Essentials: Hiking


May 17, 2006
Outside Magazine

Photograph by Jens Mortensen

1. MOUNTAINSMITH's priced-to-go DOG TRIPPIN' package includes everything for the well-outfitted pooch, from pack to fleece bed. $80;

2. CLOUDVEIL's CLUTCH TEE is a smart-looking, quick-drying shirt for the hottest days. $35;

3. BUZZ OFF's WICKNIT HOODED SWEATSHIRT looks better than a head net, smells better than bug juice, and works as well as either, thanks to mosquito repellent bonded to the fabric. $69;

4. It's a sippy cup for adults! The CAMELBAK BOTTLE's lid incorporates the company's no-leak bite valve. $12;

5. BLACK DIAMOND's NEVE STRAP aluminum crampons adapt to lightweight shoes for summer snow travel. 21 oz per pair; $130;

6. Gore-Tex PacLite and heavy-duty packcloth make OUTDOOR RESEARCH's CASCADIA GAITERS light, tough, and waterproof. 7 oz per pair; $49;

7. Spend less, sleep more. The tough-skinned, two-pound, 1.5-inch-thick THERM-A-REST TRAIL LITE is a killer value at $50.

8. With FlickLocks top and bottom, BLACK DIAMOND's ENDURO CF trekking poles are quick to adjust even with gloved hands. $110

9. We thought Schoeller Dryskin fabric (think soft shell) was overkill for a pair of knee-highs—until we tried GROUND's BOLDER SHORT. Now we never take them off. $80;

10. Consider MONTBELL's ULTRALIGHT DOWN INNER SNAP NECK VEST a sub-six-ounce emergency blanket. The puffy, micro-packing pullover is stuffed with 725-fill down. $99;

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