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Spring Hiking: Grab This Backcountry Gear to Cover You From Head to Toe

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Stock up for hiking season with Backcountry. The brand has curated a mix of apparel and gear from top brands to cover you from head to toe.

As trees bud and trails dry out, Backcountry has a wide selection of new gear. Take a look at the products we’ve highlighted below, from new designs to well-reviewed items carried over from past seasons.

Here, we run through options from shoes to tops, and we even picked some gear for your furry friend. Check out our picks and then explore the wider selection picked by Backcountry.

New customers can take 15% off their first order (applies to full-price items — exclusions may apply).

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BC employees Pace Measom, Diana Jensen backpacking in Robbers Roost

Hiking Packs, Apparel, Footwear, Tech

Mountainsmith Day 13L Lumbar: $90

Mountainsmith Day 13L Lumbar Pack 2

Avoid trapping sweat against your back by carrying your day hike essentials around your waist. This 13L lumbar pack is more substantial than a fanny pack and includes a padded back panel, a bottle pocket, compression straps, and a tuck-away waist belt. It also has two quick-grab handles for carrying on its own.

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Backcountry Lightweight Ripstop Pant — Men’s: $78

Backcountry Lightweight Ripstop Pant Mens

Backcountry made these stretchy nylon pants to wear on hikes, around town, and during downtime. The pants are made with materials and shaped to offer some give, a bit of durability, and still be more lightweight than more rugged outdoor pants. Additionally, the ripstop fabric uses recycled materials to reduce its environmental footprint.

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Suunto 9 Peak Sport Watch: From $569

Suunto 9 Peak Sport Watch

The Suunto 9 Peak is the brand’s smallest and thinnest fitness watch that tracks GPS and heart rate in more than 80 sport modes. This updated design is more than 30% lighter and sleeker than its predecessor, and it’s water-resistant up to 100 m.

The battery can last for 25 hours in Performance Mode and up to 2 weeks in its most power-saving mode. Suunto also says this watch will quick-charge in an hour.

The navigation feature allows you to program a course ahead of your adventure and then use it for wayfinding on the go. Read our full review of the Suunto 9 Peak for more details.

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Danner Trail 2650 Mesh Hiking Shoe — Women’s: $170

Danner Trail 2650 Mesh Hiking Shoe W

This is Danner’s modern take on trail shoes, and it has become enough of a favorite that the brand offers several variants on this Trail 2650. This lace-up hiking sneaker is designed for a variety of terrain that one might encounter backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail, which is 2,650 miles long and the inspiration for the name.

Sneaker elements include the breathable mesh upper, an EXO Heel, and a removable Ortholite footbed. To address stability and protection underfoot, Danner gave these a Trailguard shank with its Ultralight PlyoGo midsole. Lastly, the Vibram rubber sole is said to provide traction on rocky trails.

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Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Skort — Women’s: $58

Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Skort - Women

A 2-in-1 design puts compressive shorts under a stretchy skirt. The shorts wick moisture and provide coverage while on the move and include a smartphone pocket on the thigh. Additionally, the wicking fabrics are made from recycled water bottles.

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Outdoor Research Ferrosi 7-inch Short — Men’s: $75

Outdoor Research Ferrosi 7in Short - Men

The Ferrosi 7-inch short is made from synthetic fabric to dry fast and move sweat from the body. That material is also stretchy, which adds to the loose-fit design to keep the shorts from getting in the way. The face fabric should also provide some resistance to wind and water if the weather picks up.

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Darn Tough Treeline Micro Crew Cushion Sock — Women’s: $24

Darn Tough Treeline

Darn Tough came in atop our Best Hiking Socks list, and these are a micro crew variation on a similar design. These come with a midweight merino wool blend for cushioning that naturally fights odors and moves moisture. You can hike in these or wear them around town in any season.

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Backcountry Cropped Mesh Muscle Tank — Women’s: $48

Backcountry Cropped Mesh Muscle Tank

Sun’s out, guns out. This muscle tee is a simple top with a loose-fit hem above the waist. It’s made from a wicking fabric and has mesh panels and dropped armholes for added breathability.

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Canine Hiking Gear for Your Doggo

Ruffwear Switchbak Harness: $70

Ruffwear Switchbak Harness

The Switchbak Harness is padded and comes with zippered pockets to stack pickup bags and a leash lead so your dog’s gear is always handy. There are leash attachment points at the back and chest, and the belly strap is padded for cushioning when you use the top handle. Reflective hits also add visibility in headlights when you’re walking Fido at night.

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Stoic Pet Backseat Hammock: $24 (30% Off)

Stoic Pet Backseat Hammock

Bring the dogs along outdoors without compromising your back seat. This “hammock” can be secured around the seats and headrests of most vehicles. It includes slits for access to the seatbelts too. After your messy adventure, the hammock is machine washable.

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Stock Up

Early-season adventures are underway, so you may already know of a few things you’d like to make your outdoor time more comfortable and fun.

These were some of the well-rated picks from Backcountry, but the brand has plenty of other shirts, shoes, pants, dog gear, and more to choose from. Check out Backcountry’s head-to-toe guide for hiking and summer camping to find more staples.

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Backcountry Employees Jason Whitehouse, Josh Sjogren, Sarah Cummings

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