Best new hiking gear for this fall
Sure, hiking is all about being one with nature. The simple life.
But the right gear can make that simple life a little more comfortable, too. Innovators are constantly pushing the limits to come up with the best new hiking gear, whether that’s the lightest weight cooking pans, a more comfy backpack or new clothing to keep you warm, yet wick away the sweat.
Here are three of the newest and greatest hiking gear to bring to the trails this year:
1. The best sleeping bag.
Mountain Hardwear has long been an outdoor gear leader, and it continues that reputation with its HyperLamina Spark sleeping bag. This bag is mega compressible (so it doesn’t take up much space in your pack) and has unique zoned insulation throughout, so it’s warmer where needed most.
The pack is made with insulation that even keeps things toasty when it’s damp, making it great for rainy spring camping and also winter camping.
It’s no surprise that this sleeping bag won Backpacker magazine’s Editors’ Choice Award this year. Mountain Hardware HyperLamina Spark sleeping bag, $220 (plus Cash Back), REI.com
2. The best trekking poles.
Trekking poles can help hikers balance across challenging and steep terrain, and the highly rated Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock Trekking Poles are worth the $139.95 splurge.
These adjustable poles have shock-absorbers, and the grips are made of foam, so they will keep your hands from getting tired. Yes, your legs aren’t the only body parts that can feel the work. Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock Trekking Poles, $139.95, REI.com
3. The best backpack.
Osprey’s Atmos 50 AG backpack has received a lot of attention since its release, and for good reason. This pack has multiple compression straps and 3D suspension to help stabilize the load for comfort and allow for more mobility.
It also features a lightweight frame, an external flap to protect the pack from bad weather and 11 different external pockets, so there’s an easily accessible place for everything you need while on the trails. Osprey Atmos 50 AG Pack, $229.95, REI.com