The Best Men’s Hiking Gear of 2021
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Suunto 7 Smartwatch ($399)
Smaller and more streamlined than previous models, the 7 has everything you need for tracking workouts and navigating. Even without cellular reception, it gives accurate data, including location, elevation, heart rate, and weather.
Leki Cross Trail 3 Carbon Trekking Poles ($190)
The Trail 3 Carbon’s long cork grips are ergonomically shaped for all-day comfort, and the wrist straps release with the push of a button to free up your hands quickly.
Mountain Hardwear Quasar Lite Gore-Tex Active Jacket ($375)
The Quasar Lite weighs just eight ounces and stuffs into its own pocket, but still boasts ultrabreathable waterproof protection, a helmet-compatible hood, and stormproof zippers.
Royal Robbins Global Expedition II Long Sleeve Shirt ($80)
This shirt might look business casual, but the rugged recycled-polyester fabric resists stains, wicks moisture efficiently, and dries quickly.
Deuter Futura Air Trek 50+10L Pack ($250)
This pack’s nylon-mesh back panel and springy steel-wire frame are incredibly flexible and keep the load off your back. The result: unparalleled comfort and stellar ventilation. The detachable lid is great for summit bids.
Helinox Speed Stool ($80)
At just a pound, this perch packs small and deploys easily—perfect for lunch breaks. The aluminum legs and ripstop seat can take a beating.
Primus Firestick Backpacking Stove ($90)
The steel Firestick fits in your hip pocket, weighs 3.7 ounces, and can simmer soup yet also boils water in minutes.
Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX Hiking Shoes ($150)
Welded seams make the X Ultra as comfortable as a sock, but the Gore-Tex liner, deeply lugged soles, and secure speed laces will keep you moving in nature’s worst.
Ledlenser H19R Core Headlamp ($250)
Two powerful lights from the H19R form one beam, or you can switch to a single light for camp. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 20 hours.
Outdoor Research Balebreaker Pants ($89)
Made from stretchy nylon-spandex, these pants are comfortable and can take a beating. The built-in belt is icing.