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With winter quickly wrapping up and spring making its return, this means that hiking season is about to kick off. Whether you are a casual hiker, an every-weekender or a multi-day trekker, we have put together a list of the best hiking essentials you need from your trip to the trails.
Deuter Speed Lite 25L Hiking Daypack is the perfect pack for day hikes without skipping out on any of the additional features of larger packs. This pack features a supportive harness with a chest strap and a waist strap and the shoulder straps include hiking pole holders and additional pockets for snacks or first aid supplies. There is an internal compartment for a water bladder and the harness is designed to reduce load wobble for more comfort on the trails.
For bigger hikes or mult-day walks, it is hard to go passed the Osprey Ariel Plus 60L Women’s Pack and the Osprey Aether Plus 60L Men’s Pack. They both feature a super supportive and adjustable harness to allow for the perfect fit and comfort while carrying heavy loads. With heaps of pockets throughout the pack and on the hip belt, there is plenty of room for all hiking essentials. Heading on a side trip during your hike? The top lid is detachable and doubles as a daypack, so you can leave your heavy pack behind for any side quests. The pack also features an internal hydration bladder sleeve and for a limited time, these packs come with a free Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir 3L valued at $74.95.
The Salomon X Ultra 4 is a staff favourite and for good reason. This hiking boot includes the comfort and flexibility of a trail runner but includes all of the technical features of a hiking boot. The All Terrain Contagrip provides grip on a variety of surfaces and the Gore-tex membrane means you will stay dry in wet conditions. These hiking boots are in it for the long haul with their PU-coated leather which is made to be super durable and last for many summits.
The new kid on the block and quickly making a name for themselves is the hiking pole brand, Gabel. Their Vertigo Lite Tour FL Trekking Poles have all the comfortable features that make them great for big day hikes or even backcountry touring and everything in between. They are ultralight coming in at only 252g each and have a length capacity from 64-142cm. The telescopic design allows for easy adjustments on the go thanks to their Fast Lock mechanism and the anodized aluminum means they are strong and will hold up in a variety of conditions.
Looking for a nice, lightweight layer with some sun protection? Well, the Patagonia Self Guided Hike Long Sleeve Shirt has got you covered. Literally. This shirt is no fuss - it has everything you need and nothing you don’t. The ripstop fabric won’t snag on any stray tree branches and the 50+ UPF sun protection will prevent any nasty sunburn on the trails.
In need of a new water bottle? The Hydropak Seeker Water Bottle 2L might be the ticket for you. It is ultra-durable, lightweight and packs down to fit in the palm of your hand. It is also leakproof so you can feel safe chucking this in your pack and not worry about any unwanted spills.
A sometimes overlooked but important piece of hiking gear is socks. I used to think that socks were all the same, but now I am a total convert for Smartwool hiking socks. The crew height makes them stay up and not slip down under your heel while hiking. You know, the feeling we all know and hate? These socks are made from Merino wool which means they are not only comfy but also have anti-bacterial properties and are less likely to become smelly - unlike some other socks. Trust me, your fellow hikers will thank you at camp or during the car ride home.
We all remember Mum asking ‘Do you have a hat?’ before spending any time outside as kids and mums are always right. The North Face Horizon Breeze Brimmer hat provides excellent sun protection with the UPF 40+ rating and wide brim to protect your face, neck and ears. It is made from airy, lightweight recycled nylon so you won’t get the sweats from wearing it in the sun. What good’s a hat if you can’t wear it while it’s hot?
The piece of gear we hope not to use but always must have is a first aid kit and the AMK 0.7 Ultralight & Watertight Medical Kit is my go-to. Weighing in at only 237g, it includes all essentials for 2 people for trips from 1-4 days. It is all enclosed in a waterproof case so all supplies are kept in top condition for when you need them most.
The final piece of gear to round out your hiking kit is a pair of pants and Kuhl has a great range. Our top picks are the Kuhl Freeflex Women’s Pants and the Kuhl Radikl Men’s Pants. The stretchy material provides comfort and allows for movement while climbing over any obstacles on the trails and they are rated to UPF 50+ for ultimate sun protection.
Are you ready to hit the trails? Visit us in-store to chat with our experts or shoot us a message online if you have any questions! Don’t forget to share your adventures with us on Instagram by tagging @wildearthaustralia and #mywildearth in your next post.
About the contributor:
Jess Fiske is the Marketing Coordinator at Wild Earth. When she isn’t rollerblading in the streets of Coolangatta, you will find her either hiking in SEQ or strapping on her snowboard somewhere cold. Always planning her next adventure, Jess loves to get outdoors and travel off the beaten path. Follow her adventures on Instagram.