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Check out the list of the year’s top-rated lightweight hiking gear and remember, the lighter your backpack the happier your hike!
The Vail Valley is a mecca for hiking and outdoor activities in Colorado. To get out and enjoy all the scenic beauty of the mountains you need outdoor gear that works hard to make sure your hike or outdoor activity is fun, safe and successful. The following is a list of Lightweight Hiking Gear Essentials that are perfect for the trail.
An ultra-light, breathable shirt with Omni-Wick moisture management keeps you cool and dry on your hike.
Omni-Shade UPF 40 sun protection helps to keep you from getting sunburned.
Meshed-lined vented in back keeps you comfortable in hot weather.
A modern classic fit insures that you look good.
Made of a lightweight polyester material.
Two internal chest pockets.
Short sleeve keeps backpack strap from rubbing on skin.
Available in assorted colors.
Columbia Men’s Tamiami II Short-Sleeve Shirt
Short-sleeve button-up shirt in ultra-light ripstop fabric An ultralight, breathable shirt with Omni-Wick moisture management keeps you cool and dry on your hike.
Omni-Shade UPF 40 sun protection helps to keep you from getting sunburned.A nice classic fit that looks good on men.
100% Polyester material is a quick-drying fabric that wicks moisture to keep you dry and cool. Four chest pockets. Mesh-lined venting at center back keeps you comfortable in hot weather. Antimicrobial properties keep it fresh and odor-free while you are out on the trail.
Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Hiking Boot
Made of full-grain leather and suede with a rubber sole
Lightweight hiking boot that weighs .9 ounces
Omni-Grip advanced traction rubber sole for slip-free movement.
Waterproof so your feet stay dry as you hike through streams or to mountain tarns.
Techlite lightweight midsole for awesome cushioning to keep you comfortable on the trail.
Laces with D-ring metal eyelets for a secure fit.
Perfect for rocky and rugged terrain.
Available in a wide variety of colors.
Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 3 GTX Hiking Boots
Rugged lightweight hiking boot weighing only 640g. It’s all about lightweight on a challenging trail.
GORE-TEX waterproof protection keeps your feet dry as you cross streams and rivers.
Comfortable and durable hiking boot
High Traction Contagrip® sole insures traction and stability on the trail.
Unique speed lacing system lets you adjust tightness on the fly
Protective rubber toe cap helps keeps your feet protected.
TrailBuddy Trekking Poles
Made of lightweight 7075 Aluminum
Telescoping poles that can adjust from 24.5 to 54 inches.
Poles are strong and lightweight
An excellent hiking aid.
Available in assorted colors
Cork handles with strap means less hand fatigue and more comfort.
Poles come with a carrying bag, 2 pairs of rubber tips, 1 pairs of connectors, mud baskets, and snow baskets.
Can be disassembled down to 21 inches to fit in your pack, makes for easy transportation.
Columbia Booney Hat
Hat constructed of breathable net fabric to keep your head cool and dry.
SPF 50+and a wide brim offers excellent sun protection to keep the rays off of you.
Features Columbia’s signature wicking fabric to keep you dry and comfortable.
Available in assorted colors
Crushable and foldable
Unisex design is great for men and women
Waterproof Windproof Matches
Windproof and waterproof matches means you can always make a fire even in the harshest of weather.
20 matches per waterproof case.
Extra long, ultra thick matches.
These matches are easy to light and will relight even after being submerged in water!
Durable, waterproof case floats and keeps matches safe & dry.
Perfect for campers and hikers.
Portable Water Purification Tablets
One bottle of 50 Potable Aqua Germicidal Water Purification Tablets with one bottle of 50 PA Plus
Travel water purification tablets make contaminated water bacteriologically suitable to drink within 35 minutes
Portable water treatment is effective against bacteria and Giardia lamblia
Emergency water purification tablets trusted by military and emergency organizations is also an ideal camping accessory.
Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket For Women
Best-selling lightweight, uninsulated jacket for more than 20 years.
Marmot NanoPro Waterproof/Breathable Fabric keeps you dry and comfortable.
NanoPro Eco 100% Recycled Nylon Ripstop is durable and long-lasting
All seams are sealed.
Attached adjustable hood rolls into collar, and out of the way.
DriClime Lined Chin Guard
Pit zippers keeps you comfortable
Comes in assorted colors
Useful features like zippered hand pockets, adjustable Velcro cuffs and elastic draw-cord hem.
Stuffs into its own pocket for easy storage.
Columbia Men’s Glennaker Lake Rain Jacket
A lightweight, water repellent, 100% nylon, hooded rain jacket that is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast.
Jacket has a hideaway hood, two zippered side pockets and adjustable cuffs.
Jacket weighs 11 1/8 oz
Machine Washable means it is easy to care for, just throw it in the washing machine when soiled.
Stylish, classic mountaineering-inspired design that looks great on most men.
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Great post, I have been looking for short sleeve shirt that would be great for hiking! I think the Columbia shirt looks perfect. Thanks for the ideas.
Hi Mariette, happy to help. This Columbia hiking shirt is perfect for mountain hikes in Vail or anywhere. It keeps you cool and dry and is perfect for hiking, fishing or any outdoor activity really.
I love hiking. I need a comfortable, durable, good-looking shirt. The tailoring of Tamiami II looks awesome! I'm going to check it out. Thank you for sharing the links to the local Vail sports shops. I have a question. What is a "mountain tarn" that you wrote about for the women's hiking boot? This flat-land lady has never heard of that.
Hi Laura I am glad you like the look of the Columbia Tamiami women's shirt, it is a great shirt for anything outdoors. A mountain tarn is just another word for a small mountain lake.
Sounds cool! I've spent many vacations in the mountains of Tennessee, northern Georgia, and North Carolina; I'm surprised I never heard of a mountain tarn. Maybe that's a Rocky Mountains term, not a Smoky Mountains term.
I think it's time for another mountain vacation!
Great List! I definitely was able to gain some valuable information from this post. Will be shopping for some new hiking gear soon!
Thanks Cameron, I hope this list comes in handy when you start shopping. Thanks again for reading.