Spring is right around the corner, and if you’re like me you’re itching to get out and start hiking again. This week Dylan and I were hiking around in the desert, but in climates like this, anything goes! We were sun bathing minute, and then a minute later we’d turn around the bend to discover frozen river beds. That’s why I’ve put together a list of my Spring Hike “Must Haves”. It includes everything from my new recommended favorite boots, daypack, puffy coats, GPS and more! I hope this list keeps you happy on the trails and responsibly prepared for your adventures this spring.
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I took this pack up Kilimanjaro! As one of the larger options of Deuter’s lightest day pack options, the Women’s Speed Lite 30L SL Backpack is made for conquering long days and steep treks. Weighing less than two pounds, it still holds enough room for layers, lunch, and water, but won’t slow you down when you’ve got your site set on multiple peaks and need to move swiftly.
You’d think “Moab” in the Merrell Women’s Moab 2 Mid GTX Hiking Boot stood for Utah’s getaway destination for all things outdoorsy and fun, but that doesn’t make much sense since this boot’s ruggedly reliable waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex is ideal in wet environments, not the desert. Moab actually stands for “mother of all boots,” because it’s actually ideal for both the desert and the rain forest. To top it off, or bottom off, Merrell equipped the boot with a Vibram TC5+ sole and plenty of supportive features to keep you on your feet whether you’re tackling long trails, carrying heavy backpacks, or both.
Aptly-named for its lasting warmth, the Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Down Jacket is a tried-and-true insulated layering staple. Responsibly-sourced, water-resistant 800-fill goose down insulation makes this jacket one that you won’t want to take off from fall to spring, while the DWR-finished nylon ripstop shell gives you some added protection against abrasion and light precipitation.
When you’re going away from a world where you have constant internet access, bring along the Garmin InReach Mini to make sure you know where you are. MapShare technology tracks your location so you know where you are, and it can share that information in case you need help. A virtual keyboard lets you send customized text messages, and the InReach gives you the ability to send and receive SMS and email messages. In case of emergency, the interactive SOS function contacts a 24/7 rescue monitor so you can get help as soon as possible.
Whether you’re taking in the sweet sounds of bluegrass from your camp chair or lounging on the lawn in front of the stage, wear the Prana Women’s Cybil Knit Fedora to keep the sun out of your eyes and tie your outfit together.
The Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles is ready to tackle any trail with ease and comfort. These all-season trekking poles features a durable yet lightweight aluminum shaft and women-specific cork grip that offers a comfortable carry and wicks away the buildup of moisture or sweat.
10. Yack Tracks
Instead of pulling the ol’ banana peel slip and eating it on icy trails, strap on the Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System for instant footing and more graceful movement. Burly stainless steel cleats are connected by flex chains and an elastomer harness for a snug and secure fit and high performance traction.