With fall right around the corner and the promise of temperatures dropping soon, what better way to spend a beautiful September morning or afternoon than with a pleasant hike? Whether you're on a weekend getaway to the mountains or just hiking locally, you'll want to have the best gear on the market when you hit the trail. From German-made hiking boots to high-tech water purifiers, these top products will meet all your trekking needs.
The shoe fits
Handcrafted in Germany from nubuck leather, the LOWA Trekker boot is designed to give users the best fit for their foot as they hike for miles. Lined with buttery-soft glove leather for maximum comfort, the Trekker melds a comfort-oriented design with lightweight, flexible construction for easy stepping. $265, Mountain Sports.
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The Suunto Ambit Multifunction Heart Rate Monitor offers the convenience of having your heart rate, location, altitude, pace, weather conditions and time right at your fingertips. Equipped with everything from GPS to a barometric sensor, the Ambit also lets hiking enthusiasts track their progress by uploading their data to a computer with the use of a USB cable. $550, REI.
Pack and go
Keep your hiking essentials safe and secure with the spacious Osprey Argon 85 backpack. Featuring an AirScape back panel for ventilation, a removable hydration sleeve and a comfortable hip belt, the Argon 85 will be your go-to pack for long treks. $399, Backwoods.
Hitting the trail
Black Diamond's Ultra Distance trekking poles are the perfect companions when tackling long, challenging trails. They are made from ultra-light carbon fiber and are designed with nonslip foam grips and moisture-wicking straps. Also, a three-section foldable shaft makes the poles small enough to pack away. $149.95, L.L.Bean.
Clean and easy
Designed to provide hikers with the purest form of water, the SteriPEN Adventurer Opti uses an ultraviolet light to kill impurities and purify water 160 times faster than any chemical on the market. Even better? It doubles as a flashlight. $119.99, Cabela's.
When the evening draws near but you're not ready to head back just yet, the Petzl Ultra Wide Headlamp is the perfect lighting source to ensure you won't get lost in the dark. It features a light, compact body and four lighting modes, promising hikers up to 120 meters of illuminated trail. $430, Backcountry.com.