Over the last few years, streetwear and apparel labels have increasingly embraced an outdoor-influence in a growing number of their designs, borrowing the outdoor segment’s distinctive off-grid aesthetic, along with its rugged constructions and robust protection from the elements. These fortified takes on existing clothing and gear staples deliver fashion-forward options that are backed by more hardwearing materials and weatherproofing that allow these items to lend themselves equally well to use in the city or the backcountry.
Offering a host of undeniable advantages over traditional pieces of clothing, outdoor-influenced apparel not only affords markedly more versatility but their more hardwearing designs make for clothing items that last substantially longer, thereby giving them more value, as well. The added warmth and weather protection also makes this style of clothing ideal for the year’s colder months. Below, you’ll find a handpicked selection of offerings engineered to seamlessly go from urban centers to the great outdoors.
Vans Ultrarange EXO HI MTE
Based on Vans’ iconic Sk8-Hi sneaker, the Ultrarange EXO Hi MTE is an adventure-ready piece of footwear that retains the company’s distinctive design language. Built atop a super grippy reverse lug outsole that’s made using Vans’ signature waffle rubber compound, the shoe sports a bevy of features to keep its wearer comfortable in wet or cold conditions, with weather-treated uppers, warm interior linings, and an UltraCush foam cushioning midsole. Available in nine different color options, the Vans Ultrarange EXO Hi MTE also boasts RapidWeld detailing and pull tabs front and back.
Vans Core Basics Beanie
Arguably one of the most versatile men’s accessories of all-time, the classic beanie is a warm and stylish addition to practically any casual outfit. Offered in nine different color options, Vans Core Basics Beanie features a vertical-knit, acrylic construction with a medium-length cuff and a classic Vans Clip logo patch.
Hit the Road: Vans, Nomads and Roadside Adventures
Written by modern-day nomad, Chris Scott, Hit the Road: Vans, Nomads and Roadside Adventures is a 272-page coffee table book that explores the world of living life out of a vehicle, both on the road and off-grid. The story contains a wide array of topics from off-road vehicle upgrades and modifications to packing guides to backcountry cooking recipes. Published by Gestalten, the 8.27” x 10.24” book contains more than 100 half-page and full-spread color photographs, along with maps showing various regions and locales visited in the work.
Ombraz Leggero Armless Sunglasses
Boasting an idiosyncratic hinge- and arm-less design, Ombraz’s Leggero glasses are able to remain firmly in place thanks to the use of an adjustable, cinching custom-woven soft polyester cord, eliminating weight and massively mitigating the likelihood of frame damage. Sold with a thick neoprene case with an integrated microfiber cleaning cloth, these rugged sunglasses are comprised of a hand-made acetate frame, housing a pair of German-engineered, Grey polarized, scratch and smudge-resistant Zeiss optics lenses.
Buck Mason Ford Standard Jean
No matter what fashion trends come and go, the classic mid-rise five-pocket denim jeans remain a consummate men’s clothing staple, and Buck Mason’s no-frills take on the item is made from an indigo-dyed mid-weight 14oz Japanese denim infused with a small amount of spandex, giving it a slight flex. These traditional jeans also feature genuine copper rivets and a nickel three-button fly closure.
Vans Drill Chore Coat MTE
Vans’ Drill Chore Coat MTE is an updated iteration of the classic workwear overcoat, replacing the standard waxed-cotton construction with a DWR-treated nylon oxford shell packed with sustainable DuPont Sorona fill insulation. Also offered in black or camo, the jacket is also outfitted with a moisture-wicking lining, a corduroy collar, a hidden zippered pocket, and a fully functional, removable zip-off hood.
Taylor Stitch Leeward Shirt
Falling somewhere on the spectrum between a button-up shirt and a full-on jacket, Taylor Stitch’s Leeward shirt offers both style and warmth in spaces, with a thick 11oz wool and poly blend decorated in a quad-hue houndstooth pattern. Other details worth mentioning include the brand’s signature California collar, double needle-felled construction, and lock-stitched dark horn buttons throughout.
Leica C-Lux Digital Camera
No matter where your adventures take you, it’s always great to document your travels and exploits, and this compact Leica camera is a stellar option for doing just that, especially for those that are serious about their photography, but still prefer the ease-of-use and convenience of digital format cameras. The renowned German brand has bestowed the C-lux with a 20.1MP 1″ MOS sensor, Leica 15x zoom lens, 0.21″ electronic viewfinder, 3.0″ touchscreen LCD monitor, five-axis optical image stabilization, and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Also sold in a dark color option, the C-lux is good for recording UHD 4K video and stills at up to 30 fps and ISO 25600 and 10-fps continuous shooting.