Hiking doesn’t sound very scary. It’s just walking, right?
Two vertical hours trekking up a glacier in Iceland, I realized I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s a serious workout. Sweaty and out of breath, I was happy I had the forethought to pack not only a few granola bars and a water bottle, but a pair of Merrell hiking boots and a raincoat too (which came in handy when it started to pour). The main takeaway from my experience was that my gear was critical to the way I could stand up to the hike.
The sport seems to have taken hold as the workout du jour. The low cost, high intensity sessions are accessible to almost anyone and burn tons of calories. Having the right pieces will keep you hitting the trails. Here are our top 8 picks for the items you’ll need for your next trip into the outdoors.