Spring might have sprung in the UK but the weather forecast this week is on the chilly side across most of the country, thanks to a bit of a draft blowing down from northern Europe. It’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security if the sun is shining so be prepared (as the Scouts say) and snap yourself up a Patagonia Synchilla Snap-T. It’s the pullover that made fleece famous and is the clothing equivalent of a multi tool. Made to exceptionally high standards, its double-faced fleece fabric traps body heat and holds off light winds valiantly. To stop shivering, visit countryside.co.uk and grab a piece of outdoors history for yourself…
Patagonia pays a premium for every Fair Trade Certified™ item that carries their label. That extra money goes directly to the factory workers and they decide how to spend it. That’s not all though. The Fair Trade Certified™ program promotes health, safety and social and environmental compliance in the workplace. It also encourages dialog between management and workers which is a step towards raising wages and makes good business sense in the long term. In 2014 Patagonia offered 10 Fair Trade styles from 1 factory. In spring 2017 they’re making 287 styles across 10 factories and you’ll find lots of them here at countryside.co.uk.
If it’s looking fine outside and you manage to grab a run, ride or climb, don’t leave home without an ‘up-for-anything’ Patagonia Houdini Jacket. Like its namesake suggests, it packs down into tight spaces and can easily get you out of a fix! Its featherweight (102g) weather-resistant 100% nylon ripstop fabric blocks wind and withstands abrasion and it even packs into its own chest pocket so you can clip it in a handy place. The Houdini Jacket’s performance is no illusion; team it with Patagonia’s base or light mid layers and you’ve got a miracle ‘get out of jail free’ card for unexpected weather downturns or chill protection for those who will get outside regardless. Visit countryside.co.uk to browse Patagonia and the men’s and women’s Houdini range.
There’s no such thing as bad weather when you’re wearing the right kit. Take a look at Patagonia’s Torrentshell Jacket: sleek, packable and unpretentious and it takes a responsible step forward with a 100% recycled nylon face fabric this season. Its waterproof/breathable H2No™ Performance Standard protection offers rainy-day reliability at a thundering good price. The hood is fantastic as it affords proper foul weather protection and stows neatly and it even has pit zips to dump heat when the going gets tough. Want to know the best thing though? Visit countryside.co.uk and discover the flood of colours they come in!
Leave the roads behind this year and get on the trails with 2 wheels. If you want to get into riding regularly then the first investment you should make is a decent padded cycle short. It may surprise you to learn that Patagonia have dabbled with bike shorts for many years and this season the comprehensive Dirt Craft range of MTB gear will please even the most particular among you. So, if you’d rather save your race bibs for competitions but need some decent gear for fun rides, visit countryside.co.uk for both men’s and women’s Patagonia bikewear. If you’re new to the fun then you’ll learn that there is an alternative to unflattering skin-tight lycra and no, you don’t feel like there’s a loaf of bread in your knickers when it comes to padding out the ride! Welcome to a whole new world of comfort with Patagonia.
Why should you take a closer look at countryside.co.uk this spring? Well, we know you prefer the sort of specialist unbiased solutions only an independent outdoor store can offer. We know you need your gear to perform effortlessly when you aren’t and we know you want a proper breadth of choice from user-driven outdoor brands with real heritage.
Need more reasons? We’ve also got all the very latest spring 2017 Patagonia range in store now. We won’t be beaten on choice AND we’ll match the price on any like-for-like Spring 2017 Patagonia style to make sure you get the best value. Visit countryside.co.uk today and let us turn your head towards a whole new world of outdoor adventure!
Patagonia don't muck around when it comes to making gear for women. It's a non-issue thankfully so you can expect to get clothing that works so you can just get on with the fun. This season Patagonia have managed to make the ‘Holy Grail’ of insulation, by which we mean something that keeps you warm enough when it's cold (so you don't need a shell) but is still breathable enough to prevent a sweat-fest when you're working hard (and therefore you don't chill down too fast after).
Has Patagonia managed to make the ‘Holy Grail’ of insulation? When you need to balance warmth with high aerobic output what on earth do you put on? A shell will instantly create a restrictive sweat-fest and any other fleece will be like walking into an oven the instant you work harder and is useless if it’s breezy.
Patagonia’s Nano-Air Light Hybrid fabric is perfect for this time of year when the weather’s fine until you’re stationary for too long at the crag or the downhill ride reveals the wind still has a nip in it. The back, side panels and back of sleeves are made in an airy wicking waffle knit that rapidly pulls moisture away and blows off excess heat. The front panel is a nylon ripstop face with stretchy 40g FullRange insulation to maintain warmth but with a whopping amount of breathability for a comfort range previously unimagined during a run or hard climb.
Think it’s all words? Experience the reality by visiting countryside.co.uk and feel the difference a Patagonia Nano-Air Light Hybrid Jacket will make for your adventure this weekend.
OK, you’ve left it long enough; it’s time to start your training routine for this season’s adventures! Whether you’re planning some multiday alpine climbs in Europe later in the year, a last minute ski weekend or you’re just fed up with always 'bringing up the rear’ on the mountain bike ride, if you don’t fancy looking like a lycra-clad looney when you train, then come and visit countryside.co.uk for some great ideas from The North Face. This spring’s training gear works as hard as you will be. It’s no good leaving it all until a week before you go so reward yourself with something super-comfortable for relaxing in after your efforts. Get fit for more fun and… Never Stop Exploring
As the first woman has been appointed to head the London Met. today, we wondered what new experiences you’ve got planned this spring? There is always a first time for everything and great adventures usually follow, so at countryside.co.uk we want to help you dive in with both feet. Patagonia has always had enough courage for all of us in leading the way and they understand how important it is to be focussed on the fun not the gear. The weather might seem grey outside but it’s never as bad as it looks so get the right kit, get out there and max out your free time!