Discussion in 'Gear Chat' started by Clare, Dec 4, 2019.

  1. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    What do you think about colour? I like “subtle” i.e. dreary colours. But I often look at a bright orange jacket and think I ought to. Who can see a sort of blue/grey jacketed person in heavy rain and fog? If lost, if tired, if injured. So then I think go orange. Then I think yeulch. Then I think be safe. Then I think I’ll ask the forum, are they orange?
  2. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I love colour - big time.
    I spent a couple of years in the tropics (Africa) and Australia - everyone wore colour all the time - it was normal.
    I swore when I got back I would keep on wearing colour because life is less gloomy that way.

    For millenia most folks only got the choice of dull brown/green/grey to choose from :(
    Now we have available all colours you can imagine :).
    So why TF do most folks look like they are permanently going to a funeral ???? Everywhere - not just on the hill. It's really depressing :cry:.
    I think maybe they are afraid of colour ?? That's very sad.

    It depresses me when the choice of a particular item I want is only available in black or grey :poop: - because that's what they think will sell :mad:.

    So if Orange rocks your boat go for it and don't let anyone persuade you otherwise.

    PS. My favourites are bright blues and purples. :cool:
  3. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Do you mean wear orange for safety even if you don't like the colour?
    On the more philosophical possibility-Yes and no. I equally like to wear black.
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  4. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    I think I might be scared of colour. Strange thing to be scared of. Brought up not to draw attention to myself perhaps. So the question was intended to be whether anyone chooses bright for safety reasons rather than colour preference. Do you like to be visible in the mist or disappear like a leaf?
  5. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Not strange at all.:)
  6. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    To be honest i don't think about colour

    If i like something clothing wise and i need it, i buy it
    I've got bright red, bright yellow, electric blue coloured clothing, and i've got dark grey, olive stuff as well

    Not much black stuff cause i've got a Jack Russell :D

    My clothing choices are made by
    1/ What's appropriate i.e. meeting, beers, hiking etc
    2/ What practical weather wise
    3/ What comes to hand first

    For me personally colour doesn't rank into my choices
    My Mrs will sometimes complain about my colour choices but it's just nothing something that registers in my mind (my Mrs complaining or colours :D)

    Even with big purchases like cars
    I write down what i need from a car
    How much i'm willing to spend
    Make a list, research potential problem cars
    Reduce list
    Then buy the best one i can find (i never buy new), colour doesn't really come into it

    Although i really reallllyyyyyy don't like black cars as they're a nightmare to keep clean

    My current cars are electric blue and British racing green
    I didn't really like either colour at first, but now i do
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  7. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    It’s very noticeable when I’m hiking on the continent just how droll our clothing choices are over here, like Cathy said though it doesn’t help when some of our shops only stock lines in black or grey.

    I like blue but also wear quite a lot of black because that’s the only colour available in the item I want.

    I don’t like orange, there I said it :eek:
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  8. Nevis

    Nevis Section Hiker

    I love a bit of colour, find it really annoying when you see a nice jacket or something and think ...oh black.... again!! Why can't it be like the 70's and 80's again? When i go walking with my club it's a mad's like a bunch of ninja's about the storm a mountain!!!

    In daily life i try and wear as much colour as i can, normally in the way of super mad coloured socks :)
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  9. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Nothing wrong with black, grey & other drab colours IMO, they always appear cleaner than they are after a week or more on the trail :)
    The only 'bright' thing I wear is my winter jacket, a dull orange...………..because the price was right.
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  10. Patrick

    Patrick Trail Blazer

    "Loud" colours aren't quite as bad as loud music, but they certain draw attention to you. In the sort of places many of us go walking in, people are out there to enjoy the solitude. It seems to me at best unnecessary and at worst slightly antisocial to highlight your presence on the hill to others with your fluorescent clothing, or even worse dayglow tent!

    Its true I don't go as far as a full camouflage outfit - perhaps, following my argument to its conclusion, I should - but I do stick to drab colours where possible. Its not hard to have something brightly coloured inside your pack that you could spread out if you need to draw attention to yourself after an accident. Indeed, there'll be a better chance of it being noticed if the hill isn't already covered in brightly coloured blobs!
  11. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I do like to have something bright for safety reasons and the only time I've been involved in helicopter rescue we were specifically requested to put out a bright coloured item for the pilot to spot us.

    Scared - yes, the "not drawing attention to onesself" is a thing - particularly for women.

    I also think British folks sometimes worry "will this colour go with this or will it clash?" Which is a hangover from some very odd Victorian ideas eg "blue and green should not be seen together" - it's a load of B******. Very few colours clash. So we all partner a colourfull item with a black/grey/navy item just to "be safe" - and then we start partnering the dark item with another dark item until 'no colour at all' :cry::cry::cry:.

    I'm with you on the bright colour tent - I don't like to do that for the reasons you state.
    And other folks music taste - urgh - that really is pollution (most of the time).
  12. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Despite the drab clothing I think I've plenty of bright stuff in the pack to be able to provide a signal.
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  13. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    Colour matters. I love colours. A tastefully muted green, brown or grey is every bit as much a colour as a searingly vivid orange, they're just different colours. It's interesting that in the natural world striking colours tend to occur in the reproductive arena, to attract a mate or a pollinator for example; the rest of the time, a colour which shouts "Look at me!" is not the best idea, neither for the hunter or the hunted.

    In the hills, colour choice, ranging from the full camo (where's the war then?) to the psychedelic, gives you the option of 'blending in' or 'sticking out'. I'm in @Patrick 's camp on this one. When hiking I prefer to go quietly, to camp quietly, unnoticed ideally, even if that might be less advantageous in a potential emergency. Like @Whiteburn , I have some higher-viz material within the pack should the need arise, which seems sensible.

    Perhaps it's not entirely coincidental that those sporting the most lurid colours are often those whose raised voices you can hear coming a mile off...
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  14. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    I hate black jackets, I go into Aberdeen and you can just about guarantee everyone you see will be in black. Makes a drab place even darker

    On the other hand I've got a bright tangerine Patagonia jacket that just screams H&S or road worker.

    I've got lots of light/sky blue (mostly Patagonia for some reason), and lots of red, my favourites are the arcteryx muted reds, the Sangria, infrared and feroz are cracking colours (and to someone who can see properly, probably all the same)
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  15. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    "Blending it"


    Not so much :whistling:



    Either way what people think concerns me not in the slightest :D
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  16. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Ultralighter

    I'm definitely not an orange person! Most of my stuff is relatively understated, although I try to avoid black since most of my walking is in Southwest France - not appropriate for the summer months!! Having said that, I will confess to an offensively bright emerald green Rab down jacket with a violet lining and a bright yellow rucksack, bought on the grounds of being a) very warm and/or b) ludicrously cheap. (My rucksack cover is a nice drab grey, btw:rolleyes:)
  17. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Black or dark grey pretty much. My quilt's black but inner is orange in case of emergency. Stuff sacks, ditty bags are bright colours as it makes finding them easier just as seeing things inside them easier.
  18. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    My favourite hill colour is 'Antisocial Orange', closely followed my 'Inconsiderate b4stard orange'.

    It's a cheery colour, easily spotted by emergency services if the worst were to happen. I'm pretty sure, if a helicopter or search team were looking for me, I maybe wouldn't be able to get the high viz stuff out that I needed to be found.
    MRT certainly doesn't have a problem with high viz clothing in the hills.
    Just a couple of months ago, I went missing in the Arctic due to a satellite beacon failing to transmit in a canyon and the emergency services were called; locals had seen me walking fine in my bright orange top, relayed the info and the search was called off. I simply wouldn't have been seen in drab clothing. It's a good idea in shooting season too, helps you not get shot.

    Bright stuff makes sense in the outdoors. I'm personally not too bothered if wearing it annoys a few overly judgemental types. Part of the reason I seek solitude is to get away from those types anyway. There are far worse 'Hill crimes' than wearing an item of bright clothing or camping in an orange tent.

    An orange tent is a wondrous thing on a zero day, or in darkness.; it's always sunny and warm.
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  19. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Mine is muted.
    Exceptions being things I got cheap... some of which are quite offensive..
    I'll look for brighter gloves, socks, base etc as old wear out as I'm bored with trying to find black on black in a tent in winter..
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  20. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

  21. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    How do you know one from another ?
    I've got a variety of coloured stuff sacks so I can grab the correct one first time :angelic:.
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  22. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Simple, they've got BIG permanent marker lettering on one side; FLY, NEST, X-Therm, etc.
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  23. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Ultralighter

    Me too, saves a lot of time when you're late pitching and the light's going.

    Oh, forgot to mention my vibrant waterproof shell in nuclear bright red with fluorescent yellow trim. Clashes horribly with everything I possess and would put out your retinas on a bright day, but it's soooooo lovely and light I just refuse to part with it
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  24. benp1

    benp1 Trail Blazer

    I do have a fair bit of sober coloured stuff, but don't mind the off bright blue or red.

    Most importantly, trousers are always sober - black, grey, dark green etc. Never bright! Gloves always sober, hats mostly too

    So top half clothing is where the colour
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  25. OwenM

    OwenM Ultralighter

    Most of my stuff is quite drab, grays, greens except my waterproof jackets. I have a bright green and a red ones. I do try to avoid dark colours for use in Alpine regions. I once went on a climbing holiday to Switzerland with black sallopettes and dark navy blue shirt. I had steam coming out of my ears by midmorning.

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