Thinking about what to pack for your next hiking excursion? Don’t worry—we’ve rounded up some of the coolest gear, gadgets and snacks the next time you hit the trail.
What: The North Face Verto Jacket
Why: What do you pull out of your bag when rain strikes? Ditch your trash bag rain poncho for The North Face’s Verto jacket—a 3.2 oz. water resistant jacket that compresses down to the size of an energy bar. Great for hiking, climbing or running, this lightweight jacket (The North Face’s lightest ever) features elastic around the hem, cuffs and hood for maximum protection. And it just plain looks awesome.
What: Garmin Fenix GPS Watch
Why: Because you don’t go exploring without direction. Garmin’s hands-free GPS comes in the form of a pretty kick-ass watch that features a satellite tracker, compass and altimeter. You can sync it with your computer or smartphone, download routes or custom-make your own based on your own landmarks. And feel free to go off-trail without the fear of getting lost because your wrist is equipped with a TracBack log to retrace your steps if you do lose your way.
What: Adidas Terrex Fast X GTX
Why: Named one of Outside’s best trail shoes of 2013, this versatile hiking shoe is built for various terrains and weather conditions. It offers plenty of support and stability while remaining lightweight. Adidas has engineered the hiker with Continental tire rubber to keep your grip intact, even at high speeds and on wet surfaces. The high-abrasion mesh gives you breathability without sacrificing its waterproof qualities.
What: S’well Water Bottle
Price: $35; 500 ml/17 oz.
Why: Introducing the last water bottle you’ll ever need. This stainless steel bottle is dual purpose: its ThermaS’well technology keeps liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. The bottle is insulated so it doesn’t “sweat” on your hands or in your bag. Although it’s slim enough to fit easily in your hand or cupholder, the mouth is big enough for ice cubes. It’s BPA-free and “exceeds all FDA safety regulations.”
What: Golden Valley Natural Beef Jerky
Price: $6.19; 3 oz.
Why: Beef jerky is probably the best trail-worthy snack out there. Jerky is naturally high in protein and low in calories, carbs and fat, so it gives you a jolt of good nutrition anytime you need it. Its long shelf life and easy packability have made beef jerky a hiking favorite, so there are tons of options out there. We recommend Golden Valley Natural beef jerky because it has no preservatives, no nitrites and no added MSG. And it tastes great, too.
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