With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the summer of 2021 is set to be the season of the staycation. If there’s one thing the last year has taught us, it’s to have a greater appreciation for our travels (and the planet) and outdoor retailer Decathlon couldn’t agree more, offering you the chance to win £500 of eco-friendly clothing or equipment. Here are just three incredible products you could spend your voucher on…
After such a long time away from the UK’s wilds, you may want to head out on a hike around somewhere wild such as the Lake District’s craggy peaks or the barren beauty of the Cairngorms. You’ll need to be prepared for any kind of weather, and the Quechua MH500 walking jacket will be your trusty friend when the heavens open. Dreamt up at the foot of Mont Blanc, it was designed specifically with the fiercest mountain storms in mind and its triple-layer membrane protects you from the heaviest downpours and the strongest winds. Whatever the weather (and you’re bound to get a mix, even in the height of the British summer), you’ll work up a sweat on your hike but the jacket’s 29cm-long side openings and wicking technology ensures maximum breathability. The compressible Quechua MH500’s feather-like weight (only 538g) not only means it takes up hardly any space in your backpack but it’s also contributed to the jacket’s eco-friendliness. Along with fewer raw materials being used in its creation, its lighter weight has led to a reduction of 31% in CO2 emissions during the manufacturing process when compared to its predecessor. In short, the Quechua MH500 is the perfect partner for your next staycation.
Sometimes rucksacks can have so many features that you don’t know where to start and this can be frustrating when you need to locate something quickly. Thankfully, the Forclaz Trek 100 rucksack prefers simplicity over complexity without compromising on an array of technical features. Developed in partnership with trekkers in the French Alps, its EASYFIT adjustment technology means it can comfortably fit any size or shape of hiker. The rucksack’s durable polyester fabric can not only deal with the everyday rough and tumble of the outdoors but it was dyed using coloured granules rather than being dipped in a dye bath, meaning water consumption and CO2 emissions were reduced by 35% during its making.
Hidden inside, there are five compartments that make it simple to organise your storage, as well as handy access to the bottom of the rucksack. A number of versatile outer pockets also make it easy to reach for your water bottle when you want to cool down while traversing the South Downs National Park or blanket your pack with a rain cover when the clouds open over the Yorkshire Dales. The Forclaz Trek 100 is a piece of kit you can rely on when you need it.
When we’re finally able to enjoy the UK’s wilderness once more, we’re going to want to make the most of every second. That’s where the Quechua 2 Seconds Easy Tent comes in. As its name suggests, it takes the blink of an eye to erect, making it ideal for those impulse overnighters under the stars. Its Fresh & Black patented fabric, which promises 99% darkness even on the sunniest of days, and mechanical air vents will ensure a cool and comfortable night’s sleep anywhere in the country. The fabric itself has been dope dyed, an eco- friendly method that uses fewer chemicals, less energy and minimises wastewater. If you’re worried its time-saving abilities means less durability and quality then you needn’t be, as the tent’s wind resistance of up to 50km/h and waterproofness of up to 5,000mm mean that it can stand up to harsh conditions.
It’s the following morning when you’ll realise the tent’s true worth. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed from a great night’s sleep (not always guaranteed when camping) before revelling in the fact you won’t need to fight with your tent to take it down. With the Quechua 2 Seconds Easy Tent, you’ll be lacing up and hitting the trail again in no time.
The list of eco-friendly and high-quality clothing and equipment available at Decathlon goes on and on! Explore the full range now.
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