Winter Hiking Gear

by Angelique Platas

Feb 16, 2019

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Products / Clothing

For winter hikes or cold-weather activity in general, it’s important to stay warm and protected from the elements. With that said, you’ll also be pretty active and may want to be mobile, able to remove or add layers and adapt to your changing body temperature. Consider packing some gear to help you stay on top of it all.

 

Outer Clothing

For your jacket, consider something with dual zippers — one that slides up a neck-protection piece and the other to actually close and open the whole jacket. This can protect your neck from wind chill and icy weather, while giving you room to breathe for sunny, but brisk hikes. Another great option would be something light and mobile enough to move with you and be folded up neatly in a backpack, but also warm enough for winter weather — Patagonia, REI and North Face have a few to choose from.

 

Accessories

Pack a backpack with hand warmers, water, light food, flashlight, extra socks and even gloves to prepare for the possibility of a wet, icy hike. Make sure your backpack is light, but durable. You’ll need room to keep some extra supplies, but not a lot of extra fabric weighing you down.

Something as light as an Eddie Bauer, or as extensive as Patagonia, can go a long way.

 

Footwear

While hiking boots with sturdy laces and great traction are always a must, you may need to add on in the winter months — due to possible ice or rising water. Grab a pair of Yaktrax, or similar, to add to your backpack and toss on the soles of your shoes when needed. There’s a variety of sizes and options, but as long as the spikes fit, your trek over icy-trails will be that much easier.

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