The best new hiking gear
Want to explore the trails safely and comfortably? These new finds will get you prepped for all your hiking adventures
Source: Best Health magazine, September 2013; Image: Thinkstock (top); Tracy Shumate (bottom)
1. This ultra-lightweight ripstop nylon backpack has a 15-litre capacity and enough pockets to keep you organized. It folds into a six-inch square bundle for easy travel. (Oakley, $40)
2. With a built-in straw and a taste-enhancing filter, Brita’s hard-sided BPA-free plastic water bottle is a smart bet when filling from park fountains. ($20)
3. This moisture-wicking tee in super-soft polyester/spandex’which has a zippered mock neck, flatlocked seams and extra-long sleeves with thumb loops’is designed for comfort in both warm and cool weather. (Roots, $62)
4. Pack a jacket in case the weather turns. This polyester softshell is water repellent as well as breathable. (Wind River Outfitting Co., $80 at Marks)
5. Itch-free merino wool socks with cushioning in all the right places prevent blisters and lock away odour. (Icebreaker, $25)
6. Hi-Tec’s Sierra Lite hiking boots combine a durable, all-terrain ‘Multi Directional Traction’ sole with a brightly coloured suede and mesh upper. A padded collar, moisture-wicking lining and contrasting laces kick in more function and style. ($85)
7. These versatile convertible pants zip off into shorts or roll up into capris, and feature pockets galore. The ripstop nylon/spandex fabric is treated to repel water and dirt. (Prana, $77 at Mountain Equipment Co-op)
8. This compact 46-piece first-aid kit includes antiseptic and alcohol towelettes, ointment, a variety of bandage sizes, gauze, tape and a how-to guide. ($13 at Canadian Tire)
9. A watch with a built-in compass will help keep you on track (Timex, $165). And if you find yourself way off the beaten path, signal for help with three blasts on a loud pea-less whistle’this one will sound up to 120 decibels (Fox 40, $10 at Canadian Tire).
This article was originally titled "Take a hike!" in the September 2013 issue of Best Health. Subscribe today to get the full Best Health experience’and never miss an issue!