It is essential to have the right gear with you when hiking, bushwalking, camping or trail running. From backpacks to pants to your shoes. So here is some of the gear I recommend if you are considering starting a hiking adventure etc.

Shoes – This is perhaps the most important piece of gear that a hiker can own. If you’re going to be hiking 8-10 hour day, you need the right shoes. Too tight and your toes will start to blister really fast. To lose and it just feels weird. Nike sneakers just doesn’t cut it in the woods, maybe for an hour or 2, but you’ll just do harm to your feet and shoes. I am a fan of Salomon shoes, I think they have some of the best shoes in the market. I use the speedcross 4 for trail running, the X Ultra 3 Prime for day hikes and X Ultra 3 Mid Gore Tex for more technical hike. Their shoes tend to go smaller, so get either half to a full size up than usual.

Backpack – You’ll need a backpack to carry your gear, and depending on what kind of hikes you want to do, you’ll need to make sure it fits your objectives. I am a huge fan of the Osprey backpacks, and I think they have the best backpacks in the market. For travel and work, I use the Osprey Nebula 34, for day hikes, I use the Osprey Stratos 36 (36 is overkill for a dayhike, you can get away with 24) and for multi day hikes and backpacking trips I use Osprey Aether 70. I also have a Salomon Advanced Skin 12 for trail running and quick hikes.

Tent – If you’re going camping or multi day hikes, the tent is another important gear you need to own. The lighter it is, the happier you’ll be. I have an Illumina Amber X Ultralight tent. It is a 2 man tent and only weight 1.3kg, and it works all year around being a 4 season tent. I use it for myself and my gear, so there is plenty of space inside.

Clothing – I like to wear Merino clothing when hiking as well as softshell pants and jackets. Kathmandu have decent quality merino & softshell clothing/jacket. I also like Kathmandu’s buzzguard range. I have a hat, shirt and socks that are somehow insect repellent, and they work and are quite comfortable.

Walking Poles – Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles

Other things to consider when going on hikes – first aid kit, headlights (black diamond is my preferred choice), hydration bladder, gators, cooking equipment, sleeping bag/air mattress (overnight) but these can be anything and I don’t have any specific recommendation for these. Am I forgetting something? Let me know down below!