Before heading out on walking, climbing, or hiking on a warm summer day, read our tips on what to consider when picking your gear so that you can be able to truly enjoy the exquisite surroundings that nature presents while staying safe and comfortable.
Have a look at the gear we believe will make your summer day enjoyable no matter what activity you are about to embark upon!
Cap - wearing a cap is great for preventing both heatstroke and sunburn, whilst also keeping the sun away from your eyes.
Neck warmer - wearing a neck warmer in summer can help to prevent sunburn and aid in cooling you down by wicking moisture from your neck. We recommend choosing one in a lighter color.
Thin top - a long-sleeved thin sweater can protect your skin from sunburn and scratches, but also unwanted companions like ticks. A lightweight, loose-fitting t-shirt is also a comfortable choice.
Packable rain gear - bring a light and packable rain set in your backpack and you're all set for any switch in weather!
Pants, shorts, or zip-off’s - regular pants keep your legs protected, while shorts aid in keeping your body temperature cooler. Check out our zip-off pants and you can enjoy both kinds of pants in one!
Bamboo underwear - pair your outfit with underwear in the moisture-wicking material bamboo and you’ll feel comfortable during all your hot-weather activities.
Socks - choose socks that are fast drying and have a high moisture-wicking ability. Socks in cotton are not recommended during hot days. And, it’s important to wear socks in the correct size to avoid chafing.
Shoes - chafing equals bad memories so a pair of comfortable shoes is the best investment for future adventures! Get a pair that is comfortable and waterproof, in case of any sudden downfalls.
— What garment is an absolute must-have when going exploring on a hot day? —
“Be prepared for hot days of hiking! I love the Breeze Tee 2.0 because it's lightweight and breathable. The Adrenaline Outdoor Shorts give a second skin effect thanks to their elasticity, I am free in my movements, they are very comfortable and breathable. The best outfit for summer rides.”
“I love this top (the Sheep Sweater and also the Vagabond Tee) because it is super soft, light, and breathable! It also dries super fast, which is handy after a long day of hiking in the middle of summer! The shorts (Daybreak Shorts in Black and Olive Night) are super stretchy, they hug the curves and don't compress! After a day of hiking the shorts don't move (they don't slide up and that's super important because it helps to not feel "irritation" by the movements)! The fabric is durable, I can sit on the floor without fear of damaging it. The material is breathable and dries quickly.”
“For an adventure in hot weather I always wear clothes that breathe very well, are cool and dry fast like the Adapt Tee. I also wear a cap to protect my head and eyes from direct sunlight.”
Hiking and walking in rough terrain during a hot summer day can be both incredibly fun and at the same time dangerous if you’re not vigilant. You need to be aware of the heat of the sun, know the signs of dehydration, and know how to handle the situations that may occur during warm weather hiking.
Wear thin and light clothing
Use sunscreen and skin-soothing moisturizers
Maintain a high water intake
Getting sunburned during your outdoor activity is a sure way of creating discomfort and an unpleasant time outside. To avoid a sunburn wear thin and lightweight covering clothes and don’t forget about sunscreen. Apply sunscreen generously and a good 15 minutes before heading out for the best effect. Reapply every two hours on exposed areas like your face, ears, legs, and arms, and sooner if you’re sweating a lot. Treat the sunburn and discomfort by getting out of the sun as soon as possible, using a skin-soothing moisturizer, taking a cool shower, and drinking lots of extra water. Take time to let your skin heal and take extra care to protect burnt areas.
Early signs include fatigue & mouth dryness
Drink 0.5 l/hour in small sips & eat salty snacks
Make sure your animal friends have water too!
Prevent dehydration by drinking adequate amounts of water during your time outside. Aim for at least 0.5 liters of water per hour during less intense activities and increase the amount of fluids if you increase your activity level or the temperature rises. Don’t forget about your animal friends! Bring extra water with you if you’re traveling with an animal companion. Signs of dehydration are similar to those of overhydration - examples are headache, cramps, and nausea, and early signs are mouth dryness and fatigue. Always have water close by, but don’t drink too much at once and take small sips each time. It’s also a good idea to bring salty snacks in case you need to even your body's electrolyte balance. Our backpacks come with hydration reservoirs, perfect for preventing dehydration when on your adventure. You can also check out our guide on how to purify water here.
Signs are confusion, nausea & a feeling of dizziness
Avoid hiking when the sun is at its highest & use a cap as a shield from sunlight
Water! Drink it and use it to cool down the skin
Signs of heatstroke are intense headaches, nausea, confusion, high body temperature, and a feeling of dizziness, that appear if you’re extremely overheated. It’s important to immediately get the affected person (or yourself) to a cool and shaded place. Water cools the skin down fast, so if you have extra water nearby, putting a damp cloth on the forehead or a wet neck warmer around your neck may help to bring the temperature down. Taking a dip in a nearby lake or river is also an excellent way of lowering the body temperature fast. And remember to drink water once the acute symptoms have gone down. Heatstroke may be confused with heat exhaustion. The symptoms are similar but not as severe. By treating heat exhaustion, heatstroke can be prevented. Avoid hiking during the most intense hours of sunlight and wear a cap to protect your head and eyes from direct sunlight.
Wear light, thin & long-sleeved clothing to cover up exposed parts
Use gentle and nature-friendly insect repellents
Check yourself after each trip outside
Mosquitoes and other insects can easily lower your hiking mood. Prevent their company by wearing lighter colors, since dark and vivid colors attract these nasty little creatures more easily. Also, covering up your ankles, feet, and neck is a good idea. By wearing long-sleeved (yet lightweight and breathable) shirts and long pants you can keep the little bugs away from your exposed skin. Of course, wearing insect repellents is a good way to go as well. It’s important to wear an insect repellent that is considered gentle towards your skin as well as the environment. If possible, avoid being out at their prime time - dusk and dawn. Checking yourself for ticks after a day outside is important, get the little ones out as soon as possible if they’ve found a new home on you.
Cotton absorbs moisture. On warm days the moisture left in the material can aid in cooling you down, but on colder days, wet cotton may cause you to freeze. Keep this in mind when choosing your summer hiking outfit.
Synthetic fabrics are lightweight and have high breathability. Polyester has a great moisture-wicking ability. It effectively allows the moisture to leave your body and evaporate into the air.
Wool clothing is often affiliated with winter wear, but other than keeping you warm, wool also effectively evaporates moisture into the air, thus cooling you down when it’s warm.
Light colors reflect the sun rays while dark colors absorb them, working as a virtual extra layer of heat. Thus, choosing to wear a lighter-colored garment will keep you cooler. We suggest choosing a white, tan, or a light pastel-colored garment.
Choose gear with integrated ventilation zippers so that you can decide when you would like more air to flow in order to cool down. Loose-fitting clothing also helps to keep your body temperature down, and zip-off pants make it easy to switch from long pants to shorts.
It’s not always easy to know what to wear when going hiking in warmer conditions, especially if you live in areas where the weather can be very unpredictable. We have tips for all kinds of hot weather hiking trips!
When you’re unsure of what weather or terrain you’re about to encounter, choose zip-off pants. If you’re cold or walking around in sharp shrubs, keep the zippered legs on, and if you get warm simply zip them off! Our zip-offs have the same great functions as our regular hiking pants.
We offer a whole range of thinner pants suitable for hiking. They are of course very flexible and lightweight, but with added functionalities like extra pockets and water resistance. Great for those intense hiking trips when you want to cover up your legs!
We offer lots of pants with great ventilation possibilities. The ventilation zippers allow for free flow of air when you need it the most. Simply pull the zippers down in case you feel warm!
Summer is amazing but can sometimes be a little unpredictable, the weather can switch from sunshine to intense downpours in minutes. Be ready for anything with our packable, lightweight, and easy-to-put-on Typhoon Jacket and Pants. The long zipper on the leg of the pants makes them easy to pull on if the rain starts pouring down. When the sun is allowed back, simply fold it up in its own pocket and stow it in your backpack. It takes virtually no space!