Here's what you need to know if you're going hiking, like for the first time, and has no idea what kind of hiking clothes you should be putting on to get you started on this new adventure.
Being a hiking freak myself, here's my take on what and what not to wear in a nutshell.
Pants? Shorts? Jeans?
Your environment is the most important factor when it comes down to choosing pants or shorts. For example, shorts may keep you from shivering if it's cold. On the other hand, pants might become too uncomfortable if it's hot.
Jeans? Yes. Yes. Only if it's going to be comfortable and you don't have any other options. It's not fun to be hot and sweaty while wearing jeans.
My favorite nerd pants can convert from shorts to pants in just seconds! You never know what you might encounter when you travel through the woods. You never know what you'll find when you travel through the woods.
What type of shirts should I wear?
My favorite shirts are light and they wick away moisture. They also hide odors and breathe well. However, you'll have to pay top dollar.
Start with a t-shirt. Once you have logged a few hikes, you will be able to optimize your performance.
Lightweight merino wool shirts that you can layer are great for multi-day hikes in different conditions. For example, you might just be going on a walk in the woods, what you would wear running, training, or any other activity. Whatever you wear while running, training, etc. Aka!
My favorite hiking jacket is lightweight and easy to pack, waterproof, so it doesn't get wet, and thick enough to block wind so I don't get cold.
If you already have a good windbreaker, don't bother buying a jacket. But if you're going to be hiking a lot or need a new coat for work, I recommend that you go to your local store to try all the jackets until one suits you.
After you have found the right jacket, check out the online options. You can often find the same coat at a fraction of the price. If they don't, ask your local store if they will price match it or order it online.