A change in the weather is finally upon us! Time for pumpkin spice lattes and weekends spent exploring tree-lined trails. There’s nothing better than getting out into the crisp autumn air for a scenic hike or camping trip, but you definitely need the right gear to do it. If you’re anything like me, you hold on to your outdoor clothing for a long time so quality pieces are important. My go-to brands for reliable apparel are Black Diamond and Carhartt.
Both brands make incredibly durable clothing that holds up to rigorous use. You’ll find everything from warm yet breathable jackets to comfortable, lightweight tees and flexible, functional pants. Carhartt has been making its goods for more than 100 years and their products are loved by individuals who work tough jobs in rough environments. Black Diamond’s designs are rooted in rock climbing and skiing, both extremely demanding sports that require dependable gear. Mix a few pieces from each of these brands together and you’ve got the perfect blend of adventure attire.
The best way to create a well-rounded hiking wardrobe is by stocking up on a variety of basics. A couple tank tops and T-shirts, a flannel or hoodie, pants, a weatherproof jacket, gloves and a hat are all you really need (other than good hiking boots, of course). Buy mostly neutral colors like gray, black, navy or tan so they mix and match easily, but make sure you buy at least one article of clothing in a bright color. This comes in handy for when you need to be visible on the trail. Trust me, things can happen, and you never know when you’ll need to be easily spotted in the wilderness.
Another good rule of thumb is to purchase items in longer lengths or one size up. Larger sized clothing comes in handy for when you need to layer up on a cold night. Longer length clothing is perfect for when you need to tuck things in or pull them over your arms and legs for extra warmth. Remember, anything can be folded up, tied back or removed if you get too hot. A common error many people make is not preparing for unexpected cold weather when they’re out exploring. You definitely don’t want to be that guy.
Both Carhartt and Black Diamond have a good selection of outdoor items to choose from. They also don’t go crazy on the color options, which shows me they’re less concerned about making a fashion statement and more focused on quality and craftsmanship. If you’ve never tried these brands out, I highly suggest you click the images below and check them out already! I could go on and on about why they’re so great, but I’d rather you discover it on your own. Happy hiking!