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.

  • Lowa boots comparison review: our favorite GTX boots, the Renegade, Innox, Sesto, and Irox

    LOWA Boots: our four favorite GTX hiking boots, compared

    LOWA boots have long been our trusted choice of hiking footwear for adventures in the South. We compare our long-time favorite, the Renegade GTX, with some of their newest hiking and trekking boot styles, the Innox GTX Mid, Sesto GTX Mid, and Irox GTX Mid.

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  • Our outdoor gifts ideas for her feature our favorite, trail-tested women's apparel, boots, shoes, and accessories from our trail adventures in the South.

    Outdoor Gifts for Her

    Looking for gift ideas for the runner, hiker or outdoor-loving lady on your list? Our outdoor gifts ideas for her feature our favorite, trail-tested women’s apparel, boots, shoes, and accessories from our trail adventures in the South.

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  • Outdoor gifts for him: our gift guide features our favorite jackets, outdoor apparel, hiking boots and running shoes from our trail adventures in the South

    Outdoor Gifts for Him

    Looking for gift ideas for the runner, hiker or all-around outdoor guy on your list? Our outdoor gifts for him feature our trail-tested, favorite men’s jackets, outdoor apparel, hiking boots and running shoes that fuel our adventures throughout the South.

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  • Trail running gear list: our favorite shoes, socks, hats, snacks and hydration gear

    Trail running gear list

    Let’s hit the trail! Our trail running gear essentials include our favorite shoes, socks, apparel and gear that we’ve worn and loved on our adventures in the South.

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  • Patagonia Womens Nano Puff Jacket review

    Patagonia Womens Nano Puff Jacket

    The Nano Puff Jacket is one of our go-to faves for cold-weather trail adventures in the South. It’s water-resistant, warm and windproof – and yet lightweight and highly compressible. And with Patagonia’s use of eco-friendly recycled materials, it’s easy to see why we love this jacket.

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  • Stio Alpha Alpine Pullover review - lightweight, breathable, water-repellant jacket perfect for trail to town

    Stio Alpha Alpine Pullover

    It’s like wearing a warm cloud. The Stio Alpha Alpine Pullover wraps Polartec Alpha insulation in a durable rip stop nylon shell to provide an insulated, breathable layering option, perfect for the trail and around town.

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  • Hoka One One Clifton running shoe review

    HOKA ONE ONE Clifton running shoe review

    The HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 3 is a quality, cushioned, ultra-comfy shoe that stands up to high mileage with its full EVA midsole. Our trail and road-tested review of this outstanding lightweight running shoe.

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  • Garmin Forerunner 235: our favorite GPS running watch with integrated heart rate monitoring and activity tracking

    Garmin Forerunner 235

    The Garmin Forerunner 235 is a GPS running watch with a wrist-based heart rate monitor, an accelerometer for indoor use, and sleep and activity tracking. It’s our most trusted training tool for our running adventures in the South, and stylish for around-town wear, too.

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  • KUHL Ryzer Pullover review: a great long sleeve that's perfect on trail or around town

    KUHL Ryzer Pullover

    The Men’s KUHL Ryzer combines style and performance in an ultra-versatile long sleeve pullover. With a streamlined fit, it’s great on its own or layered, and it’s equally at home on the trail or around town.

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  • Editor's Choice: Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2017

    Editor’s Choice: Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2017

    We scoured the massive floors at Outdoor Retailer’s Summer Market ’17 for the best, most Southern-worthy outdoor gear and apparel. Here are our editors’ top picks from the show.

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