Hit the Hiking Trails

Gear up for the outdoors with these cool hiking essentials!

  • by onRoute
  • Oct 4, 2017
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First Ascent Atlas Backpack

If you’re planning something spectacular for your next hike, make sure it includes a backpack with purpose, like the First Ascent Atlas. This 35-litre hiking pack has easy access for essentials and a nifty front pocket storage compartment. It’s lightweight and durable; and if you find yourself caught in the rain, it comes with a removable rain cover at the base. Other useful features are loops for your hiking pole; and a distress signal. Everything is held firmly in place through firm sternum, padded shoulder straps and a hip belt.

R1400

www.sportsmanswarehouse.co.za

Adidas Terrex AX2 Hiking Shoe

Get these hiking essentials for your next excursion into the great outdoors.

The Terrex AX2 R looks better than most hiking shoes, available in all black for men, and black with pink accents for ladies. It has a multifunctional purpose for the outdoors, and made with fewer materials, thus lighter. Nobody wants to be weighed down by their boots! The uppers are breathable so it dries quicker if wet, and a soft mid-sole cushioning provides all day comfort. The TRAXION outsoles ensure you can climb the rockiest of terrains without slipping due to a powerful grip.

R1400

www.duesouth.co.za

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

A simple, yet brilliant solution for drinking water from just about anywhere. This award winning personal water filter, the LifeStraw is designed to provide safe and clean water in any situation, making it ideal for hiking and camping; or just in an emergency situation. It weighs a mere 54g and removes 99.99% of waterborne bacteria and protozoan parasites from water. It’s BPA free and contains no chemicals; and filters at least 1000 litres of water! It’s also so easy to use – if you’re able to drink from a regular straw, you can use the LifeStraw.


R200

www.takealot.com

Rare Earth Women’s Amber Pants

Be prepared for any weather condition by packing in the really smart Rare Earth’s Amber Pants for ladies. These cleverly designed zip-off trousers are great for any outdoor trip, not just hiking. Your day can start off cold, and get hot with no discomfort. In a quick and convenient maneuver, you will find yourself in shorts. The extra zipped pockets are above the knee so no need to shuffle things about either. These pants are only available in-store, and not online.

R599

www.capeunionmart.co.za

All Terrain Hat

It’s so important to stay protected when exposed to the harsh rays of the wild. For anyone hiking, it’s best to take a wide-brim hat along that doesn’t forget about your neck. Cape Union Mart has an all-terrain hat that is made from 100% cotton, fitted with ventilation holes, and a draw string to sit securely. It also has a rather nifty little pouch on the side, should you wish to store a map or something small. Cape Union Mart has a unisex hat, in a light beige colour.

R299

www.capeunionmart.co.za

Sunski Headlands Sunglasses

A good pair of sunglasses is another absolute essential. The Sunski Headlands has a similar shape to their retro Wayfarer but in a sexy matte black finish. The lenses have Sunski’s trademark mirror finish with 100% full spectrum UV protection, which is more than ideal for hiking conditions. The Headlands are polarized in a grey tint, and certified UVA B 400 Protection. It comes with both a soft and hard carry case. The frames are polycarbonate.

R899

www.oldkhaki.co.za

Highlander Tiree Trekking Pole

Another recommendation on the hiking check list is a trekking pole for those who are serious about their sport. It features an ergonomic grip, which is essential for the amount of time it would be in use. It also has an adjustable wrist strap; three sections, suitable for individuals of any height; and fast-lock adjustment. A trekking basket and rubber foot is included.

R199

www.campandclimb.co.za