Outdoor Apparel: Jackets, Layers, Boots & Shoes

Our favorite outdoor apparel keeps us dry, comfortable, and moving on the trail - and looks great in town after our adventures, too. Our reviews and guides feature our favorite hiking clothes and jackets - and our favorite layering essentials, rain shells, and hiking boots.

Outdoor apparel reviews: best hiking clothes, what to wear hiking, best hiking boots

Weather in the South can range from downright frigid to warm and balmy – and sometimes in a single day. From chilly pre-sunrise mornings to humid afternoons and late showers, we encounter a wide range of weather on the trail in just about every season. Our favorite performance outdoor wear keeps us comfortable and dry out on the trail, and with a great layering system of pants, jackets, shorts, and shirts, we’re always ready for just about whatever the weather throws at us.

Check out our detailed reviews, featuring our favorite hiking clothes and boots. And our outdoor gifts for her and outdoor gifts for him highlight our favorite adventure apparel, from our favorite hiking, running, and backpacking trails to town and pretty much everywhere in between.

  • KUHL Renegade Shorts: our trail-tested review

    KUHL Renegade Shorts

    Comfortable and durable, KUHL Renegade Shorts breathe easily and they’re packed with features, including eight pockets, UPF 50 sun protection, and a water repellent finish. They’re a great fit, on or off the trail.

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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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  • Stio Modis Anorak women's rain jacket review

    Stio Modis Anorak rain jacket

    Versatile, stylish, and storm proof: the Stio Modis Anorak is a fantastic rain jacket that offers solid protection whenever Mother Nature decides to crash the party, from trail to town. Our trail-tested review.

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  • KUHL Spyfire ultralight down jacket: our trail-tested review

    KUHL Spyfire ultralight down jacket

    The streamlined KUHL Spyfire blends technical performance with a stylish fit and the warmth of 800-fill down. It’s our favorite ultralight down jacket for cold-weather hikes and around-town adventures.

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  • Stio Women's Sweetwater Fleece Hoodie review

    Stio Women’s Sweetwater Fleece Hoodie review

    Trail-to-town performance and style, it’s stylish and versatile for everyday wear, and also adventure-ready. The Women’s Sweetwater Fleece Hoodie from Stio, our trail-tested review.

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  • How to clean hiking, camping and backpacking gear, tents and boots

    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.

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  • Ahnu Sugarpine Women's Waterproof Boot Review

    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.

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  • LOWA Renegade GTX Mid hiking boot review

    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.

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  • Stio Lofted Sky Jacket review - packed with Primaloft insulation, the Lofted Sky keeps us comfortably warm on winter adventures in the South

    Stio Lofted Sky Jacket

    The Lofted Sky wears well and features low-bulk Primaloft insulation for cold-weather comfort and low-profile style. Our trail-tested review of one of our favorite Stio jackets.

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  • Stio Wilcox Hoodie review: great around town or on the trail, this is one comfy mens sweatshirt

    Stio Wilcox Fleece Hoodie

    Hiking, backpacking, lounging at the campsite, or just chilling around town: the Men’s Stio Wilcox Fleece is one of our favorite, ultra-comfy cold-weather pieces for outdoor adventure.

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