Hiking Gear

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.

  • LOWA Aerox GTX Lo Surround trail shoe review

    LOWA Aerox GTX Lo Surround hiking shoe review

    The LOWA Aerox GTX Lo Surround is a hiking shoe with excellent traction and unbelievable breathability. It’s an excellent all-around waterproof trail shoe, perfect for the South’s warm climate and varied terrain.

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  • LOWA Phoenix Mesh Lo hiking boots review

    LOWA Phoenix Mesh Lo hiking boots

    The LOWA Phoenix Mesh Lo is a high-quality, low-cut hiking shoe with outstanding breathability, perfect for the South’s hot weather and rough terrain.

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  • boz Bridger Mid Waterproof hiking boot review

    Oboz Bridger Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

    The Oboz Bridger B-DRY offers firm support, aggressive traction, and excellent stability in a breathable, waterproof, mid-height hiking boot.

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  • Thule Stir 15L Backpack review

    Thule Stir 15L Backpack

    The feature-packed and ultralight Thule Stir 15L is just the right size backpack for light days on the trail, urban explorations, or daily commutes.

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  • Trailfoody review: a tasty food subscription service perfect for hikers, campers, and backpackers

    Trailfoody review: an ultra-tasty trail food subscription

    Trailfoody delivers delicious, hand-selected trail food, packed in a monthly box with some delicious new brands and flavors and some tasty favorites. It’s a great way to try new flavors out on the trail, and offers great savings, too.

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  • Hiking gift ideas: our favorite, trail-tested hiking gear from our adventures in the South

    Hiking Gift Ideas

    Looking for hiking gift ideas for someone on your list? Our 2017 hiking gift guide features our trail-tested favorite hiking gear from our trail adventures in the South.

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  • Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Daypack Del Dia review: a colorful, unique backpack for day hikes and around town

    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.

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  • KEEN kids sandals review: KEEN Moxie and the Newport ATV are great for hiking and wet-trail summertime fun in the South

    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.

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  • What to pack hiking with kids: backpacks, sandals, hiking boots and essentials

    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.

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  • Hiking gear list: our trail-tested favorite backpacks and day hike gear essentials

    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.

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