Essential Hiking Gears: You Can’t Do WithoutPosted by On

All you need to keep warm and dry and stay on track when you next go trekking.

Have Toddler, Will Summit

The Chickabee all terrain baby carrier is designed for family days on hillsides and trekking through mountains. It has an adjustable, reticulated mesh back system, bungee attach­ments: Vibram rubber base, a five-point X-Buckle child harness and is hydration bladder com­patible, it includes a detachable daypack, rear-view mirror, a set of foot stirrups, sunshade and rain cover. The carrier weighs a mere three kilograms and accommodates kids up to three years old.


Pocket Power Isn’t Only A Horse

The PowerMonkey Discovery lithium-polymer battery will keep your USB gadgets juiced or a long hike and makes a handy source of back-up power for emergency calls. The sleek aluminium case houses a 3500-mAh battery, which will recharge an iPhone twice, standard mobile phones around four times or give MP3 players up to 120 hours extra playtime. The 107-gram battery pack is also compatible with e-readers, satnavs, handheld games consoles, portable GPS sys­tems and more. Pack piles of power in one pocket.


Is that a jacket in your pocket?

When good weather goes bad a Hi-Tec Pour-Off shell jacket is what you want. The great-looking soft-shell is light and waterproof, but also breathable and fully seam-sealed, which you’d expect from a good rain jacket. What you may not expect is that it folds into it’s own pocket, so you can whip it out in a lightning flash.


I Want My Mummy

The latest Columbia Reactor 25 Mummy sleeping bag will keep you warm and dry with Omni-Heat thermal-reflec­tive lining and quilt construction as well as Omni-Shield outer fabric. It’s light and well constructed with thoughtful additions such as sleeping mat loops and a small stash pocket to keep valuables close.


No Hot Air

With features such as three-litre hydration-bladder compatibility, a sternum strap with rescue whistle, integrated rain cover and external gear loops, the Columbia Ridge Runner 40-litre backpack is impressive. The innovative compounds, mesh shoulder scraps and Back-draft ventilation technology let cooling air flow between you and the pack. Now, that is cool.


Super Cooling, Waterproof Sun Protection

Piz Buin Active spray provides SPF 20 UVA and UVB protection that withstands 80 minutes of perspiration and water contact. The unique constant-spray technology applies the non-greasy, quick-absorbing protection in a refreshing mist, actively cooling you as it goes on.


Don’t Get Blown Away

The K-Way Expedition Series Kilimanjaro tent is a technical two-person shelter with a storm-worthy 3000-mm waterhead, reflective guy-ropes and dependable YKK zips. Constructed with hiking and back-country, multi-day treks in mind, the Kilimanjaro features a streamlined design for best performance in extreme wind. At about 3.5 kilograms, it’s a manageable weight, easily split between two hikers.


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