Hiking gear for a man isn’t that different to a woman’s approach; it really depends on climate and how much you layer up. Here are a few guidelines on what you can wear with the practicalities of a good hike and still look top dollar…
Walking shoes – they’re light and fully waterproof. Those bulky walking boots don’t fit nicely into any backpack and they give un-necessary platform, like ladies heels. Oh, and they’re super ugly. Walking shoes all the way people!
Start with a basic under layer: Standard t-shirt accompanied by a loose open shirt
Note: keep the shirt a dark, neutral colour: khaki or navy.
TIP: Board shorts are great on a hot day, try to go for a dip on route.
On a more shady day wear long but light trousers. Pack a windproof jacket and warm jumper, which you can secure in your backpack as layers.
TIP: Pack a thin, woollen scarf. They look really cuddly and this aids extra warmth, stylishly, of course.
Think of these as boys toys, the extra bits and bobs needed on an adventure:
A pocket knife – to open a bottle of wine mid-hike?
Condoms – you just never know.
Blacks – Outdoor clothing for men. It’s not cheap, but its decent quality.
Simply Hike – A range of products, brands and price tags to suit.