Hiking Gear: Getting The Right Jacket

There is a lot of fun in hiking, so even if you occasionally every few weeks, or if you happen to be getting into the habit and are considering turning it into a weekend hobby, you want to make sure that you have the right gear with you. A lot of people, including experienced hikers tend to make a few basic mistakes when it comes to their gear, especially in terms of what they have to wear because you need to be dressed a little differently when hiking.

For the sake of this article, we will be restricting ourselves solely to hiking jackets and choosing the right type. Now, while the term best hiking jacket may be subjective, there are still a few common features found in all good hiking jackets.

  • First of all, a good hiking jacket is a comfortable fit for If the jacket is too fitted then you will have trouble breathing as the trail progresses, and if the jacket is too big, it can restrict mobility and can feel heavier as well. So, you want to make sure that your jacket is a normal fit on you.
  • Secondly, if you plan on hiking year round, you will need to alternate between two types of jackets. A light jacket for summer hikes, and then a heavier, more insulated jacket for the winters. This is really important because you cannot use a single type of jacket throughout the year.
  • Lastly, you want your light jacket to be comfortable, and it should allow air to pass through it. This is so that sweat that does not continue to accumulate inside your jacket while you are hiking or else you will find yourself overheating and then getting tired really early on in the hike.