Fall is my favorite time of year. The angle of the September sun makes the Colorado aspens glow in Technicolor, and there’s nothing more satisfying during the season than a long walk in the woods.
However, this transitional time calls for new gear to keep you covered in cooler temps and all kinds of hiking helpers to make autumn, well, even more awesome.
Vim & Vigr Compression Socks ($33)
At first glance, these socks appear more fit for the streets than the trail, but the beauty of these funky oxygenating compression knee-highs is they work well for both.
Vim & Vigr‘s patterned legwear is also practical for folks who prefer a thin fit, rather than a bulky, frictional behemoth, in a hiking boot.
There’s a moisture-wicking nylon version and a new wool blend to suit cooler temperatures.
Merrell All Out Terra Trail Shoe ($120)
A trail-running shoe at heart, this tough, multifunctional slide-in low-top works in all kinds of conditions, all year long.
Made for those irresistible trailside scrambles up rocks, over water and around technical challenges, the colorful All Out Terra looks as a playful as it works.
Reflective accents are nice when dusk comes earlier this fall, and a comfy, custom fit is ensured by the shoe’s built-in sock liner, removable footbed and plush TrailProtect pad.
Fabb Little Minx Sports Bra ($40)
Ladies, you know there’s nothing more annoying than a sports bra that hits at all the wrong places beneath your daypack.
Fabb Activewear‘s Little Minx T-back sports some beneficial features for fall hikes: breathability through carefully placed mesh cutouts; moisture-busting, anti-odor fabric with just the right amount of stretch; and sexy, slightly scoop-neck styling up front to help you still feel like a female, even in the deepest backwoods.
Mountainsmith Clear Creek daypack ($60)
Petite and light, yet loaded with all the right pockets, Mountainsmith‘s small but mighty Clear Creek daypack is a low-profile choice for fall day-hiking.
The Clear Creek 20 is in the pack series, featuring a thoughtful two-panel compartment design, just enough air-mesh back padding, a removable waist belt, outer side-panel pockets that expand to fit up to Nalgene-style bottles and all kinds of organizational nooks for trail essentials like snacks, water, layers, binoculars and more.
Discovery Trekking Extreme Ultralite Towel ($15-$60)
At first touch, this trekking towel feels flimsy, but its resilient power is in its unbelievably fast drying time.
That’s where most microfiber fabrics fall flat: They take too long to dehydrate and end up clinging to odors they’re meant to prevent.
Bungee it on your daypack and this towel works as a sweat-saturating wipe, creek-side foot dryer and picnic blanket, all in one. Comes in multiple sizes, mini to large, and limited-edition print designs.
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