Smart Dressing

Five men’s style staples for the urban explorer

Do you long for the weekends so you can leave your desk and make for the great outdoors? These are the pieces to take with you

1. Danner Mountain Light Boots

urban explorer style, The Jackal magazine

In 1932, Charles Danner opened the doors of his shoe manufacturing company in Wisconsin, supplying heavy American industries with tough, hard-wearing boots. Since then, the company has grown into one of the world’s foremost boot brands. Each pair of these Mountain Lights are handmade in Danner’s Oregon factory and they’re unquestionably a design classic. Not only do they possess a timeless aesthetic – encapsulating both the hiking boot and the brand’s history – their construction and materials are second to none. Made from superior leather with GORE-TEX liners and an outsole designed to be hardy yet comfortable, you’ll be as at home wearing these in snow covered mountains as you will in grey old London. £304.05, danner.com

2. Shackleton Signature Jumper

Named after the legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and founded with the support of his daughter, Shackleton designs menswear inspired by the clothes worn by the great explorer himself on his Antarctic expedition. All its gear is made in Britain using the best quality British wool, and this extremely warm heavy-gauge knit is a faithful reproduction of Shackleton’s most dependable go-to. It’s a timeless classic this, hard wearing and great looking, and a piece that’ll doubtless provide you with years of loyal service. £150, shackletoncompany.com

3. Malle London John Hybrid Backpack

Urban explorer style, The Jackal magazine

Malle is a London based brand, founded by two young British designers. It’s all about superior quality, meticulously designed gear with an understated aesthetic. Their staples are designed to meet the requirements of demanding city life and to answer the call of the great outdoors in equal measure. The John Hybrid backpack – with its 10 oz weatherproof waxed cotton fabrication – is ideal to have you looking good in London day-to-day, but is equally as happy strapped to the side of a motorcycle for a transcontinental road trip. This is a piece that’s well and truly suited to life’s adventures. £299, mallelondon.com

4. Grenfell Mayfair trench

Grenfell, The Jackal magazine

Since 1923, Grenfell has been producing and supplying robust outerwear to explorers, adventurers and city-slickers in need of substantial overcoats. The brand takes its name from Sir Wilfrid Grenfell, a missionary who hand a hand in inventing the world’s first weatherproof all-natural cotton gabardine – more on that here. Even so, this piece is cut in indulgent army green alpaca, in a classic greatcoat style. It channels the style of the motor trenches that Grenfell used to manufacture in the 1930s and it’s exclusive to Harrods. It forms a part of the store’s autumn/winter Great Outdoors capsule collection, a range of hardy, yet luxurious menswear staples inspired by Britain’s heritage of hardy outerwear. It’s well worth a look – not least to wrap up in this coat. £1,120, harrods.com

5. Filson Original Lined Goatskin Gloves

Filson gloves, The Jackal magazine

Established during the American gold rush of the late 1890s, Filson was born to supply clothing to those opportunistic miners seeking their fortune in the harsh conditions of the Yukon. Its pedigree in turning out practical, hard-wearing outdoor gear is unquestionable, but it’s also easy to overlook how comfortable much of its clothing is too. These soft work gloves are a case in point. Made from Grade A goatskin with a moisture-wicking merino lining, they’re super comfortable, will keep you warm in cold conditions, and what’s more you don’t need to be precious with them. Suitable in any situation. £145, filson.com/uk