The meeting of the Gorpcore explosion and the easing of lockdowns has whipped up a demand storm for hiking. Our desire to explore past the four walls of our own homes and reconnect with nature has never been stronger and with fall incoming, the possibility of getting out for a day in the wild is looking even more enticing.
Labels like Nike ACG, Arc’teryx, Snow Peak, and more, have brought new life to what was a once-stagnated world. Form has met function to make some of the most satisfying pieces on the market, from lightweight jackets to hiking sneaker-boot hybrids, and flasks that are actually cool.
To prepare for the onslaught of hike invites that you’re set to receive over the coming months, and to celebrate one of the burgeoning aspects of contemporary style, we rounded up some of the best hiking gear on the net right now.
Fix up and look sharp in the outdoors with our selection of the most stylish hiking gear below.
The most stylish jackets to take hiking
If you’re going hiking during the fall/winter season, chances are it’ll be a little wetter and colder than it usually is, when you head off into the outdoors. A good jacket makes all the difference, as it’ll keep you warm, dry, and (in some cases) protected from nature. Below, we’ve put together a selection of hiking-ready jackets that not only work but will also have you stopping to take fit pics next to every single tree. We’ve included everything from the grail-level ACRONYM J-16 GORE-TEX jacket, to a jacket from up-and-coming designer Arnar Mar Jonsson. Of course, a The North Face down jacket couldn’t be left off the list.
Our favorite hiking-approved pants
Unless you’re a hard-man like Wim “The Ice Man” Hof, you’re not going to be heading out on your hike wearing shorts during the winter months. That’s why we’ve scoured our shop to find the best hiking pants for you to wear next time you’re itching for an adventure. Our favorite newcomer Arnar Mar Jonsson leads the list with a pair of paneled track trousers that will keep you dry, insulated, and looking fly. Stone Island obviously couldn’t be left off the list, though these pants are admittedly more style-leaning than function (but still rugged enough to withstand some of the easier hikes). Finally, if you’re looking for a pair of hiking pants that work better than advertised, the Arc’teryx Palisade pant has got to be your go-to option.
The best hiking footwear for your next adventure
For most hikes, you don’t necessarily need hardcore hiking boots, but it’s good to have some athletic sneakers in the rotation. Trail-running shoes sometimes also do the trick, which is why the On Cloudventure sits top of our selection. The sneaker’s lugged outsole makes slipping a concept of the past, while the shoe’s upper is also relatively stress and abrasion-resistant. HOKA ONE ONE and ROA both offer solid alternatives, featuring weather-proofing design details and (in the case of HOKA) technology.
The best hiking gear you don’t want to leave at home
If you’re expecting to be outside for a while, it’s important you taking the right gear with you. For some, that can be a weather=proof hat, for others that means the perfect water bottle or backpack. Below, we’ve outlined the best in each of those categories. It’s here that form and function really meet. Accessories are also a great way to separate yourself from the pack aesthetically, something all three of the items below do.
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