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. More information on our review policy.

RECOMMENDED TREKKING GEAR - WINTER 2018

 

2018 has been a poor winter so far (as of January 21 2018) and our gear selection reflects this. Instead of concentrating on extreme weather trekking gear, we've dialled down our list for items that are more inline with a gentle winter this year.

BOOTS - OUR PICK

 
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SALOMON QUEST WINTER GTX

PROS - Good traction in icy conditions. GoreTex upper with insulated inner keeps you warm and dry while  being breathable. 

CONS - The boot opening is a bit cramped

TIP - Buy one (1) size bigger than your usual foot size to accomodate bulky winter socks

BOOTS - HONORABLE MENTIONS

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WOMEN NEWTON RIDGE PLUS

Seam sealed construction, More leather than mesh upper keeps you snug and warm.

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BUGABOOT PLUS TITANIUM

Expensive at ₹ 12,999 but the warmest boot for winter available in India. Seam sealed, completely waterproof and packed with more insulation than you can shake an icicle at.


JACKETS - OUR PICK

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RAB MICROLIGHT DOWN JACKET

Weighing in at under 400 grammes, this versatile jacket is built to last with a ripstop upper and YKK zippers. The fill is 750FP European Goose Down which is lightweight, warm and hydrophobic. Expensive yes! Most used yes!

JACKETS - HONORABLE MENTIONS

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FORCLAZ 50 FLEECE

Simply still the best value for money fleece you can buy. Read more.

TIP - Buy 2 with one in a bigger size and layer them one over the other. Provides the same protection as fleece that cost 4 times as much or more.

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FAST TREK II FLEECE

Full zip fleece with seamless sleeves and a thicker full neck collar that I've appreciated in icy winds. Zippered pockets for secure stowing and looks great on and off the trail.


BASE LAYER - OUR PICK

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TECHWOOL 190

100% Merino wool upper and inner. Not the best Merino wool but hey this pair it costs less than a full sleeve T by Icebreaker. Excellent warm bang for buck. Lightweight at 400 grammes for the pair and being merino wool (natural fabric) feels great against the skin


ACCESSORIES

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LOWE ALPINE CLASSIC MOUNTAIN CAP

Velcro for a snug fit on the back. A visor that keeps snow and rain off glasses. Earmuffs that stay in place or can be rolled up. I've owned many caps but I'd be hard pushed to find one that fits the Himalaya better. Trust me I've looked

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DRYFLO TUBE

On winter treks I use this to cover my nostrils and neck. You can get by with a bandana but this is excellent fast-wicking, quick-drying fabric. 


If you're looking for generic suggestions on what to wear in the Himalaya check out our 9 clothing essentials for three season trekking in the Indian Himalayas. This is a list of 9 essential clothing items distilled from our research and experience in the Indian Himalayas. You may supplement this list with warm and / or rain clothing where it is appropriate.