Best hiking kit for spring and summer

Get ready to take on more hiking trails with our top walking kit picks. 

New summits. Varied terrain underfoot. Nature all around. Hiking forces you to really slow down and take in all that an environment has to offer. It is one of the simplest and purest ways you can navigate the great outdoors. When done right, it can also be one of the most enriching. 

An enjoyable day on the trail is not only about finding a great route to tackle (take a look at our #TeamMontane recommended hiking routes for inspiration in the UK), or knowing how to map read with confidence so you can navigate with ease. A good day on the trail also comes from walking in the right kit. For warmer spring and summer conditions this means lightweight, breathable layers and an all you need is less mentality. 

Whatever kind of landscape gets you excited to lace up your boots - whether it’s more challenging, technical adventures in the mountains, winding tracks through woodland brimming with life, or an energising coastal walk -  we want you to be well-protected and able to seek out more horizons by foot. Take a look at our top kit recommendations this season to help get you started…

Spirit Lite Waterproof Jacket | Men's & Women's

Every keen hiker needs a trusted waterproof jacket, especially those navigating environments prone to changeable elements, such as the mountains of the UK, or high-alpine environments! The Spirit Lite Jacket is made with ‘universally trusted to keep you dry’ GORE-TEX fabric and is both lightweight and highly packable, making it perfect for warmer missions where the ability to pack it away easily when no longer needed is essential. 

Men's and Women's Spirit Lite Waterproof Jacket

Fireball Lite Jacket | Men's & Women's

Even in summer, you can get chilly days in the hills! Our Fireball Lite Jacket provides a great lightweight insulated layer for these very occasions. This lightweight, breathable jacket delivers the essential core body insulation you need when things get a little cooler on the trail. It can form a great mid or outer layer as part of your layering system this season. Made with 100% recycled insulation also means this jacket is better for the planet, too. 

Protium Lite Hoodie | Men's & Women's

A versatile and warm fleece that works hard as part of your layering system this season. This super lightweight fleece could equally work as a base layer, or act as your fleece mid layer, depending on the conditions. Designed to provide warmth when you need it and manage moisture on the move, our Protium Lite Hoodie joins our best-loved Protium range for SS23 and promises to become your go-to layer in warmer conditions!

Men's and Women's Protium Lite Fleece

Dart Lite T-Shirt | Men's & Women's

A good technical base layer should manage the moisture you generate, moving it away from your body to keep you dry and comfortable on the move. Our Dart base layers do exactly this, and this new lightweight version has been especially designed to work hard in milder conditions. What makes this base layer even better is that it has been made with recycled polyester, meaning you have saved several plastic bottles from going to landfill. Not only that but it’s also treated with POLYGIENE odour control, meaning you can wear this more and wash it less. Perfect for multi-day hiking adventures!

Dart Lite T-Shirt

Trailblazer 16L & 18L

Carry all your essentials on the move with a reliable, lightweight Montane backpack. The body-hugging fit has been specially engineered to allow freedom of movement - great for long days on the hiking trail. This backpack comes with a multitude of pockets, providing tons of places to easily stash any extra layers, as well as access to hydration and food to keep you fueled. 

Trailblazer Pack 16 Litre

Men's Terra Lite Pants

Montane has become synonymous with Terra Pants since their launch back in 2001. Revered amongst hikers thanks to their comfy, regular fit combined with technical features - this season we’ve launched new lightweight versions, better suited for warmer conditions. These fast drying pants come with a PFC-Free DWR to keep you dry as you move. Several zipped pockets also mean you can safely stash any essentials with ease. Also available for women with a slightly trimmer fit and added stretch for unrestricted movement. 

Men's Terra Lite Shorts

When temperatures soar, a lightweight pair of shorts are an absolute essential to keep you cool. Our walking shorts have similar features to the Terra trousers featured above and also come with a PFC-Free DWR. Don’t suffer in the heat this season -  get yourself a trusted pair of shorts to hike in! Looking for a women's alternative? Take a look at the Women's Terra Lite Stretch Shorts.

More hiking inspiration this way…

Take a look at seasonal hiking campaign all you need is less to get inspired for more hiking in inspiring landscapes this season. You can also brush up on essential map reading skills in our blog written by the experts over at Ordnance Survey. Finally, don’t miss out on these recommended hiking routes in the UK from our very own #TeamMontane.