While it may be often overlooked, what you wear hiking can make or break the experience. Here, we outline what clothes to wear hiking and how to choose hiking apparel depending on the hike and conditions you may face.
- Having proper supplies (without going overboard)
- Trail conditions/route
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Finding the perfect pair of登山鞋可能需要一些试验和错误。但知道type of terrain you’re heading into, weather conditions, and the amount of incline or decline can help you decide specific footwear for the hike.
I would recommend going into an outdoor store such asREIto try on a series of hiking boots and shoes. Everyone’s foot shape is different, so trying on hiking shoes gives you a chance to see what’s most comfortable.
Depending on the weather conditions and climate, hiking sandals are another good option. Most hiking sandals are also light enough to throw in your backpack so you can swap them out as camp shoes on an overnight hike or use if a river crossing pops up.
The biggest cons of hiking sandals are less ankle support and less protection from things like rocks. However, they do allow for much better breathability for those hot summer hikes. They’re great for stream crossings, going for a dip in a lake where the waterbed is rocky, and hiking through wide-open dirt trails.
If you do hike in sandals, be very aware of your surroundings. It’s easy to clip your foot on something and get a cut. Also, don’t forget to apply some sunscreen to your feet. They can get sunburned too, and if this happens, wearing any other pair of shoes will be uncomfortable for a few days.
Clothing to Wear Hiking
A dry T-shirt or long-sleeve shirt is ultra-lightweight and will help protect you from the sun. You also want to have good breathability through the fabric and a loose fit. If you head out with a tank top, always have an extra top with you. A tank top exposes your shoulders, so you can quickly get a sunburn.
Long-sleeve wicking tops don’t always mean warm, though. They are ultralight and breathable, which is an excellent addition for hikers.
Some of the top brands selling these shirts include Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, and Orvis.
Merino Wool Socks
Having socks taller than your hiking footwear is also a necessity. Without it, your ankles may rub, get irritated, and even start to bleed or blister. Most hiking socks now come with a rating of thin, medium, or thick hiking standards.
Hiking pants are a pretty loaded topic. Everyone has their idea of which pants are best for them, especially when hiking. The main thing to remember is that comfort is key. Keep in mind that you’ll be wearing them when going down trails with turns, inclines, and declines.
Hiking pants come in a multitude of thicknesses, so finding a pair you love based on fit and comfort is the first step. From there, find hiking pants that won’t restrict in hot weather and still provide warmth in cold weather.
Some top outdoor brands for finding the best pair of hiking pants include Patagonia, Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, and The North Face. Check out ourreview of the best hiking pants for men here和thebest hiking pants for women here.
Hiking Shorts, Skirts, and Skorts
Shorts, skirts, and skorts have their pros and cons. Regardless, if you hit the trail with exposed legs, make sure to have checked the weather. Even if it says clear skies and sun, be sure to bring along a thin base layer/pant just in case.
Ideal brands for finding high-quality hiking shorts, skirts, and skorts are Columbia, Outdoor Research, and Patagonia.
When choosing a top layer, look for extra insulation. This insulating layer can come in a variety of top layer options.
Fleece jackets are made out of polyester materials. The functionality of their soft, thick fibers is warm and insulating, which makes them a perfect layering option.
Jackets and puffies are made from synthetics, often combined with special coatings or laminates that protect against rain and wind. Check out our物品上的外层以帮助指导你的最佳选择。
Another excellent insulator is a vest. Vests used to be pretty “nerdy” looking, but they’ve come a long way. Hiking vests can insulate and keep you warm as well as act as a barrier for wet conditions.
If you’re on a cold-weather hike, pack or wear a base layer (top and bottom). Base layers are generally lighter weight and are rated as thin, medium, or thick. Base layers are surprisingly warm and can hold in a lot of heat despite their meager weight.
A windbreaker can be a hardshell jacket or even a rain jacket. However, rain jackets tend not to be as breathable as designed windbreaker jackets.
With so many brands now making windbreaker tops and zip-ups, it’s a great addition to your “what to wear hiking” list! Windbreakers do what their name says: They break the wind.
风衣s are especially great for when you’re hiking on the top of a ridgeline or paddling on the river or lake. Additionally, these are great to wear if it’s sunny out, as they block the sun from your arms, breathe well, and are lightweight.
REI has a great variety of undergarments that will suit your needs.
Other Wearable Hiking Accessories
Remember that you can always modify your clothing options based on weather and temperature. To that end, a beanie hat and Buff are two excellent accessories to help keep you warm in chilly weather.
For those hot and clear days, a baseball cap combined with sunglasses — remember to opt for polarized lenses — will provide great protection from the sun.
Keeping dry is the goal for avoiding misery on the trail and, in some cases, preventing hypothermia. Packing gear that offers waterproof and breathable protection is the best way to do this. Added breathability comes from venting zippers in your armpits and sides of jackets.
With changing conditions and temperatures, make sure you’re dry but also insulated for those colder days. On dry, windy days, you can also wear hardshell outerwear (rain gear) as protection from windchill.
Rain pants can be a welcome clothing item when hiking in the rain, but they’re not always necessary. They often come with zip-off features, which facilitates breathability and is super handy for getting them on and off.
While rain ponchos may not be “fashion-forward,” they make up for it in functionality and practicality.
How to Choose What to Wear Hiking
With high-tech clothing engineering these days, you’re sure to find everything you need. Trust us, the right hiking clothes will ensure that you have a fun, comfortable, and unforgettable hiking adventure!
Melissa now calls the West Coast home, splitting her time between Lake Tahoe and Alaska. With many years of travel experience, hiking adventures, cultural exposure, and professional guiding, she looks forward to sharing her colorful experiences through her writing.