Tricks of the Trek: Nine Stylish Hiking Essentials

Head for the hills in style.

By | Boston Magazine |
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Boston Magazine

1.
Plenty of pockets and a water-repellent outer layer make this light, durable bag a must, wherever you roam.
“Stowaway” Ripstop-Polyester Day Pack, $40, L. L. Bean.

2.
These shades blend performance and style, with no-slip ear pads and UV-shielding polarized lenses.
“Forehand” sunglasses, $170, Oakley.

3.
Made with sugar and nourishing oils like black-currant seed, this lightly tinted lip balm with SPF 15 keeps puckers hydrated and safe from the elements.
“Sugar” Lip Balm, $22.50, Fresh.

4.
Organic, vegan, and tasty (try the goji and cacao), these locally made “chunks” help reenergize peckish promenaders.
$35.94 for six 7-ounce packages, Chunks of Energy.

5.
Scaling rocks and hopping streams is fun, but it’s also a good workout. Track your distance, pace, and calories with this handy GPS watch.
Garmin “Forerunner 10” watch, $130, City Sports.

6.
Waterproof maps help trekkers stay the course no matter how Mother Nature behaves.
White Mountains Map Book, $20, Bondcliff Books.

7.
Only five ingredients go into this chemical-free, 94 percent organic, broad-spectrum SPF 35 sunscreen, made in New Hampshire.
$16, Badger Balm.

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Breathable mesh and water-resistant nubuck make these hiking shoes lightweight, while the cushioned heel absorbs shock and adds stability.
Merrell “Siren Sport 2” Shoes, $100, City Sports.

9.
Roamers stay toasty when the trail runs cold in this 100 percent merino-wool zip-up hoodie.
“Shak Spire” Hoodie, $175, Ibex.