Hiking Gear: 5 Peak Performing Essentials

The Yeti Panga waterproof duffel (courtesy Yeti)

Is hiking the new yoga? With an increase in walking, hiking and active tours to suit all fitness levels and ages on the rise, we say yes. Here, five hiking essentials to make the most out of your mountain adventure.

Yeti Panga

Waterproof and sturdy, this workhorse of a duffel (above) easily stows in a helicopter cargo basket thanks to its soft sides and lateral handles. The 50L version is carry-on friendly, while the 75L accommodates a few extra layers for cool days (the weather in the mountains can shift on a whim). yeti.com

photo: courtesy Black Diamond

Black Diamond Sharp End Shell

Keep the rain and wind out with this Gore-Tex Pro jacket for him, conceived for trekking through harsh alpine environments but just as well-worn by urban bike commuters and dog walkers looking for durable yet lightweight protection from the elements. blackdiamondequipment.com

photo: courtesy Helly Hansen

Helly Hansen Vanir+ Backpack

This lightweight, 35-litre daypack comes with such bells and whistles as a rain cover, a semi-ventilated back panel, loops for hiking poles, and a hydration-pack sleeve — and an integrated whistle. hellyhansen.ca —Susan Nerberg

photo: courtesy Columbia Sportswear

Columbia Saturday Trail Stretch Pant

This straight-legged pant for her, made from lightweight stretch fabric, comes in four colours and converts with a cuffed option, giving it a capri-pant appeal on warmer days. columbiasportswear.ca


photo: courtesy Keen

Keen Hikers

For her: Lightweight and breathable, and crafted for warmer weather, this new style, Terradora Ethos, features secure-fit laces, odor control and country-path to city street versatility.

photo: courtesy Keen

For him: The company’s iconic hiking boot remastered as the Targhee III for 2018, with added stability, waterproof and breathable fabric, easy lace-up functionality and leather details. keenfootwear.com/en-ca/  —VV