Hiking can be a lot of fun when you’re *properly* prepared. The first hike I did was a disaster because I was wearing worn out sneakers instead of hiking shoes, I used a pack of water that tasted like plastic instead of finding an easy way to carry my stainless steel water bottle, and I basically had nothing with me because I have no pockets. Especially when you are new to hiking, having the right gear is essential.
It doesn’t hurt if said gear is also stylish and really fun to wear. Because whenever I’m struggling to get up and down a mountain, I take comfort in knowing that I at least look good while doing it. If you too want cute and functional items to help you on your hike, shop my favorites below.
Arc’teryx Aerios FL Mid GTX — $185.00
Walking shoes are usually not that cute, to put it nicely. So I swooned when I saw this sleek and simple pair from Arc’teryx. They look great and feel amazing and provide the perfect support needed for a long walk. It comes high enough to provide ankle support without being so high that it feels like a boot. They are available in three colors: green (pictured above), navy blue, and black. If you turn to the green pair and are a little freaked out by what looks like a different shade of green, rest assured that in real life, they look like the pair we’ve illustrated here. They come in full and half sizes between 5 and 10.
Caraa Travel Fanny Pack — $158.00
I have hiked with the water bag backpacks that you drink from with a long flexible straw attached and I have to say I am not a fan. Unless I’m doing a serious activity where hands-free drinking is a must, I prefer to have a water bottle handy. And this fanny pack from Caraa allows me to do that without having to carry it around. Plus, it has ample storage space for whatever else you want to store. It comes in five great colors: Olympic (pictured above), Navy, Olive Green, Fuchsia, and Black.
Outdoor Voices Rectrek Zip Pant — $118.00
If you’re heading out for a full day of activities, you may experience some fluctuations in temperature. This pair of color block pants from Outdoor Voices is like three pairs of pants in one. Wear them as pictured when you need full coverage, zip up the bottom layer for capris or zip up the mid-layer for shorts. They’re made from durable, weather-resistant stretch fabric and feature a removable nylon belt. Currently, they are available in the combination of images of k
Outerknown Women’s Chroma Blanket Shirt — $148.00
This blanket shirt is great on its own for days when you want to get cozy, but it’s also a great shake if you want something that’s thick, but not too heavy, to cover up your clothes on a cold hike. It’s available in four colors: sunset blush (pictured), kiwi, glow (pale yellow), and crystal blue. It is available in two sizes: XS/S and M/L
Altra Women’s Lone Peak Hiker — $140.00
If you’re looking for a stylish walking boot, this one from Altra is perfect. They’re lightweight but have a sticky bottom for traction. They are available in three colors: ice blue (pictured), khaki and black. They come in full and half sizes between 5.5 and 12.
Camelbak Podium Flow Belt — $45.00
This fanny pack is nice and slim, but it can also carry a water bottle (included). Features a secure zippered pocket and reflective fabric for added visibility and safety. It is available in five colors: Black (shown), Mineral Blue Silver, Plum/Black Palms, Fired Brick/Black, and Blue Mist/Black.
Lululemon Both Ways Reversible Bucket Hat — $48.00
Protect yourself from the elements in this super lightweight bucket hat that can be easily folded up and stored away when you don’t want to wear it. The fabric has four-way stretch, wicks sweat and dries quickly. This black hat is reversible, with a black and gray camo on the inside. It also comes in five other reversible colors and patterns.
Nike Dri-FIT Run Division — $100.00
This is the perfect jacket to get you through a cool and misty morning walk. It has a hood and is made of sweat-wicking fabric with a reflective print to illuminate your route. It is available in four colours: pink (pictured), pale purple and grey. It comes in sizes XS to 2XL.
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