If you love spending time outdoors, then you’ll no doubt know that having the right gear is important for staying safe and making the most of your adventures. But, with so much outdoor gear on offer, it can be difficult to narrow down which outdoor accessories and essentials you need. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or are new to outdoor activities, this list of essentials items for outdoor adventures will help you get started on putting together your own kit for exploring nature with friends and family.
Whether you are into hiking, camping, hunting or fishing, this selection of K-Way gear I’ve chosen to highlight will help protect you from the elements and keep you comfortable while you’re out and about this winter. I’ve personally tried and tested the K-Way gear on this list to help you decide If it’s the right choice for your adventures this season. Winter is often the best time to be outdoors in South Africa, but it’s also important to have specialised winter gear to ensure you stay comfortable and safe while exploring nature.
K-Way Gradient 28L Day Pack
Ideal for light hikes and day adventures, the K-Way Gradient 28L Day Pack is spacious enough to house all your hiking essentials and is even hydration compatible to fit both a 2 and 3L K-Way hydration pack. The backpack comes with a rain cover and features a waist belt as well as a Sternum strap with whistle and Compression straps. The rain cover gives you peace of mind when hiking in South Africa, as we all know that the weather can change at any moment. The various straps making it super comfortable to wear and offer support in all the right places, so you don’t feel like your pack is a burden on your shoulders when you’re clambering up rocks and traversing trails.
The backpack has ample space for all your picnic goodies (essentials for any hike) and other day hiking gear, while side mesh pockets give you quick access to items you want on-hand for your hike. I’ve been using this pack for a few months now, and it’s still going strong.
If you’re looking for an affordable, yet functional and tough day pack for hiking, camping, and even travelling then this is a great option. Find it at Cape Union Mart at R1,199.
K-Way Women’s Edge 2 Mid Boot
If you’re an avid hiker then investing in a pair of hiking boots or shoes is essential. Most casual hikers wear cross-trainers or running shoes for hiking as well but once you invest in a good pair of hiking boots you’ll understand why cross-trainers just don’t cut it on the mountain. First off, cross-trainers are made for the gym, so they don’t offer the grip needed to stay safe and injury-free on the mountain. You run the risk of slipping and injuring yourself, so it’s essential to wear the correct footwear when hiking.
The K-Way Women’s Edge 2 Mid Boot is extremely comfortable is ideal for tackling any terrain. It is K-Way waterproof, which allows it to deal with wet terrain and climate; a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating allows water to bead off the surface so if the weather changes, or you hit a muddy patch you’ll have no worries. The boot’s softshell upper material ensures that it is both lightweight and durable while the Vibram outsole offers optimal balance, stability and flexibility for ground adaption. A removable Ortholite insole ensures that the shoe is highly breathable while offering excellent moisture control. A CMEVA midsole offers great cushioning and support.
If you’re looking for an affordable, comfortable hiking boot with great performance then this is a great option. Find it at Cape Union Mart at R1,499.
K-Way Women’s Iris ’17 Crewneck
The K-Way Women’s Iris ’17 fleece is a lightweight technical fleece that packs away small, making it ideal for trail runners and hikers. If you’re a fan of the classic K-Way fleece sweaters already but find it’s a little too bulky for a hike, where you’ve got limited space in your back, then you’ll love this version which weighs just 150g. It’s ultra-lightweight yet incredibly warm and comfortable. Just like the classic K-Way fleece it feels like a hug in sweater form and is the ideal garment for protection from cold weather during a winter hike. The fabric offers moisture-wicking properties to help keep you warm and dry while you’re exploring outdoors, and it’s ideal to use an insulation layer or as an over layer while exercising in chilly conditions.
The ultimate outdoor sweater for winter, this fleece is a must-have for anyone who loves the outdoors. Find it at Cape Union Mart at R350.
K-Way Women’s Mira’19 Softshell Jacket
I love these K-Way softshell jackets so much, I own two of them! K-Way is known and loved for its puffer jackets, but the versatile softshell jacket deserves plenty of praise too. The Mira’19 Softshell Jacket is lightweight, hard-wearing, and functional. It’s ideal for hiking and exploring outdoors in winter, but I wear it for everything from heading to the gym to walking the dog, to road trips, and even trips to the grocery store. It’s my constant companion in winter and for good reason.
This two-ply softshell jacket features a single baffle behind the CF zip to offer additional wind protection, two hand-warmer pockets, and elasticated cuffs. It has two-way stretch for extreme comfort and freedom of movement and a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating ensures water beads off the surface in wet conditions. What’s more, an adjustable hem, helps prevent cold air from getting under the jacket. It’ll keep you snug and warm in winter and ensure you’re protected from the elements.
You won’t find a better winter jacket than this! Find it at Cape Union Mart at R899.
After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.