Runners' favorite inov-8 launches lightweight hiking gear for fastpacking

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New VENTURELITE hike clothing collection by inov-8 (Image credit: inov-8)

British brand inov-8 has announced the creation of its first clothing range for hikers. Already well-known to runners, the company has added to its hiking footwear with a lightweight apparel collection called Venturelite.

The clothing takes inspiration from inov-8's trail running clothing collection, including the Speed Sock,  and aims to meet the demand for faster-paced hiking.

Helen Stuart, inov-8’s head of clothing and equipment, said that Venturelite will provide the same "speedy feel" that trail runners enjoy, but with some necessary hiking adaptations.

"We’ve kept all the garments super-lightweight by removing unnecessary features and instead sharply focused on the things that hikers really need to safely go faster on trails and chase down mountain summits," she said.

Man and woman wearing Inov-8 hiking clothing and backpacks

The new inov-8 clothing is aimed at fast hiking (Image credit: inov-8)

Venturelite clothes have an ergonomic fit that are designed to work with the body’s natural movements when hiking. The range includes comfortable mid-layers, hoodies, tees, trousers and shorts. A three-layer waterproof jacket with high levels of breathability will launch in time for winter.

Stuart said: "The hike collection has been designed with layering in mind, with each style working in sync with the other. This mirrors our trail running range, but with the overall feel being less athletic and more relaxed.

"While it is all light and fast, no compromise has been made on protection or durability, with each garment designed for multi-day use and materials carefully chosen to enhance a longer lifespan."

The collection was researched and designed in and around the British Lake District where the brand is based, and has taken two years from  concept to launch. A team of experienced hikers were used as testers throughout.

Man wearing Inov-8 hiking top and shorts

The Venturelite collection by inov-8 includes clothing for men and women (Image credit: inov-8)

Sustainable matierals

Some 66% of inov-8's hike and run clothing contains recycled yarn. All the recycled yarns are certified by the Global Recycled Standard (opens in new tab), which verifies recycled content and ensures responsible production. 

All main fabrics also carry the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX (opens in new tab) guarantee, which means they do not use  substances that are harmful or may present a risk to health. Packagin gis polybags featuring biodegradable organic technology.

You can find out more about inov-8’s new hike clothing collection (opens in new tab).

Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors (opens in new tab).