The best gear for hiking - Women's Running

The best gear for hiking

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  September 11, 2020

Hiking is the best cross-training activity you can do to improve cardio fitness while minimising impact on your joints

Lightening the load
Jack Wolfskin Crosstrail 6 pack | £55

You’ll want a lightweight, versatile pack while you hike, such as the Jack Wolfskin Crosstrail 6. It has an integrated 2L bladder so you’ll stay hydrated all day, and a handy magnetic fastener on the shoulder strap to keep the tube firmly in place. You’ll appreciate its FLEXCONACT back system too, assuring the weight you carry is evenly distributed across your back. There are plenty of stash pockets on the front of the straps, too.

Splash-proof tunes
House of Marley Redemption ANC wireless earbuds | £179.99

If you want to listen to a podcast or load up your playlist on the hike, make sure you have the House of Marley Redemption ANC wireless earbuds charged and in your pocket as you set off. They’re both sweat-proof and weather resistant, so it won’t matter if you get caught in the rain, and they boast a massive seven-hour battery life to motivate you on the ups. You also get a charging case, in case they run down when you’re out, they’ll reduce unwanted noise and are beautifully crafted from bamboo. Such a natural style from a sustainable brand – definitely made for the eco-conscious athlete.

Pretty in pink
BAM Boxy Rib Neck Jumper | £69

Packing your BAM Boxy Rib Neck Jumper will mean you have a wonderfully soft and lightweight jumper for when the sun begins to set. It’s made from a blend of merino wool (60%) and bamboo (40%) and is insulating, breathable, odour-resistant, and elastic. The result is a warm, stylishly, silky soft layer that you’ll fall in love with – and will make you glow in the pub when you wind down after your hike.

Merino for the mountains
Smartwool Merino Sport Ultralight Hoodie & PhD Outdoor Crew socks | £57.50 & £11.50

For the ideal stash jacket, the Smartwool Merino Sport Ultralight Hoodie will shock you with how light and durable it is. With a DWR coating, you not only get a trustworthy layer, but also merino breathability and warmth, and it packs into its own pocket too. Paired with their PhD outdoor crew socks, with breathable mesh zones, seamless comfort and a woman-specific fit, you will feel indestructawool on the hills.

The long and short of it
Under Armour Meridian Bike Shorts | £42

We’re so happy that cycling-style shorts are now on trend; when you’re doing long-haul exercise comfort is key. These Under Armour Meridian Bike Shorts are supremely soft, breathable and easy to walk or run in. The two deep external pockets are a game changer. They’re stretchy to ensure maximum move and a great shape, have a wide waistband (with a built-in pocket) and are such a great length – no more thigh chafing!

These Brooks were made for walkin’
Brooks Addiction Walker 2 shoes | £110

Could these be the most comfortable walking shoes on the market? The Brooks Walker 2 certainly oozes luxurious comfort, from the leather upper to the wonderful BioMoGO DNA cushioning in the midsole. Guaranteed to reduce impact through your joints, you get impressive arch support and the certified slip-resistant sole kicks in when it’s wet. Superior comfort and they look fab!

Written by

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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