Washington Trails Gear Guide
From the packs on their backs—and everything inside—to the boots on their feet, the WTA gear team seeks out the very best outdoor gear, apparel and footwear for hikers of all ages and abilities.
With each purchase you make through WTA's gear guide, 7-10 percent of sales is returned directly to WTA's trail programs thanks to our retail affiliates, helping to keep the trails you love open and accessible for you and for hikers across the state.
For lightweight insulation, nothing quite beats the warmth-to-weight ratio of down. Yet down traditionally is not favored in the wet Northwest, as once it gets wet and soggy it's pretty useless.
No longer. Revolutions in new down technology and water-repellent treatments are making down a more reliable insulating option. Check out this selection of down jackets, trail-tested by WTA's web and magazine editors, ideal for hitting those inclement-weather trails around the Northwest at any time of year.
Just because the temps drop and it's cold and wet outside—and maybe a little snowy—doesn't mean it's time to while away the winter indoors. After all, that's what all that Polartec, Gore-Tex, Primaloft and DriDown are for. Here's a selection of trail-tested apparel and footwear to help you get out and enjoy all the winter wonderlands the Northwest has to offer.
It's winter, but a little snow on the trails doesn't mean you can't go hiking—or camping. Experience every season the Northwest has to offer—even the magical transformation of winter—by preparing yourself and gearing up properly to deal with the elements, and keep yourself warm and dry. Check out this selection of winter gear to help you get out and enjoy the outdoors year-round.
From shells and outerwear that'll stand up to Washington weather to cozy baselayers and insulating accessories, we've got gift ideas for everyone.
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Is it time to retire those beat-up shoes or boots and get a new pair? There's bound to be something on list this of trail runners, hikers and casual comforts for the trail hound on your list.
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Here's the nuts and bolts of hitting the backcountry. Trail-tested packs, tents, sleep systems, and backpacking necessities to help get someone you love (or yourself) the gift of more trail time.
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Give the gift camp comfort with outdoor tech, headlamps, and smart camp kitchen accessories.
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From keeping kids warm to just having fun, check out our gift ideas for the whole family—including your hiking pup!
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