Wintertime on the west coast is wildly different from what I’m used to. I grew up in the prairies, where knee-deep snow, bone-chilling temperatures, and parkas defined the winter months. After moving to Vancouver 5 years ago, I’ve finally equipped myself with winter essentials that are great for both city trekking and mountain hiking.
Being waterproof and comfortable during the rainy winter months is a struggle, not to mention trying to be stylish at the same time. This fairly simple Lululemon raincoat was the perfect answer, as a hooded jacket beats lugging around an umbrella any day. In an continued effort to staying dry, I finally caved after years of internal debating and bought Hunter boots (for less, of course. $100 on Craigslist!). Bring on the rain!
This Fjällräven Kanken No 2 backpack fits more than it looks; I can fit everything I need, including my laptop, boxing gloves and a water bottle. It’s the perfect companion in the city when I’m running errands and need to be hands-free. I’ve always had an aversion to backpacks mainly due to design, but I love the leather detailing and shape of this style.
[ photos by christian nambayan ]