Fall Hiking Favorites

The air is crisp, the leaves are golden. It’s time to get out on the trail and tick off a few summits with gear recommend by EO staff, who chase hiking excursions all autumn long.

Insulator

Arc’teryx Ryze Hoody

This cozy soft-shell mid-layer proved its insulating worth when we took it skiing in deep winter —pumping out serious heat on the skin track. But it’s also just the ticket for cold-weather hikes and exposure up above treeline in autumn. Weighing just 10.8 ounces, it actually manages to breathe while keeping your core toasty.  $275; arcteryx.com

Pack

Deuter Speed Lite 24

Comfy and streamlined, this do-it-all daypack has up all the space you need for quick jaunts with the dog, or on minimalist peakbagging epics. Tipping the scales at just one pound, 11 ounces, it adjusts to a wide range of torsos and takes a hydration system. Make it your go-to light hauler.  $110; deuter.com

Socks

Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion

A new pair of cozy, moisture-wicking merino socks makes every hike better. Made in the U.S.A. and tested on Vermont Long Trail, these babies also come with a lifetime warranty. $22; darntough.com

Boots

Danner Mountain 600 Low

Danner hits the perfect blend of retro-cool style and serious trail performance in this, our favorite fall hiker. While it may look like Jimmy-Carter-era boots your Boomer uncle still insists on wearing, this shoe claims some tech cred with a solid Vibram midsole, a grippy Fuga outsole and a fit that’s comfy straight out of the box. $160; danner.com

Shell

My Trail CO

Founded by the former owners of Colorado-favorite brand GoLite, My Trail produces gear that can take big-time abuse out in the wild but doesn’t come with a fat price tag. Take this waterproof/breathable shell that withstands a sudden Colorado squall and, at just 10 ounces, packs away when the sun comes out. $100; mytrailco.com

Hat

Chaos Cadence

A warm hat is the best little extra you can stuff in your daypack. Made from a blend of merino, nylon and acrylic threads, this lid can fight off the chill of early-morning fall temps while looking stylish. $32; chaoshats.com

Pullover 

Bight Solstice Hoody

The brainchild of longtime mountain guide Peter Whittaker, Bight Gear makes it a point to test all its apparel on guides and climbers out in the wild. The result is pieces like this light pullover, which has UV protection and a little warmth when you’re traipsing in the alpine. $69; bightgear.com

Snack 

Hanah One Go Pack

Starting to bonk a bit? Suck down one of these superfood supplements on-the-go. The Ayurvedic mix includes 30 wild-harvested botanicals in a base of mountain honey, artisanal ghee and sesame oil that will not just align your chakras but also put some spunk in your step. $49 (set of 12); hanahlife.com 

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