongoose
Taema crew women £50 firoza, continuum & hard coral
Cormac crew men £50 odyssea
Atom SL £170 women lolite men neurostorm & tangent
Konseal jacket women £130 black sapphire
Konseal Zip neck £120 men Iliad
Norvan LD GTX £170 Women dark firoza/aurora men conifer/everglade