The best summer hiking gear

UK hikers walked further and more frequently last summer according to the Ordnance Survey findings, walking an average of 12km (7.45 miles) on a typical hike. Although the pandemic has had a part to play, this reflects the increased global interest in the sport, with the market for hiking equipment and gear estimated at $4.4 billion worldwide in 2020. , which is expected to grow by 7.1% between 2021 and 2026. The focus is on adaptable, durable and easily transportable kit design. Here is our selection:


Arc’teryx Men’s Gamma Quick Dry 11 Inch Short

Arc’teryx Men’s Gamma Quick Dry 11-Inch Short, £100

These performance shorts are durable, breathable, quick-drying and lightweight. The fit is outstanding – the fit and length are just right (it’s slightly fitted but roomy enough with a bit of stretch) – and the details thoughtful: from the buckle belt that can be attached (and unattached) from a single hand at the disposal of five zipped pockets. £100, arcteryx.com


Bedrock Cairn 3D Pro II Adventure Sandals

Bedrock Cairn 3D Pro II Adventure Sandals, $130

Bedrock Cairn 3D Pro II Adventure Sandals, $130

These performance sandals can be used for long-distance hiking thanks to their clever fastening system (with three settings) ensuring that the soles – which have a sticky Vibram Megagrip outsole and a supportive 3D molded footbed – adapt in safe on all terrains. $130, bedrocksandals.com


Allbirds Natural Running Tee

Allbirds Natural Run Tee, £58
Allbirds Natural Run Tee, £58

This t-shirt is tough on the outside thanks to a special fabric made of merino wool, recycled polyester and cooling, antibacterial and odor-resistant eucalyptus fibers. As an added incentive, it is also carbon neutral. £58, allbirds.fr


Patagonia Women’s Quandary 5 Inch Short

Patagonia Women's 5-Inch Quandary Short, £55

Patagonia Women’s 5-Inch Quandary Short, £55

These lightweight women’s shorts are made from a high-stretch, water-repellent nylon and spandex blend for hiking. The hidden drawstring inside the waistband also means they are easily adjustable for added comfort. £55, eu.patagonia.com


Buff CoolNet UV Ties

Buff CoolNet UV Ties, £16.95
Buff CoolNet UV Ties, £16.95

Worn around the neck, like a bandana or across the top of the head, this stretchy headband is moisture wicking and UPF50+ UV rated, and is highly effective at keeping the sun at bay, while also absorbing sweat. £16.95, buff.com


Rab Incline Lightweight Pants

Rab Incline Lightweight Trousers, £75

Rab Incline Lightweight Trousers, £75

Pants that fold over almost nothing for easy carrying. The stretchy nylon fabric allows great freedom of movement but is also durable with great breathability. £75, rab.equipment


Fjällräven Abisko Trekking Short Sleeve Shirt

Fjällräven Abisko Trekking Short Sleeve Shirt, £100

Fjällräven Abisko Trekking Short Sleeve Shirt, £100

A stylish shirt that few would guess was designed for outdoor adventures. The polyester/spandex blend fabric features tiny perforations designed for ventilation and moisture wicking, and provides extra stretch for added comfort. Pockets conceal a mesh lining with a zipper that can be opened to create extra airflow against the body and snap style buttons allow for easy on and off. £100, fjallraven.com


About Cloudridge

On Cloudridge, £170

On Cloudridge, £170

A lightweight summer hiking shoe that eliminates superfluous details, such as waterproof membranes, replacing them with breathable materials such as the tongue and mesh lining, which not only treat warmth, but create a more air-like feel. of a trainer. The sole is slightly curved to maintain a natural walking motion, which is why these boots have become a popular choice for alpine walkers. £170, on-running.com


Arc’teryx Atom SL Hoodie

Arc'teryx Atom SL Hoodie, £180

Arc’teryx Atom SL Hoodie, £180

The hike can be chilly at dusk and dawn, so a good jacket should be part of your kit. This lightweight hoodie packs down incredibly small for easy storage, and synthetic insulation on the chest and back provides just the right level of warmth when worn. £180, arcteryx.com


Leki Makalu FX Carbon Trekking Poles

Leki Makalu FX Carbon Walking Poles, £135.11

Leki Makalu FX Carbon Walking Poles, £135.11

Walking with poles is often sniffed at, but the benefits include improved posture and stability, and they engage upper body muscles for a more complete workout. These new foldable poles (fit perfectly in a backpack) have extra long handles with straps for comfortable use and a strong and light carbon construction. £135.11, alpinetrek.com


Cap Melin A-Game Hydro

Melin A-Game Hydro Cap, £55

Melin A-Game Hydro Cap, £55

A cap that fits well – without leaving a mark on your forehead – and looks great. It ticks all my boxes: it’s well-designed, breathable and moisture-wicking with SPF protection – and the brim isn’t too long. £55, melinbrand.fr


Osprey Talon Pro 20 Backpack

Osprey Talon Pro 20 Backpack, £175
Osprey Talon Pro 20 Backpack, £175

At 20 litres, this backpack holds a typical day’s hiking gear. It’s lightweight and has a smartly designed back panel with mesh and foam that lets air cool the body, while a padded hip belt and sternum straps ensure a secure fit. Ample storage space includes a main compartment that can hold a water reservoir and zippered pockets for a phone or snacks. £175, ospreyeurope.com


Tilley LTM6 Airflo Hat

Tilley LTM6 Airflo Hat, £75
Tilley LTM6 Airflo Hat, £75

This wide-brimmed sun hat is SPF50+ rated and has a water-repellent finish for all-weather use. It’s made from nylon, ensuring it’s super durable and machine washable, and features a moisture-wicking sweatband for a comfortable fit. £75, en.tilley.com


Icebreaker Merino Hike+ Light Crew Socks

Icebreaker Merino Hike+ Light Crew Socks, £24

Icebreaker Merino Hike+ Light Crew Socks, £24

These merino wool synthetic blend socks maintain body temperature in hot weather while providing a good level of underfoot cushioning. £24, icebreaker.com


Montane Pac Plus Waterproof Jacket

Montane Pac Plus Waterproof Jacket, £220

Montane Pac Plus Waterproof Jacket, £220

The weather will always be unpredictable, so it’s good to have a waterproof shell on hand, even on summer hikes. This one is made from Gore-Tex Paclite Plus: a durable, highly waterproof and breathable material that packs down nicely. As the jacket weighs only 283 g, it is also ideal for storing in a backpack. £220, montane.com


Camelbak Bottle x LifeStraw Eddy+

Camelbak x LifeStraw Eddy+ bottle, £50
Camelbak x LifeStraw Eddy+ bottle, £50

A collaboration with filtration experts LifeStraw means this lifesaver can be filled from the nearest stream or pond and bacteria, parasites and microplastics are removed from the water before drinking. £50, camelbak.fr

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