Outdoor Clothing

Top T-Shirts for the Outdoors

I thought it was about time for a T-Shirt post, as I write this in late May the Sun is out, the air is warm so time to throw your fleeces into storage and break out the short sleeve T-Shirts.  Here are a selection of Tees to look great whatever your sport be it running, camping, climbing, hiking or just chilling out.

Logo T-Shirts

An obvious starting point is a Logo T-Shirt.  You can’t go wrong with a Logo T-Shirt of your favourite brands.

The North Face Woodcut T-shirt is available in Cosmic Blue or Coffee Brown and the North Face Logo appears with a Woodcut style background.

The Rab Stacked Logo T-Shirt contains the Rab Logo stacked up.  From a distance it almost looks blurred or some sort of 3D image, available in Grey, Blue and Green.

Mammut T-Shirt

The Mammut MMammouth T-Shirt contains everyone’s favourite Woolly Mammouth on the front centre of the T-Shirt and the brand name Mammut across the shoulders on the reverse.  Available in Black, Red, Dark and Light Blue.

The Salomon T-Shirt contains the phrase “Mountain Sports Progression Born in the French Alps”.  A clean design available in Blue or a Dark Orange.

 This Yellow Mountain Equipment Free Spirit T-Shirt looks like a standard logo T-Shirt at first glance but on closer inspection their is a climber hanging from the base of the mountain logo and clipped into the Q and M of Equipment!The Jack Wolfskin Echo T-Shirt shows the Classic Jack Wolfskin name with the paw print logo repeated in an Echo 3 times across the front of the T-Shirt.  Available in three colours Blue, Green and Granite.

This Bear Grylls 74 T-Shirt from Craghoppers contains the words Bear Grylls and 74 across the front.  74 representing the year of his birth.  Available in Blue, Grey and Khaki.

Graphic T-Shirts

Sometimes the best type of T-Shirt contains a design that you aspire to, a climber up a mountain, a long road ahead and more.

The Mountain Equipment Shivling T-Shirt celebrates Doug Scott’s ’83 first ascent of the East Pillar of the Shivling Mountain in the Himalayas.

The Jack Wolfskin Roped T-Shirt shows the outline of two climbers roped together ascending a mountain.  Available in Blue or Black.

The Evolution Peter Storm T-Shirt is a walkers twist on the classic Evolution image,  Showing mans evolution from ape and caveman through to Backpacker!

Sayings and Slogan T-Shirts

Of course lets not forget T-Shirts that contain inspirational Slogans or perhaps just a funny saying!

This Dome Tent T-Shirt from The North Face contains a picture of their popular Dome Tent with the saying “Home Sweet Dome”.

What are your favourites?

If you have a favourite T-Shirt that we haven’t included leave a comment with a link and we’ll try and add it in!

Activity Essentials

Rab Stretch Neo Jacket

The Rab Stretch Neo Jacket was recently awarded clothing product of the year 2012 by TGO in their Great Outdoor awards.  The Stretch Neo Jacket has been described as revolutionary.  It is both extremely breathable and waterproof, intended for high intensity activity that require freedom of movement, comfort and protection in harsh conditions.

The jacket is designed with Polartec NeoShell fabric.  A new fabric from Rab that combines the comfort and breathbility of a softshell jacket with the all weather performance of a hardshell.

The Jacket is called the Stretch Neo as the fabric is built to stretch allowing and full range of movements.  This makes it an excellent choice for climbing or fast alpine activities.  The jacket is also very versitaile for a wide range of uses with a medium active cut, a range of secure pockets for storage and fully adjustable cuffs and hem, as well as a helmet compatible hood with a wired peak.

At the time of writing Cotswold Outdoor readers have reviewed the product 4.7 out of 5 stars after 6 reviews.  Their comments include -

it’s warm when you’re not doing much (sitting around in a blizzard), but at the same time not overly warm and breathes when you’re doing a lot (running up the side of a mountain).

Hardly feels like you have it on, lightweight, water just beads away - breaths INCREDIBLY well (the best ive had)

The jacket is very light, but still feels sturdy enough to take the rough and tumble (and tumble I did) of the outdoors and the inclement weather that Scotland can throw at you

The jacket is watertight. I saw no evidence of any leakage (and believe me Stob Diamh was very wet this weekend.)

Here’s a great hands on video we found on You Tube from Backpackers Review

Activity Essentials

The Design and Testing of Rab Products

Today we wanted to share with you this video from Rab about the design and testing of their products.  I’m sure most of us don’t think twice about the research and development that goes into outdoor clothing.  However as you’ll see a lot more goes into design than you would think, this is why Rab have the tagline “For the most extreme conditions in the world”

This second video looks at the technology and construction of of Rab products.  It particularly goes into detail about down, do you know the difference between fill power and fill weight?  No well this video will explain all!  An interesting fact from the video is that Rab sleeping bags are made and filled in the UK and actually shipped to retailers unpacked, so no long term compression storage before the product even reaches you!


Rab Infinity 300 Sleeping Bag

The Rab Infinty 300 Sleeping Bag is a super-lightweight sleeping bag filled with high quality 850 fill European goose down and using very light Pertex Quantum GL fabrics.

The Infinity 300 is a very lightweight sleeping bag at just 656g offering very impressive weight to warmth ratios. Filled with 300g of high quality 850 fill power European goose down.  Aswell as being light the sleeping bag packs small with a pack size of 30 x 19 cm

An all new Trapezoidal vertical baffle system with Flowgate technology that has been uniquely customised for Rab is used to provide very efficient warmth and the best possible use for the 850 fill European goose down. The proportionally assigned differential cut means the down can loft to it’s full potential when removed from the stuff sac.  The superlight Pertex Quantum GL fabric allows the down to hug the body providing maximum levels of warmth and minimum ‘dead-space’ in the bag.

The Infinity 300 is an ideal sleeping bag from anyone who’s prioritys are maximum warmth and light weight, whether its backpacking, adventure racing, mountain marathons or more!


    • Weight: 656g
    • Comfort Lower Limit -2°C
    • Pack size: 30 x 19cm
    • 850 Fill Power white goose down
    • Trapezoidal vertical baffle system
    • Proportionally assigned differential cut
    • Pertex® Quantum® shell & liner fabrics
    • Internal collar & hood drawcord
    • Compression stuff sack