Step It Up: 8 Pieces to Build a Better Hiking Outfit

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* Modern hiking gear has established itself as versatile and wearable
* Trail ready pieces that can be worn on and off the trail
* See below for 8 pieces that will transform all your outfits

Fall is a great time for hiking and camping. Whether you are a novice to the sport of hiking or an expert at the trails, hiking is all about preparation, stamina and comfort.

When it comes to comfort, layering stylishly, yet comfortably, is key, and athletic brands have taken notice. Athleta is one athletic brand in particular that creates pieces that are not only stylish but functional as well. Athleta (from the same family as GAP) was created by mostly female athletes who love the great outdoors and who empower each other to realize their limitless potential.

Get ready to fall in love with the outdoors again with our picks for choice hiking gear that not only look good but are made with innovative design solutions to help everyone reach their limitless potential. Bonus: you can wear these pieces off the trails too.

1. No Show Socks

Our first essential hiking piece are these Elite Ultra Light No Show Tab Socks by Feetures. These socks are anatomically-fitted with “sock-lock” technology to ensure a snug, supportive fit that most importantly stays put no matter how much you move. Also made with special “iWick” fibers that wick away sweat to keep feet dry and odor-free.

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2. Water Resistant Cap

For those times when the weather is unpredictable, it’s always good to be prepared. This water-resistant cap will keep you covered, warm and dry during any inclement weather you may encounter. With a cozy thermal lining and reflective details to make sure you’re easily spotted, there will be no reason to ever postpone your hike.

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3. Camouflage Tank Top

Athleta’s Speedlight Top is a technologically advanced, seamless, scoop-neck tank. With their “unstinkable” technology made to wick away sweat and its UPF of 50+, you can feel free to train as long as you would like. The tank is made from a seamless, ultra-soft, chafe-free fabric that stretches and stays put with your every move. A great layering piece for most outdoor activities, this tank has the always stylish camouflage print so you can mix and match with all your gear.

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4. Trail Running Shoes

The Terrex Voyager DLX shoe by Adidas is THE preeminent trail running shoe around. This shoe was designed specifically for rough conditions with abrasion-resistant material and a rubber outsole for added traction. Always at the top of their game, Adidas knows how to make a shoe that is as functional as it is fashionable.

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5. Colorblock Running Half Zip Top

The Colorblock Running Wild Half Zip Top is the perfect, clean pullover for early morning outdoor enthusiasts. The top is made with a wicking and breathable fabric finished with reflective details to keep you out as long as you need and its longer-in-the-back stying and colorblocking options make this top flattering and easy to wear.

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6. Wander Pant

The ultimate trail pant, Athleta’s Wander Pant was made to hike the treacherous trails and explore the town with its unique styling. Made with durable “Trek Tech” fabric that is cozy on the inside, the pant comes with a bootcut leg featuring adjustable bungee cords for length customization on-the-go. Equipped with an easy zip/snap front and five pockets, these pants are also water and abrasion resistant. Great for errands too.

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7. Semi-Fitted Jacket

The Power Peak Jacket will be your go-to hiking and all around Fall/Winter excursion jacket for all your favorite outdoor activities. Sleek lines will allow you to go from trail to the street and the double-sided fleece jacket with stretch will provide great mobility and insulation for even the coldest days.

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8. Down Vest

Our last pick is the Responsible Down Vest. Named for its responsibly-sourced down materials, this insulation piece also features recycled fabric and is water and wind-resistant. Included are two front zip pockets lined with flannel and enhanced with princess seams to flatter your figure, this vest is thin enough to layer yet can easily be worn alone.

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