The Best Hiking Gear For Summer That's Both Cute and Functional
Whether it's your first hike ever or you're a hiking pro with several trails saved on your Pinterest board, you've got to dress for the occasion. That means comfy, sweat-wicking gear that will take you from point A to point B and everywhere else in between.
Long gone are the days where you only had a few options to choose from. We've rounded up functional (and super cute) clothing that will have you feeling like a boss on the trails. From the coziest shoes to lightweight backpacks, we've got you covered. And we've included products from your favorite brands, including Girlfriend Collective, Patagonia, Teva, and more. With this list of the best hiking clothes and shoes, you'll be fully outfitted in no time. All you've got to do is plan your next adventure.
Best Hiking Sports Bra
Once you've decided on a trail, make sure you have quality gear to hike in, like this sports bra from Girlfriend Collective. It's a full-coverage, moisture-wicking bra, which means you won't have to worry about staying cool and dry. Plus, it's made from 79 percent recycled plastic bottles, making your hike that much more sustainable.
Best Hiking Leggings
Zella Live In High Waist Crop Leggings ($22, originally $55)
Forgot the little black dress; every closet needs an LBL, or little black leggings. We like these from Zella because they're stretchy, high waisted, and moisture wicking, which make them perfect for a weekend hike.
Best Hiking Backpack
Stash all your snacks, sunscreen, water, and gadgets in this highly rated backpack from The North Face. The Isabella 3.0 was designed for durable, all-day comfort and can easily go from the city to the trails, making it a worthwhile investment.
Best Hiking Pants
Rab Elevation Pants ($90)
One of the most important things to have on any hike is a comfortable pair of bottoms. And we're loving these hybrid leggings/pants from Rab. They feature a double-weave fabric that offers four-way stretch and a durable water-repellent finish to help shed moisture. Plus, we can't forget about the thigh pocket for stashing small items.
The Best Hiking Shoe
Merrell Women's Moab 3 ($110)
This hiking shoe from Merrell will get you through the hike unscathed. The Moab 3 features Merrell's Air Cushion for maximum shock absorption, added support in the the ankle for stability on uneven terrain, and a protective rubber heel and toe cap that can get you through more rugged terrain.
Best Hydration Pack
Rookie or not, you've got to stay hydrated on your hike. Don't want to carry a bottle around? We recommend this hydration pack from CamelBak. It's designed to hold enough water for a two-hour adventure. Plus, the pack features a zippered pocket for storage and ventilated harness for comfort.
Zella Aura Packable Anorak
If you're hiking before dawn, you might be a little chilly. Stay warm with this water-resistant anorak from L.L.Bean. Reviewers rave about the front pocket that holds all necessary items and cold hands, as well as the fit, quality, and durability of the jacket.
Best Hiking Socks
Feideer Walking Hiking Socks ($24 for a pack of five)
Show your feet some TLC with these breathable, moisture-wicking hiking socks. With more than 2,600 reviews on Amazon, wearers love the cushioned footbed and arch support so much that they're wearing them both on and off the trails. And if high cut isn't your style, these hiking socks come in a lower-cut three-pack option, too.
Best Hiking Shirt
Patagonia's Capilene Cool technology was designed to wick away moisture and breath well, while the antiodor technology is supposed to keep the funk at bay during those hot summer hikes. Its stretchy construction also allows for easy movement and comfort as you climb.
Adjustable Anti-Shock Hiking/Walking/Trekking Poles
Bafx Adjustable Anti Shock Hiking/Walking/Trekking Poles ($23, originally $26)
If you're worried about your joints ahead of your trek, we recommend packing a pair of trekking poles. These adjustable ones sold on Amazon allow you to twist and lock them to just the right height for any trail situation or any size adult or child.