Dream Hiking Gear List

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Luke Lydiard
Review Editor

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This is a list of our favorite clothing, footwear, essentials and gadgets for hiking. This gear is aimed at day hikes in the spring, summer and fall.

If you are looking to spend the night in the backcountry check out the Dream Backpacking Gear List or if you are getting out in colder conditions consider some of the gear on our Dream Ice Climbing and Mountaineering Gear List. If you prefer to slide down the hill in winter see the Ski and Snowboard Gear Dream List.


EC = The Editors' Choice for best overall product regardless of price
BB = The Best Buying offering the most value for the money
TP= Our Top Picks which excel in specific applications

Men's Hiking Boots

EC: Vasque St. Elias GTX
BB: Keen Targhee II Mid
TP: Salomon Quest 4D II GTX or the La Sportiva Hyper Mid GTX
See the complete The Best Hiking Boots for Men Review

Women's Hiking Boots

EC: HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra HI - Women's
BB: Vasque Monolith UltraDry - Women's
TP: Lowa Renegade GTX Mid - Women's
See the complete Women's Hiking Boot Review

Men's Hiking Shoes

EC: The North Face Ultra 109 GTX
BB: Keen Targhee 2
TP: La Sportiva FC ECO 2.0
See the complete Men's Hiking Shoe Review

Women's Hiking Shoe

EC: Salomon Ellipse GTX - Women's
BB: Merrell Siren Sport 2 - Women's
TP: Ahnu Sugarpine Air Mesh- Women's
See the complete Women's Hiking Shoe Review

Men's Trail Running Shoes

EC: earl iZUMi Trail EM N2 V3
BB: The North Face Ultra Endurance
TP: HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR 2 and Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3 the Top Pick for light and fast running.
See the complete Men's Trail Running Shoe Review

Women's Trail Running Shoe

EC: Saucony Peregrine 5 - Women's
BB: ASICS GEL-Kahana 7 - Women's
TP: Salomon Speedcross 3 - Women's and Altra Lone Peak 2.0 - Women's
See the complete Women's Trail Running Shoe Review

Hiking Shocks

EC: Darn Tough Hiker Full Cushion
BB: Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Pro
TP: Smartwool PhD Outdoor Medium Crew
See the complete Hiking Sock Review

Hydration Bladder

EC: Geigerrig Hydration Engine
BB: CamelBak Antidote Reservoir
TP: Hydrapak Shape-Shift Reservoir

Water Bottle

EC: Hydro Flask Wide-Mouth Insulated
BB: Nalgene Wide-Mouth
TP: Platypus SoftBottle for collapsible, Lifefactory Glass Flip Cap - A fine glass bottle
See our complete Water Bottle Review

Wind Jackets

EC: Rab Windveil Jacket
BB: Patagonia Houdini
TP: Marmot Ether DriClime

Day Packs

EC: Osprey Talon 22
BB: REI Flash 18
TP: Deuter Speed Lite 20
See the complete Day Pack Review

Luke Lydiard
Luke Lydiard
About the Author
Luke Lydiard was born and raised in the hills of Western Massachusetts where he spent most of his days finding ways to ride a snowboard. He quickly moved west seeking larger mountains and deeper snow. In the Eastern Sierra, Luke fell in love with climbing as much as snowboarding. He currently lives and works in Mammoth Lakes, California where he balances a full time job as a Paramedic Firefighter with traveling the world seeking inspiring lines for both ascending and descending. Luke has climbed rock, snow, and ice in France, Canada, Chile, Argentina, and Alaska.

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