Technical Hiking Gear for the Struggle Against Nature
There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. Laugh at the elements with this primo hiking gear
Even with months of burning leg days in the gym and an epicly grizzled beard fit for Sir Ranulph Fiennes attached to your cheeks, there’s one thing that can turn any ascent to a lofty pinnacle into a death race – shoddy gear.
Whether it’s a weekend hike to the top of Snowdon or that life-changing attempt on Everest, packing and wearing the best is key to hiking success. Everything from base layers to jackets, boots to trousers should be carefully considered. Never have the haunting words of your secondary school PE teacher been more relevant than here – “fail to prepare, and prepare to fail. Also, fifty more laps of the pitch for chatting back.”
Thankfully, there’s more mountain-beating tech crammed into outerwear essentials than ever before. From Bergans of Norway’s triple layer feather-light jacket to the boots that adapt to your very own foot from Arc’teryx, there’s no shortage of features to level the odds against the elements. What’s more, with no compromises being made in the style department, you’ll look damn good doing it, too.
Here’s our pick of the finest technical hiking gear on the market right now, so take a look, exercise that credit card and plan your mission to the top of the world right away.
New Balance Blue Accelerate Long-Sleeve Top
Bergans of Norway Eidfjord jacket
£280, buy on nordiclife.co.uk
Sherpa Blue Tsepun Zip Tee
Karrimor Hot Rock Walking Boots
Karrimor Hot Rock Pants
Montane Air Jacket
Montane Long-Sleeve Tee
Timberland Euro Sprint Hiking Boots
New Balance 1400v1 Hiking Boots
Icebreaker Quantum Long-Sleeve Zip Hood
Arc’teryx Bora GTX Hiking Boots
Arc’teryx Covert Hoodie
Finisterre Mistral Waterproof Jacket
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Gary Kingsnorth was the fashion editor for Coach as well as Men’s Fitness.