The gorpy guys Holiday shopping guide 

The gorpy guys Holiday shopping guide 

by Ollie Cox
7 min

Gorp core has developed since its post-lockdown heyday, embedding itself in menswear wardrobes in a more nuanced and understated way. And that’s not to say we’re done with GORE-TEX Pro. We’re far from it, but now things are a little more balanced. If you or someone you like has a penchant for the outdoors, or at least dressing as they do, keep reading to find out what to get for the gorpy guy in your life. 

MM6 Maison Margiela x Salomon XT 15 backpack – £250 / $315 (approx.)

Salomon is the foundation of any real gorpy guy’s wardrobe, with its products being versatile, durable and functional. Now, if you really want to say “Love You” to your London Fields-living hiking-obsessed pal, a collaboration between MM6 Maison Margiela and Salomon will be sure to do that. Allowing them to stunt on the street and the trails and boasting a roomy construction and a host of practical details, this is peak fashion meets function. 

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ROA Heavy Down Jacket Black – £693 / $880 (approx.)

Born out of the Dolomites in Northern Italy, ROA is a hiking brand first and foremost, but much like the surroundings that birthed the brand, its products are pretty nice to look at, too. The ROA Heavy Down Jacket in black boasts a down-feather construction, has plenty of pockets and will keep you toasty when the temperature drops. 

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Satisfy x Our Legacy WORK SHOP running shorts – £105 / $133 (approx.)

Chances are, most gorpy guys are obsessed with running, and when they’re not running they’re wearing Our Legacy WORK SHOP, so really, the Satisfy x Our Legacy WORK SHOP shorts are a match made in gorpy heaven. Whether you’re punishing yourself after a heavy night on the biodynamic vino or settling into a Tuesday tempo run, these will do you a treat.

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Story mfg. Eau De Parfum – Never Ending Meadow – £180 / $228 (approx.)

If you like being outdoors, why not smell like the outdoors too. Story mfg.’s recent foray into fragrance was a product of over a year’s research in the field and makes use of slow natural craft practices, in a process that was made with the planet in mind. Built on jasmine sambac and combined with oils from clay pots, this earthy scent has got gorp written all over it. 

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66° North Hornstrandir Jacket – £435 / $553 (approx.)

It’s GORE-TEX Pro so you already know it’s catnip for gorp-core obsessives. The 66° North Hornstrandir jacket has your back no matter if you’re doing the three-peaks or three pubs, with toggles in all the right places and durable embroidered branding, you’ll be protected no matter what the elements throw at you. 

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Oakley Flak 2.0 XL – £201 / $255 (approx.)

A pair of sporty shades is the icing on the cake for any gorp enthusiast, and the Oakley Flak 2.0 XL is a solid start. They’re lightweight and make sure every inch of peripheral coverage is optimised with high-definition optics as part of their durable design. 

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Garmin Forerunner 225 – £299.99 / $382 (approx.)

If you’re taking running seriously and are hankering to beat a Hackney Half PB, the Garmin Forerunner 225 makes for a perfect present. With 14 days of battery life, lightweight construction and being fully waterproof, this is the perfect companion for the stylish strider in your life. 

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Bone Soda x Salomon XT-6 Expanse LTR £160 / $203

Bone Soda and Salomon is a match made in heaven, combining outdoor-focused technology with limited-edition colourways and a city-rooted sensibility. With a premium leather upper and cream piping, these are a solid pair of hiking sneakers that look just as good on the concrete as in the countryside. 

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Soar Run Cap 3.0 – £40 / $50 (approx.)

Rain or shine, Soar Running has you covered (literally) with the Run Cap 3.0. It’s lightweight, quick drying and wraps around the head for a secure fit. Whether you’re putting the miles in over Christmas or just want something to inspire you in the new year, this dome-piece is a great place to start. 

Buy here.

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