What clothes are suitable for hiking
This is how you are properly dressed on hikes!
Almost everyone has already started this mistake and has hiked off in sneakers, jeans and cotton T-shirt - and almost everyone has completely regretted it after the first few kilometers!
Why you should definitely invest in a good hiking outfit for your next hiking adventure, What to look out for when choosing your hiking clothing and why we like you in particular Hiking gear from Fjällräven can recommend, we'll show you in this post!
We also reveal how you feel Dress properly with the help of functional layers when hikingso that you neither sweat nor freeze - Whereby: Did you know that the best thing to do is to freeze when you start running ?!
With these tips you will find the right hiking clothing and be perfectly dressed for hikes!
Before we look at the individual functional layers in hiking clothing, we have three general tips for you so that you know what to look out for when choosing your hiking outfit!
Hiking clothing tip 1: Choose light, breathable and quick-drying materials
Most of all, your hiking clothes should be made of lightweight, breathable and quick-drying materials pass - after all, hiking is not fun when wet and sweaty! In addition, every gram counts when hiking, including that of your clothing. Is particularly suitable Hiking clothing made from merino wool or synthetic fabrics like polyester or polyamide.
Note: In no case should you wear cotton clothes when hiking: Cotton not only absorbs moisture, but also stores it and dries extremely slowly. Once wet, cotton will stick to your skin and cause chafing. You will also freeze immediately if only a little breeze blows!
Hiking clothing tip 2: Rely on high-quality workmanship
Not only the material, but also the processing of your hiking clothing plays an important role: Pay particular attention to the fact that Seams and zippers on your clothing are clean and processed to a high quality are. Reinforcement should also be incorporated in particularly sensitive areas, which ensures that your hiking gear is more durable.
Hiking clothing tip 3: Pay attention to functionality and extras
Also your Hiking clothing must be functional and well thought out, and ideally offer a few extras. Are there enough pockets in the clothing and are they zipped? What about additional inside pockets? Is there a good ventilation system or even a zip-off function?
The more functional your hiking clothes are, the better, because sometimes you can save one or the other piece of clothing and thus weight and space in your hiking backpack.
Our brand tip: hiking clothing from Fjällräven!
Fjällräven is a brand that continues to impress us with its products and which also stands for sustainability: Here you can get hiking clothing that is not only super functional and sustainably produced, but also looks super chic!
The company was founded in 1960 by Åke Nordin in the small town of Örnsköldsvik on the Swedish high coast and has always pursued the vision of making nature more accessible for everyone. Fjällräven is particularly known for the Greenland Jacket and the globally popular Kånken backpack.
Fjällräven combines simplicity with usefulness: All products should be timeless, functional and extremely durable - and they are. In addition, the company pays attention to sustainable production and uses, for example, recycled and organic materials and relies on PFC-free impregnation.
The products of the Abisko series and the Keb series from Fjällräven Exciting: Products from the Abisko family are more intended for easier hikes in warm regions, while products from the Keb family are even more technical in comparison and are also suitable for demanding trekking tours in difficult terrain and in cold temperatures.
Which hiking clothes we can specifically recommend, we reveal further down in the article when we take a closer look at the different functional layers of hiking clothes. By the way: In addition to hiking clothing, Fjällräven also offers great hiking backpacks and really nice outdoor clothing for all your other adventures outdoors in nature or in everyday life!
Reading tip:Here you can read which hiking backpacks we at Fjällräven can recommend and what you have to pay attention to when choosing the right hiking backpack!
The onion principle: How to dress correctly when hiking!
The onion principle helps when hiking, which you have probably already learned from your grandparents: You put on different layers of clothes and when you are warm you just take off a layer, or put on an extra layer if you are cold.
However, when hiking you should rather wear several thin layers than one thick layer of clothing - this gives you more leeway. Make sure, however, that your freedom of movement is not restricted by too many layers.
In addition Each layer of clothing has a very specific function when hiking. Thereby the different functions or layers in hiking clothing divided into three categories:
Overview of the functional layers when hiking:
- Functional layer 1: base layer
- Functional layer 2: mid-layer
- Functional layer 3: shell layer
Hiking clothing layer 1: the base layer
The base layer forms the first layer of your hiking clothing and regulates temperature, humidity and smell like an air conditioning system. She should you keep warm and dry, and especially transporting sweat away from your body.
On the one hand, the base layer includes Functional underwear (for hikes in very cold temperatures), and on the other hand Functional shirts and shirts, both short-sleeved and long-sleeved. This layer's clothes should be lie as close to the body as possible and from light, breathable and quick-drying materials consist.
The material for the base layer: merino wool & synthetic fabrics
Especially Shirts made of merino wool are recommended or with a proportion of merino, because this new wool offers several advantages: Merino wool is very fine and soft, and does not scratch the skin. you does not take on odors and does not have to be washed as often, which is why it is perfect for multi-day hikes: Just hang it out in the fresh air and it will feel fresh again the next day!
also Merino wool hardly wrinkles and offers one depending on the weave natural sun protection factor of up to 50. What is particularly practical about merino wool, however, is that it Transports moisture and keeps you cool when it's warm, but also warms you when it's cold!
In addition to merino wool, there will also be synthetic fabrics for the base layer used. Pure synthetic fibers such as polyester are particularly recommended here: Polyester dries very quickly, offers a high tear and abrasion resistance and thanks to the soft fibers it is particularly comfortable to wear. Another advantage is that additional technologies provide a cooling effect, for example, or have an odor-preventing effect.
By the way: Much of Fjällräven's merino wool is traceable and comes from ZQ Wool in New Zealand. All businesses are certified and, in addition to animal welfare, also pay attention to ecological, social and economic sustainability and high quality of the wool fibers!
We can recommend these shirts for the base layer
Fjällräven Abisko Shade T-Shirt: This light T-shirt made of functional Tencel polyester fabric is very comfortable and cool on the skin and is particularly suitable for hiking in warmer temperatures.
Fjällräven Keb Wool T-Shirt: This light t-shirt made of ethically produced merino wool wicks away moisture, prevents unpleasant odors and is perfect for longer trekking tours!
Extra tip: At Fjällräven you can of course also get great functional underwear for hikes in colder temperatures, here for women and here for men!
Hiking clothing layer 2: the mid-layer
The Mid-layer is used for isolation and is worn as a second layer over the base layer. Above all, it should keep you warm and ensure that no body heat escapes. At the same time, it is important that the moisture is transported away and your skin stays dry.
Come with the mid-layer in particular Fleece jackets and sweaters, but also vests or down jackets (made of synthetic fiber) are used. These should lie comfortably on the body and offer you enough freedom of movement. This layer is on light, breathable and warming materials set.
By the way: Depending on the temperature and personal coldness, the mid-layer itself can also consist of several layers, such as a fleece jacket as the first layer and a down vest or jacket (made of synthetic fiber) as the second layer.
The material for the mid-layer: fleece & down (made of synthetic fibers)
We can especially recommend jackets or sweaters made of fleece, because these are particularly cozy and warm. The great thing about fleece is that it is very breathable, a offers high insulation properties and is light at the same time - especially in comparison to clothes made of pure (tree) wool. It is also dimensionally stable, elastic and dries very quickly.
Ultimately, however, fleece is not a specific material, but rather a generic term for items of clothing that are very soft on the inside. Fleece is usually made of polyester fabrics, but it can also be a mixed fabric made of polyamide, elastane or wool.
For evenings or when hiking through colder regions, we also recommend a down jacket or vest made of synthetic fibers such as polyester or polyamides. These are extremely light and offer a very high level of insulationso that you are comfortably warm even in cold temperatures.They also offer the great advantage that they are fold up very small and thus not only save weight, but also space in your hiking backpack.
We can recommend these jackets for the base layer
Fjällräven Abisko Trail Fleece: This lightweight hoodie jacket is made from recycled and virgin polyester, is super comfortable and dries very quickly. It has two hand pockets and one breast pocket, and consists of flat knitted fleece on the chest, shoulders and hood and textured fleece on the stomach, forearms and sides.
Fjällräven Keb Lite Padded Jacket: This lightweight insulating jacket made of recycled polyamide with a moisture-repellent filling offers a great snug fit and is reinforced on the shoulders with double layers of fabric. In addition to two hand pockets with zippers, there is also an inside pocket with zipper.
Extra tip: If you prefer to wear a vest, you can also get the Abisko Padded Vest! And if you, as a woman, are more into sweaters, the Abisko Padded Sweater is just right for you!
Hiking clothing layer 3: the shell layer (outer shell)
The third and last layer is the shell layer: it will Depending on the temperature, worn either over the base layer or over the mid layer. The Shell layer serves as protection against wind, rain and snow and above all should keep you dry.
Come here next Rain jackets and pants made of light, breathable and water-repellent materials, in particular, too Hardshell jackets with or without a membrane for use. These are usually cut a little wider and should be relative lie loosely on the body.
The material for the shell layer: G-1000 & Eco-Shell
Fjällräven relies on this for its products durable G-1000, a breathable and, thanks to the dense weave, very wind-repellent material. You can reinforce the properties of the material and adapt your clothes to all weather conditions by also taking them with you Greenland Wax treated - this is a mixture of beeswax and paraffin.
Besides G-1000, Fjällräven also has Eco shell developed. This material consists of recycled polyester and is robust, breathable and very weather-resistant. The special feature is the combination of a PFC-free, water-repellent impregnation on the outer layer and a hydrophilic membrane: on the one hand, moisture can effectively escape, but on the other hand no water can penetrate.
Reading tip You can read more about G-1000 here, while you can get more information about Eco-Shell here!
We can recommend these jackets and pants for the shell layer
Fjällräven Keb Jacket: This durable, technical jacket made of G-1000 Eco and stretch material offers you a lot of freedom of movement and is particularly suitable for demanding multi-day hikes in the mountains. It has two large breast pockets with zippers, an adjustable storm hood and two-way ventilation openings with zippers on the forearms.
Fjällräven Keb Eco Shell Jacket: This wind- and waterproof three-layer jacket made of stretchy eco-shell is light and durable. It offers not only a minimalist design, but also high functionality thanks to various extras, such as zip openings for ventilation on the sides, a hood with three-way adjustment system and a two-way AquaGuard front zip with protective flap inside and press stud on the hem.
Fjällräven Keb Eco Shell Trousers: These wind- and waterproof three-layer trousers made from Eco-Shell have a well thought-out cut, full-length two-way AquaGuard zippers on the sides, two hand pockets with zippers, a waist belt and Velcro fasteners on the side of the waistband.
Hiking clothing: the right hiking pants
In addition to the right clothing for your upper body, you also need good hiking pants. When choosing your hiking pants, make sure that they are sufficient for you Offers freedom of movement and sits comfortably - especially when you run through rough terrain or have to master via ferratas on your hike, is one Hiking pants made of stretch material Worth gold!
In addition, your Hiking pants durable, well ventilated and light be. It should ideally have several pockets and be reinforced at the bottom of the legs and on the inside of the calves. Extra reinforcements on the knees and buttocks are also good.
One is also practical Hiking pants with zip-off function: So you have short and long hiking pants with you at the same time and are perfectly equipped for all weather conditions, without having to carry additional weight or lose space in your hiking backpack.
Extra tip:We can recommend hiking leggings for women: These sit close to your body, do not rub and are particularly comfortable to wear. Incidentally, such hiking leggings are also available for men!
We can recommend these hiking pants and leggings
Fjällräven Absiko Lite Trekking Trousers: These light and well-ventilated hiking pants made of four-way stretch and G-1000 Lite offer a technical cut and, in addition to generous pockets, also various reinforcements. It is also cut higher at the back of the waist so that you can carry your hiking backpack more comfortably.
Extra tip: These Absiko Lite Trekking Trousers are also available with a practical zip-off function!
Fjällräven Absiko Trekking Tights: These hard-wearing hiking leggings made of highly functional stretch material wick moisture away from the body and, thanks to reinforcements on the knees and buttocks, offer additional protection in rough terrain and when sitting on damp surfaces. The waistband can be individually adjusted with the help of an internal drawstring, while in addition to a smaller zip pocket on the left leg, you also have a map pocket on the right leg.
Hiking accessories: Cappy, hat & gloves
Even if you hike in midsummer, you should not only think of a cap, but also of a hat or headband and, if necessary, even gloves: straight in the mountains the weather can change very quickly and while it was 25 degrees on the first day, it is only 10 the next.
You either get yourself one Multifunctional cloththat you can wear like a headband, but also as a scarf or even a balaclava, or a light hat. There are also special ones light hiking glovesthat you can wear while hiking. These are particularly useful if you are out and about in alpine terrain and may have to cross glaciers.
We can recommend these hiking accessories
Fjällräven Abisko Pack Cap: This lightweight cap made of durable G1000 Lite is so flexible that you can easily fold it up and stow it in your hiking backpack. It features a soft brim and a drawstring on the back.
Fjällräven Keb Fleece Hat: This comfortable hat made of stretch fleece wicks away moisture and offers a close fit so that you can easily wear it under the hood.
Fjällräven Keb Fleece Neck Gaiter: This pleasantly soft neck and neck warmer made of stretch fleece insulates on the one hand thanks to the flat knitted wool-polyester mixture on the outside and on the other hand wicks away moisture thanks to the brushed polyester on the inside. You can also wear it very practically as a headband!
Hiking clothing: hiking shoes & socks
Your hiking outfit is of course only complete with the right hiking boots! Hiking shoes can be divided into 6 shoe categories, where you usually go with the Category B or B / C are well equipped for your hiking adventures. Make sure your hiking boots are made of high quality and rely on robust and water-repellent materials, such as a combination of leather and Gore-Tex membrane.
Besides, you should too invest in good hiking socks: On the one hand, these ensure that you sweat less in your hiking boots and that there is no unpleasant smell, and on the other hand, they give your feet additional support. In addition, they avoid friction and skin irritation, and thus also blisters!
Reading tip:In this detailed article, we'll tell you how to find the right hiking shoes and socks for you and what to look out for when buying!
Finally, two important tips before we finally get started!
Before you start your next hiking adventure with your hiking outfit, we have two last important tips for you:
Tip 1: Always take a rain jacket and fleece with you!
Find out in detail about your hiking route before you set off and, in particular, always have it the weather in view For example, with the help of practical hiking apps: Even if a cloud-free sky and hot temperatures are forecast, you should definitely have a rain jacket and fleece with you!
Tip 2: you should freeze when you start running!
Many people make the mistake of walking too warmly dressed. Best you should freeze on your first steps, because as soon as you move you automatically get warmer. Incidentally, this also applies to hiking in general: It is always better to have one less shift than one too much - because you lose a lot more energy when you sweat!
Reading tip:We have put together even more practical hiking tips for you here!
With the right hiking clothing you are prepared for every adventure on foot!
Whether on a multi-day hike to a hut or a real trekking adventure, whether at 30 degrees and sun or rain, with the right hiking clothing you are prepared for every hiking adventure! When choosing your hiking clothing, it is important that you have one high quality workmanship and high functionality make sure that you have some of your hiking clothes for a long time.
Also, dress according to the onion principle and put on different functional layers: While the base and mid layers keep you warm and dry, the shell layers protect you from wind, rain and snow when hiking. When it comes to the material you should on the one hand light, breathable and quick-drying merino wool and synthetic fabrics on the other hand, on a water-repellent PFC-free impregnation.
Here we can especially offer you the Hiking clothing from Fjällräven recommend: For easier hikes in rather warm regions you are in good hands with products from the Abisko series, and for demanding trekking adventures in difficult terrain, the products of the Keb series are just right for you!
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