Textiles Top Picks By Our Experts

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Whether you like walking, camping, travelling or generally just getting outdoors, you need to stay protected with the right gear. It can be hard to choose what apparell will be best - there's a lot of choice out there, so for a little helping hand, our experts have picked a few of their favourite items. Why not add them to your collection?


I have worked in the outdoor industry for 15 years developing product for many high performance brands, bringing with me a wealth of knowledge in both performance and fit. I am coming up to my first year working with the blacks and Millets product development team. Having two small children means I’m regularly out and about in all kinds of weather. Living in rainy Manchester means a decent waterproof is essential to keep us all dry on the school runs.

Colette's Top Picks

Mens Cargo Trouser

"I developed this product soon after starting last year, paying extra attention to the details and ensuring the trouser fits well. This is a comfortable yet durable trouser, great for every day wear or going further afield."

Women's Waterproof parka

"Lovely and warm, waterproof and breathable. One of my favourite jackets to wear - it looks good whilst keeping me warm and dry."

As the ladies and kids textiles Buyer for the group, I’m fairly new to the outdoor world coming from a ladies fashion and kids background. I like to think I build the ranges based around everyday outdoors considering all types of lifestyles and activities. I myself like to get out when I can, mainly to keep fit and find it a good excuse for some quality family time. I’m always the one to drag the girls on weekend walks to blow away the cob webs, especially when it involves a nice pub at the end! For me the outdoors is all about an active lifestyle and actually liking the outdoor clothing you need to protect yourself in every occasion.

Kaley's Top Picks

Women's Cedar II Jacket

"Waterproof with style!

So, this season we have re-vamped our Peter Storm Cedar Parka on ladies wear. This is the perfect style for summer days to keep you fully waterproof in those unexpected showers. The longer line styling and detail on this ‘throw on’ lightweight parka, makes it just as special as any you may find in your favourite high street store. The difference here? You can stay dry and look good which is usually not possible so this is definitely a piece I will be buying for my summer days!"

Girls' Waterproof Patterned Jacket

This new mac is a personal favourite of mine! It’s so cute for little girls and what’s better is it keeps the little tots completely dry! It’s longer line design and fixed hood make it pretty and practical all in one.

I’ve worked as a designer for 7 years, but this is my first year in the outdoor world having previously worked in sports and fashion. It felt like a natural transition as I spend most of my time outdoors! I have a horse which keeps me busy and also love walking in the Lakes, especially when the route includes a good country pub. I love going to festivals….. And the camping has definitely gone up a notch now I’m surrounded by great advise and equipment - I can’t believe I survived some of my earlier festivals!"  

Beth's Top Picks

Women's Merino Crew Baselayer

The long sleeve thermals are great for the stables in the evenings. It gets annoying layering up with bulky garments, losing movability around the horses. With the thermal base layer it means I can choose lighter outerwear without compromising warmth! 

Women's Parka In A Pack

These packable parkas are a godsend at festivals. As well as protecting you from showers they are perfect for sitting on in front of the stages and then fold away small and light so they’re not a pain to carry around. Their great value also means you’re not overly worried about the mud and damage.


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