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.

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Sustainable outdoor clothing materials?   Recently updated !

As hikers we all get to experience the negative impact of humans in the landscapes we spend our time in – whether it is the pollution of a local lake, an abundance of trash in nature, excessive logging or witnessing how the glacier in a national park gets smaller and smaller over the years. According… Read More »

Sustainable outdoor clothing materials

Fleece VS Synthetic Fill Jackets: What to choose?

Over the last couple of years, the popularity of fleece jackets has decreased, and many hikers have replaced their fleece apparel with jackets insulated with synthetic fill. While synthetic fill jackets are indeed warmer for the weight and pack smaller, fleece does have certain advantages over synthetic fill. I own a fleece jacket (Mountain Hardwear… Read More »

Fleece VS Synthetic Fill Jackets

How to repair Merino wool clothes?

It is no secret that we at Best Hiking are big fans of Merino wool base layers. But the kind of thin fine-knit Merino shirts and apparel which are great for all-year usage are unfortunately also very prone to durability issues in the form of small holes. These holes can be caused by anything from… Read More »

With the outside out, carefully connect the two healthy edges around the hole by sewing horizontally.

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?