Base layers are for moisture management. A next-to-skin layer, they work by wicking moisture away from your skin and can also help to prevent chafing. These are the base layers I’ve used and recommend.
Outer layers are for rain, wind and snow protection. A waterproof rain jacket is a must for hiking in the Pacific Northwest – add rain pants when the forecast calls for wet or cold weather. There are my favorite rain gear items that I’ve used and recommend.
For hiking in the winter, and on overnights the rest of the year, keeping your head and hands warm is essential. These are my favorite hats, gloves and neck gaiters.
Choosing a backpacking tent can be overwhelming due to the cost and number of options available. These are my recommendations for the best options based on comfort, weight and budget.
The REI Flash Air 2 is an ultralight backpacking tent with plenty of room for two people at a lower price than similar options.
The hiking season doesn’t need to end if you have gear to keep you warm and safe when it’s cold and wet out. Here’s what I take in my backpack when hiking in colder temps.
The Outdoor Vitals Vario jacket is an ultralight jacket tailored for active pursuits with bodymapped synthetic insulation and underarm perforations for ventilation.
The ten essentials are all about being prepared. While you may not need all of these items on every trip, they can make a big difference when the unexpected happens.
The Kuhl Freeflex and Trekr shorts are made of quality fabric, provide a good fit, and that have useable pockets, plus they have wicking and sun protection features important for hiking.