Kit List

As a new hiker it can be daunting knowing what’s best without going for the most popular and most expensive brands and they aren’t always the best, most comfortable / suitable for you. It’s a very personal preference when it comes to choosing your kit. 

First and foremost - boots - this is the hardest and most important thing to get right. I’ve gone through a few brands to get to my favourite pair…

I look for 

  • Style 
  • Price
  • Comfort
  • Waterproof
  • Grip sole
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    KEEN 

    online approx £100.00

    Adidas TERREX Gore Tex AX3 Trail shoes, great for the warmer weather or for when you don’t need the ankle support from a boot. Continental grip sole.

    online approx £70

    These are incredibly well made shoes, and very comfortable, fantastic grip and hard wearing. I’ve put these in the washing machine and they’re still looking brand new. I’m very impressed with these as I underestimated them. 

    OSPREY backpack - no complaints. Perfect for hiking.

    Rook 50 - great when you’re carrying more kit for camping

    go outdoors approx £120 

    Hikelite 18 for day hiking. 

    go outdoors approx £70

    I have the osprey ‘CAMEL BACK’ / hydration pack/ water bladder for water which fits in with the osprey bag perfectly. These are so handy when hiking saving you stopping and taking off your backpack etc.

    go outdoors approx £30

    The above mentioned is what you want to get first really, then move on to the finer details! Which I’ll continue…

     

    Trekmates waterproof phone pouch 

    go outdoors approx £10 


     
    …additional to your boots for the winter, spikes are handy, these can be easily put over your hiking boots to allow extra grip on ice and snow on the mountains.

    online approx £20.00

    [Crampons - if you have high spec mountaineering boots.]

    Retractable walking poles - these come in handy when descending if your knees are tired. 

    online approx £25.00

     

    Head torch - forklaz - nothing fancy but it does the job! Cheap in comparison to all others.
    decathlon £4.99

    Socks - sealskins waterproof or any anti blister moisture wicking socks or alpaca wool socks 

    Gloves - touchscreen tip

    dope snow approx £25

    Jetboil / cooking system - other brands available 

    go outdoors approx £100 / from £50

    Portable battery power bank - online approx £40

    Whistle - sports direct 

    Compass - sports direct 

    Pen knife - online approx £10

    First aid kit - online approx £10

    with additional blister plasters as they are the best. I’ve never needed them since my KEEN boots but always good to have. 

     

     

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