The gear used for day hiking is an important component to having a pleasurable and safe hike. As with most things, people have differing opinions as to what is the “best” gear. Often times, “best” is the result of trade-offs between function, look, and, of course, price. That said, there are stand-outs in the equipment and apparel world.
When Mac and I select the gear we use, we generally try to find equipment and apparel that is most suited for the activity we are doing, in this case hiking. We provide you with this listing here because we believe you can benefit from the gear decisions we have made.
Of course, new gear comes to market all the time, so we change gear as improvements are made by the industry. The following is a listing of the gear we currently use when day hiking.
Please Note: Grey Otter Outventures, Inc. is an affiliate of some of the brands mentioned in this section and may receive a small commission from purchases made from these brands at no extra cost to you.
Backpacks: We are big fans of Osprey backpacks. They are well constructed and can hold up to years of hiking abuse. The daypacks we use are the Osprey Talon 22 (men) and the Osprey Tempest 20 (women). Both are light weight with an excellent harness system and plenty of storage.
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