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Best Hiking Clothes

The best hiking clothes for your next national park trip as handpicked and recommended by the crew at More Than Just Parks for women and men.

as recommended by National Park experts (and yes, we mean us)


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We’ve been hiking in the National Parks, a lot. Through those miles (and we’re talking hundreds and hundreds of miles) through all sorts of terrain, from scorching deserts to snowy mountain tops to the tropics, the forests, and beyond, we’ve come up with a list of our favorite picks for women and men. These lists cover everything including jackets, tops, footwear, bottoms, accessories, hats, and more.

WOMEN’S PICKS

MEN’S PICKS

WOMen’s Hiking Clothes

If you’re looking for hiking accessories like backpacks etc check out our National Park Trip Essentials page.

Women’s

Jackets

In the jackets category it’s hard to beat Patagonia in the quality department these days. We love their stuff because it lasts.

best outdoor sweater womens

Patagonia Better Sweater

This is our favorite outdoor sweater for all conditions. Ours have lasted us 5 years and still going strong. Available in Mens & Womens sizes.


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best outdoor jacket womens

Patagonia Down Jacket

This is our favorite all around outdoor jacket. The down material packs incredibly well and keeps you warm in especially cold conditions. Available in Mens & Womens sizes.


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best cozy pullover

Patagonia Cozy Pullover

This is one of the coziest pullovers out there made by one of our favorite companies, Patagonia. We *love* the soft fleece material. Comes in a variety of cute colors.


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best womens rain jacket

Outdoor Research Rain Jacket

This is a great, stylish rain jacket that is fully waterproof, very comfy, and comes in a variety of grat colors..


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Bottoms

best womens hiking pants

Prana Water-Resistant Pants

We love these Prana womens hiking pants because of their comfort and water-resistant features. Great for long hikes as well as short ones.


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best womens hiking pants

Prana Hiking Pants

These hiking pants by Prana are very comfortable and surprisingly soft. We’ve got them in a few different colors and love them.


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best patagonia shorts womens

Patagonia Baggies Shorts

We love these causal hiking shorts. They come in a variety of great colors and fit really nicely.


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Footwear

colorful womens sandals

Teva Universal Sandal

Take us back to the nineties! These Tevas are amazing. Super comfy with fun colors (more than just what we’re showing here). What’s not to love.


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stylish hiking sandals

Teva Hurricane Sandals

These sandals are loud, stylish, and cozy. Great for photos and for hiking. Come in a variety of different fun colors.


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best womens hiking boots

Danner Boots

These classic Danner boots are the ultimate women’s hiking boot. The one from the movies and made popular through social media and beyond.


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best womens hiking boots

Vasque Talus Boots

These are by far the best fitting and most comfortable women’s hiking boots we’ve found. Keeps our feet warm and dry in all conditions.


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Men’s Hiking Clothes

If you’re looking for hiking accessories like backpacks etc check out our National Park Trip Essentials page.

Men’s

Jackets

In the jackets category it’s hard to beat Patagonia in the quality department these days. Patagonia can be on the spendy side but we love their stuff because it lasts. 

best outdoor sweater

Patagonia Better Sweater

This is our favorite outdoor sweater for all conditions. Ours have lasted us 5 years and still going strong. Available in Mens & Womens sizes.


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best outdoor jacket

Patagonia Down Jacket

This is our favorite all around outdoor jacket. The down material packs incredibly well and keeps you warm in especially cold conditions. Available in Mens & Womens sizes.


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best winter parka

Patagonia Isthmus Parka

If you’re going in to the below freezing temperatures and looking for some extra layers this fleece lined parka from Patagonia is a great choice.


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best rain jacket

Patagonia Rainshadow Jacket

These boots are great for all weather conditions including rain and snow. They keep your feet dry and well protected from all
the elements. Ours have lasted many years.


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Tops

In the pants department we are big fans of Carhartt because their pants are durable and long lasting. Many folks view Carhartt as more of a work pant but we love them for hiking. We bought several pairs when we founded MTJP many years ago and they are still going strong today. 

Best Mens Hiking Shirt

Backpacker Hiking Shirt

This is a great inexpensive shirt for everyday hiking that we really like.


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best hiking shirt

Patagonia Outdoor Shirt

This is a great all weather button up outdoor shirt by Patagonia that is durable, comfortable, and long-lasting.


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best flannel hiking shirt

Patagonia Fleece-lined Flannel Shirt

This is a great winter shirt that keeps you warm and comfortable with fleece lining on the inside.


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best hiking sweater

Patagonia Cashmere Hiking Sweater

This is a bit of a luxury item for hiking but by God is it warm and cozy. This cashmere sweater by Patagonia is a wonderful gift.


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Bottoms

In the pants department we are big fans of Carhartt because their pants are durable and long lasting. Many folks view Carhartt as more of a work pant but we love them for hiking. We bought several pairs when we founded MTJP many years ago and they are still going strong today. 

best outdoor pants

Carhartt Twill Pants

The first pairs of these pants we got when we founded More Than Just Parks are still packed for every trip. These pants last. Plus they’re super comfortable.


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best cold weather pants

Carhartt Flannel Lined Pants

When it gets cold out there you’ll want some flannel lining in there. We love these because they’re tough and warm.


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best hiking pants

Patagonia Quandary Pants

Patagonia’s Quandary Pants are great all around outdoor and hiking pants. These pants are lightweight, water resistant, and long lasting.


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best hiking shorts

Patagonia Hiking Shorts

We love these shorts because they’re lightweight, well-fitting, easy-going, and come in a bunch of different colors.


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Footwear

Best Hiking Sandals

Columbia Santiam Sandal

These are great all-terrain hiking sandals perfect for hikes through streams or in hot weather in general.


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best lightweight hiking shoe

Chaco Hiking Shoe/Sandal Hybrid

This shoe/sandal hybrid is lightweight, great in water, great for warm weather, and inexpensive on amazon.


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best mens hiking boots

Danner Hiking Boots

Danner is world-renown for the quality of their boots and these are no exception. Buy these and don’t worry about new ones for a decade or so.


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best hiking boots

Sorel Ankney Boot

These boots are great for all weather conditions including rain and snow. They keep your feet dry and well protected from all
the elements. Ours have lasted many years.


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Hats & Accessories

best winter hat

Patagonia Wool Ear Flap Cap

When you hit the below 0 territory or anywhere close you’ll be so glad you have this hat. We’ve worn it in -20deg temps and felt great.


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best hiking socks

Wigwam Wool Socks

These are definitely on the spendy side of socks but by God are they worth it. They last for years and make all the difference on a long hike.


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best hiking cap

Patagonia Wool Short Cap

Patagonia’s got some great styles for hats and this is one that we love. Great for all seasons.


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best hiking watch

Timex Hiking Watch

Thistrendy hiking watch is a great accessory on any trail.


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Snow

best snow bib

Mountain Hardwear Snow Bib

This snow bib is a great choice for all around snow hiking / weather conditions. Easy to pull over existing clothes – keeps your warm and dry.


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best mens snow boots

Vasque UltraDry Snow Boot

If you’re looking for long lasting snow boots that keep your feet warm, dry, and comfortable look no further than this offering from Vasque.


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best winter hat

Patagonia Wool Ear Flap Cap

When you hit the below 0 territory or anywhere close you’ll be so glad you have this hat. We’ve worn it in -20deg temps and felt great.


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best snow gloves

Outdoor Research Snow Gloves

These snow gloves are amazingly warm and perfect for winter conditions.


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Will Pattiz

Co-founder of More Than Just Parks. Husband. Conservationist. Currently living in NYC.

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