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Best Clothes and Accessories for Fall Hiking


Best Clothes and Accessories for Fall Hiking


With the weather getting cooler, you can finally start planning a hiking trip in the country’s national parks or beautiful mountains. Even though you probably won’t encounter snow yet, you still need to have the right clothes to make the most of your trekking adventure. There is no need to buy a whole new wardrobe or break the bank before you hit the trail. Get the basics and make sure they are a good fit, comfortable and not made of cotton – it’s not a good insulator when wet and you will feel cold for longer than necessary.

Osprey Talon 33

The Osprey Talon 33 is perfect for day hikes or a minimalist overnight trip. It will fit all small accessories you need and several extra bulky layers. The bag has a peripheral framesheet to transfer the load evenly across the Airscape™ mesh backpanel and keep you cool on the trail. People have ranked it high for comfort, lightweight, easy to load, adjustability, and high capacity.

Osprey Tallon 11

If you are an outdoors person with many hobbies, the Osprey Tallon 11 is may be ideal for you because it’s used by hikers, mountain bikers as well as trail runners. The bag features zippered hipbelt pockets for secure storage of often needed items, external hydration sleeve, panel l, LidLock™ helmet attachment, inside mesh pocket to keep essential items handy, and front panel bungee for quick and easy in and out storage for light layers.

Patagonia Nano Puff Vest

The Patagonia Nano Puff Vest is warm, windproof and water-resistant. [See: Hiking: Surprising Survival Tips that Can Save Your Life]The fabric repels light rain and snow and decreases dry times. The vest is also very light, which is what many people like about it. It uses highly compressible 60-g PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Eco with 55 percent post-consumer recycled content, wrapped in a 100 percent recycled polyester shell and liner. “This new vest is perfect: It fits perfectly everywhere; the collar easily folds down; and the lupine color is so cool. It is light weight, warm and breathable,” one review says.

Patagonia Nano Puff Bivy Pullover

Hikers have given Patagonia Nano Puff Bivy Pullover 5 stars because it’s light, wind-resistant, pack down small, dries quickly, and you can easily use it as a pillow. “This jacket has a great spectrum. I have pushed it to its limits and it performed. It repels light rain or mist. It's kept me warm on cooler mountain days with my wool baselayer or out on the ocean or out on the town,” one review, which is similar to most, says.

Patagonia Levitation Hoody

The Patagonia Levitation Hoody has protection for icy snow and mixed conditions. The jacket is “about as simple as a jacket can get” in a good way, according to the Alpine Star. It’s light, stretchy and very breathable. Another reviewer says: “The cuffs are smartly designed, removing the adjustable tabs but keeping the profile sleek and secure. I never have water leakage problems and they fit nicely over a pair of waterproof gloves. And the chest pocket is a must for smaller, need to reach items.”

Lululemon Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Crew

The Lululemon Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Crew is designed with sweating in mind, as the company says. The mesh venting encourages airflow to keep you cool; the tight fit lets you move without restriction; the seamless construction reduces bulk to help prevent chafing. “Sometimes I wear it outdoors to protect myself from getting sunburn and I still feel cool and dry. Most importantly there's no odor!” one user wrote.

Lululemon Pace Rival Crop

The Lululemon Pace Rival Crop is a versatile for running as well as walking up hills. The three-pocket waistband gives you plenty of storage options and the design is meant to feel like a comfortable embrace throughout, as it holds you close and moves with you. People also liked the pants for overall coverage, durability, breathability, style mesh, and compression.

Merrell Women’s Capra Bolt Mid Waterproof

The Capra Bolt Mid Waterproof is made for tough hikes. [See: Best Places to See Fall Foliage…Outside of New England]The grippy outsole lets people move confidently on various terrain. The shoes feature synthetic and mesh upper, metal hook and lacing closure for secure lacing, breathable mesh lining, and TrailProtect™ pad for extra protection off road. Bellows tongue keeps debris out and the Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability. Users, most of whom have given the product 5 stars, also like it because the shoes are sturdy and waterproof. 

Patagonia Capilene® Lightweight Zip-Neck

The Patagonia Capilene® Lightweight Zip-Neck dries very quickly. The polyester baselayer has 35-UPF sun protection and Polygiene® permanent odor control. “One of my favorite things about this shirt is its ability to manage sweat effectively, and regulate body temperature throughout the day,” a person who has used the zip-neck on dozens of day hikes and backpacking trips wrote. People also like it for the great fit, comfort, durability, and quality.

Helly Hansen Odin Enroute Shel Jacket

The Helly Hansen Odin Enroute Shel Jacket is a hardwearing, lightweight shell jacket with extreme breathability. The fabric features the air permeable Flow membrane in a 3 Ply lamination. The jacket is waterproof, which is what HellyTech Professional is known for. It is perfect for hiking mountains and in the wilderness.

Dragon Alliance Count

The Dragon Alliance Count is a new medium fit, Italian-made frame. [See: Best Hiking Gear on a Budget] The sunglasses offer 100 percent UV protection and are performance polarized. “Very nice sunglasses, lightweight yet sturdy; they fit very comfortably,” a review on Amazon says.

Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire GPS Heart Rate Monitor Watch

The Garmin Fenix 3 is a heart rate monitor watch that mixes style with multisport training capabilities. The Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology tracks your training without an irritating chest strap. “This watch ROCKS!!! Five star rating is not high enough. I love love love it. The GPS signal is awesome, the battery life is unparalleled and the features are abundant. […]This watch is a true powerhouse,” one review says.

Hydro Flask Standard-Mouth Water Bottle

The Hydro Flask Standard-Mouth Water Bottle is a standard-mouth water bottle with a double-wall vacuum insulation that keeps fluids hot for up to six hours or cold ones cold for 24 hours during bike rides and hikes. The Tough, food-grade 18/8 stainless steel is BPA-free and resistant to bacteria and odors. Users give the bottle 5 stars also for its size and style.

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

The Black Diamond Spot Headlamp is fully featured and waterproof. The 200-lumen Spot offers PowerTap technology for brightness in various weather conditions. Users say that the long-hold lock protects the batteries from draining in my pack or pocket. “On full power, the beam is nice and bright. It was easily enough to see the trail ahead for a hundred feet or so. On diffuse mode, we could still see the trail for 10 or 15 feet, but the beam was wide enough to give us 180 degree visibility,” according to another review.

Smartwool PhD® Outdoor Light Pattern Crew Socks

The Smartwool PhD® Outdoor Light Pattern Crew Socks feature Indestructawool™ technology, a patent-pending wool-based durability construction. They are ideal for tough, long hikes, especially in high-impact areas. The socks’ redesigned mesh zones, a Virtually Seamless® toe and the 4 Degree® elite fit system keep the feet comfortable. Most people rated the product very high on Amazon.

Salomon QUEST 4D 2 GTX

The Salomon QUEST 4D 2 GTX were developed through research and experience in trail running. The Sensifit ensures a snug, comfortable fit for every foot shape.  The boots are Outdoor Gear Lab’s Top Pick for Fastpacking. The specific 4D Advanced Chassis guides the foot on any kind of terrain, reducing fatigue. The non-marking Contagrip® soles have a reverse chevron pattern that grips on wet, loose, hard or dry surfaces. The boots were rated high for stability, traction and water resistance.

Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System

Having a water filter in your backpack while hiking can be crucial for survival. [See: Most Incredible Active Volcanos You Can Actually Hike Around the World] This is the company’s most popular filter, but its new version is smaller and lighter. The award-wining , reliable and easy to use Sawyer MINI Water Filter is rated to 0.1 micron absolute, weighs only 2 ounces, and filters up to 100,000 gallons. The MINI can be attached to the drinking pouch, inline on a hydration pack, on a standard soda bottle. You can also use a straw to drink directly from the water source. 

Gossamer Gear LT4 Carbon Trekking Poles

Poles are optional but they can certainly be very useful and make tough uphill walks much easier. The Gossamer Gear LT4 Carbon Trekking Poles are very light carbon fiber hiking poles for optimum strength to weight ration. There is a spiral wrap at the tip section for extra durability. Reviewers give high marks in the quality, price and value categories. “I have abused them now for almost 2 years in all 4 seasons and they have been near perfect,” one person says.

Lululemon Run Times Shorts

The Lululemon Run Times Shorts are comfortable and flattering. “The liner is not too tight, quick dry and the bonded seams make them very comfortable for long endeavors,” one review says. In general, people like the shorts for their fir, color, lightweight, and fabric.

Gerber Gear StrongArm Fixed Blade Coyote Brown SE

Ask any experience hiker and they will all tell you that a knife is one of the most important items that should be in your emergency kit. [See: 15 Survival Skills Everyone Needs to Know] The StrongArm Fixed Blade is a full tang, 420HC steel blade and has rubberized diamond-texture grip. The fixed blade guarantees precision and strength. Gerber has been making survival knives for the US Military since 1968. “The knife does everything I need it to do and it stays sharp and will last a long time,” one review says.

MSR Flex 3 System Cookset

The MSR Flex 3 System Cookset is a complete cookset for a group of three hikers. It includes a 2.3-liter nonstick hard-anodized pot with a nonstick finish, 3.3-liter hard-anodized pot, 1 strainer lid, 3 polypropylene DeepDish™ plates, 3 insulated mugs, and 1 pot handle. The mugs are versatile and can work as soup bowls too.

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2

The Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 was Outdoor Gear Lab’s top pick for best tents because of its above average space-to-weight ratio, its comfortable for two people, has guy points, pole configuration and a low profile end making it strong in winds. Most people say it’s easy to set up, it’s spacious and holds steady in winds. All seams are taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane.

Western Mountaineering Ultra Lite

The UltraLite is recommended if you are going on a trip and expecting different climates. [See: Best Tents for Camping] The full down collar helps to seal in heat around your neck without adding excess bulk. “Packs down super well, light enough for the bag, and lofts up super comfy for bed time,” “It performed fantastically with nights dropping just below 40 degrees and I woke up cozy, maybe a little sweaty,” and “I've had this bag for years now camping across Washington St, Oregon, Montana and Cali. I've used it for summer and winter conditions and couldn't complain one bit,” are some of the reviews.