Hiking Tips

The hiking tips category consists of several subcategories, such as tips for doing Via Ferrata and hiking in Iceland as well as in the Alps respectively; advice on Planning a Trip, Navigation, Food and Hydration, Clothing Materials and suggestions for gifts for hiking enthusiasts; Hiking Gear Checklists and Hiking Gear Guide. Hopefully the articles will answer the majority of your questions for various hiking topics.

All Hiking Tips


Official: Suunto is discontinuing Movescount

In fall 2018 I contacted Suunto’s support to ask them if they are planning to make it possible to sync moves from the new Suunto smartphone app to Movescount. It really annoyed me that this was not possible because I had to connect my new Suunto 9 to my computer via a cable to see… Read More »

Suunto Movescount

Guide: How to prevent blisters when hiking?

Blisters are one of the most common injuries on trails and especially beginners are very likely to suffer from them. When it comes to blisters, prevention is indeed better than treatment because almost nothing ruins a hike more than blistering feet. Of course, you can tape up blisters with bandages while on the trail, but… Read More »

Socks play a big role

Experiment: How reliable is Suunto’s FusedTrack Feature?

The new Suunto 9 watch comes with an innovative feature called FusedTrack which according to Suunto improves GPS tracking accuracy while the watch is set to a battery saving mode. The watch has two battery saving modes; Endurance and Ultra. In the Endurance mode the watch retrieves GPS position every 60 seconds and in the… Read More »

Suunto FusedTrack

How to re-waterproof your rain jacket and other rainwear?

If you often have to wear a rain jacket, rain pants or other waterproof clothes, you have probably noticed that the performance of these garments decreases with time. While your new rain jacket kept you dry for hours, it can’t withstand more than half of an hour of rain after half a year of intensive… Read More »

Re-waterproofing rainwear with DWR spray

What are flatlock seams and when are they useful?

If you are buying new sports clothes such as a hiking shirt or underwear, it is very likely that you will sooner or later stumble upon the feature called flatlock seams. Clothing brands typically explain that flatlock seams eliminate chafing and increase the durability of the garment. But is this really true? In the last… Read More »

What are flatlock seams?

Why hike lightweight? | The Effect of Backpack Weight on Heart Rate

If you stroll through an outdoor shop and check labels on their products, it is very likely that you will besides quick-drying, moisture-wicking, durable etc. also see lightweight. There is a lot of debate in outdoor circles whether lightweight gear is overrated, and ultralight indeed means making compromises. But is it worth to make compromises?… Read More »

Why hike lightweight?

How Accurate are Wrist-Based Heart Rate Monitors?

Many new sports watches feature wrist-based heart rate tracking and ever since I bought the Suunto 9 Baro watch with wrist HR, I’ve been wondering how accurate the readings actually are. I’ve read a lot about the accuracy of wrist heart rate monitors online, but I haven’t found a single article that would be based… Read More »

How accurate are wrist heart rate monitors?

How to use barometer on a Suunto watch to predict the weather?

Many Suunto watches are equipped with a barometer which is indeed a very useful feature because it allows you to predict the weather and alerts you if thunderstorms are developing. A barometer measures atmospheric pressure which is the weight of the air from the top of atmosphere all the way down to you. Since the… Read More »

How to use barometer on a Suunto watch

Experiment: Does Polyester Really Dry Faster Than Merino Wool?

High quality hiking base layers are these days made either of polyester or Merino wool and online you will find a lot of information about these two materials, especially pros and cons. Polyester is labeled as quick-drying, durable, light and cheap while Merino wool is considered breathable, pleasant to the touch and extremely moisture-wicking. Many… Read More »

Polyester vs Merino Drying Time - Experiment

How to Train for Hiking and Backpacking – A Beginner’s Guide

Hiking and backpacking are often strenuous activities and thus require that you are in a good shape. However, many people underestimate how strenuous hiking and backpacking are and consequently venture out unprepared. Going on a trail that exceeds your physical capabilities is not only unpleasant but also dangerous. Every year many hikers are evacuated from… Read More »

How to Train for Hiking and Backpacking