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6 Adventure Gear Essentials for Fall & Winter

Adam Durfee | November 11, 2016

The camping, hiking, and adventuring world has come a long way in the last few years. Technology has introduced a lot of amazing products that are making our adventures better and better.

New gear is being introduced everyday, and it can be hard to keep up. But we are here to ensure you don’t get left behind.

Below, we’ll show you the 6 coolest pieces of gear you should pick up for this new season’s adventures.

 

1. Hiking poles

Yeah, yeah, we know! But they really aren’t just for the old folks!

Hiking poles (or trekking poles) are really great.

  • For starters, trekking poles can really save your knees on the trail.
  • They also can help you stay balanced while making your potential adventures much more enjoyable.
  • Keep the cobwebs and clingy blackberry bushes at bay with a trekking pole to whack them away.
  • Not to mention using them as a way to stay safe from bears, angry dogs, and other wildlife; wave them overhead to look big and mean, or shoot them off like a spear.

Hiking poles are absolutely necessary if you plan on doing anything on the trail this season.

 

Nolah Top pick: Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock hiking poles



2. Waterproof shoes/boots

“I want to hike in wet shoes!”...said no one....ever.

It is crucial to keep your feet dry and comfortable when out on the trail (for your health and for personal sanity). Not only that, a pair of boots or shoes that are going to last for as long as you plan on being outdoors is necessary.

Don’t forget!

It’s getting cold out there, so if you want to keep all your little piggys this winter, grab a pair of waterproof boots or shoes.

 

Nolah Top pick: Vasque Skywalk GTX

 

 

3. Down Jackets

Looking good while staying warm is important. But no one wants a ton of bulk.

Enter the down jacket: an incredible light-weight piece of clothing that keeps you insanely warm while still remaining as compact as can be.

When out on an adventure you’ll need to be able to shed layers should your body get warm.  Fold it up and throw it in the front pocket of your pack; then when the sun goes down, pull it back out again and feel the warmth of down through the shivery nights.

Regardless of your style, price range or adventure, there’s a down jacket for you.

 

Nolah Top pick: Arc'teryx Thorium AR Hooded Down Jacket

 

 

4. Fat bikes

Fat bikes are trending, and for good reason - they are an incredibly versatile piece of equipment.

In case you missed it, fat bikes are an off-road bicycle that have huge tires, perfect for riding through terrain that is less than stable.

Whether making your way through the snow, or riding through heavy wet mud, a fat bike can get you anywhere you want to go. You’ll definitely want to put one of these on your list for this winter.

 

Nolah Top pick: Surly Ice Cream Truck

 

 

5. Touchscreen gloves

Smartphones are cool, but if you are trying to use the touchscreen with chunky gloves on, you can just go ahead and give up.

But it’s 2016 and the tech is simple! Touchscreen gloves put a material between the finger and the screen that completes the touch link from finger to phone, instead of killing it like chunky gloves do.

These gloves are a must-have if you want to stay warm while still maintaining access to maps, communication, and weather reports.

 

Nolah Top pick: Moshi digits

 

 

6. Daypacks

Daypacks are an absolutely essential when it comes to outdoor adventures.

Daypacks are there for you when you need to shed layers, store trail snacks, and keep water on hand.  They provide easy access to all the necessities, no matter the activity.

Because everyone has different needs when it comes to capacity and fit, you’ll want to do your research. But once you’ve done your research, be sure to pick one up for your fall and winter adventures.

 

Nolah Top pick: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Daybreak daypack

 

 

What are your top gear picks for this fall and winter? Let us know on our Twitter or Facebook page!