The Gear You Need to Make the Most of a Fall Hike

Take a hike this fall with gear essentials like the right boots and jacket to enjoy the last warmth before the winter cold sets in.


Fall presents that fleeting chance to get outdoors and enjoy that much-anticipated transition before things get bitterly cold for the winter. Leaves are changing colors before they ultimately fall to the ground and taking some time to relish those sights is something well worth pursuing. Packing a backpack with gear like a weatherproof notebook, a camera, an energizing snack, binoculars and more will give you the chance to create some memories this fall. But you’ll also need the proper jacket and hiking boots to ensure you’re warm and comfortable on the trail.

The Puffer Jacket and Boots

Columbia’s Omni-Heat 3D technology is its most advanced thermal-reflective lining yet. The secret to this groundbreaking technology is its amplification of heat reflection and retention. The new tech is lined with tiny pods of “3D” fibers that help create an air gap between your body and the fabric to improve heat retention. And with a soft, next-to-skin feel and water-resistant 800-fill power down insulation, you’ll be plenty warm with the Alpha Trail Down Jacket. Details like an adjustable hem and zippered pockets offer added utility and protection for a next-level down jacket you can use in the fall as an outer-layer and in the winter months as a mid-layer.

The Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot features Columbia’s Omni-Heat reflective technology in the lining to make it a cozy and comfortable boot ideal for any hike or winter-filled city streets. The Fairbanks is fully waterproof and includes a cushioned midsole for superior comfort to enhance its ability to go from the streets to the outdoors. Add in advanced traction for uneven terrain and it’s a boot you can easily spend hours in.

JACKET: $199BOOTS: $130

The Other Essentials

Hiking Quarter Socks by Columbia $15
Mantra Titanium Knife by Spyderco $290
Field Notes Expedition by Field Notes $13 (3pk)
Spot Headlamp by Black Diamond $29
Pine Hollow Daypack by Columbia $95
Bugaboo Beanie by Columbia $25
Ascender Softshell Glove by Columbia $35
EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR by Canon $3,099
Chocolate Sea Salt RXBar by RXBar $3+
Rambler 18-Ouce Bottle by Yeti $30
Zip Binocular by Tasco $26

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