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Essential Gear For Summer Hiking

All the Right Gear For Summer Hikes

Take to the hiking trails this Summer with the proper shoes, equipment, and apparel to help make your day — or night — excursion as effortless and enjoyable as possible. Just as it's a good idea to have the proper gear for Spring, hiking enthusiasts should also keep a stash of items suited for Summer hikes. Here are some great products to help keep you cool, comfortable, and hydrated while trekking through different terrains over the next couple of months.

Clockwise from top left: Black Diamond Spot Headlamp ($40), Columbia Omni Shade Sun Goddess Booney ($20), Patagonia Borderless Short ($48), Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($18), Guyot Squishy Bowl and Cup Set ($15), Brooks Cascadia 6 ($110), Feel Goodz Flip-Flops ($25), Thorlo CoolMax Light Hiker Socks ($16), ASICS Abby Shimmel Tank Top ($35), CamelBak Vantage 35 Hydration Pack ($149).

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kclulu kclulu 5 years
I would highly reccomend getting a backpack you can put a water bladder in like the camelback suggested. I have an Osprey version that was a bit cheaper that carries a 3 liter bladder. Before I used one I would carry a water bottle in my pack but found I would drink less frequently than I should because I didn't want to stop and haul it out. Having the mouthpiece right next to your face that you can sip on ensured I was staying hydrated. It also has the perfect amount of room for food and extra layers. Wouldn't hike without it.
katie225 katie225 5 years
as a hiker, i'd like to recommend cycle capri pants or running pants for longer hikes (4+ miles out and back). you want pants that are very tight with no loose fabric to rub you raw. when i hiked half dome for the first time, i wore regular workout capris and i got chafed like crazy between my legs and on my lower back where my day pack rubbed. the second time i hiked half dome, i wore very tight capris from REI that definitely kept the chafing away! and for just-in-case i brought bodyglide which can be applied anywhere to keep chafing away.

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