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The Best Men’s Hiking Clothes of 2021

Pick the right layers for the trail and you won't just look better: You'll feel better and hike better too.

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Warm-Weather Hiking Apparel

Mountain Hardwear Shade Lite Hoody

Mountain Hardwear Shade Lite Hoody

This shirt was made for scorching days in the desert or above treeline, where there’s nowhere to take refuge from the sun. A 3-inch-high collar and silky polyester fabric with UPF 50+ kept us from getting sunburned on a bright and cloudless day on Mt. Elden in Arizona, and the material is so lightweight that it dried in 15 minutes on a 70°F day after we splashed across a deep creek.Buy Now / Read the Full Review

Orvis PRO Stretch Long-Sleeved Shirt (1)

Orvis PRO Stretch Long-Sleeved Shirt

Whether we were biking, hiking, fishing, or at work, this button-up was our attire of choice. We appreciated the wicking and cooling nylon/spandex fabric with UPF 30+ protection (a bit weaker than average, but adequate for dipping in and out of the sun) that also breathed well during an 80°F day of fly-fishing in Button Rock Preserve, Colorado.Buy Now / Read the Full Review

Rhone Mako Short

Rhone Mako Short

If your outdoor activities often include wading into streams or crossing rivers, you need shorts that will dry pronto. Made of a four-way-stretch polyester/spandex material covered in DWR, the Mako resisted splashes of water and dried within minutes on a 75°F day of kayaking and hiking in Mammoth Lakes, California. Buy Now / Read the Full Review

Fjallraven Abisko Midsummer Zip Off Trousers

Fjällräven Abisko Midsummer Zip Off Trousers

We love a solid pair of convertible pants, especially one that doesn’t make us look (too) dorky. The Abisko Midsummer Zip Off scores high on both style and function, with zippers that hit just above the knee and an abundance of storage options: Two front hand pockets and two thigh pockets—one buttoned, one zippered—are the size of a folded map.Buy Now / Read the Full Review

prana pants

prAna Alameda Pants

Legs need sun protection too, especially on exposed trails. This pair of pants, sewn from recycled nylon fabric with UPF 50+ and PFC-free DWR—and a touch of spandex for stretch—was the key to our comfort on hikes with varying conditions, such as a climb of Colorado’s 14,150-foot Mt. Sneffels. Buy Now / Read the Full Review

Shoulder-Season Hiking Apparel

The North Face Summit L2 VRT FUTUREFLEECE Crew

The North Face Summit L2 VRT FUTUREFLEECE Crew

There’s no need to tie this layer around your waist once cold mornings turn into warm afternoons. (But if it does end up in your pack, it’s so lightweight you’ll barely notice it.) When wind gusts dropped temps up on a mesa in Arizona’s Coconino National Forest, we stayed cozy thanks to heat retained by the lightweight polyester fabric’s hollow-core fibers. Buy Now / Read the Full Review

Mons Royale Yotei Powder Hood LS

Mons Royale Yotei Powder Hood LS

Details matter: We kept on grabbing this 100 percent wool hoody mostly for its snug-fitting hood with an integrated nose and mouth gaiter that kept our faces from freezing on nippy days. Buy Now / Read the Full Review

Patagonia Altvia Alpine Pants

Patagonia Altvia Alpine Pants

Long days in the mountains call for pants that are durable, but not too heavy or bulky. These softshell trousers were just right for an autumn weekend of class 4 scrambling on Kebler Pass in Colorado. Buy Now / Read the Full Review