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Outdoor & Activity

The 10 Best walking gear

Whether you’re hitting the hills or just wandering to a country pub, we’ve got all you need to get kitted out for summer

{1} Leki Wanderfreund walking pole

Trekking poles increase your speed, provide extra stability, reduce fatigue and provide your upper body with a workout, too. This one looks traditional, but is lightweight, compact and  easily adjustable, with an innovative and ergonomic handle design.

£40, cotswoldoutdoor.com

{2} The North Face Pursuit Jacket

This lightweight, stretchable and breathable jacket is ideal for adventures this spring and summer. It has a fully adjustable hood with peak, hem-cinch cord and moulded-cuff tabs to keep you completely dry if it rains, as well as  pit-zip vents to provide airflow.

£140, uk.thenorthface.com

{3} SIGG drinks bottle

An aluminium one-litre water bottle is just the ticket for hiking, not least because it’s sturdy enough to withstand endless knocks and drops without showing a mark. Its sleek design lets you pull it out of your rucksack with ease and the lid is strong with a tight lock.

£17, cotswoldoutdoor.com

{4} FujiFilm FinePix XP60 camera

This camera is freezeproof up to -10C, waterproof up to six metres and  shockproof from drops of up to 1.5 metres. It has a comfortable grip and can produce incredibly sharp images even with low lighting.

£159.99, argos.co.uk

{5} Keen Clearwater sandals

These innovative hybrid sandals  have been cleverly designed to feel  like a natural extension of the foot. They’re lightweight, supportive and unbelievably comfortable. The  multidirectional flex grooves ensure superb grip, while the bungee-lace  system guarantees a secure fit.

£74.99, keenfootwear.com

{6} Berghaus BioFlex  Light 35 rucksack

Need something sturdy but lightweight to carry your stuff around in? This moves with you for the best in carry comfort and load distribution, as well as allowing you to adapt the pack to your own height. There are men’s and women’s versions and there’s a whole host of pockets and attachment points.

£100, store.berghaus.com

{7} Garmin eTrex 10 GPS

This super-responsive handheld GPS unit enables walkers to explore with confidence. Rugged construction and a long battery life make it dependable, while the large and clear monochrome display is easy to read in any light.

£99.99, buy.garmin.com

{8} Incredisocks

These socks increase circulation, which helps to reduce inflammation. With a thread count of 200, they’re incredibly comfortable, and their thermo-regulating features mean feet never get too hot or cold. Available for men and women, their weave design keeps feet dry, too.

From £12.95, incrediweardirect.co.uk

{9} Scarpa Baltoro GTX boots

These walking boots, which are available for men and women, are Scarpa’s most comfortable, breathable, lightweight pair yet. No breaking-in period is required and there’s optimum support and grip, even on the most uneven terrain.

£139.99, scarpa.co.uk

{10} Helly Hansen hybrid pants

Walking trousers don’t get better than this highly breathable soft-shell pair. Made from quick-dry durable nylon and available in men’s and women’s versions, they have stretch zones, zipped pockets and an adjustable  waist and bottom leg.

£100, shop.hellyhansen.com