Hopefully the recent bouts of cold weather and snow have not been a challenge for your outdoor gear? If they have, then maybe 2018 is the year you need to invest in a decent set of base layers or a waterproof that’s, well, waterproof! The snow won’t last forever (we know that’s disappointing for some!) so why not visit countryside.co.uk in good time before the “April showers” and have a look at all the options we have in store for you from the new season’s best outdoor brands? As a nudge in the right direction check out Patagonia’s Torrentshell Jacket; a reliable, go anywhere, no fuss waterproof that packs down nice and small until really needed. Not only does it come in great colours it’s also recycled nylon, fair trade certified and a great price so you can feel good as well as look good on the hill!