Top 5 Must-Haves For A Hike, Or Any Outdoorsy Activity Really

All items tried and tested by the editor.


Sinead Martin |

So you wanna go wild? Make sure you have the hiking right gear. Start here, with five of our fave editor-tested items…

1 Hi-Tec Lady Desna Jacket

Don’t let anything rain on your parade (aka hike). This jacket is waterproof, but still breathable with all the necessary ventilation. Plus, the design has incorporated reflective elements to keep you visible in the dark. PS: This jacket can withstand 2 litres of water before it will start to seep through.

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Hi-Tec Lady Desna Jacket

R 1 099

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2 Falke Advanced Hike Wool Sock

Must-have hiking gear: these babies have both an anti-tick and mosquito treatment, which is vital out in the wild, right? The wool-blend technology also keeps your feet warm and snug while extra cushioning and support means you’ll be comfortable the whole way.

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Falke Advanced Hike Wool Sock

R 185

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3 Salomon Supercross All-Terrain Running Shoes

Made for running in all the wild places you like to go, this lightweight shoe has lots of cushioning to make every run great. An aggressive grip delivers outstanding traction on any terrain, while the protective moulded toe cap and mudguard will allow you to run for miles without breaking down the shoe or your feet.

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Salomon Supercross

R 1 799

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4 Black Diamond Iota Headlamp

If your trail plans are timed near dawn or dusk, you’ll want a headlamp on hand. This one’s got three settings, including full strength, dimming and strobe.

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Black Diamond Iota Headlamp

R 473

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5 Thule Capstone 32l Women’s Hiking Backpack

Hiking gear of dreams… This day-hike pack comes with adjustable, perfect-fit suspension, a women’s harness and hip belt, a breathable mesh back panel and a built-in rain cover to keep your gear dry should you come across any unexpected wet weather. Love.

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Thule Capstone 32L Women’s Backpack

R 2 299

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