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Ayacucho is a leading European outdoor apparel and equipment brand that Cotswold Outdoor has proudly partnered with for over 15 years. As one of the UK’s largest outdoor retailers with over 100 stores nationwide, Cotswold Outdoor provides Ayacucho extensive reach into the thriving community of climbing, hiking, camping and mountaineering enthusiasts who value durable, high performing technical apparel.


This long-term partnership enables both partners to advance their sustainability commitments. For example, with support from Cotswold Outdoor to develop circular business models, over 50% of Ayacucho jackets now incorporate fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles. Their ambition is to achieve net zero supply chains by 2030.


Ayacucho also works closely with Solid, an innovative Docelandic non-profit using repurposed fishing nets as raw material inputs for their waterproof and breathable fabrics. This upcycling initiative provides economic opportunities to marginalised fishing communities whilst reducing ocean plastic pollution by putting waste materials to practical use in durable, high quality apparel.


Now with over thirty years track record creating original designs tested by Cotswold Outdoor, athletes like mountaineer Kenton Cool who summited Everest can be seen wearing Ayacucho gear. The brand combines pioneering innovation in material science and manufacturing with commitments to ethics and sustainability befitting modern adventurers who seek to tread lightly on threatened natural habitats. Generations of outdoor enthusiasts have come to trust Ayacucho for reasonably priced, high functioning products able to thrive in extreme mountain environments.

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Two people stood holding logs, stood in front of a stack of logs, wearing their Ayacucho clothing

The Ayacucho Clothing Range

With such a long track record serving the needs of climbers, mountaineers, hikers, campers and other outdoor adventurers, Ayacucho has developed an extensive range of technical clothing and accessories suitable for all conditions and excursions. Understanding customer requirements has always been central to their mission.


For the main outer layer, Ayacucho offers waterproof and breathable jackets designed to withstand horizontal rain, snow storms and blustery winds whilst regulating body temperature during high energy activities. Their 3-layer and 2.5-layer waterproofs incorporate rugged ripstop face fabrics with a waterproof and moisture permeable membrane and protective backing to create the optimal balance of water resistance, sweat wicking performance and durability. Fully taped seams enhance weather protection when every drop counts.


Insulated mid layers provide vital extra warmth for cold pursuits like winter climbing, mountaineering and alpine hiking. Quilted, padded and Primaloft insulated gilets, pullovers and zip jackets trap heat whilst allowing moisture to pass through the fabric instead of building up inside. This effective moisture management keeps the skin dry for thermal regulation and comfort. Technical features like helmet compatible hoods, underarm vents and thumb loops extend their versatility.


Baselayers play a crucial role next to skin; Ayacucho has light and stretchy long and short sleeve tops plus leggings fabricated from merino wool or synthetic fibres which wick moisture away from the body. This keeps skin dry and warm in cold temperatures whilst avoiding overheating during peaks of exertion. Flatlock seams ensure comfort for active wear.


Ayacucho also produces lines of highly practical outdoor trousers such as softshell pants and climbing trousers with reinforced instep patches and gripper waistbands for security and maneuverability. Water repellent yet breathable fabrics allow fast drying and abrasion resistance. Cargo, hand and thigh pockets provide carrying capacity whilst articulated knees and gussets enable freedom of movement.


Whether blustery ridge walks, crag climbing frozen waterfalls or winter camping under the stars, Ayacucho's broad clothing range has discerning adventurers covered in trusted protection, comfort and performance. Their technical garments allow outdoor fans to focus on the exhilaration of exploring untamed landscapes rather than battling the elements.

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Ayacucho Jackets

As innovators in waterproof breathable shells, Ayacucho's outer layer jackets represent the pinnacle of weather protection and comfort for active usage across mountain, hill and crag terrain. They are designed to shield against horizontal rain and gales whilst preventing internal condensation and overheating for complete confidence no matter how rough the conditions.


Starting with the durable fabric, Ayacucho employ 3 layer construction techniques pairing an abrasion resistant outer face fabric with an internal moisture permeable membrane and protective backing. This optimises the balance of waterproofness and sweat wicking breathability so heat and vapour can escape without external water entering. Fully taped seams provide further weatherproofing integrity.


The lighter weight multi-activity jackets serve most general outdoor needs with a clean, athletic fit. A helmet compatible hood rolls and stows away when not required. Underarm vents enable adaptable breathability. Hip pockets keep essentials close yet secure. These versatile layer transitions from blustery ridge hikes to crag climbing.


Across their whole jacket range Ayacucho deploys quality components like weatherproof zippers, adjustable Velcro cuffs and drawcord adjustable hems and hoods for adaptable weather proofing and fit. Available in sizes up to XXXL, Ayacucho leaves no one out in the cold or wet when adventure calls.

Ayacucho Fleeces

As a lighter insulation layer beneath waterproof shells or standalone, fleece garments make vital contributions to comfort, warmth and versatility in cold and variable outdoor conditions. Ayacucho crafts high quality merino wool and synthetic fleece products optimised for active usage across hiking, climbing, mountaineering and camping scenarios where cold and precipitation are likely obstacles.


Their extensive fleece offerings span base layers, mid layers and outer layers. Lightweight base layer zip tops and bottoms made from natural merino wool provide vital wicking performance, moving moisture from skin whilst retaining warmth even when damp. Flatlock stitching prevents chafing making their 100% merino range ideal for active sports directly against the skin.


Mid weight fleece pullovers, gilets and jackets fill that vital insulating role between outer shells and base layers. Different thicknesses provide options depending on the scenario and user preference. Their classic micro polar fleece maintains remarkable warmth and dries rapidly despite its thin profile. Sherpa grid fleeces add a thermal inner brushed grid backing to amplify heat retention. Plus the merino mid layers deliver natural temperature regulation and odour resistance.


Heavier weight technical fleece jackets serve as both insulators and external layers in cold dry conditions. Features like multiple zip pockets, thumb loops and helmet compatible hoods make Ayacucho's technical fleece jackets ideal for climbing, mountaineering and alpine hiking. Reinforced shoulders and arms withstand abrasion when hauling ropes and backpacks whilst flatlock seams prevent chafing under harnesses and hip belts.


Across the board Ayacucho builds quality and performance into their merino wool and technical fleece through selection of yarns, fabrics and manufacturing techniques. Their garments reliably maintain comfort, warmth and protection across countless adventures from wild camping and peak bagging to winter skills training and mountain marathons. Outdoor enthusiasts appreciate Ayacucho fleece as a trusted second skin when braving the elements.

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Ayacucho Sleeping Bags

Camping runs deep in Ayacucho’s DNA.  As veterans outfitting countless wild camping adventures and multi-day treks into remote backcountry, Ayacucho brings over 30 years’ experience crafting versatile, high performance sleeping systems to deliver quality rest and restoration wherever your pursuits may take you beneath the stars. Blending lightweight portability, trusted protection from ground chill and condensation plus reliable warmth retention across changing temperatures, their sleeping bags equip weekend warriors and adventurous spirits alike to awake refreshed and eager for the next day's exploits be it bridging rugged coastal paths, exploring sweeping moorlands or stalking the ancient woodlands and rolling hills at the heart of rural British identity.


Their proprietary water-resistant and breathable outer shell fabric paired with hollow fibre insulation fill balances crucial warmth, weather protection and carrying weight across the range. Options span summer season comfort ratings from +5°C to winter warriors rated to -15°C for snow camping and traditional New Year wild camps. Mummy shaped hoods with adjustable drawcords seal precious body heat around your head whilst enclosing the top zip baffle guards against drafts. Full length anti-snag baffled zippers allow adaptable ventilation to prevent perspiration build up when temperatures or exertions rise unexpectedly. Many models feature built-in pocket wraps to warm extremities or hydration bottles overnight.


So whether you seek to reinvigorate the soul connecting friends, family and nature across Britain's majestic hills, valleys and forests under canopy of stars or victorious summit sunrises... Or prefer solitary self-supported quests into the wilderness braving storms enroute to secret bothies like a Scott or Shackleton returning triumphant with new understandings of one's courage and capabilities - Ayacucho sleeping bags deliver nightly comfort, protection and inspiration to restore adventures spirit ready for each new dawn filled with possibility.

Ayacucho Mens Clothing

As specialists in technical outdoor apparel, Ayacucho produces an extensive range of men’s clothing designed specifically for climbing, hiking, mountaineering and camping in changeable and challenging conditions. Core garments provide vital protective weather proofing, insulation and breathable comfort mile after mile, peak after peak, season after season.


Starting at the first layer, Ayacucho offers lightweight merino wool and synthetic mens baselayers to wick moisture away from the skin keeping it both dry and warm. Coolmax®️ tops and bottoms work particularly well during high exertion activities due to their rapid sweat dispersal and drying properties. For more relaxed usage their merino wool zip necks resist odour over multi day trips away from washing machines!


Mid layers like insulated jackets, gilets and pullovers provide vital extra warmth when the mercury falls but outer shell jackets prove too warm and restrictive. Primaloft and down fills retain precious heat to withstand frosty morning summit bids or relentless winter winds. Technical thumb loops, helmet compatible hoods and harness compatible pockets prove popular features amongst mountaineers along with abrasion reinforcement on shoulders and elbows.


Outer waterproof shell jackets and over trousers defend against the very worst Atlantic storms whilst allowing internal moisture vapour to escape. Ayacucho's proprietary storm3 fabric technology sets new standards of breathable weatherproof performance and durability. Fully taped seams prevent water ingress when fighting through horizontal rain to reach distant crags and summits. Adjustable and removable features like storm hoods, snow skirts and internal gaiters adapt protection to conditions.


Hard wearing soft shell trousers tuned for scrambling and climbing deliver water resistance with stretch maneuverability. Articulated knees paired with gusseted crotch sections allow unrestrained movement when tackling steep ground. Pockets aplenty carry vital gear whilst kick patches resist abrasion and boot studs.


Whatever challenges the elements throws down, Ayacucho’s technical clothing solutions help men push their boundaries of adventure in security, comfort and confidence month after month, year on year.

Ayacucho Womens Clothing

Female adventurers and athletes benefit hugely from Ayacucho’s extensive range of thoughtfully designed women’s outdoor clothing. Garment patterning and tailoring based on in depth body mapping ensures excellent ergonomic fit, maximising freedom of movement and comfort mile after mile. Female specific design features enhance functionality whilst contemporary styling remains feminine athleisure.


For vital first layer versatility, Ayacucho’s merino wool and synthetic women’s baselayers deploy premium moisture wicking fabrics optimised to keep skin dry for thermal regulation without overheating. Thumb loops pair perfectly with fingerless gloves whilst flatlock seams prevent irritation that could detract from executing precise moves on rock and ice terrain.


Insulated mid layers add vital protective warmth paired with enhanced mobility. Shaped waistbands avoid riding up or exposing the kidneys to chill air flow. Gussets under arms ensure continued range of movement when reaching overhead repeatedly during climbing or ski touring. Primaloft gold fill offers outstanding warmth for minimal weight and bulk.


Outer hard shells withstand the most brutal storms whilst adaptive features meet changing needs. Fully adjustable Velcro wrist closures seal out spindrift when hands are bare. Two way front zippered jackets allow adaptable venting options. Removable helmet compatible hoods and powder skirts prove invaluable when gusts whip spindrift yet overheat on steep ascents.


Even down to legwear Ayacucho’s women's soft shell trousers allow full stride uphill and descent without constraint. An adjustable waist hits at just the right spot to avoid gapping. Knee articulation prevents pulling that could throw off tricky balancing moves. Plus extra durable water repellent fabrics shed light rain and stains to stay looking great year after year.


Ultimately Ayacucho empowers women adventurers of all kinds through outstanding apparel engineered for purpose without forsaking femininity or style. Functionality for peak performance meets flattering apparel to look as epic as the landscapes explored. Their ranges equip females in confidence and comfort on trails, crags, peaks and camping trips worldwide.

Ayacucho Accessories

To complete head-to-toe outfits ready for every eventuality the British weather and terrain may bring, Ayacucho produces a variety of technical equipment and accessories optimised for hiking, climbing, camping and everyday outdoor adventures. Innovations across their socks, hats, gloves and packs demonstrate a deep understanding of user needs from skin out.


Wicking thermal sock liners and merino wool hiking socks with reinforced heels and toes cushion footfalls whilst protecting against blisters inside rugged boots and shoes. Lightweight yet hardwearing Coolmax liner socks feature mesh panels and antibacterial yarns to manage odour during multi-day treks and travel beyond washing machines! Mid and over ankle merino walking socks add moisture control and insulation.


Their range of winter hats, headbands and protective gloves equip extremities against biting winds across autumn and winter. Lightweight fleece beanies retain warmth without bulk whilst windproof and water resistant Softshell caps with moulded peak shields rain from the eyes when storms roll in unexpectedly. Neoprene gloves deliver dexterous flexibility retaining warmth and usability for operating devices and gear when temperatures plummet.


Scarves and neck gaiters provide vital insulation protecting the neck and collar area from cold infiltration across seasonal walks and family camping trips. Italian stretch fleece scarves lined with micro thermal fur feel luxuriously soft yet insulate and retain heat effectively once temperatures drop. Their neck gaiters and face masks feature three wear modes: neck tube, hat or face cover for versatile protection from wind chill.


So whether tackling coastal paths, winter rambling or family off-road cycling adventures closer to home, Ayacucho accessories fill those crucial gaps between quality apparel and equipment ensuring outdoor fans progress comfortably chasing horizons and making memories to treasure for years ahead.

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