The 5 sustainable brands you should know

In this post in our mini-series on sustainability in the outdoor apparel industry we start to have a look at some of the brands which do better than others when it comes to sustainability. The problem with deciding which brands are the most sustainable lies both in scale and transparency. In terms of scale, it…

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Sustainable outdoor brands

Sustainable outdoor clothing materials?

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…

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Sustainable outdoor clothing materials

Best Hiking Shorts of 2021

A pair of high-quality shorts is very useful for hiking in warm weather because it provides better ventilation, comfort and freedom of movement than regular pants. However, shorts should be worn only for hiking on well-groomed and technically undemanding trails where protection against vegetation and terrain (rocks, cliffs etc.) is not required. In this review…

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Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo Hiking Shorts

Best Down Jackets for Women in 2021

Hiking at high altitudes or in the height of winter can be an absolute pleasure but only if you are dressed appropriately for the low temperatures. A down jacket is the perfect option for hiking in icy cold weather as it provides the most warmth in relation to its weight compared with other insulation materials…

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Patagonia Down Sweater

Best Lumbar Waist Packs for Hiking in 2021

On shorter hikes with stable weather you might feel a little silly bringing a huge backpack (which has to be packed sufficiently to provide stability) only to carry some water and a snack in it. On the other hand, you will always want to have your hands free rather than carrying water bottles, accessories etc….

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Osprey Tempest 6 lumbar waist pack

Best Tank Tops with Built-In Bra in 2021

A tank top with a built-in bra is perfect for hiking or mountaineering, both as a base layer under warmer clothing or when the temperature is high and you don’t feel like wearing much more than one layer. The brave (and impervious to cold) can of course flaunt a normal cropped sports bra, but we…

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Prana Becksa Tank Top with Built-in Bra

The Best Softshell Jackets of 2021

Hiking in cold and windy weather is no fun unless you wear appropriate clothing which keeps you warm and snug. This includes a high-quality base layer, insulation layer and/or an outer layer. A softshell jacket is very useful as the outer layer because it provides both insulation and protection against the wind and light rain….

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Outdoor Research Ferrosi

The Best Hiking Hats for Winter

A hat is one of the most important items of winter hiking clothing because it significantly reduces the body heat loss. Once US Army studies claimed that 40 to 45 % of body heat is lost from the head – and while more recent studies lower this to only 10%, it is still a significant…

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Arcteryx Rho LT Beanie

The Best Down Vests for Hiking in 2021

It is very likely that you will encounter challenging weather conditions while you are hiking, trekking or mountaineering. Therefore, you should choose clothing for your outdoor adventures with great caution. Hiking vests are becoming increasingly popular as they keep your torso warm while providing good freedom of movement, which is of great value for any…

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Arcteryx Cerium LT Vest

The Best Hiking Underwear in 2021

Underwear is probably one of the most underrated pieces of hiking apparel. Hikers and mountaineers usually spend a lot of money on other clothing but become penny-pinching when it comes to underwear. However, we don’t think that underwear is something where you should try to save money as it is in direct contact with your…

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Arcteryx Motus SL boxers