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…

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

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…

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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…

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What are flatlock seams?

Best Hiking Socks for Summer in 2021

Socks are one of the most underrated pieces of hiking clothing. Hikers often spend a lot of money on advanced hiking gear but when it comes to socks, they somehow forget how uncomfortable it is to have wet/moist feet. Not least because moist feet increase the friction between the skin and socks which often causes…

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Darn Tough Socks

Best Sleeping Bag Liners of 2021

A sleeping bag liner is a thin and lightweight cloth sack designed to be slipped inside a sleeping bag. It keeps your sleeping bag clean and free of body oils and thus increases its thermal efficiency. Note that body oils decrease the loft and warmth of a sleeping bag. It can also be used without…

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Alps Mountaineering Mummy Liner

The Best Down Jackets of 2021

Hikers and mountaineers are often exposed to low temperatures, harsh winds and other challenging conditions – especially in mountainous regions. Hiking under these conditions is no fun unless you have the right equipment to keep you warm and protected against the elements. In winter, when the temperatures drop, you will have to put on extra…

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Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer

The Best Trekking Shoes of 2021

Whether you are a recreational hiker or a hardcore mountaineer, you need good footwear. If you are mainly into “easy” trails (in terms of terrain, not necessarily distance) you will probably be better off wearing a pair of good trekking shoes (also referred to as hiking shoes) rather than regular hiking boots. Not only are…

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Keen Targhee II - One of the best trekking shoes currently available