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    Day Hike Essentials

    Almost everything you need to tackle a fourteener.

    —Whitney Dreier

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    Athleta Striped Chi Tank

    Wear it as an undershirt on a chilly morning or as a way to stay cool in the sun. We loved the scoop neck and racerback, but it’s the unstinkable fabric that really makes this top ($42) a winner.

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    Farm to Feet Greensboro Socks

    Farm to Feet, our favorite new sock maker, gets 100 percent of its merino wool from American ranches. The lightweight and durable Greensboro ($15) never slipped or bunched during months of testing.

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    Kühl Splash 5.5 Shorts

    You wouldn’t run a marathon in boots, and you shouldn’t summit a fourteener in your running shorts. The Splash’s ($60) stretchy fabric is durable and quick drying, while the flattering cut is stylish enough for your summit photo.

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    Moving Comfort Workout Bikini briefs and JustRight Racer Sports Bra

    There’s nothing worse than hiking up a mountain in underwear that rides or a bra that chafes. This combo ($16 and $48) stayed put—and comfortable—even after we trekked and sweated all day.

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    Adidas Outdoors Daroga Shoes

    If you hate hiking in boots but aren’t ready to tackle a big peak in trail runners, try the Daroga ($80). The nubuck upper breaks in nicely, and the grippy rubber sole keeps you grounded as you scramble up and down the slopes.

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    CamelBak Spark 10 LR Pack

    We appreciated the female-specific design (no awkward strap across the chest) and lumbar-shaped, two-liter reservoir, which sat securely over our hips ($110). We also loved it as our go-to pack for long mountain-bike rides.

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    L.L.Bean Ultralight Wind Jacket

    This well-priced layer ($69) packs down to the size of an energy bar. And when you’re wearing it, it’ll block wind, repel water, and breathe easy. Alpine start? Subtle reflective strips up your viz.

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    Survive Outdoors Longer Pocket Survival Pak

    You likely won’t need this little pouch ($34), which includes everything from a sewing needle to a fire starter, but you won’t regret carrying the extra four ounces if you’re injured or stuck on the mountain.

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