Hike Like a Pro with This Durable Gear
Hike Like a Pro with This Durable Gear
With these essentials in your arsenal, nothing will hold you back on your next trek.
Hiking isn’t always a battle of elements in volatile terrain, but when it is, you need the right gear to make it out in one piece. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite items that are gutsy enough to join you on your next adventure so you can show up to enjoy the experience, not worry about what you packed.
BEST BASE LAYER FOR ANY TEMPERATURE
Icebreaker Cool-Lite Sphere Long Sleeve Crew
This ultra-techy base layer is a powerhouse in a variety of conditions, and particularly excels when the temperature rises. Crafted with two lightweight, natural performance fibers: merino wool and TENCEL, a fiber made of wood, the Sphere evaporates heat while resisting odor and keeping you out of the sun. That makes it the perfect layer for spring and fall, or whatever the weather is doing at your next destination across the globe.
REGULATE BODY TEMPERATURE WITH A SMART VEST
Patagonia Nano Puff Vest
Vests are our secret weapon when it comes to managing body temperature during variable hikes. Whether you’re trucking uphill en route to a summit or combing the beach on a leisurely stroll, the Nano Puff keeps you insulated while letting key areas (i.e. your armpits) breathe. Crafted with 100% recycled polyester, the Nano is windproof, water-resistant, extremely packable, and comes in a variety of cool colors that will make you want more than just one.
DON'T SKIMP ON WHAT'S BELOW THE BELT
FjallRaven Vidda Pro Trousers
FjallRaven argues that your body needs protection below the belt as well as above, and we couldn’t agree more. That’s where the Vidda Pro Trousers come in. Armed with water-resistant G-1000® fabric (FjallRaven’s proprietary polyester and cotton blend), reinforced knees, and a plethora of pockets, the Viddas won’t let you down. Whether you plan to bushwhack through the Australian outback or scramble across a scree field in Patagonia, these pants will get the job done—all while looking good at the same time.
BE PREPARED WITH A BOMB-PROOF RAIN JACKET
Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket
Any outdoors person knows its foolish to embark on a mission without a rain jacket stashed in your pack. Whether you opt to tie this one around your waist or bury it beneath snacks, we love Arc’teryx’s bomb-proof Beta AR. This GORE-TEX equipped hip-length jacket will keep the elements at bay for hours with the help of a helmet compatible (read: perfectly adjustable) hood. And unlike many cheaper jackets we’ve tried, the Beta AR won’t start to seep through after it’s been used for a season, but will keep on keeping you dry for countless adventures to come.
SUPPORT AMERICAN WOOL WITH SOCKS THAT SUPPORT YOUR FEET
Farm to Feet Hiking Crew Socks
Made with merino wool sourced right here in the United States, it’s hard to beat Farm to Feet’s stylish and functional hiking socks. This pair was designed with the Elkin Valley section of the Mountains-to-Sea trail in North Carolina in mind, and just like all their stockings, features targeted cushion zones and seamless toe closures for all day comfort.
A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR SPEED AND OBSTACLES
Adidas Terrex Fast R Mid GTX Hiking Boot
The number one most important piece of gear when embarking on a long distance mission is what’s on your feet. The Adidas Terrex hiking boots fit the bill, with a lightweight build that doesn’t skimp on technical prowess. GORE-TEX lining, ADIPRENE cushioning, and TRAXION outsold combine for one seriously efficient and durable shoe that enables you to move quickly through the mountains in pursuit of your goals.
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