What To Wear on a Summer Hike To Beat the Heat

What To Wear on a Summer Hike To Beat the Heat

Embrace the sunshine by strapping on your favorite boots and embarking on an adventure to discover hidden alpine lakes, conquer majestic mountain summits, or explore the breathtaking depths of dramatic slot canyons. Yet, be wary of the scorching heat that often accompanies those sunny days. Without skillful management of the sun's intensity, your idyllic day out could swiftly transform from a fun-filled escapade into a painful and potentially perilous ordeal. So gear up, stay cool, and ensure your outdoor exploits remain thrilling and memorable by knowing what to wear on a summer hike to beat the heat.

What To Wear on a Summer Hike

What To Wear on a Summer Hike

Gear up for outdoor adventures by ensuring you're protected and comfortable throughout your hike with a simple hike outfit. Beyond checking the daily forecast, keep an eye on the hourly updates to stay prepared for changing weather conditions.

Embrace the importance of layers, starting with a comfortable base layer against your skin. Choose breathable t-shirts and bottoms, and then add versatile vests, jackets, and outerwear as needed during your hike. Choose moisture-wicking fabrics like nylon, polyester, or merino wool to keep sweat at bay, steering clear of cotton for its moisture-retaining tendencies. For added sun protection, consider incorporating UPF clothing into your hiking ensemble.

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Hiking Shirts

Baleaf UPF50+ Crew Neck Sun Shirt

When it comes to hiking shirts, the choice is all about personal style and comfort. For summer adventures, choose the best fabrics for hiking clothes with moisture-wicking and quick-drying properties, ensuring you can move with ease and stay cool.

With the heat cranked up, proactive clothing choices become crucial, so gear up to cool down quickly. If you prefer more coverage, go for a lightweight, UPF long-sleeved shirt.

In colder seasons like fall, winter, and spring, any breathable fabric works, but if you're leaning toward long sleeves, consider ones with thumb holes for that extra touch of warmth to your hands.

Feel cool, comfortable, and protected from the sun's harmful UV rays with our UPF50+ Crew Neck Sun Shirt which you can easily layer with your other summer hike clothes.

Hiking Bottoms

Baleaf Laureate High Rise UPF50+ Hiking Pants

Whether you're a pants or shorts person, make sure your bottoms are crafted from synthetic materials like polyester or nylon for that quick-drying magic. And, if the rain clouds decide to join your adventure, throw on some waterproof rain pants. Not only do they shield you from rain, but they also come in handy around moisture-laden spots or by the water's edge.

Before hitting the trail, scope out the local wildlife scene. If bugs and poisonous plants are playing a starring role, you might want to lean towards pants for that extra bit of protection.

Gear up also for unpredictable temperature swings during your hike – consider rocking shorts under those toasty pants for a versatile approach. Layering is the game-changer here. Shed or add layers as you go, conveniently stashing them in your trusty backpack.

Find something that won't cramp your style or restrict your moves. Comfort is the key—after all, you want to feel as free as the trails you're conquering.

Protect your legs from the elements and heat, including bug bites and injuries with our Laureate High Rise UPF50+ Hiking Pants that come with sun protection and DWR properties. But more importantly, you can easily unzip the lower part of the pants should you want to wear shorts when the temperatures become unbearably hot.

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Hiking Jackets and Hoodies

Baleaf UPF 50+ Lightweight Hoodie

While it might surprise some why you need hiking jackets and hoodies as part of your summer hike clothing, relying solely on basic base layers might leave you feeling a bit frosty when the temperatures unexpectedly take a dip even when it's summer. To stay warm and cozy, go for a lightweight synthetic or down jacket that packs a warm punch without hogging space in your backpack.

When it comes to hiking jackets, it's all about that performance-driven magic – shielding you from the elements without burdening you with unnecessary weight. Whether you're navigating rain or wind, ensure your jacket is weatherproof. Explore bonus features like hoods, specialized materials, and extra pockets for that extra dash of functionality like in our UPF 50+ Lightweight Hoodie.

And here's a nugget of wisdom: toss in an extra layer for warmth, like a cozy sweater or hoodie, especially when rain is playing hard to get. Think lightweight insulation, maybe a fleece buddy, for those moments when the weather gods are undecided. If your hiking escapades reach new heights, a windproof jacket is your ticket, possibly teamed up with an extra layer for that added safety net.

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Hiking Footwear

Consider the various shoe options for hiking.

Trail runners, resembling casual sneakers with light tread, offer stability on easy terrains. Trail shoes are the sturdier counterparts with robust tread for easy to moderate hikes.

Light hiking boots feature classic boot shape and ankle support. They are most suitable for all terrains, whereas heavy hiking boots, which are crafted from heavy-duty materials with stiffer midsoles and robust tread, are ideal for challenging hikes and strenuous climbs.

Hiking Socks

During summer, lightweight socks suffice to keep things cool, minimizing perspiration. For added comfort, specialized hiking socks with extra cushioning in the heel and ball of your foot are an option.

Go for crew-length socks to prevent friction against your ankle during hikes, but if you're in regular running shoes, prioritize comfort with socks just above the cuff. Ensure they fit snugly to prevent foot sliding.

Even in the heat, consider heavier socks to stay protected from blisters during your hiking adventures.

Hiking Hat

Selecting headwear for hiking involves choosing between a regular cap, hiking hat, or beanie. Critical factors include sun protection (preferably UPF 50+), comfort, breathability, and durability for frequent hikers.

Hiking hats often feature moisture-wicking properties, providing coverage for the face, head, and sometimes the neck against harmful UV rays. A quality sun hat can reduce UV rays reaching your eyes, but sunglasses are still advisable for extra protection. In uncertain weather, consider a waterproof hiking hat with insulation for warmth in case of temperature drops.

Conquer Summer Heights and Trails in Style

Embrace sunny days in your boots for alpine adventures, but be cautious of heat turning your outing into a risk.

Plan wisely by choosing the right time and location, ensuring comfort with suitable gear with Baleaf's Women's Outdoor and Men's Outdoor collections.

Prioritize health against sunburn, dehydration, and heat-related issues. Stay cool, stay safe, and relish every moment of your outdoor escapade.

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