Whether you’re traveling or taking your daily hike in your local neighborhood, you must wear the correct attire to enhance and amplify your workout to its fullest potential. There is specific clothing that you should wear depending on the weather, terrain, your abilities, and a plethora of other factors that will aid you with your physical activities that coincide with our continually changing environments.
With that, there are many different types of equipment ranging from shoes, accessories, and other necessities that will assist, protect and equip you when dealing with weather changes, different surfaces, and any wilderness creatures. Use this as a guide to prepare you for your future hikes.
Your main goal when hiking with a hot scorching sun blazing on your body is to try to keep a balanced temperature and manage your sweat as much as you can. That’s why it’s essential to wear clothes that are moisture-wicking have and exude fast-drying abilities.
Undergarments: To most people’s surprise, the undergarments you wear have a significant effect
on the way you feel when you’re performing any physical activities. Especially in the summer, you want undergarments that exhibit and have properties that are odor resistant, moisture absorbent and dry quickly. Particularly for the ladies, you want your sports bras to have flat seams to reduce irritation when exercising.
Tights: Tights are one of the most common types of clothing to wear. When hiking, wear tights that are made out of synthetic fibers to regulates your temperature and let your body breathe.
Shorts: You want shorts for men and women to be made of synthetic fibers so that it can be moisture absorbing. You don’t want when they to be too long or too short just have an equal length. However, it is your preference. Lastly, make sure you’re short
s aren’t too loose or tight.
Overly loose and baggy clothes in nature can be a massive hazard by attracting unwanted attention from animals, clothes getting stuck on trees or thorns, and it’s overall uncomfortable because it makes your body feel unsecured. Overly tight shorts don’t allow your body to breathe and can cause a horrible odor.
Synthetic socks: Usually not the main focus when choosing fitness apparel, however, it does have a considerable influence. Although most people wear cotton socks when performing any physical activity, it’s surprisingly horrible for your skin, especially when sweating. Your feet are already in a compact space, and when you wear cotton socks, it adds more discomfort.
Cotton causes chafing, allows bacteria to spread and grow, and produces blisters. Your feet are naturally a place where bacteria are present, and cotton only creates a breeding ground for more bacteria to germinate. That’s why you see so many athletes suffering from the fungal infection Athletes Foot. Wear socks that are made out of Merino wool and synthetic fibers, which tend to lean on the thinner side.
Athletic Tanks and Shirts: When the heat and the hike itself start to affect you physically profoundly, you want to try to get as comfortable, and you can, and that’s possible by choosing the correct attire. Look for athletic shirts and tanks that are made out of materials like Merino, and Polygene.
These materials are odor resistant, dry very rapidly, and again are moisture absorbent. In my opinion, I believe that the clothes for your upper body are the most important because of the functionality that occurs there, the most critical organs are stored there, and it’s the first place of your body where the sun hits.
When its winter, it becomes even more challenging to hike due to the lower average temperatures. You want to stay warm, but then the big, thick, friendly, and cozy clothes you’re wearing restricts you from actively moving. Trust me; I see the dilemma you’re dealing with. The cold makes you hate exercising outdoors and makes you want to stay at home all day. However, today’s innovative technology with athletic clothing allows you to feel comfortable, warm, and free within the cold environment.
Undergarments: The same goes for what I put under the hiking summer apparel. Just make sure they are moisture absorbent, as well as breathable.
Hiking leggings/Pants: The leggings are made out of elastic, and the pants are made out of more durable material. Hiking pants are safer and protect you from shrubs and point bushes; however, the leggings are more lightweight, breathable, moisture-absorbent, waterproof, and dry quickly. For cold weather, wear tights made out of merino wool to keep you warm and cozy, but are still flexible and allow for free movement.
Shirt layers: The first layer should be long sleeves and should have the same properties as any fitness shirt. The second layer should be a thin or thick (your preference) hoodie. The hoodie should be insulating, but also grants freedom of movement. I recommend finding one made out of polyester fleece. The last layer (if necessary) should be an insulated jacket. Not any regular one, find a jacket that’s made for athletic purposes.
Winter Hiking Socks: Winter hiking socks should reach up halfway to the mid-calf. They don’t need to be thick to keep warm, that’s what synthetic materials are made for. One of the leading materials used is merino, as mentioned for everything earlier.
Hiking shoes and boots should both be durable and offer a balance of high stability, comfort, support, functionality, stiffness, cushioning, breathability, and protection. It’s also an extra perk if they are waterproof. Most hiking shoes and boots are made out of leather, synthetic fibers, and gore-tex.
Extra Hiking Gears
Beanie: Beanies are very cheap and easy to find and will keep your head warm in the cold weather. Additionally, it will protect you from the strong winds.
Gloves: Offers protection and warmth for your body in the winter. Especially being at a higher elevation, it’s even more important to keep your body as warm and comfortable as possible.
Waterproof jacket: They’re made out of a unique material called gore-tex and is an item of suitable clothing to wear when it rains.
Cap: Caps are almost available at any store and are incredibly cheap. They’re essential to wear in the summer to protect your face from the sun’s harmful rays, especially when hiking because there’s almost no shade.
Other gears to bring along are a first aid kit, mosquito repellent, a hiking bag, a water bottle, a pocket knife, and some navigation tools.
Materials and Properties of Hiking Clothes
Merino Fabric: This material is harvested from the Merino sheep. They are known to have ultra-soft wool. They produce extraordinary wool with fibers that are 1/10 of the thickness of human hair, but at the same time re extremely preamble and porous.
This is great for athletic hiking clothing because when you’re hiking, your body needs to breathe to regulate your temperature. This fiber is durable, stretchy, fine, and is soft to the touch.
Polygeine: This material is applied to other fabric to regulate odor control. Sweat is odorless, but when mixed with cloth, it creates a hot and humid environment for bacteria to multiply and grow, which causes the stinky smell.
Polygiene stops the growth of odor-causing bacteria at its origin. It achieves this by using a low concentration of silver salt (silver chloride), which has antimicrobial properties.
Synthetic: Synthetic fibers are mechanical engineered fibers created through chemical synthesis by scientists, made with athletic clothing because of their fast-drying properties. The pull away from your sweat from your skin, out of your clothing, and into the environment. This allows a better cooling process for the body.
Gore-Tex: This fabric is breathable and waterproof. Gore-Tex resists water from entering while still allowing water vapor to pass through. It’s designed this way to be lightweight and keep you dry when encountering water within any type of environment.
Get Ready to Climb!
All in all, there are many types of hiking apparel and gear for men and women to wear and use and magnify their workouts. I also mentioned other gears for protection against any animals or unwanted things. Applying the clothing, I said, when going on a hike will overall make you feel comfortable and motivated to do exercise.