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Best Hiking Gear 2021

In This Guide

  • Hiking Footwear & Clothing
  • GPS & InReach
  • Must Have Gear
  • Camping Gear

Don’t waste your money on hiking gear that’s no good; I’ve already done that for you! Here’s my trail-tested best hiking gear list, last updated November 2021. I only recommend hiking gear that I’ve used over hundreds of miles. I don’t do any paid or sponsored reviews, and I don’t waste your time with gear that doesn’t make the cut. This is only the good stuff.

Primary Hiking Gear

Altra Lone Peak 5
For most people, the Altra Lone Peak is a solid choice that will leave your feet feeling great at the end of any hike. The feel is cushy and light, and if it had a car equivalent, this would be a Cadillac or Mercedes Sedan. The grip is great and they’re reasonably durable for this type of trail runner, which I think is better in most conditions than a hiking boot, and here’s why. The downside of this shoe is that it won’t last as long as something like the Moab 2 (see alternate footwear choices at the bottom of this page). I’ve been using mine for many miles and my feet always feel great. Watch my video explaining why they are a great shoe here.


REI Co-op Traverse 32 Pack
This year has been tough with backpacks. Some existing great models changed for the worse, and other new models became hard to find because of supply-chain issues. However, the overall best pack that I can recommend for everyone is the REI Traverse 32. It’s light, well-thought-out, durable, big enough for winter hikes (and short overnights), comes in size/gender variations, and is affordable. It’s hard to see how you can go wrong with this pack. Another pack that I like (but is hard to get) is the Osprey Talon Pro 30 (women – men – video review), which is a little lighter, more expensive, and more specific to day hikes.

HikingGuy writes an extensive list of some of the best hiking gear in 2021. If you are interested and want to learn more of his suggestions, continue reading the complete article here.

LAST UPDATED

May 7, 2022

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