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The Best Gear for Late-Summer Dayhiking

Even on a lowkey dayhike, good gear can be the difference between a forgettable outing and a fun one.

As much as we love long adventures, we treasure the short ones too. Getting out for an after-work or weekend dayhike is a chance to relax from the rush of the week and reconnect with what we love about nature. While you don’t need fancy gear to enjoy a day on the trail, these five products will help make your excursions safer and more fun.

Osprey Hikelite 26

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The ideal dayhiking pack is small but durable, organized but simple, and comfortable but able to carry moderate weight. The Hikelite nails that trifecta, and has emerged from a year of near-constant use in fine condition thanks to a 100-denier nylon packbag and 500-denier nylon bottom. Read the Full Review / Buy Now

Duckworth Vapor Snorkel Hood

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Getting blasted by the sun can end any hike early (or add pain later), so covering up is key. This hooded, long-sleeved shirt will prevent you from frying, and also grants superb temp control and durability. Read the Full Review / Buy Now

Kate’s Real Food Bars

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Food fatigue is less of a problem on dayhikes than overnights, but we still reach for the best-tasting nutrition available. With a satisfying organic brown rice and oat-based crunch, this bar adds a crackle to a usually blah category. Read the Full Review / Buy Now

AMK Mountain Hiker Medical Kit

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An expedition-worthy first aid kit is overkill, but you should still be ready to address minor injuries. This kit has a dialed-in combo of organization, useful contents, and a nice price. Read the Full Review / Buy Now

Vasque Breeze LT GTX

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You don’t always need heavy clompers for a single-day outing. The sub-2-pound Breeze LT is nimble enough for dayhiking but burly enough for light backpacking: Its EVA midsole ranges from 24 to 18 millimeters thick, and combined with the ultracushy midcut ankle cuff kept us comfortable in rough terrain. Read the Full Review / Buy Now