Recommended Trekking Gear for India

Have you ever wanted to buy a hiking product and been stumped about which product is best? Or worse, bought a product only to learn later that you didn’t buy the right one for your needs?

This is inditramp's list of recommended trekking gear. We've used this trekking gear on our hiking trips across India and we've found it to be a cut above the competition. Our avid trekking team has put these products through a set of real world field tests to see how it holds up to its competition. Every piece of recommended gear comes with its rationale and a link to where you can buy it in India.

We update our recommended trekking gear digest five times a year. Once for each season (winter, spring, summer, monsoon and autumn).

 

Please note that we have an “honest review” policy. Unless stated otherwise, all products for review are bought anonymously by us. We only recommend products that we use ourselves or have received authoritative recommendations for. We do not accept payment for product reviews.
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RECOMMENDED TREKKING GEAR - MONSOON 2017

 
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Salomon Speedcross 4

Mud eaters par excellence. These were the best performing shoes in the sticky, muddy and wet Western Ghat trails. Aggressive lugs, lightweight (622 grammes for UK 8) quickdraw laces, snug fit and quick drying - whats not to love. For trekkers who may feel that these look a bit flimsy remember my shoes have done over 500 kilometres and are still going strong!

 

Women's Drainmaker III

Check out all that mesh! Water gets in and it gets out just as easily in this pair of shoes. Lightweight at under 600 grammes for a pair and  extremely quick drying due to the hydrophobic synthetic mesh construction. These may not be the boots for extreme treks but if you need something for wet and easy trails - this model fits the bill. Oh and did I mention that this model is on discount, so grab them while they last.

 
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Forclaz 500 Adult

Socks! yes humble socks. The only thing that stands between your feet and the blister the size of Alaska. I prefer merino wool socks yet it is hard to justify spending an excess of ₹ 3000 on a pair of smart wool (now available on Amazon) socks. This is where the Forclaz 500 comes in. It is hard to beat the Forclaz 500 for its value and build. 0% cotton which means they dry out quicker than most pairs that I own.

 
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Switchback II Women Jacket

A rain jacket does not have to be boring. Switchback 2 has a women specific cut that hugs you snug. It packs away in its own pocket and that means there is no excuse to leave it at home. The hood stows away when not needed, the cuffs are adjustable and the pockets come with zippers. Yes we've all lost gear because of non-zippered pocket, haven't we?

 
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Garbage Bags

Forget a rugsack rain cover, they are heavy and never completely waterproof. Instead pack all your gear in humble garbage bags to keep it organised and completely dry. Garbage bag is the most versatile piece of gear on any monsoon trek. It can be used under your sleeping mat, as a tent footprint, as a liner to keep your feet dry and if all else fails - as a poncho. If you feel that carrying plastic is a no-no on a trek, remember that the humble garbage bag can be used to clean the trail as well. We find this size to be perfect and at  ₹ 5/bag, extremely good value for money.

 

RECOMMENDED TREKKING GEAR - SPRING 2017

 
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Forclaz 50 Hiking Fleece

 

Still the best value-for-money fleece. The half zipper helps vent pent up perspiration and unlike a full supper does not snag against sternum or waist backpack straps. The high collar keeps our neck snug in the early morning chill. Weighs in at 260 grammes for a size M. 

 

 

Forclaz 50 Hiking Trousers

We're glad that zip-off leg trousers are making a comeback. Extremely versatile for a day trek or for non-technical treks. These trousers are soft and comfortable, easy to clean and extremely quick drying. However if you're looking for something more robust check out the Forclaz 900

 

Men's North Plains Mid WP

If you're looking to lug a heavy backpack this spring / summer you will need boots with some ankle support yet one's that breathe well. Columbia India's North Plain meets these criteria and combines it with a great build. If you're looking to compromise breathability for a tougher build, there's a leather version too.

 

Lowe Alpine Dryflo Tube

The Lowe Alpine Dryflo Tube is a versatile seamless neck stretch tube that can be worn in a variety of ways. Lightweight, breathable, wind resistant, quick drying and cheap! Get it while stocks last.


RECOMMENDED TREKKING GEAR - WINTER 2017


 
 

GLOVES  - ARPENAZ 900 

Decathlon's Arpenaz 900 impress us with their robust and hardwearing build and a full leather palm. They also impart adequate cold weather protection for most winter treks. Best for -2 to -5 C

 
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BOOTS MEN - HI-TEC TROOPER

200g Thinsulate insulation and closed toe box traps heat while the Vibram sole offers decent grip over snow.

 
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BOOTS WOMEN - HI-TEC ST MORITZ 200 WP II

200g Thinsulate insulation, faux fur collar and a carbon rubber sole make these boots a hot pick for these cold treks. 

 

FLEECE MEN - COLUMBIA EXTREME FLEECE TOP AND TIGHTS

Ultra warm compression fleece comes with a thermal reflective lining. The half zipper is perfect for venting perspiration. 

 
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DOWN JACKET WOMEN - RAB MICROLIGHT ALPINE HOODIE 

The RAB microlight is almost miraculous. Rugged yet light-weight, water and wind resistant and packs down really small. Its everything an outdoor down jacket should be.

 
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SUNGLASSES - SKIING 900 ADULT

With their wraparound design, interchangeable category 2 and 4 lenses and replaceable head strap these glasses impress us with their versatility and build. Make sure to swap out the category 2 lens for category 4 lenses when out hiking in the snow.

 
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LOWE ALPINE CHOLATSE 65:75

Multi day winter treks requires extra carrying capacity due to bulky gear. This Lowe Alpine pack walks the fine line between capacity and lightweight. Weighing just 1750 grammes it is a lot lighter than its similar capacity Quechua brethren which weigh in at 2600 grammes. Features a mesh back and hidden, external lash points. Plus it gets an extra 10% off on Amazon India!

 

 

 
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BALACLAVA - LOWE ALPINE ALEUTIAN

It might not look cool but a balaclava will keep you warm and well protected from frostbite and sunburn. Lowe Alpine makes a soft, warm and fast drying balaclava that feels good against the skin and is stretchable as well. 

 
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ICE AXE - PETZL GLACIER

You do not need a curved ice pick for trekking. Petzl Glacier is lightweight yet extremely high strength. The shaft is 7075 aluminium while the adze and pick are high strength steel. Comes with leash in 60, 68 and 75 cm length.