What motivates you to go walking or hiking? If it’s about the challenge, chances are you’re looking forward to the prospect of difficult hikes up steep inclines throughout the winter months. The reward of defrosting in front of a fire in a local pub certainly seems inviting.
There are many reasons why people choose to walk or hike. It can be for fitness, social interaction, the challenge or simply to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air. Whatever the reason, the benefits of walking and hiking are well documented.
Three reasons why walking and hiking is good for youExercise and health – Hiking is a great cardio workout. When you feel the physical effect of reaching the top of a hill with a degree of breathlessness, this is good for the heart, keeping blood pressure on track and working the lungs. As we get older, hiking helps to build strong bones, muscles and stamina, and gives you the chance to top up on your Vitamin D which can be difficult to get during the short days of winter.
Social benefits – Particularly for people who live alone, hiking and walking provides the opportunity to spend time with friends, and often to make new friendships with like-minded people. Being able to talk while walking outside where the mind feels more free, is also good for mental health.
Boost immunity – According to a report by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, of 1000 adults that were tracked during flu season, those who walked at a moderate pace for 30 to 45 minutes a day had 43% fewer sick days than those who didn’t. Getting outdoors exposes us to micro-organisms which builds a strong immune system.
These benefits show how good walking is for us, but to enjoy the experience fully it’s essential that we wear the right gear. Being cold and wet isn’t fun on a four hour hike! Here we will take a look at one of BCH Camping’s best-selling men’s jackets, the Rab Kangri GTX.
Rab Kangri GTX men’s jacketAlways innovative and market leading, Rab have updated the Kangri GTX men’s jacket for this season. This jacket is an all-rounder for walkers who like a challenge. The Rab Kangri GTX is ideal for all-weather hillwalking, hiking, trekking and mountain activities.
This classic Rab 3-layer robust and reliable mountain hiking hard-shell is now made with recycled material.
GORE-TEX fabricThe GORE-TEX fabric makes the jacket durable, waterproof, windproof and breathable. This means the jacket offers excellent performance in keeping you dry when walking in light snow and heavy rain.
Features of the Rab Kangri GTX Men’s jacketWeight – the Rab Kangri GTX jacket weighs just 524g so is rather light, considering the three layers of GORE-TEX fabric it carries.
Fabric – The super tough three-layer 70D nylon is used throughout the jacket to combat abrasion and rigorous use.
Outer – the outer is made from recycled materials.
Ventilation – ventilation and effective temperature regulation are provided by deep, two-way pit zips.
Warmth – an elasticated hem and drawcord waist allow for adjustment of the fit and to keep the heat in when temperatures drop.
Hood – the fully adjustable mountain hood fits closely to the face while still providing good vision and head-turn. It can be secured around the face to stop it flapping. There is a laminated wired peak, and a fleece-lined chin guard to prevent friction.
Front zips – the jacket has a two-way YKK® AquaGuard front zip with an internal storm flap.
Pockets – there are two rucksack friendly pockets and an internal zipped pocket for a phone or GPS.
Adjustable cuffs – the jacket has anti-snag hook-and-loop adjustable cuffs.
Reflective branding – to the chest and rear for visibility.
Performance of the Rab Kangri GTX men’s jacketThe performance of some of the main features of the jacket are rated as follows:
Lightness – 3/5
Breathability – 3/5
Waterproof – 5/5
Durability – 5/5
Pack size – 3/5
Windproof level – 5/5
Sizing informationChest Waist Arm Length Chest Waist Arm Length
S 37 " 30 " 33 " 94 cm 76 cm 83 cm
M 40 " 32 " 34 " 102 cm 81 cm 86 cm
L 43 " 34 " 35 " 109 cm 86 cm 89 cm
XL 46 " 36 " 36 " 117 cm 91 cm 91 cm
Walking and hiking clothing and accessories from BCH CampingThe Rab Kangri GTX men’s jacket is just one of many clothing products from leading brands that are available from BCH Camping.
At the BCH Camping website you will also find:
Waterproof clothing – including jackets, over-trousers and washing and proofing products
Down jackets and vests
Thermal base layers
Get in touchWhatever your clothing needs for hiking and walking, get in touch with the team at BCH Camping for all the advice you need.
Remember, the adventure starts at BCH Camping!