It may be cold outside – but that doesn’t mean you need to be stuck indoors. With the right kit and clothing, you’re all set to explore the wintery landscape, whether there’s rain, snow or sleet on the horizon. Take a peek at our guide to what you need for your winter hiking kit, including clothing and accessories – and get ready for your next adventure.
Winter Hiking Clothes List
Wondering what to wear hiking in winter? It’s all about having the right layers – after all, even in the deepest, darkest December, it’s easy to work up a sweat once you get going on a demanding uphill hike. To help you get started, we’ve listed the best winter hiking jackets, trousers and accessories – so you can keep on exploring, regardless of the weather.
Here’s a list of essentials for your winter walking kit list:
Winter Hiking Jackets
What’s on the top of your winter clothes list for hiking? It has to be a warm, reliable jacket. So how do you choose the best winter hiking jacket for you? If you are out and about in wet and windy conditions, equip yourself with a GORE-TEX jacket, a useful ally in any battle against the weather. For the coldest conditions, stay protected by combining your GORE-TEX jacket with a hiking fleece.
Looking for warmth and versatility? Why not try one of our 3-in-1 Jackets? These winter hiking jackets will keep you comfortable in harsh weather conditions – just make sure that you attach all the layers! Created using our AquaDry technology, these winter hiking jackets will keep you warm, however cold the conditions you may face.
Winter Walking Trousers
Tackling tough climates? You will want to make sure that you have the best winter walking trousers. Your winter walking trousers should not only be comfortable and support your every movement, but they should also shelter you from the harsh conditions.
Take trekking in any cold, rainy or snowy conditions in your stride with a pair of Kiwi II trousers, an ideal pair of winter walking trousers. This popular pair of walking trousers is the go-to for explorers across the world, from casual strollers to intrepid hikers.
For wet and wintery conditions, grab yourself a pair of practical waterproof trousers – essential for keeping dry. Craghoppers’ Kiwi Pro Waterproof Trousers let you do just that. This pair of waterproof walking trousers offers full wet weather protection, and also includes a layer of insulation, to keep you as warm as possible.
Undecided? We recommend that your winter walking trousers are made from a stretchy and waterproof material, so they can be worn over another pair of trousers. This gives you twice as much protection from the elements, letting you venture out and about, staying as warm and dry as you possibly can.
Winter Hiking Accessories
Equip yourself with as many winter hiking accessories as you can. A hat and gloves will keep your extremities warm in the cold winter air, while a scarf will protect your neck from catching a chill. Sometimes hikers only bring one pair of gloves and find that the conditions they are facing are tougher than they originally thought. So don’t forget to bring an extra pair with you, as then you can double up on the warm protection and enjoy your surroundings even more. Top tip: make sure your gloves are waterproof if you’re hiking in wet conditions!
When it comes to choosing the best hat for winter hiking, you can’t beat a classic bobble hat. This piece of headwear will keep you warm from the chilliest winds – and our hats will do just that. The microfleece lining will add an extra layer of insulation, keeping your head nice and toasty.
The ground may be uneven and conditions underfoot are likely to be tricky. Walking poles are one of the best winter hiking accessories you can use. These handy accessories will give you an extra level of stability, even on the most difficult surfaces. As a result, you’ll be able to explore the world to your hearts content, safe in the knowledge that these poles will keep you safe.
That’s what to wear hiking in winter
So, you’ve got all your winter hiking accessories and now you need a place to store them. Your best bet is a lightweight rucksack; just make sure you have one big enough to hold all of your winter hiking kit! Out and about and the weather starts to turn? Reach into your rucksack and take out any one of your useful winter hiking accessories.
And there you have it! Our winter hiking kit guide. Now you know what to wear hiking in winter, take a look at our arctic holiday destinations guide for all the travel inspiration you could need this season. Get ready for your adventures with our range of men’s outdoor clothing and women’s outdoor clothing.