Take a Hike

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My favorite hiking gear.

I love hiking; and because I am nosy, I always want to know what brands and gear other people are loving. So today I thought I would share a few of my favorite bits and pieces.

  • Patagonia Quandary Pants – I have two pairs of these bad boys. Light weight, water-resistant, and comfortable, they are my go-to for hiking in rainy Oregon or Washington. If you are going to be scrambling over rocks, you might want something thicker. Also, I found that you should size down. If you are looking for a shorts option, try the Happy Hike.
  • Thorlos Socks – The Thorlos hiking socks with foot protection are amazing. With thicker-than-normal padding on both the bottom of the foot and the back side of the ankle, these will be sure to keep your boots from rubbing.
  • Vasque Boots – Speaking of boots, my favorite are Vasque. I have been using the Inhaler II GTX for two years now and love that they are basically a high-top trail runner. I have also heard great reviews of the Talus Ultradry.
  • The Diva Cup – I don’t let my period stop me from getting out and adventuring, and the Diva Cup is the perfect partner for that. You can safely use it for up to 12 hours.
  • The North Face ETip Gloves – Because it does get cold in Oregon, I usually keep some gloves in my pack. I really like these by TNF because they are super lightweight and I don’t have to take them off to use my phone.
  • Camelbak Reservoir – I travel with a reservoir even on shorter hikes. I like knowing that I have plenty of water – in case there is an emergency or if I come across a doggie. Plus the extra weight makes for a better workout. I have a 3L (100 OZ) reservoir and switch it between any compatible pack I am using. Make sure you dry it completely after every use. I hang mine from the shower curtain rod for 3 days post-hike, and then store it open and upside down in a closet with the rest of my gear until my next use.
  • Summer’s Eve Cleansing Cloths– With all of that water you will be drinking, chances are you will need to pee. While some tissues or a little shimmy will work, I like using these pH balanced wipes. And because they come individually wrapped, you have something to stuff them back into after (#leavenotrace).
  • Tactical Flashlight – You might decided to explore a cave, or you might get a little lost after the sun goes down. Either way, you will be happy to have a small flashlight with you. There are tons of options available, so find one that fits your needs and budget.

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A few other things I always have handy? A LifeStraw, Mountainsmith trekking poles, and a hat!

-TM

What are a few of your hiking must-haves? Let us know below.

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