Nothing beats the feeling of being on the trail. As the rocks crunch beneath your feet, fresh mountain air fills your lungs, and the sounds of nature serenade your journey, the last thing you want to be thinking about is your feet hurting or backpack chafing. Trust us, we've been there.

We've compiled a list of trail essentials to allow you to focus on what matters. Whether you're an extreme alpinist or casual hiker, here's some of our favorite gear to support you whatever the trail.

Eddie Bauer Women's EverTherm Down Hooded Jacket in Dark Smoke

A lightweight jacket that packs a punch. 

Eddie Bauer EverTherm Down Hooded Jacket 

Eddie Bauer’s EverTherm Down Hooded Jacket was made for brisk days on the trail. Featuring new sleek Thindown® fabric, this jacket is designed to keep you warm without cramping your style with the bulk of a traditional down jacket. The down is uniform throughout the jacket without quilting or panels to prevent any cold spots, and an insulated hood with elastic binding keeps the cold and wind at bay. In short: Rain or shine, this three-layer jacket offers full weather protection in a classic fit that's perfect for layering. Whether you are running errands or up a steep mountain traverse, this jacket has you covered. [$299,

TurtleFur's Picture This Trucker hat featuring a deer on the nature inspired hat.

This trucker hat comes in all kinds of fun wildlife designs. 

TurtleFur Picture This Trucker

The Picture This trucker hat combines style with functionality, earning it a spot on our list of trail essentials. These hats are available in a variety of designs inspired by nature—from wildlife to space and mountain landscapes—so you'll be sure to find a hat that fits your style. A curved bill front and a poly mesh back keep the hats breathable and lightweight, making them ideal for long days of activity. [$30,]

Smartwool Women's Merino Sport 150 Tank 

Smartwool Women's Merino Sport 150 Tank in Light Habanero Heather

Merino Sport 150 Tank in Light Habanero Heather. 

If there was one factor that makes or breaks a hiking shirt, it’s breathability. That's why we love the Smartwool’s Merino Sport 150 Tank. The ultralight fabric offers moisture management, temperature regulation, and odor resistance. A mesh band in the back gives this tank additional breathability to keep you cool even during the sweatiest workout. Because of the contour of the shirt, women can expect a tighter fit and less chafing which is crucial when navigating technical terrain. [$60,]

Columbia Women’s Anytime Casual Skort

Columbia Women's Anytime Casual Skort in the shade light grey

Cute and comfy, this Columbia skort does it all.

Women don’t have to sacrifice form for function anymore with the Anytime Casual skort for any adventure. The built-in two-way comfort stretch briefs provide maximum protection and active comfort when scrambling over boulders and up steep slopes. Don’t worry about playing too rough in this skort because Columbia’s signature UPF 50 fabric protects against dirt and stains, while also wicking moisture to keep you cool and dry throughout any adventure. [$40,]

Norrøna Bitihorn Pack 20L 

Norrøna Bitihorn Pack 20L in the color jungle green

Norrøna Bitihorn Pack in Jungle Green.

When packing your gear for a trek in the mountains, look no further than the Norrøna Bitihorn Pack. This lightweight day trip bag has a mesh-lined back and straps for breathable comfort on the sweatiest of adventures. Extras: The slide compression straps and hip belt add stability and support while preventing chafing, and multiple pockets help secure and organize all of your trail essentials. But our favorite part of this pack is its hydration compatibility and hose attachment piece on the strap for hands-free hydration. [$109,]

FITS Light Hiker Socks 

FITS Light Hiker Socks in the color stone

FITS Light Hiker sock in the Stone colorway.

There is absolutely nothing worse than getting a few miles into the trail and feeling your socks rubbing your feet uncomfortably. The FITS Light Hiker Socks eliminate that issue with their contoured fit that snugly hug your feet. Our favorite feature is the extra cushioning in the heel, toe, and arch that keeps your feet in good shape even after pounding the trail on a full-day hike. The crew height rises just below the calf so these socks pair perfectly with any hiking boot or shoe. [$22,]

Salewa Women’s Wildfire Approach Shoes 

The Salewa Women's Wildfire Approach Shoes offer a climbing zone at the toe, compound rubber sole, large tread lugs, and a breathable footbed.

Holy tread! This shoe was built for extreme mountain terrain. 

When looking for shoes that provide excellent stability and grip on any trail or technical mountain approaches, look no further than the Salewa Women’s Wildfire Approach Shoes. A climbing zone at the toe ensures good edging and performance while the compound rubber sole helps grip to rock in both wet and dry conditions. Plus, the large tread lugs provide improved traction to make navigating mud and softer trail easier. But perhaps the best part of these shoes is the breathable footbed that provides amazing cushioning to ensure you enjoy your time in the mountains every step of the way. [$130,

Hoka ONE ONE Speedgoat 3 

Hoka Speedgoat 3 featuring a vibram sole with MegaGrip lugs and oversize EVA midsole.

High-performance meets comfort in the Hoka Speedgoat 3 trail shoe.  

Any trail shoe that gives confidence on rocks and slick roots is a winner in our book. That’s why the Speedgoat 3 is on this list. Featuring a Vibram sole with MegaGrip lugs, the Speedgoat’s sole can be trusted on any terrain, providing superior traction and stability. Aside from sole performance, this might just be the most comfortable high-performance trail shoe out there. The oversize EVA midsole means lightweight cushioning and impact absorption while a midfoot cage construction adds stability and locks your foot in place even when traveling on rough terrain. With a wider midsole and roomier toe box, the Speedgoat 3 won’t fit everyone’s foot—but if it fits yours, you’ll hit the jackpot with this shoe that combines the best of comfort and trail performance. [$140,

Bight Women’s Solstice Graphene Hoody 

Bright Women's Solstice Graphene Hoody  in the color sky blue.

Bight Women's Solstice Graphene Hoody in Sky Blue.

Serious mountain guide brand, Bight Gear, just upped the ante on this classic baselayer by adding graphene to the polyester and spandex blend. This new fabric combo feels like cotton, wicks like synthetic, and increases heat transfer to make for one of the most versatile active layers we’ve had the pleasure of sweating in. And that’s not all—the Solstice Graphene Hoody is super light, features an oversized hood for full coverage and an overlap below the chin to protect your neck from the sun, and the whole hoody itself features UPF 55+ sun protection. A relaxed fit with raglan sleeves, thumbholes, and a drop-tail hem seal the deal—the Solstice Graphene Hoody is the ultimate hiking layer. [$69,] 

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