The Laurel Collective – indie band and organisers of the In the Woods music festival – are camping veterans. So who better to take the great Time Out canvas challenge? Perhaps this one isn’t as speedy as it says! Looking for the best outdoor kit for your next intrepid adventure? Katherine Ogilvie scouts out the top shops for budding Bear Grylls…
Spread over two floors in Covent Garden – the camping-gear heartland of London, it seems – Cotswold Outdoor is one of the largest camping stores in the city. This branch sells clothing, rucksacks, travel accessories and even has a library of camping books in the basement.
Shunning boring blue fleeces, Ellis Brigham supplies activewear with a bit of an edge. Whatever your outdoor discipline, there’s plenty of slightly hipper techie apparel that will make you the envy of the rest of the ramblers. It even has its own ice wall, offering hourly sessions for the upwardly mobile.
If one is seeking the right get-up for shooting, fishing and other country pursuits, the Farlows store, spanning more than 6,500 square feet, will provide handsomely. Products include fine tailored tweeds, wellies from the likes of Hunter, Aigle and Dubarry, torches and binoculars, shotgun patches, cartridge belts, fishing equipment and technical clothing.
Australian outdoor retailer Kathmandu stands out from the Covent Garden crowd. Unlike competitors, it mainly stocks its own brand of basic, good-quality gear for men and women as well as tents, sleeping bags and accessories. Kathmandu also has great multi-buy offers for serious campers.
Listen to the Laurel Collective’s new album below: