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Man vs. Wilderness. It's an age old battle, where more often than not, man tends to lose. You know the story; footwear lost in deep puddles of mud, that jacket that you thought was waterproof letting every drop of rain in-soaking that nice new knitted jumper of yours until it looks like you wore it in the shower. So why does man constantly try to beat the elements, when time after time we do nothing but come home, wet cold and miserable? I couldn't tell you-I can however, tell you that this winter, the rugged, all conquering man image will be one of the trendiest going, not just in the extremes of the wilderness, but on the bustling high streets. It's time to become an urban explorer and conquer the urban jungle. With one of this season's key looks being the rugged hiker, where better to start than at the bottom. All men's boots carry a certain feeling of winter style, but none quite offer the rigidity and comfort of the Quebec hiking boot by Diesel. A deep tread, classic bronzed metal eyelets and red contrast laces add to the stereotypical hiker image, whilst the green lining on the inner keeps that quirky Diesel twist to make this boot fashion ready. Nothing shouts rough and ready like a pair of well cut raw denim jeans. Try these tapered radar's by G-Star in a raw Milgauss denim. Slightly fitted around the thigh and calf, the dark denim offers the perfect accompaniment to the dark Diesel boots. This denim wears and fades depending on how you wear them, meaning that you can create a wash that's entirely your own: very manly indeed. Legs and feet done, it’s time to think about layering up. No man goes into an urban jungle wearing just a t-shirt and jumper in the winter. Consider colours when layering; we've chosen a grey chambray shirt by Lyle and Scott. The material has a slight fleck to it, making it perfect for chucking on underneath a brighter patterned jumper. Cue the Penfield knitted jumper, with a colourful fair isle pattern. The grey in the shirt sits subtly underneath, letting the pattern do all the talking. American brand Penfield are notorious for creating garments of pure quality for life in the great outdoors, meaning that this jumper will keep you warm and toasty on the coldest of days. Finish the look with a piece of historic outerwear with a Fred Perry Parka. We love the detailing on this jacket, from the hand warming lining in the pockets to the check lined hood. The green from the Penfield knitted jumper carries over to the colour of the jacket seamlessly. So now that you are weather proof, it's time to sort your accessories to make sure you have everything you need to come home in one piece from the urban jungle. Firstly, let's talk time pieces. After all, you need to know what time tea's going to be ready, right? We love this little number from Diesel. Finished in black, with tonal face details, this watch looks, plain and simply, bad ass. Extra detail around the bezel makes it look even more manly (as if it wasn't butch enough). Don't forget to keep your head warm with a knitted bobble hat by . We've chosen this one in green, purely to match up with the outfit-but it's available in a range of colours to go with any jacket. Finally, you're going to need a back pack. No man should venture out without a few survival essentials, so whether your carrying stuff for work, or books for uni, this Penfield bag is just the ticket for taking your stuff with you, no matter where you're going. So there you have it, a guide on how to achieve one of the best looks going for the coming Winter. We know you won't be off fighting wild bears or chopping down trees in the middle of the forest, but you can use all the tricks of the trade to keep you warm and dry where ever you are. Ryan J Gray

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