All the Best Gear for Fall Hiking Is on Sale
Summer has its merits — late sunsets, beach time, camping without the rain fly — but fall is the best time of year for hiking. Not just because the leaves are turning hues Bob Ross would approve of, or because you can follow up a summit with a trip to the cider house either. The cooler temperatures make heading out into the hills a more pleasant (and slightly less sweaty) endeavor — as does the fact that nearly every online gear retailer is holding a massive sale that includes discounts on some of the best outdoor products available.
Patagonia Nine Trails 28L Pack
Patagonia’s Nine Trails backpack is simple, yet has every feature necessary for a full day in the mountains. One of our favorites: the sleeve-style exterior pocket, which is the ideal place for stuffing extra layers.
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles
Our pick for the best trekking poles available, Black Diamond’s Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles are lightweight thanks to a carbon fiber construction. They also telescope to fit short and tall hikers alike.
Smartwool Hike Light Crew Sock
A solid pair of hiking socks can be the difference between a perfect day on the trail and a miserable blister disaster. Smartwool’s blend of merino wool, nylon and elastane helps prevent those foot issues and is also pleasantly cozy.
Danner Trail 2650 Hiking Shoe
New for 2019, Danner’s Trail 2650 is the perfect hiking shoe for shorter trails and fast-and-light walkers. It’s lightweight, durable and as comfortable as a sneaker.
Merrell Chameleon 7 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
For a boot with full ankle support, Merrell’s Chameleon is a tried-and-true classic. This version is waterproof, making it ideal for soggy autumn trail conditions.
Patagonia Micro Puff Hooded Jacket
Patagonia’s Micro Puff has been our pick for the best synthetic insulated jacket for two years and counting. Thanks to the company’s proprietary PlumaFill insulation, this jacket is lighter and packs smaller than other similar coats but is warmer, too. It’s the perfect layer to stash in your hiking pack for the winds at the summit.
HydraPak Shape-Shift 2L Hydration Reservoir
Most backpacks these days come with a pocket or sleeve for a hydration reservoir, but not the actual bladder. HydraPak makes some of our favorites, and this one has a handy feature that lets you adjust its volume depending on how much water you want to bring.
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
As the days get shorter, it’s always a good idea to have a headlamp in your backpack. The Spot is another Gear Patrol favorite — it’s waterproof, has adjustable brightnesses and is incredibly affordable.
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