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. We purchased some products while others were received directly from the manufacturers. How we obtained each product is mentioned in the reviews.

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Lowa Innox GTX Lo TF Hiking Shoes Review

Several months ago, I bought the Lowa Innox GTX Lo TF shoes and since then I’ve been regularly wearing them on my hiking trips and for everyday activities. The Lowa Innox GTX Lo TF shoes belong in the Task Force Tactical line of the Lowa shoes (hence the TF in the name), but they are… Read More »

Lowa Innox GTX

Kogalla RA Adventure Light Review

A couple of weeks ago, I received the Kogalla RA Adventure Light and since then I’ve been regularly testing it on my hikes, while running and in everyday life. The Kogalla RA light is supposed to be an alternative for a headlamp/flashlight or as the Kogalla team describes it, “a radical new approach to portable… Read More »

Kogalla Ra - Light and battery pack

Klattermusen Eir T-Shirt Review

When we at Best Hiking found out that the well-renowned Swedish outdoor brand Klattermusen is making base layers made of a blend of Merino wool and silk, we didn’t hesitate a second to contact them for samples. Fortunately, the Klattermusen team agreed and we have now been testing the Eir t-shirt (for men and women… Read More »

Klattermusen Eir T-Shirt - Seamless shoulders

Panache Sports Bra Review

A high-impact sports bra is necessary for running and trail running in particular as the uneven terrain and steep hill sides can add even more bounce to your step. For each running stride you take without a supportive sports bra, your breasts will bounce in a horizontal 8-figure motion, moving as much as one inch… Read More »

Panache Sports Bra

Montane Minimus Jacket Review

Approximately half of a year ago, I purchased the Montane Minimus jacket and since then I’ve been regularly using it as a shell layer on my hiking trips. The Montane Minimus jacket is a hardshell jacket which means that it’s made of a waterproof/breathable fabric.  Hardshell jackets are typically lighter than softshell jackets and offer better… Read More »

Montane Minimus Jacket - Testing in Grenoble

Woolly Ultralight Crew Neck Merino T-shirt Review

A couple of months ago I received the Woolly Ultralight Crew Neck Merino t-shirt and since then I’ve been regularly using it as a base layer for hiking. The Woolly Ultralight Crew Neck Merino t-shirt is made of 100% Merino wool. Base layers made of Merino wool have certain advantages in comparison to the more… Read More »

Woolly Ultralight Merino T-Shirt - Climbing

Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Grid II Fleece Jacket – First Hand Review

A fleece jackets is a very useful garment for hiking because it provides light-weight insulation and can be worn as a mid-layer in cold and/or rainy weather conditions or as an outer layer in dry and moderate weather conditions. Towards the end of 2016 my old fleece jacket, made of Polartec Stretch fabric, started to… Read More »

Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man - Front Side

Scarpa Marmolada Trek Women’s Hiking Boots – First Hand Review

In January 2017 I decided that it was finally time for me to get a pair of proper hiking boots and I ended up purchasing a pair of Scarpa Marmolada Trek hiking boots. I tested them on the Bodenhaus-Ammererhof and Grubereck trails in the Austrian Alps and on minor hikes since then and this is… Read More »

Scarpa Marmolada Trek - Upper is made of suede and synthetic materials

Asics Fit-Sana Contour Tank Top – First Hand Review

A tank top in a sophisticated material with a built-in bra is great for low to medium impact activities like hiking, climbing and mountaineering. It can be used on its own when hiking in warm weather or under insulating layers in colder conditions. I was keen to test the Asics Fit-Sana Contour tank top due… Read More »

-Asics Fit-Sana Contour Tank Top - From the back

Icebreaker Tech T Lite T-shirt – First Hand Review

Merino wool base layers are becoming increasingly popular among hikers, mountaineers and other outdoor enthusiasts due to the softness, great odor-control and superb temperature regulation of the fabric. For long it has been believed that all wool clothing is too warm for anything but winter use, itchy and offers inferior performance to synthetics, but this… Read More »

Icebreaker Tech T Lite - On the trail