Darrell Potts, AN owner of Lewis & Clark Outfitters, shares his picks to make any hiking trip as comfortable as possible

 
 
 Weighs in at about a pound, with three inches of cushion and an R-value of 4.4.

Weighs in at about a pound, with three inches of cushion and an R-value of 4.4.

Soften the ground

“My favorite feature of the Klymit Insulated Static V Lite sleeping pad is the size. I immediately noticed the value of a 23” wide pad over the 20” of my previous pad. That extra width keeps me on the pad through the night much more comfortably.”

$99.00 - $119.00. Kuhl.com


 The best part—the fabric stretches!

The best part—the fabric stretches!

Multipurpose

The Kuhl Renegade Jean:  “I hike in ’em, wear ’em to work, wear ’em out on the town, and I‘ve even been known to dance in ’em.”

$75. klymit.com


 Comfortable but supportive

Comfortable but supportive

Walk it off

“The Salomon Quest 4D Gore Tex boots heavy enough to carry your weight, but not so heavy you feel like you’re carrying them. Mine had the broken-in feel by the second day I wore them. I don’t know what makes a boot great, but I know what a great boot feels like when you have them on.”

$230. Salomon.com


 This tent has taken everything Mother Nature has thrown at it—in Arkansas, Colorado and Iceland. 

This tent has taken everything Mother Nature has thrown at it—in Arkansas, Colorado and Iceland. 

Shelter

“As my knees continue to avoid improving, I’ve had to look for ways to lighten the load. This tent, at just over two pounds, is crazy light. It never leaked, it never wavered in the winds, and the flooring has taken pretty significant abuse without failing me. After my Marmot Plasma sleeping bag and my OmniWool socks, the Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL2 is the best piece of gear I’ve ever owned.”

Model no longer available; comparable tents range from $250.00 - $450.00. Mountainhardwear.com


 Made in Niota, Tennessee at a factory that’s been making socks for over 100 years.

Made in Niota, Tennessee at a factory that’s been making socks for over 100 years.

Comfy Feet, Healthy Feet

“I love the socks! I love the brand! I love knowing they’re the best socks for the money on the planet!”

$15.99. omniwool.com


 Sturdy and lightweight

Sturdy and lightweight

Extra legs

“Trekking poles saved my left knee a dozen times, my right knee a hundred times, and complete tragedy at least once.The Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork poles are also priced very reasonably.”

$119.95. blackdiamondequipment.com

Available at Lewis & Clark Outfitters