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On Trend: Hit the Trail

On Trend: Hit the Trail

Take a hike! ...No, sorry, come back, we didn't mean it like that. What we're trying to get at is that hiking-inspired design is simply not leaving menswear. And whether or not you're gearing up for a weekend in the elements or indulging in a pint or three at your local, there's plenty of luxury takes on hiking style to enjoy. Let FLANNELS take the lead.

Balmain B-Trail trainers

Take this one with a pinch of salt, as Olivier Rousteing and his #BalmainArmy would probably drop dead on the spot if you wore these B-Trails out on a muddy hill. But when you look at those spiked soles and technical lacing, you can't deny that Mr Rousteing has to be thinking of traditional hiking boots in his sneaker design. Same goes for Pierre Hardy, Buscemi and the Goth Lord Rick Owens' collaboration with Veja.

Trainers by Balmain
Stone Island Shadow Project nylon shorts

The mad thing about hiking is that it feels like you're totally frozen and unbelievably warm at the same time. That's when shorts, like these ones from Stone Island Shadow Projectare essential. As expected from the Italian sports geniuses, these combine intricate craftsmanship (anti-drop treated, keeping water and dirt off you) and athletic prowess (an inlay that heightens breathability). And plus, this eye-popping pair of pastels can (a) help your loungewear feel extra special or (b) act as a rescue beacon the second you get lost in the great outdoors. Wow, it's like they thought of everything!

Shorts by Stone Island Shadow Project

Moncler 1952 Awake gilet

The humble gilet. Or is it a bodywarmer, like you used to say in school? An outside vest? Whatever you call it, it's valuable for any outdoorsy activity — and also for layering your garms. The quilted designs are going to continue being at the centre of any discerning menswear addict's universe, and you can't go wrong with Moncler's take on them. But this is Moncler 1952, designed by longtime house designer Sergio Zambon, in collaboration with ex-Supreme honcho Angelo Baque's label Awake NY. Working that out's about as confusing as deciding on whether to call it a gilet, bodywarmer or vest.

Gilet by Moncler 1952
Maharishi vegetable dyed nylon tech cap

You wouldn't think it given the British weather, but it's essential to chuck on a hat for a hike. You're going to be under the glare of the sun, which definitely is still there even though it's cloudy. At work on Monday, do you really want to explain the embarrassing sunburn you got on your nose? Then go for this lightweight, technical hat from London streetwear dons Maharishi. Or maybe you don't intend on hiking anywhere and can't be bothered tidying up your bed hair — same applies.

Cap by Maharishi
Supreme x The North Face Statue of Liberty parka

And finally, lord knows that you're not wearing this iconic Supreme piece on an intense jaunt up the Cairngorms. But if you want to, outerwear innovators The North Face did design the Mountain jacket silhouette back in 1985 for outdoorsy behaviour. So, you could be the best-dressed hypebeast on a long, lonely trail, or in a street style photo at London Fashion Week. It's your call.

Parka by Supreme x The North Face