Summer will seem like a distant dream in just a few weeks. While there’s nothing better than an Australian summer – the beach, the partial nudity, the long days, the cold beers, the partial nudity – there’re a more than a few things to look forward to in winter as well, most of which are to do with style. Because let’s be honest – winter sucks, but for men, it can be a chance to get your wardrobe game on point with jackets, coats, layers, scarves and a whole other host of accessories that will ensure that just cause it's winter, you won’t necessarily be left out in the cold, style-wise.
The other thing about winter is the whole survivalist instinct that comes out in men. It’s the primal urge to test yourself against the limits of nature. Think Whim Hoff and Bear Grylls. Some dudes like to sit at home near a warm fire, with a bottle of good whisky, while others are more inclined to get out amongst it and feel the sting of nature at its most fierce.
So why not mix style and substance?
Here are some of our picks for serious winter wear, that will both keep you looking good and perfectly able to endure the most extreme weather that coldest season throws at you.
Moncler Aubin Quilted Shell Down Jacket
The thing with puffer jackets is they’re kind of a necessity if you’re going to hike up a mountain. The other thing is they’re about as stylish as Crocs. This one’s made to look like a classic biker jacket, so you can enjoy the toasty lightweight comfort of down (and goose feathers) without the feeling of shame.
Approx. AU $1345 - mrporter.com
Outdoor Research Alti
Outdoor research's finest expedition gloves get a big boost in ergonomics and dexterity thanks to the revolutionary 3DFit Technology. For even more warmth, they've added more PrimaLoft HiLoft to the shell and upgraded the liner with PrimaLoft Active for better moisture management and improved dexterity.
Approx. AU $199.95 - outdoorresearch.com
Danner Kevlar Light II
You don’t have time to dick about with split seams or broken clasps when you’re in the middle of a week-long trek, so invest in the best before you leave. No matter where in the world you’re hiking, your feet are going to cop it. Be kind to them and get a pair of Danners (they look good, too).
Approx. AU $550 - danner.com
Rolex Explorer II
While Edmund Hillary might have worn an Oyster Perpetual during his adventures, this is the watch that his legendary treks ultimately inspired. With a date function, GMT hand and iconic oyster bracelet, this is the only watch you’ll ever need halfway up a mountain. Plus, it’s stylish enough that you can wear it to the bar upon your hero’s return.
Approx. AU $11,500 - Rolex