Gear Tests

In this category we post comprehensive reviews of hiking products which we thoroughly tested on our hiking trips. We publish unbiased reviews mentioning the best features of the products as well as shortcomings. Some products we bought on our own while others were received directly from the manufacturers. How we obtained each product is mentioned in the reviews.

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Gear Tests


Tread Labs Dash Insole Review – Performance Series

In the fall, I got in touch with Tread Labs which specializes in insoles for various activities and footwear types. I first tested and reviewed their Pace insoles and as I was very happy with the product, I agreed to test their Dash insoles as well. The two models differ in purpose. The Pace insoles… Read More »

Tread Labs Dash Insole Review

Falke Silk Wool T-Shirt for Women Review

In summer 2019 I received the Falke Silk-Wool underwear and t-shirt from the iconic German brand upon request. As I had been previously impressed by the durability of the Klattermusen Eir t-shirt, I was really keen to test other base layers made out of Merino wool and silk, which is a much less utilized material… Read More »

Falke Silk T-shirt: Logo at the hip

Wama Hemp Hipsters Review

In late summer I received the Wama Hemp Hipsters for testing. Hemp is a much more sustainable fabric fiber than most base layer materials, and therefore I was excited to test the underwear which is made of approximately half-half hemp and organic cotton. As I was heavily pregnant when I received the Wama hipsters, I… Read More »


Tread Labs Pace Insole Review

A few months ago, we got in touch with the American company Tread Labs which produces insoles for various types of footwear and activities. All Tread Labs insoles are specifically designed with arch support in mind and thus each model is available in four different arch heights. Now, I’m not an expert in arch support,… Read More »

Tread Labs Pace Insole Review

Apex International Water Bottle Review

In the summer, we were contacted by the British start-up company Apex International which specializes in water bottles for outdoor sports. The company currently only offers one insulated water bottle (500 ml) in two different colors, but after checking technical specifications and product description we were excited to test the water bottle. Thus we got… Read More »

Apex International Water Bottle Review

Isobaa Merino Women’s 180 Long Sleeve Crew

At Best Hiking we can’t get enough of Merino base layers, but so far it has mainly been base layers for men we have been asked to test and review. Therefore, I was head over heels when I got the opportunity to test the Isobaa 180 crew-neck base layer. I really appreciate the brand’s philosophy… Read More »

Isobaa Women's Merino Base Layer: Off-set shoulder seams

Wama Men’s Hemp Underwear Review

Several months ago, we were contacted by the American company Wama which specializes in hemp underwear. They asked us to test some of their products and since we love to test base layers, we of course agreed. Now, hemp is not the most well-known material and before we got in touch with Wama, we didn’t… Read More »

Wama Men’s Hemp Underwear: Wama Boxer Briefs and Wama Trunks below

Falke TK2 Wool Silk Trekking Socks Review

Socks are, without a doubt, one of the most important hiking items, and when we received activewear from German brand Falke for testing, I was delighted to see that they also included socks. Falke is known world-wide for their high-quality socks and thus I was super excited to test them on trails. I got the… Read More »

Falke Tk2 Wool Silk Socks - Legs and Cuffs

Falke Cool Boxers – First Hand Review

In the summer, we tested various activewear from the iconic German brand Falke. Most of the testing was done on different hiking trails and alpine ascents in the Dolomites where we spent our holidays. On my first hike in the Dolomites I wore the Falke Cool T-Shirt and I was very satisfied with its performance.… Read More »

Falke Cool Boxers Review

Isobaa Merino 200 Zip Neck Hoodie Review

In early summer 2019 we were contacted by the British company Isobaa which specializes in Merino wool clothing. They offered us some products to test in return for unbiased reviews. As I consider myself a bit of a Merino wool geek (see the gear tests section), I of course didn’t want to miss the opportunity… Read More »

Isobaa Merino Zip Neck Hoodie - Due to the hood it offers less insulation in the neck area