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Summer Gear Guide: The Best Summer Hiking Gear

Carry essential tools and stay cool while hiking with our top gear picks.

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Merrell Avian Light Ventilator
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Seriously Sure-Footed

Mesh vents on these grippy, cushioned Merrell Avian Light Ventilator hikers make them a favorite for warm-temperature wear. ($95, merrell.com)

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Outdoor Outlet

Charge the water-resistant Brunton Inspire portable power pack at home and rejuice electronics mid-hike for almost 12 hours via a USB cord. ($72, store.bruntonoutdoor.com)

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Fix-It Kit

Be prepared for any emergency when you carry the compact Leatherman Juice Cs4 multitool, complete with scissors, corkscrew, and knife. ($59, amazon.com)

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Cool Pants

Paramount Reed capris from The North Face have five large pockets, plus behind-the-knee drawstrings to shorten the style for a breezier feel. ($55, thenorthface.com)

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Get Your Sips

The women-specific CamelBak Helena has several deep compartments and a three-quart H2O reservoir. ($85, camelbak.com)

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Magic on the Mountain

These superlight 39- to 51-inch Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles fold up for easy packing. ($150, blackdiamondequipment.com)

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Not Your Average Tee

Under Armour's ubersoft Charged Cotton Plunge V-Neck Shirt wicks sweat and dries up to five times faster than typical tees. ($25, underarmour.com)

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Tissue-Paper Thin

Weighing less than six ounces, the Eddie Bauer Sirocco Wind Shell Jacket has a barely-there, buttery feel. ($50, eddiebauer.com)

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2011.

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ginnycrandall wrote:

These look like great shoes. I have been thinking about buying a couple of pairs and adding them to my emergency kits (like from http://emergencypreparednow.com ), you know, just in case. You never know when disaster is going to strike and you are going to need a good pair of shoes!

9/15/2011 01:27:20 PM Report Abuse
morrison19097 wrote:

I love these shoes! I have been hiking/working out at the gym with them for the past few months and my feet are never tired. FYI: They are not waterproof, but dry quickly.

6/8/2011 10:14:06 AM Report Abuse

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