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Clothing for Winter Hiking: What to Wear

Clothing for Winter Hiking: What to Wear

Even with snow and rain and ice, hiking in the winter can be a great way to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors. You just have to be prepared. And that brings up the question, what clothing to wear? I’ve been hiking in winter for many years, and here’s what I’ve found almost always works. Avoid Bulk I was a Boy Scout, and they taught us the mantra “layers, not bulk.” Big bulky coats, …

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REI’s Flash 18 Day Pack

REI’s Flash 18 Day Pack

Rating: 4/5 Pretty Darn Nice I’ve used this pack to summit Colorado 14er Long’s Peak and for many smaller day hikes. Its so light and packable, you can bring it with you inside your overnight backpack for a day hiking pack option. This is a frameless, basic pack, really just a stuff sack with shoulder straps. That makes it very light and versatile, which all works well as long as you don’t need to carry …

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Hiking Footwear: Boots, Shoes or Sandals?

Hiking Footwear: Boots, Shoes or Sandals?

When it comes to footwear on the trail, I keep it simple. I pick a style of trail running shoes that is lightweight, fits well, is a good balance between flexible and stiff, and seems reasonably rugged. I typically hike once a week, on a Saturday or Sunday, and occasional multi-day hikes throughout the year. These shoes last for about a year and a half. I only wear hiking boots when I need protection from …

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Kahtoola MICROspikes® for Winter Hiking

Rating: 5/5 You’ll love them! I’ve been using Kahtoola MICROspikes® for a few years, and they really help make icy winter hikes a lot more enjoyable. MICROspikes® are basically small crampons (spiked cleats that attach over a hiking boot or shoe) made easy. They consist of a rubber fitting and some chains that hold the 3/8 inch (10 mm) spikes in place underneath the sole of the boot. They have smaller spikes and are more …

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