What to Wear On a Hike: Our Guide

A City Sports buyer shares her picks for a fashionable and practical jaunt.

Your bag is packed. Your snacks are selected. You’ve mapped a trail. Now, the most important question—what do you wear?

We asked Lauren Blanda, general manager for merchandising at City Sports, what to wear on a hike. Here are her picks, from head to toe:


Smartwool socks photo courtesy of City Sports

Light Crew Socks

Wool keeps feet warm and dry better than cotton, and a mesh ventilation zone keeps air moving. Moderate cushioning means comfort sans bulk.

$19.95, SmartWool, smartwool.com. All products can also be purchased at City Sports.

ETip gloves

ETip gloves photo courtesy of The North Face

ETip Glove

Hands stay warm in these lightweight stretch-fleece gloves, with touchscreen-compatible fabric on the fingertips, so you can keep using your GPS or smartphone as you climb. How else are you supposed to Instagram your adventure?

$45, The North Face, thenorthface.com.


Capilene top photo courtesy of Patagonia

Capilene Midweight Zip-Neck

Made from Polartec polyester, this base layer eliminates sweat and odor. Plus, the shoulder seams are placed to avoid chafing under a hiking pack.

$69, Patagonia, patagonia.com. 

Hedgehog Fastpack Hikers

Hedgehog Fastpack Hikers photo courtesy of the North Face

Hedgehog Fastpack Hikers

A cross between sneakers and hiking boots, these lightweight shoes are good for newbie adventurers. Thanks to a Gore-Tex shell and Vibram soles, they’re durable and waterproof.

$120, The North Face, thenorthface.com.


Nanopuff jacket photo courtesy of Patagonia

Nano Puff Jacket

Microfibers in this jacket help conserve warmth and energy, and water-resistant fabric guards against unpredictable fall weather. It’s also compressible, fitting easily in your pack if the day heats up.

$199, Patagonia, patagonia.com.