Now’s the perfect time to take an adventure. Hit the trails, embrace the outdoors, and be one with nature. But, while jeans and flannel may work for a nice walk on a flat, paved path, hitting trails and climbing over rocks in various temps and weather requires great hiking apparel. So get your bag packed, because we’ve got all the best gear for those with wanderlust.
The Best Hiking Apparel for those With Wanderlust
It’s no surprise these men’s pants are an Amazon Best Seller. With a rip-stop Duratex Fabric that repels water and dirt, cargo pockets for various tools and necessities, and inspired by the military, these pants are a perfect hiking apparel staple for the backwoods. They come in a variety of colors, and are priced between $30-$40, so grab a few!
From long, jogger-like pants to shorter capri style, BALEAF has a great selection of women’s hiking apparel. Crafted of a lightweight, water-resistant, and breathable fabric, finished with a drawstring around the waist and cord lock around the cuffs, they’re perfect for spring, summer, and fall days. For warmer days, cinch them up under the knee, and in chillier weather or to protect from bugs or brush, wear them down.
Stay comfortable and cool during any sport in these Flex Waist Cargo shorts that move and bend. Whether you’re on the trail or hitting the links, you’ll look effortlessly classy, but stay dry with the moisture-wicking technology. And don’t worry. All your essential gear (phone, wallet, keys) will stay safe and easily accessible in the cargo zip pockets, back pockets, and slash pockets.
The skort is one of the best inventions of the 21st century. Ok, well, maybe not quite, but it should be. Shorts and a skirt in one, and it’s lightweight, stretchy, and versatile for any activity? Yes! Plus the really cool built-in phone pocket seals the deal. We’re sold. Get them in an array of fun colors, too.
Any guy who spends time outdoors hiking, or even fishing or doing yard work, will really enjoy this shirt. The mixed material draws moisture away from the skin, keeping the wearer dry and comfortable. The coolest feature? There’s a glasses cleaner built into the hem for all those eyewear smudges.
Show off your love of wanderlust with this cute and soft graphic tee. The retro 80’s sunset (or sunrise?) behind the mountain range is totally cool and a great match for jeans, leggings, or your favorite hiking apparel cargo pants. Get one for a friend, too, as it comes in an array of beautiful colors.
On those hot summer days, it’s important to stay cool while hitting the trails. This Backless Tank covers all the right areas with a silky and light stretchy fabric, and lets the rest breathe freely. Get it in an array of colors to match any lounge, casual, yoga, or hiking apparel in the closet.
Every hiking apparel collection needs a casual, long sleeve, moisture-wicking shirt. This version from Vapor has a natural, flattering shape, comes in a rainbow of colors, and is built of a fabric with UV protecting and odor-blocking technology. It’s the outdoor shirt for outdoor people.
To stay incredibly warm on those chilly hikes through the hills, a pair of thermals is a necessity. Thermal underwear keep the body warm and comfortable for any activity where the temps are just too cold. This men’s set comes with a top and a bottom, has a four-way stretch, and fits well under top layers.
The brand name is funny, but the gear is spot on. These thermals for women from Little Donkey Andy are moisture-wicking, lightweight, stretching, soft, and ultra comfortable. The design is unlike any thermals out there, and they’re perfect for hiking, running, cycling, dancing, or just casual cold-weather wear. Go ahead and throw them in the washer, too!
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In hot or cold weather, putting on hiking apparel that’s made for wanderlust activities is essential. The same goes for underwear. These easy-care boxer briefs are ready for the next adventure with the merino wool fabric which is soft, sweat-wicking, breathable, and odor resistant.
Whether heading to the farmers market, or hitting the trails, putting on some merino underneath is imperative. Get your bottom covered in these no-odor, moisture-wicking, long-wearing comfort undies that are good for any trip, short or long. They wash easily, are itch-free, and have extra stretch.
Without a good sports bra, doing any activity can be uncomfortable, especially hiking up and down. Get support from the crisscross back, removable cups, and 4-way stretch of this Sports Bra from Running Girl. We personally love the Gray Smoke color, but any of the shades would be an awesome piece of hiking apparel.
Another staple to a collection of hiking apparel is high performance socks. Get off on the right foot with these ultra-cushioned, moisture-wicking, and elasticized arch brace socks that are as comfortable as they are breathable. They’re great for trekking without fatigue or painful blisters.
Merino Wool is a great material for any hiking apparel. So the 80% Merino Wool blend of these COZIA socks make them great for hitting trails, easy to hard. Engineered for comfort and temperature regulation, the black and white design vents, wicks away sweat, and offer stability. And due to the reinforced yarn durability, they’ll be around for adventures near or in the future.
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Just because something helps you stay warm, doesn’t mean it needs to be bulky. Stay warm and light with the Amazon Essentials’ Lightweight Water-Resistant Packable Down Vest. It not only comes in a variety of colors and is machine washable, but when the temps warm up, it packs neatly into its own attached pocket bag for storage.
Whether you’re hiking alone for birdwatching, hitting the trails with your photography equipment, or just like to carry a bunch of essentials directly on your person, having a 16-pocket vest is the way to go. This breathable vest is lightweight, quick-dry, and has zipper closures so everything is quickly and easily within reach.
It’s no secret that protecting your skin from the sun’s rays is an important part of being outside. This wide brimmed sun hat has great UPF 50+ max protection and keeps the harmful UVA and UVB rays off your neck and shoulders. It’s comfortable, breathable, foldable and packable, which means you won’t want to go anywhere without this awesome hiking apparel.
In the wintertime, it’s more the wind, cold, and rain protection that’s needed in hiking apparel. Heads will stay nice and toasty in this Beechfield Mountain Cap with built in ear covers and fleece lining. The adjustable drawstring fits most head sizes, and forget misty rain or wet snow – it’s waterproof, too.
Be ready for wet weather at a moment’s notice with this Columbia Men’s Watertight II jacket. It’s waterproof and windproof, and on dry days, it packs easily into its own built-in pocket for safe keeping. From blacks to browns, to lime green or orange, this awesome jacket comes in a color for anyone.
For women, the MARMOT Precip Lightweight Waterproof Rain Jacket is a hiking apparel staple must-have. The NanoPro waterproof and breathable fabric is seam-taped to keep water out. Perfect for practically all outdoor activities, the heat-releasing PitZips provide ventilation under arms to regulate body temperature. And like all great things, it comes in a small package when rolled into the collar bag for safe keeping.
Hiking puts a lot of wear and tear on your footwear, so it’s important to have the right pair of hiking boots. A mid-rise boot for ankle protection, waterproof material, and arch and heel support are features to look for. This is why we love the Merrell Moab 2 boot. Feet will stay dry and comfortable all day on the trail.
For the ladies, we love the Targhee 3 Mid from KEEN. This boot was built specifically on a women’s foot template and made with a dual density EVA midsole for a lighter weight. It’s waterproof, breathable, and even has a built-in mud shield for those extra dirty hikes. The boot comes in an array of neutral colors to compliment any other hiking apparel you may have.
Not quite hiking apparel, but definitely needed for hiking and technically is something wearable, a daypack or backpack made for short, non-overnight trips is essential. And while you certainly can get black, why not go with one of their fun and beautiful patterns? It’s made of a highly durable nylon fabric, is lightweight but holds 40L, and even has a waterproof “wet pocket” built in.
For those longer or overnight hikes, a true hiking backpack is a must. Be prepared for any weather with the rip-stop waterproof material and built-in rain cover of the 50L Backpack from Loowoko. The padded breathable mesh shoulder straps and the durable open-cell foam with lumbar pad makes it comfortable enough to wear all day.
It’s no secret. Getting outdoors is good for the soul. And even better, hiking is a great activity to get in your exercise and daily steps. But just like you wouldn’t wear work clothes to swim, outfitting yourself in some great hiking apparel is the best way to enjoy this pursuit. So stock up and be prepared for anything that might come your way on the trail.
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