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Top Women's New Season Picks Summer 16
With thoughts turning to lighter evenings and warmer weekends, plans for the summer are in the making. Whether you’re training for an event, booking a holiday or just getting out there, we’ve selected some exciting new gear to kick start the season.
Our Womenswear Buyer, Amy, has expertly selected nine of our top must-have items for the new season. From smart insect repellent dresses to bold print leggings, exclusive women’s rucksacks and bright coloured down jackets, we’ve got the latest gear from your favourite brands wherever your adventures take you this summer.
Microlight Alpine Jacket
“This goose down jacket from Rab offers superior insulation when exploring in cooler temperatures or for early starts and late evenings spent outdoors. With a snug fit and an improved longer length than the previous model, you can get out there and explore without chilly drafts creeping in. Packed away in its stuff sack it takes up little room in your rucksack when out climbing or backpacking. Available in a variety of bright colours with contrasting linings and zips, it’s stylish enough to wear every day for extra warmth.“
Prana Quinn Top
“Designed for Yoga as well as climbing and fitness this bright blue Quinn top from yoga clothing brand prAna is perfect for summer. With an internal shelf bra, removable modesty cups and a stretchy quick drying fabric you’ll feel supported and comfortable during those warmer sequences.”
Ronhill Aspiration Lux Tee
“This Aspiration Lux tee from Ronhill is perfect for those who prefer a loose fitting and longer length top to keep them cool when out hiking, running or exploring the trails. The super soft and stretchy vapourlite fabric feels great against the skin whilst wicking sweat away. In a bright purple colour the stripey pattern and curved sleeves create a feminine look. Worn together with the Ronhill Aspiration Victory Capris.”
Mountain Athletics Pulse Capri Tight
“The new Mountain Athletics workout range from The North Face is full of bright patterns and prints designed to take you from the gym to the trail. The Pulse Capri tights feature a flattering coral print with side seams that cross over for a slimline look. Made from a moisture wicking fabric they’ll keep you feeling dry and comfortable throughout your session. Match with the Graphic Play Hard Tank top or Reaxion Amp Crew t-shirt to complete the look. “
Fjallraven Skogsö Jacket
“Offering flexible protection from the elements this jacket from Fjallraven allows you to choose a level of water resistance and breathability that suits the weather conditions and your activity levels, perfect for that route in the lake district that you’ve been meaning to tackle. By applying Fjallraven’s G1000 wax you can adjust the level of water resistance, or for more breathability you can remove the wax by washing your jacket. Stand out against the rest in this retro copper green with navy shoulders patches, perfect for summer.”
Nosilife Astrid Dress
“A must pack dress for your travels this summer, the Astrid dress has multiple pleats and a waist belt creating a simply stunning shape that won’t be crushed by tightly packed suitcases or long haul flights. Impregnated with insect repellent to help keep the bugs at bay, it will keep you cool when exploring warmer climates.”
Osprey Mira Pack
“Exclusive to Cotswold Outdoor, this brand new women’s specific pack from Osprey is a really versatile multi-sport pack. With the close-fitting AntiGravity 3D back system you’ll find carrying your kit on athletic adventures more comfortable than ever before.”
Mountain Equipment Calico Hooded Jacket
“This Calico Hooded Jacket from Mountain Equipment features in a Foxglove colour new for this season. Ideal for climbing and trekking this jacket is engineered to withstand abrasion and active use. The low bulk material makes it easy to layer underneath a waterproof or insulated jacket and feels soft against the skin.”
Rab Valkyrie Pants
“Great for climbing as well as a wide variety of activities the Valkyrie pants from Rab are lightweight and stretchy, with an elasticated waistband offering great freedom of movement. The drawcord hem allows you to roll them up so you can see where you’re placing your feet making them perfect for slacklining. Match the contrasting seam stitching with the Rab Topo Tee to complete the look.”
For further inspiration flick through our SS16 LookBook and check out the rest of our new spring summer range.
Expertly Picked By, Clothing Buyer
Our clothing buyer Amy has worked for Cotswold Outdoor for 5 years and originally worked in our Brecon store. She loves to travel and some of her favourite destinations are the Philippines, India and Bali and she’s heading to Hong Kong and Malaysia this year. Amy is also a keen skier all over Europe and loves working in the outdoor industry and seeing the new innovative technologies coming to market.