Hiking Gear For Beginners

If you have the itch to get out and go hiking this is the place to start! Before we get into the best gear to start with we would like you to know that you don’t need the fanciest, most expensive gear. You can get started with a simple pair of tennis shoes and gym clothes.

The first “item” is the All Trails app. We wish we found this sooner! This is a great way to find trails anywhere you are. You can search by length, difficulty and more! We also love that you can read and leave reviews. You can see recent reviews regarding snow, mud, closed trails, etc. This is great if you’re just getting started so you don’t over exert yourself!

Find the website here: https://www.alltrails.com/

Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof | Zappos.com

Next up is hiking shoes/boots! Britney has the Moab 2 Mid Waterproof hiking shoes and they are perfect for her! They support the ankles and are wide enough that her feet don’t hurt if/when they swell from a long hike. They leave space for hiking socks too!

Get them here: https://amzn.to/3xMOJHz

REI Co-op Traverse Trekking Poles - Pair | REI Co-op

Trekking poles were something we weren’t sure we needed until we ascended 1000ft in 2.5 miles. Now that we have them, they go with us everywhere! They are great for protecting your knees going down hill and for helping your endurance going up. They also help you keep better posture and balance! The ones we purchased were $100 from REI. We were advised that for just starting out we didn’t need anything fancy. Something we recommend getting are cork grips. The cork will wick away moisture and offer you a better grip. You can find even more cost effective ones on Amazon in the $50 range.

Get them from REI here: https://www.rei.com/product/168719/rei-co-op-traverse-trekking-poles-pair

From Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3wTXRdB

Finally, we recommend a hydration pack! We have the Osprey Manta 34 and love it! It holds extra layers and plenty of water for our hikes. It is lightweight, offers ventilation and a tension panel to keep the weight off your back. This was around $180 and although we believe it is absolutely worth it you can find them around $30 if you are sticking to a budget!

Get it at REI here: https://www.rei.com/product/168719/rei-co-op-traverse-trekking-poles-pair

From Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3j9IMQP

Thank you for stopping by! Let us know in the comments what equipment you have and love!

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Published by adventuringellisons

Hello! We are Bryan and Britney, we have been together since 2013 and have always had an itch for adventure! Our current goal is travelling to all the United States National Parks, however we are always up for a new experience/adventure anywhere we go! Come along with us as we share our trips and favorite gear to get us through hiking, camping, kayaking and more!

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