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Today’s best clothes are made for busy bodies and avid outdoorsmen. That means they have utility and flexibility and look good. Outlander’s Scottish warrior Sam Heughan shows us how to conquer spring (and summer!) in style.
BLAZE NEW TRAILS
If the pandemic led you to do more hiking, trail running, and biking—good on you. And good on menswear brand Bonobos for its new Fielder line, a collection of durable, outerwear-inspired staples that are purpose-built for those wild treks in the woods. This jacket-vest-shirt combo (above) comes in a crinkled nylon fabric that’s lightweight and machine washable, so you can tackle pretty much anything. Don’t miss these tough-as-nails Merrell boots, which have a plush, shock-absorbing midsole cushion that’ll endure even the most rugged of hikes.
KEEP IT REEL
Take a look at any department-store shelves or clothing website and you’re bound to see fisherman’s sweaters: thick, corded knits that are incredibly warm but—yeah, we know what you’re thinking—also notoriously itchy. Except not this Donegal cable crew from Buck Mason, constructed from moisture-wicking merino wool blended with polyester. That means the sweater is formfitting, great for an après-ski warm-you-up, and as soft as fresh snow at a five-star mountain resort.
SET YOUR BASE
Stay-at-home sweats are great—until you have to head out in public. Armani Exchange has you covered with this fitted pima-cotton T-shirt, which pulls double duty on comfort and style, so you won’t be embarrassed to wear it outside. Ditto these cotton cargo pants, featuring an elastic waistband and utility pockets that make them equally suited for dash-out errands and weekend treks.
SLAY YARD WORK
Old-school flannels are thick and tough but don’t provide much in the way of breathing room. Rails’ Lennox shirt fixes that with sleek brushed-cotton rayon that’s rugged but super easy to move in. Pair it with some do-it-all Rag & Bone jeans and you’re outfitted for taming the property.
TAKE THE HIGHER ROAD
A road trip (or saddle ride?) calls for a jacket that’s easy to layer and comfortable enough to wear for hours. Todd Snyder’s Dylan jacket ticks both boxes and looks amazing, thanks to its luxe Italian calf-suede finish. Its slim fit hits just above the thigh, kind of like a blazer. If temps turn colder, throw this over a Todd Snyder x Champion sweatshirt with a hoodie-like interior.
Read more: Best Spring Jackets for Men
VEER OFF COURSE
RLX, Ralph Lauren’s golf-clothing brand, also makes clothes you can wear in less manicured pastures. Its Gore-Tex-lined, water-repellent parka and matching joggers are loaded with pockets, which make them especially clutch for stashing all your fuel for long weekend runs. Strap on these all-weather, waterproof hiking sneakers from the North Face if you’re pounding the trails instead of the pavement.
TACKLE RAIN OR SHINE
Spring brings showers and unpredictable temperatures. To stay layered for in-between weather, turn to Billy Reid’s Mini Wale crewneck sweater. It’s the rare thermal shirt that holds up through the seasons, due to a cashmere-cotton blend. Pair it with Vuori’s stretchy performance pants and Skechers’ Go Run trail shoes and you’ll be ready for warm days and chilly evenings.
AHEAD OF THE PACK
Stay ready for any adventure with these water-resistant, multi-pocketed backpacks that are made to last a lifetime.
Today’s outdoor watches have sturdy straps, impregnable cases, and outdoor-friendly tickers that can take a licking.
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