Hiking Apparel Guide

Chelsea Evic

By: Chelsea Evic

Living in Colorado, it is simply a must to take advantage of the outdoors. Hiking is the ultimate way to explore the wilderness. Whether it be adventuring into the Rocky Mountains or hiking locally, it is best to be prepared. You never know what the weather could throw at you or what kind of terrain you could encounter. Wearing practical apparel during your hike is crucial and will help you have the best experience possible. 



Here is what you SHOULD be wearing on a hike:

Waterproof Hiking Boots

Forget the idea that you can hike in your Nike running shoes. That is just not the case. Especially in the colder months when there is snow on the ground, your shoes will get SOAKED. If you plan to start hiking this year, do yourself a favor and invest in some supportive waterproof boots. Believe me, your feet will thank you.

Danner Mountain 600 Mid WP   
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid
Vasque St. Elias GTX

Rain Jacket or Windbreaker

Not only will these jackets save you if a rainstorm hits, but they will also keep you warm in mild weather without overheating. They are also light and easy just to stuff in your backpack.


Outdoor Research Helium II
Marmot Precip
Cotopaxi Teca Half-Zip



Durable Pants

When hiking, it’s best to stay away from delicate cotton yoga pants that could be easily ripped or jeans that could get wet and uncomfortable. Definitely go for durable fabrics that have wicking properties such as spandex or nylon.

Lululemon Fast and Free Tight II Nulux
Patagonia Happy Hike Studio Pants
Patagonia Men’s Terrebonne Joggers



Best Hiking Backpacks

Deuter Speed Lite 20
Patagonia Nine Trails 14L Pack
ActiveRoots Foldable Daypack