The best new hiking gear

Want to explore the trails safely and comfortably? These new finds will get you prepped for all your hiking adventures

The best new hiking gear

Source: Best Health magazine, September 2013; Image: Thinkstock (top); Tracy Shumate (bottom)

1. This ultra-lightweight ripstop nylon backpack has a 15-litre capacity and enough pockets to keep you organ­ized. It folds into a six-inch square bundle for easy travel. (Oakley, $40)

2. With a built-in straw and a taste-enhancing filter, Brita’s hard-sided BPA-free plastic water bottle is a smart bet when filling from park fountains. ($20)

3. This moisture-wicking tee in super-soft polyester/spandex’which has a zippered mock neck, flatlocked seams and extra-long sleeves with thumb loops’is designed for comfort in both warm and cool weather. (Roots, $62)

4. Pack a jacket in case the weather turns. This polyester softshell is water repellent as well as breathable. (Wind River Outfitting Co., $80 at Marks)

5. Itch-free merino wool socks with cushioning in all the right places prevent blisters and lock away odour. (Icebreaker, $25)

6. Hi-Tec’s Sierra Lite hiking boots combine a durable, all-terrain ‘Multi Directional Traction’ sole with a brightly coloured suede and mesh upper. A padded collar, moisture-wicking lining and contrasting laces kick in more function and style. ($85)

7. These versatile convertible pants zip off into shorts or roll up into capris, and feature pockets galore. The ripstop nylon/spandex fabric is treated to repel water and dirt. (Prana, $77 at Mountain Equipment Co-op)

8. This compact 46-piece first-aid kit includes antiseptic and alcohol towelettes, ointment, a variety of bandage sizes, gauze, tape and a how-to guide. ($13 at Canadian Tire)

9. A watch with a built-in compass will help keep you on track (Timex, $165). And if you find yourself way off the beaten path, signal for help with three blasts on a loud pea-less whistle’this one will sound up to 120 decibels (Fox 40, $10 at Canadian Tire).

This article was originally titled "Take a hike!" in the September 2013 issue of Best Health. Subscribe today to get the full Best Health experience’and never miss an issue!