What to Wear Hiking in Hot Weather
We are hardly spoiled for sunshine in the UK, so when it arrives, it’s important to make the most of it. Here at LOWA, we can’t think of any better way to appreciate those warmer days than strapping on our favourite shoes and spending a day exploring nature’s paths!
Hiking is a great way to live a happier, healthier life outside and away from the rapid speed of the modern world. What’s more, long walks are made even better when the sun’s out! However, if you’re hoping to go on a longer trail during the hotter months, then you should consider the differences when compared to hiking during Britain’s colder months. Here, we’ve put together a little guide to help you pick the right equipment for your summer walks.
If you are confident that your walking experience is unlikely to experience any adverse weather, then take advantage of that by wearing lighter clothes. Our hiking tips and tricks always suggest wearing as light as possible to create easier movement. However, during the hotter days, you shouldn’t need to pack that emergency coat, so there are opportunities to save more weight than usual!
Of course, any reduction in weight needs to be coupled with the correct level of protective equipment. If you expect bushes, shrubs or brambles along your route, then it may be advisable to wear trousers as opposed to summer shorts to provide a bit more protection for your legs.
Often, one of the biggest causes of trouble for summer hikers is their footwear. While reliable in the winter, certain boots can become quite stuffy on warm days, creating avoidable discomfort that could impede you enjoying your day in the sun. Ensure your footwear is capable of regulating its temperature effectively. Also, consider what socks you wear with your shoes, as this can also have a noticeable effect.
Depending on your trail, you may be able to use a different style of footwear for further-increased breathability and comfort. For prepared trails during dry summer periods, you may even opt for specifically-designed walking sandals such as the LOWA Urbano, an ideal all-round piece of summer footwear created with decades of our hiking experience.
Consider a Hat and Sunglasses
This point is often down to preference, but it’s worth considering whether your walking adventure will be more comfortable having access to either a hat or sunglasses during your trip.
Researching the route beforehand may highlight certain ascents that are likely to lead your eyes towards the early or late sun. In this scenario, sunglasses may prove hugely beneficial in blocking out those harmful rays. However, consider buying a pair of purpose-built glasses to ensure they won’t fall off or provide a reduced level of visibility on uneven paths.
Use the Same Backpack
As we look to try and reduce our travel load for summer hikes, some walkers can also be tempted to look at changing their backpack to something smaller. However, while weight can be saved this way, it’s important not to underestimate whatever trail you are walking.
If you are going on a long hike, you need to ensure you have all the necessary equipment for both your safety and enjoyment on the trail. Due to the heat, you will likely need to bring more water than previously, while extra food may also be required. These extras are alongside any other hiking necessities. Therefore, it is worth sticking with the same pack to ensure you have everything you need.
These are some of the critical things to take into account before planning your next sunshine-filled adventure. We hope this will inspire you to get out there and enjoy the excellent weather this year while it lasts! Here at LOWA, we’ve been creating high-quality, breathable summer hiking boots for many years; the perfect companions for a day with Mother Nature! Why not discover our range today?