8 great summer walking products
Summer walking usually means you can shed a few layers and wear gear that weighs less. It feels good to be out in the sunshine on a walking holiday.
Lightweight walking polesWalking poles have many benefits, including balance and endurance. In the summer months you can use poles that are lighter but make sure they are durable, too. Black Diamond’s Distance Carbon Z poles are for people who like to move fast and light. They boast a full carbon construction and weigh just 280g per pair. RRP £120. £119.99. See blackdiamondequipment.com and on-line UK stockists such as Rock + Run Also see Kompberdell Carbon Ultralite poles
Summer walking bootsYour boots need to be fit for the terrain you will be walking on but the chances are that in summer you can wear a lighter boot. Salewa’s Firetail Evo Gtx Mid Boots come in male and female fit and offer good protection and comfort with a new Vibram sole that boats a more aggressive and super-sticky tread. See Salewa
Walking shoesChoose shoes instead of boots if the terrain is not too rugged. You will feel reassured that if it does happen to rain, these Merrell Capra Gore-Tex walking shoes will keep your feet dry. They come in male and female fit and colours.Priced around £130. See Merrell
Walking shortsWhen it’s warm you want clothes to be light, airy and breathable. These Mountain Equipment Approach Shorts are all that and will give you lots of freedom of movement. RRP £40
Breathable base-layerYou want protection from the sun but also a breathable and lightweight fabric for your summer walking baselayer. The Sherpa Rinchen Short-sleeved Tee is made of breathable stretch mesh, but even though the weave is secretly open it’s not see through. On hot days, when you want a layer that breathes and doesn’t stink, the Rinchen is ideal. £30.
Waterproof jacketEven if rain is unlikely it’s a good idea to pop a lightweight waterproof jacket in your rucksack. You can also use a waterproof jacket as a windproof layer on chilly mornings, or evenings or when walking at higher altitude. Berghaus Vapourlight Hyper Smock 2.0 jacket is said to be the world's lightest waterproof jacket and weighs just 75g (size large). £100 There’s also a Berghaus women’s Hyper Hydroshell jacket. £120.
RucksackCreated for trail runners but just as useful for summer walkers, the Osprey Rev 18 rucksack has everything you could ever need in a rucksack – and more that you never thought of. £90
Sun hatKeep the sun off your face and neck with a Lowe Alpine Sahara Hat. £20. Buy from various stockists.
Don’t forget:Sun cream or spray, buff, lightweight gloves, mobile phone, camera and guide book and maps.
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