Adventure-Ready Commuter Kit

Having one wardrobe for weekend adventures and another for the office is an expensive hobby - instead, invest in quality gear that can front up to the great outdoors without looking out of place on your Monday morning commute

2nd January 2020 | Words by Jack Hart @ WildBounds HQ

You know the drill: Friday afternoon hits and you’re already clock-watching on the countdown to swapping brogues for hiking boots, ready for a weekend exploring the great outdoors. And if your weekdays are spent earning that adventure, your best bet is investing in kit that can thrive in both the outdoors and the city; gear that’s as suited to queuing in Starbucks as summiting Helvellyn. And if that kit is made by an independent brand as obsessed with getting stuck in outdoors as you are, well...then you’ve just about nailed it.

The James Brand | The Mehlville

The James Brand Mehlville carabiner keyring

Crafted from premium anodised aluminium, this carabiner keyring is the perfect go-between from work and play. It’s designed to organise your everyday carry, using a dual compartment construction to ensure that your keys are secure when you open the top to clip it to your bag, belt or bag strap. Even better, it has a bottle opener attachment ready to pop open a cold one when you clock off on Friday afternoon.

Bellroy | Note Sleeve RFID

Bellroy Note Sleeve RFID wallet

Designed in Melbourne’s trendy Fitzroy district and crafted from premium quality, environmentally-certified leather, this bifold wallet features an innovative, considered design that’s perfect for commuting and travel. It uses three easy-access card slots for your most used cards, with the rest tucked away discreetly and accessed with a handy pull tab. With a hidden coin pouch within the flat notes section and RFID technology to protect your cards from skimming devices, the Note Sleeve is ideal for mid-week coffee runs and weekend breaks.

Meander | Meander Jacket

Meander Jacket in navy

Whether you’re cycling to the office or hiking up Snowdon, this waterproof, breathable jacket is perfect for staying dry while on the move. It’s been designed in Scotland and deliberately tested in the most foul weather the far north could muster, so you can be sure the waterproof guarantee is no gimmick. What’s more, this unisex jacket features reflective details for safety on the bike that can be tucked away when you’re wandering around town. Its classic, minimalist aesthetic is just as suited to urban strolls as it is to pedalling through central London.

Restrap | Sub Backpack

Restrap Sub Backpack in black

Handmade in Yorkshire, this waterproof backpack has been purpose built for cycle-commuters, with a padded laptop sleeve, internal organisation mesh pockets and a completely weathertight construction. Restrap’s workshop is staffed by experienced cyclists who know exactly what it takes to create a high-quality rucksack for use on two wheels - the Sub Backpack is the result of their efforts. Built from heavy-duty materials and featuring external crossover straps for attaching a helmet, it’s just as ready for your weekend adventures, too.

Hydro Flask | 12oz Coffee Flask

Hydro Flask 12oz Coffee Flask

A hot brew solves most issues, whether you’re having a ‘professional disagreement’ at work or celebrating reaching a summit in the Lakes. Built by insulation wizards Hydro Flask, this coffee flask will keep your brew piping hot for up to six hours and your iced coffee cold for up to 24 hours - what's more, it's built from durable 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel. That solid construction is backed up by a lifetime guarantee from Hydro Flask, so you can take extra credit for avoiding single-use coffee cups on the way to work. What’s more, this flask utilises their signature powder coat for extra grip and a comfortable feel.

Arcade Belts | Midnighter

Midnighter Belt from Arcade

This everyday belt is constructed from high-grade webbing that can handle huge amounts of tensile force, the Midnighter is your trusted belt for adventures near and far. Its metal-free buckle means you can glide through airport security unhindered, and sling it in the washing machine with your trousers worry-free.

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