Hiking Gear
Credit: David Webb

Prime hiking season is upon us. And this coming long weekend is one of the best times to head uphill.

Are you geared up for adventure? Let’s take a look at six new items for fall that have us excited to tackle the trails:

Columbia OutDry Extreme ECO Jacket

ColumbiaColumbia

($280; columbiasportswear.ca)

The Specs: We’ve been fans of OutDry Extreme from day-one—this waterproof-breathable fabric puts a diamond-tough membrane, plus seam tape, on the exterior of the shell. This means it doesn’t rely on DWR, nor will it ever wet-out like traditionally constructed jackets. It’s essentially like a rubber rain-slicker that also breathes.

Why We Love It: OutDry Extreme ECO ups the environmental ante—made of 21 recycled plastic bottles, plus recycled material on the zippers and trim, and without dyes or intentional usage of PFCs, it's weather-protection you can feel good about buying.

Toad & Co. Trailbreak Short Sleeve Crew

Toad & CoToad & Co

($40; toadandco.com)

The Specs: This soft-touch polyester shirt wicks and wears well and provides odour control and UPF 20 sun protection. It’s ideal for hot-day hiking when you’re planning on being drenched in sweat.

Why We Love It: It’s poly that feels like cotton—and it’s made from recycled coffee grounds. Really! Plus, the presence of upcycled Java beans might even infuse some caffeine-energy to the wearer for tackling those uber-hard treks. (We checked—it doesn't.) Regardless, it's a fun conversation-starter to say your shirt is made of coffee.

Salomon Wayfarer Shorts

SalomonSalomon

($90; salomon.com)

The Specs: We like products that simply work, and work well. Enter the Wayfarer. Constructed of a stretchy, soft-yet-tough woven nylon and elastane, these shortpants move with the wearer, breathe well and can handle a brambly bushwhack. Four pockets, belt loop and waist adjustments round out the package.

Why We Love It: They’re also rated to UPF 50, which helps us from getting sunburned thighs (which really hampers hikes). And they look good enough to wear off-trail too.

Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Pattern Mid Crew Socks

 SmartwoolSmartwool

($30; smartwool.com)

The Specs: Socks matter as much as shoes. So we always make sure to have quality merino-blend hiking socks on our precious tootsies whenever we hit the trail. These meet the mark with 57 per cent merino (plus nylon and elastane, for strength and fit), a “virtually seamless toe” and padding where it’s needed.

Why We Love It: With a mid-height (six inches total), plus mesh where it matters, this sock won’t leave your dogs overheated on a toasty summer’s hike.

Danner Mountain 600

DannerDanner

($235; danner.com)

The Specs: The classic boot-builder is once-again making waves in the hiking world. Take the Mountain 600—with a new Vibram midsole designed for all-day comfort and ground-grabbing Vibram lugs made to grip multi-surfaces at multi-angles, this is a worthy boot for a multitude of trails. Plus, the waterproof breathable membrane offers genuine protection from the rains to come.

Why We Love It: It looks awesome. We love the roughed-leather upper and Danner embossing. Merging retro style with modern tech makes a winner in our books. (Weighs just over a kilogram for the pair.)

And Never Travel Without:

SOL Traverse

SOLSOL

($30; surviveoutdoorslonger.com)

The Specs: Water purification, water storage bag, space blanket, fire-steel, tinder, signaling device, first-aid and more—these are your wilderness essentials. The whole package weighs only 210 grams and is the size of a novel, so it’s easy to stash in a daypack.

Why We Love It: The retro tin conjures up images of old-school Boy Scout equipment—the stuff that embodied the motto: “Be Prepared.”

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