FIT­NESS & OUT­DOORS

Es­cape the bus­tle by em­bark­ing on a day hike, decked out in the lat­est hik­ing gear picked by out­doors jour­nal­ist Damian Hall

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Get ac­tive in­doors and out with the best new hik­ing kit and sweat-wick­ing gear

Good hik­ing kit starts with proper boots. So no, your fly­knits won’t cut it. In­stead, stride into the hills wear­ing Salomon’s Quest 4D 3 GTX boots ($429.95, salomon.com/ au), de­signed with fa­tigue-re­duc­ing tech to keep you light-footed through­out your hike. The boot is cush­ioned in all the right places, and there’s a rub­ber toe cap pro­tect­ing your pinkies from any loose rocks.

Head­ing to the hills means you’re at the mercy of the weather, so it’s sen­si­ble to pack a spare water­proof layer. At a mere 108g the inov-8 Ul­trashell Water­proof Jacket ($189, inov-8.com) is prac­ti­cally un­no­tice­able in your pack, yet pro­vides ex­cel­lent pro­tec­tion when the heav­ens do in­evitably open.

Hy­dra­tion is im­por­tant not just on hot days. Sadly, water bot­tles add sig­nif­i­cant weight to back­packs. The slim­line LifeS­traw Go ($39.95, lifes­traw.com) is dif­fer­ent. It can be topped up only when needed, direct from a river or stream; the bot­tle uses two stages of fil­tra­tion to re­move wa­ter­borne bac­te­ria, chlo­rine and or­ganic chem­i­cal mat­ter, so you can sip safely from the source.

Though you should al­ways carry a map, Garmin’s Fenix 5 Plus ($1,299, garmin.com/ en-AU) helps you dodge topo­graph­i­cal be­fud­dle­ment. The out­door-lov­ing watch boasts routable maps, plus Garmin Pay for a post-hike tea or frothy lemon­ade with­out you hav­ing to bring your wal­let on the hike.

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