Do you miss traversing the great and mysterious outdoors? High five! That makes two of us. We know that purchasing a plane ticket to your dream country is definitely a big no in 2021— unless you’re willing to take the risk, of course.
Hence, we propose another alternative: Camping. Like any form of travel, camping is a rejuvenating activity that pushes you to up your fitness level and take on new challenges. Before you pack your bags and bolt out of town, though, you need to consider the type of clothes you need to wear, as well as the weather, terrain, and activities during the days in and around your campsite.
No, you just don’t pick whatever shirt is available in your favorite retail outlet. In fact, you need to start prioritizing functionality and fabric. For example, investing in lightweight or moisture-wicking clothing is a wise decision as it will make your trip more comfortable. Alternatively, clothes crafted from water-resistant fabric represent a smart choice if you are engaging in aquatic activities like kayaking.
We recommend wearing pants and lightweight, long-sleeve shirts or performance t-shirts to ward off pesky insects and protect you from the sun’s scorching rays. Other camping essentials include boots and backpacks, but being prepared for a trip all boils down to what you wear. If you’re a newbie adventurer, we recommend reading our list of the best outdoor clothing brands and clothing stores for men.
Whether you are trekking to and around your campsite or enjoying the company of yourself (or your loved ones), we’ve compiled a list of the best outdoor camping clothing brands to inspire your wanderlust.
Polish brand Cumulus was founded by Zdzisław Wylężek in 1989. Before becoming a founder, he first worked as a tents and panniers designer in Żagiel. Only then did Wylężek become cognizant of the quality of Polish down, a lightweight material known for its superb thermal insulation properties.
Although Cumulus first developed sleeping bags in partnership with Pertex, the brand has expanded its offerings to include cozy apparel and accessories for consumers. Now composed of a team of outdoor and nature lovers, Cumulus is a well-established company known for valuing ethical production and leveraging advanced technologies. We recommend Cumulus if you plan to embark on a winter camping trip.
Believe it or not, Marmot was founded by Eric Reynolds and Dave Huntley after avoiding classes for a few months. Quite an odd backstory, eh? Things got more interesting when they established Marmot Club, a social mountain climbing club, once the duo returned home. Reynolds and Huntley then collaborated with Tom Boyd, leading the ambitious pair to develop their first products such as sleeping bags.
Today, Marmot is recognized for promoting fair working standards and diversity in the production line and the outdoors, respectively. What’s more, Marmot offers sustainable clothes (and gear) for camping across every price point, making it an approachable brand for frugal campers.
Established in 1993 by a small team of outdoor industry iconoclasts, Mountain Hardware is a brand that empowers outdoor athletes with their high-performance clothing and equipment. Now, the brand endeavors to offer customers better experiences in camping and other outdoor activities through products that boast weather resistance or protection, moisture management, and temperature control. Because at the end of the day, who would not want to have a memorable and comfortable
Deceased adventurer and scientist Rob Gregg witnessed his friend— who suffered from frostbite due to a badly designed pair of gaiters— get evacuated by a helicopter, cutting their Denali expedition short. This tragic incident pushed Gregg to address gear issues and follow his passion, namely adventure. He founded Outdoor Research, envisioning that the best gear makes adventures more enjoyable for everyone.
With that, Gregg released an apparel line and travel accessories for adventurers. Its fashionable apparel collection is designed to protect you against the elements, regardless if you are cozying up in your tent or exploring the campsite.
Did you know that the founders of Smartwool started making socks because they wanted to ski longer without getting their feet cold? Little did they know that sock-making would lead them to discover a moisture-wicking performance fabric: Merino wool.
With their newfound discovery, Smartwool became the first outdoor brand to manufacture Merino wool ski socks, keeping everyone’s feet warm and dry. Since then, Smartwool has launched its collection of Merino wool clothing for men (and women). Given Smartwool’s choice of material, we believe its clothing line is ideal for nature lovers who love camping at mountaintops.
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