|Some of my fav gear, crochet wrist warmers & North Face Pack|
One of my pet peeves with hiking gear is that its not really very attractive at all. What lady wants to look like her husband/boyfriend on the trail with the exact same coat in a different size, horrible hiking pants that make your hips look really wide and your skiing gloves that are too hot to wear but you don't care if they get dirty? I know not me! Now, I am not saying to forgo the comfy Colorado lifestyle (say; hiking boots and tall socks, or socks with sandals) but lets try to update this a little bit for a cuter Colorado girl look. First I want to show you this You-Tube video; Colorado Girls; and after you watch, I am sure you'll understand what I mean .
|My Merrell Hiking Boots|
1. Buy hiking shoes a half size larger than your normal size because when you are hiking downhill, your toes push to the front of the shoe and can really hurt; so leave extra room for your toes, they will thank you for it!
2. Make sure the shoes grip really well on rocks and on wet rocks, read the reviews for the shoes you are buying to make sure of this!
3. Try to buy from a place that lets you return the shoes; REI is good about this, Moosejaw is pretty good; Zappos is great,(I have bought from here many times and returned many shoes). If you buy hiking boots, always ask about return policy, hiking boots are made to be stiff and sometimes its hard to find the right fit walking around in the store or online. Don't settle for shoes that are just an 'OK' fit, return them and find some you love to hike in!
|Warmers clipped to North Face pack|
|Wrist warmers; find more here.|
I love to wear wrist warmers because I am constantly fighting the hot/cold/hot/cold battle; its too hot when the sun comes out, but it goes behind a cloud and the wind picks up and I am cold...then hot again, etc. It's the one thing that drives me crazy on a high altitude hike! One item that I found that helps with keeping my temperature constant, looks cute and is actually useful are the wrist warmers I make. After shopping for warmers and finding only fleece warmers with a high price tag, boring colors and made in China, I decided to make some of my own.
They are great because they leave your fingers and hand free to move, grab your dog leash, eat an apple, etc, without having to take them off and put them back on. Plus they are super warm, look great, and you can clip them to your pack when you are done using them for the day without causing more bulk inside the pack.
Try a pair and let me know what you think!
I'd love to hear your comments about what you wear or like to have on a hike, please leave a comment.