Hiking shoes are a happy medium between light weight and durability that maintains support. The tread patterns that come with hiking shoes are somewhat similar to trail runners, but are much more durable. One disadvantage that comes with hiking shoes is the lack of ankle support due to the low cut design.
For a solid pair of what I like to call “hiking leggings,” my absolute favorite pair is from REI. They’re soft and comfortable, yet durable, thanks to the tough polyester/spandex blend.
Navigation: This includes a physical map, a compass, an altimeter, some sort of GPS tracking device, a personal locator beacon or a satellite messenger device.
Put simply, your base layer is the layer of clothing that sits closest to your skin. They are designed to assist in moving any moisture away from your body, and evaporate from the fabric, also known as “wicking.”