Our detailed reviews, gear lists, and features highlight our favorite hiking gear that we've tested on hundreds of trail adventures throughout the South.
There’s nothing quite like a great hike, no matter the distance. A hike offers a great workout, some seriously beautiful sights, and some fresh air and a fresh perspective. We’ve tested our favorite hiking gear over hundreds of miles throughout the South, from Georgia’s best waterfalls and Atlanta’s top in-town hikes to view-packed hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway and grassy, open the mountain balds on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina.
Our hiking gear reviews feature only our favorite backpacks, navigation tools, boots, first aid, and safety gear that have held up to hundreds of miles of rugged use out on the trail. Check out our hiking gift guide for more of our favorite trail-tested gear, and our hiking gear list for details on the gear that we pack on almost every adventure. Wondering what to wear for a great Southern adventure? Our outdoor apparel reviews highlight great layering essentials, rain shells, and outerwear for our moderate southern climate.
Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Daypack – Del Dia
The bright, colorful, and totally unique Luzon Del Dia is a fun and functional backpack that’s equally great for a day on the trail, errands around town, or travel. Our trail-tested Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Daypack review.READ MORE
KEEN kids’ sandals: Moxie and Newport ATV
Great for summertime hiking and water adventures, the KEEN Moxie and Newport ATV sandals are rugged, grippy, and made for adventure. Our trail-tested KEEN kids review.READ MORE
Kids hiking list: backpacks, boots, snacks, safety & fun
Ready to hit the trail for a day of outdoor family fun, but wondering what to pack? Check out our kids hiking gear list for some packing inspiration, including our favorite kids hiking backpacks, sandals and boots, first aid and safety, and trail snacks and toys.READ MORE
Hiking Gear List
Our hiking gear list includes our favorite backpacks, wayfinding, first aid and safety gear, and our favorite, trail-tested gear to make the most out of our on-trail adventures in the South.READ MORE
How to clean and waterproof hiking, camping, and backpacking gear and boots
Quality outdoor gear can be an expensive (but worthwhile!) investment. Keep your backpacks, boots, tents, rain gear, jackets, and sleeping bags performing like new with these easy tips on outdoor gear cleaning and care.READ MORE
Osprey Stratos 24 and Osprey Sirrus 24 backpack review
The Osprey Stratos 24 and Sirrus 24 are ultra-breathable backpacks, ventilated for warm-weather day hikes in the South. Our trail-tested review.READ MORE
ENO SingleNest & ENO DoubleNest hammocks
There’s simply no better way to hang out on the trail or at a campsite. Suspended from ENO’s SingleNest and DoubleNest hammocks and Atlas straps, relaxing in the great outdoors hits a new high.READ MORE
REI Flash 18 backpack review
Not every hike demands a rugged, framed backpack. The REI Flash 18 is one of our favorite grab-and-go, lightweight packs for local day hikes and travel.READ MORE
Ahnu Sugarpine women’s hiking boot review
The Ahnu Sugarpine is a lightweight women’s waterproof hiking boot that delivers performance, style, and stability on the trail. Our trail-tested Sugarpine review.READ MORE
LOWA Renegade GTX Mid hiking boot review
Stability and dependable traction: the LOWA Renegade GTX Mid is a high-end hiking boot that’s well-equipped with a waterproof Gore-Tex lining and a grippy Vibram Evo outsole. Our trail-tested review.READ MORE