Picture the perfect hike, where not only you go as far as you want on your own two legs, but do so comfortably and staying cool during the whole way. How does one do this? Well, one method is with vast experience in hiking, with years of it you can develop the mental and physical fortitude to make the way without a problem.
The other one? Get yourself the best hiking gadgets to take with you and enhance your whole experience.
#1 Hillsound Trail Crampon
This product was recommended by ELizabeth from Hillsound
The Trail Crampon from Hillsound will help prevent you from slipping and falling on icy, muddy, snowy, and slick trail conditions while you’re hiking. The lightweight, easy on/easy off traction devices are a must-have piece of gear this season. With the included carry case, your other gear will be protected from the heat treated carbon steel spikes that keep you upright and moving on the trails. Now you can hike with confidence and not have to worry about finding secure footing.
#2 Wine on the Go Flasks and Cups
This product was recommended by Jerry Mcarthur from Trinken
These silicone cups are unbreakable and squish up to fit in a pocket and the flask makes a great lightweight alternative to glass or heavy bottles.
This product was recommended by Stacy Struminger & Rachel Teyssier from RAINRAPS
The RAINRAP is a lightweight, easy to pack, hands free alternative to a raincoat or umbrella.
The hooded RAINRAP weighs 8 ounces and comes with a travel pouch that fits in your backpack.
The RAINRAPS are waterproof and have a double-sided button closure for reversibility. One size fits most. Machine washable.
#4 SPOT X
This product was recommended by Amanda Evertz from SPOT
The SPOT X is the first SPOT product to offer two-way messaging, tapping into Globalstar’s extensive network of satellites. It’s already proven useful for traveling, backpacking, hunting, fishing and other remote pursuits. The messaging aspect allows user to not only keep in touch with loved ones back home, but communicate the nature of their emergency if a S.O.S. situation arises. This has led to more efficient search and rescues. In addition to two-way texting, it has tracking capabilities so travelers can share a link so loved ones back home can follow their adventures.
#5 VOORMI Light Hike Sock
This product was recommended by Haley Kieser from VOORMI
Although not necessarily a gadget, the technology of these socks should be considered one. These socks will keep your feet warm and dry, even when on a snowshoe hike. Think of a high-tech outdoor jacket, built into a sock.
#6 Sharpal 6-in-1 Knife Sharpener and Survival Tool
This product was recommended by David Gutierre from Sharpal, Inc.
Hiking enthusiasts will appreciate the popular 6-In-1 Knife Sharpener & Survival Tool which features a built-in firestarter and emergency whistle!
#7 GPS Enabled Mapping Tablet, Handheld or Phone
This product was recommended by Ron Humes from Post Modern Marketing
For those of us who like to wander off the beaten path, it is very important that we know how to find where we are, where we are going, and most definitely how to find our way back. Once we leave the safety of cell phone towers, we lose not only the ability to call for help, but also the ability for those devices to give us maps or guidance. In these instances, you will need a device that has a satellite signal receiver to find your coordinates.
This is what is called a GPS (Global Positioning System) Receiver. Now that you have your spatial coordinates to locate yourself on the globe, you will need a resident, digitized map downloaded to the device so your position can be depicted on the associated map. There are many Applications (Apps) that have free, downloadable maps that can use these GPS coordinates to show your exact position. In addition, many of these devices have the ability to record a starting point and your complete track so that you can retrace yourself back to that initial position.
#8 Zippy Golf Ball Massager
This product was recommended by Jim Zedaker from Zippy Rolling Ball Therapy
An active life on the hiking trail is often accompanied by strains, sprains, sore feet, and the incidental ache and pain. Zippy, the worlds best golf ball massage tool, is perfect for everyone with sports related injury or every day aches and pains. Zippy fits in a pocket or bag and can go anywhere with you, to be ready to improve circulation to bring relaxed muscles and reduced pain and discomfort. The golf ball is a perfect massage tool and Zippy put a handle on it for your good health.