Now that the grey clouds have seemingly broken, and fine weather is slashing itself through the bitterness and cold of the past few months, it finally feels like it’s time to head outside, throw ourselves into the great outdoors – whether on foot, on a bike, or behind the wheel – and enjoy the glorious bounty of spring and summer. And, to celebrate the turning of the climes in these shores, we’ve put together a premium bundle of experiences and items that’ll have you enjoying the open air once again.
Featured in this selection is a two-night stay in the bucolic Cotswold landscapes; enough gear to see you through long stretches of treks and activities; a range of water bottles to keep you hydrated through it all; and one of our favourite speakers that’ll soundtrack the adventure you’ll embark on, all of which, together, is worth over £4,500. Here’s what you can win…
A two-night stay at The Fish Hotel & Retreat
Situated in the rural-rustic setting of the Cotswolds, The Fish Hotel & Retreat bills itself as a back-to-nature bolthole, comprising a cluster of offbeat but luxurious hotel houses, huts and treehouses that stand on the hillside of a 400-acre private estate. A visit here will comprise a two-night midweek stay, some credit towards a dinner – we often book in at Hook, for its seafood-driven fare – either a private clay shooting or axe-throwing session, and a second timetabled group-activity session, which can vary, depending on the day (previous schedules have included archery, clay shooting, and falconry).
Three-day car rental, with THE OUT
There are few more high-octane thrills than buckling yourself into a luxury set of wheels and hitting the open road. To help facilitate your next trip, we’ve called upon THE OUT, a premium car-rental service by Jaguar Land Rover that eschews queues, check-in counters, added expenses, and fuss – all you need to do is book, and the company delivers and collects. For this competition, you’ll be provided with either a Jaguar F-Pace, Range Rover Velar or Land Rover Defender, subject to availability, to get you to – and from – whichever destination you want to reach.
SEVEN LAYER, Smock and T-shirt
Celebrated function-first performance label SEVEN LAYER melds style with practicality, imbuing its pieces with both classic military and contemporary technical-layering systems. Here, you’ll get an ‘Essentials Tee’, which is made with a relaxed fit and produced in thick 315gsm organic cotton; for layering on top, we’re also offering you the ‘L5.Recon Smock’, which is lightweight, understated, and crafted from water- and wind-repellent Italian fabric, and a breathable mesh lining.
Polar Grit X Pro
Defined by its form-meets-function look and build, this premium outdoor multi-sport timepiece has military-grade durability, including a scratch-resistant sapphire-glass face, and up to seven-days of battery life; incorporates comprehensive training, recovery, sleep and navigation features; is water-resistant up to 100m; and, perhaps most impressively, withstands temperatures as low as -20-degrees-Celsius and as high as 50-degrees-Celsius.
Rapha, Jacket and Pants
Crafted for venturing down the path less trodden, The Rapha Explore range, made by the famed specialist of cycling apparel, hones in on hardiness, ease of packing, and materials with a technical edge. This lightweight Gore-Tex jacket, and Explore pants, made from abrasion-resistant, quick-drying fabrics, best epitomise the line’s all-conditions ethos.
Troy London, Men’s Donegal Tweed Gilet
Fast becoming a household name that’s synonymous with soft shirting, finely crafted layering pieces, and easy-to-wear waterproofs, Troy London proffers this heritage-looking gilet, made in salt and pepper tweed and finished in beautiful Donegal, which has lately become a staple for us when heading to the countryside. The deep storage pockets and real-horn buttons add a subtle hit of finesse.
JBL Flip 6
When heading outside, we often find that the vast, open air calls out for loud, thrilling sonics to get you through your cycles, runs, or whichever activity you’ve chosen to engage with. The JBL Flip 6 offers superlative clarity, due to a two-way speaker system that has dual pumping bass radiators and separate tweeter. Moreover, it’s easy to cart around, is dustproof and waterproof, and 12-hours of playtime means you can soundtrack your entire day.
Härkila, Pro Hunter Ledge 2.0 GTX
Designed with a rugged, stylish look, Härkila is a fine choice when in need of hunting boots. Though the leather on this model is premium and hardwearing, the boots are lightweight, allowing for subtle mobility, meanwhile the medium-stiff sole provides a solid foundation.
Vallon, Heron Mountain Sunglasses
Frames for the outdoors often lean towards the clunky and the inelegant – however, Vallon cuts against the grain, with its choice of considered sunglasses that range from heritage styles to the more avant grade. The ‘Heron Mountain’ model fits the latter category, with its harmonious blend of rounded lenses, thin frames, and leather side shields. The Cat. 3 lenses with which they come are said to provide clear visibility when hiking or skiing.
Ocean Bottle, The Whole Fam
B Corp-certified reusable bottle brand Ocean Bottle has been drawing heads of late, due to its vessels that bring together style (the creation was done in tandem with K8 Design) and an eco-conscious touch (since launch, in 2019, the brand has prevented over 9.1m kgs of plastic from reaching the ocean). Here, we have the entire range, including the OG Ocean Bottle (500ml), Big Ocean Bottle (1L), Brew Flask (350ml), GO Bottle (500ml), and Carry Loop. Features include a no-sweat surface; hot-and-cold stainless-steel vacuum insulation; and, due to a patented modular design, the user can mix and match bottle parts so that customisation is easy.
This competition is now closed.
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