The Bare Necessities (cont.)

Don't leave home without it!


  • boots: market-speak swamis have had their wicked way with the vocabulary of outdoor footwear, turning the humble hiking boot into an infinite soup of styles, uses, specialties. Just know that high-cut kicks will lend protection and ankle support on long schleps, low-cut light hikers shave ounces and add comfort, and trail runners are just that—sneakers for the trail. The secret of any boot-buying mission? Try a variety on at the store and go with what feels best, not what has the biggest instruction manual. [read hiking boot reviews here]
  • jackets: this is where the fun begins: Do you want a soft shell or hard shell? Absolute weather armor or just a puffer in which to keep warm? Simple rainjacket or technical fleece? Resist the urge to be like a kid in a candy store and, at the very least, be sure you walk out with something that’ll keep you warm, dry, and comfortable in the worst Mother Nature throws your way. [read jacket reviews here]

More Clothing Basics:

  • socks
  • underwear bottoms & top
  • shorts
  • T-shirt
  • rain pants
  • wool or fleece sweater
  • gloves
  • hat or bandana

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