Hiking can be so much fun when you’re *properly* prepared. The first hike I did was a disaster because I was wearing beat up sneakers instead of hiking boots, using a water bag that tasted like plastic instead of finding an easy way to carry my water bottle. stainless steel water bottle, and I had practically nothing with me because I had no pockets. Especially when you are new to hiking, having the right gear is essential.
It doesn’t hurt if this gear is also stylish and fun to wear. Because every time I struggle up and down a mountain, I take comfort in knowing that I at least look good doing it. If you too want cute and functional items to help you along your hike, shop my favorites below.
Arc’teryx Aerios FL Mid GTX — $185.00
Hiking boots usually aren’t that cute, to put it mildly. So I fainted when I saw this sleek and simple pair from Arc’teryx. They look and feel amazing and provide the perfect support needed for a long hike. It comes up just high enough to provide ankle support without being so high that it looks like a boot. They are available in three colors: green (pictured above), navy blue and black. If you’re headed for the green pair and are a little spooked by what looks like a different shade of green, rest assured IRL they look just like the pair we’ve pictured here. They are available in full sizes and half sizes between 5 and 10.
Caraa travel waist bag — $158.00
I’ve hiked with the water bladder backpacks you drink in with a long flexible straw attached and have to say I’m not a fan. Unless you’re doing a serious activity where hands-free drinking is a must, I much prefer to keep a bottle of water handy. And this Caraa Waistpack allows me to do that without having to wear it. Plus, it has ample storage space for anything you might want to store. It comes in five great colors: Olympic (pictured above), Navy, Olive, Fuchsia and Black.
Outdoor Voices Rectrek Zip Pant — $118.00
If you go for a full day of activities, you may experience temperature fluctuations. This color-block pair of pants from Outdoor Voices is like three pairs of bottoms in one. Wear them as pictured when you need full coverage, unzip the bottom layer to wear them as capris or unzip the middle layer for shorts. It’s made from a durable, element-resistant stretch fabric and features a removable nylon belt. Currently they are available in the pictured combo of k
Women’s Outerknown Chroma Cover Shirt – $148.00
This blanket shirt is great on its own for days when you want to feel good, but it’s also great if you want something thick, but not too heavy, to layer over your clothes on a cold hike. It comes in four colors: sunset blush (pictured), kiwi, glow (pale yellow) and blue glass. It is available in two sizes: XS/S and M/L
Women’s Altra Lone Peak Hiker — $140.00
If you’re looking for a stylish hiking shoe, this one from Altra is perfect. They are lightweight but have a grippy bottom to provide traction. They come in three colors: Ice Stream Blue (pictured), Khaki, and Black. They are available in full sizes and half sizes between 5.5 and 12.
Camelbak Podium Flow Belt — $45.00
This belt bag is nice and thin, but can also hold a water bottle (included). It has a secure zipped pocket and reflective fabric for added visibility and safety. It comes in five colors: Black (pictured), Mineral Blue Silver, Plum/Black Palms, Baked Brick/Black, and Blue Mist/Black.
Lululemon Both Ways Reversible Bucket Hat — $48.00
Protect yourself from the elements with this super lightweight bucket hat that can be easily folded up and stored away when you don’t want to wear it. The fabric is four-way stretch, wicks sweat and dries quickly. This black hat is reversible, with black and gray camouflage inside. It is also available in five other reversible colors and patterns.
Nike Dri-FIT Run Division — $100.00
It’s the perfect jacket to get you through a cool, foggy morning hike. It features a hood and is made from sweat-wicking fabric with a reflective print to light up your route. It is available in four colors: pink (pictured), pale purple and grey. It is available in sizes XS to 2XL.
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