For nature lovers, adventurers and the brave, going trekking is a really good idea! You can thus discover new landscapes, enjoy the silence of the mountain hollows, contemplate the nature that surrounds you and breathe the air of freedom.
Alone or in a group, the joys of trekking are numerous. But to fully enjoy this outdoor adventure, you need to be able to walk without your feet hurting; to carry a comfortable backpack adapted to your morphology; to have a light sleeping bag adapted to the outside temperature; a light and sturdy tent to make bivouacs in the best spots... In short, you need good equipment to live this adventure to the fullest!
To help you make your choice before the big start, we have selected the essential products that are perfect for multi-day trekking.
Choosing the right hiking boots
Whether you're going on a 2-day trek or longer, having good shoes that don't make you suffer is essential! You must therefore choose them well. You won't choose the same shoes if you go on a day trek (or a two-day trek) in low or medium mountains or if you go on longer treks in medium and high mountains. For the first one, light walking, trail, hiking shoes are enough. For the treks, you need more protection, support and sturdiness, you will then have to turn on shoes designed for trekking and/or high mountain (mountaineering type).
For trekkings of several days with portage, we advise you to opt for hiking boots with a high upper with a waterproof membrane, which protects you with stone shields and have a quality sole.
Here is a selection of our trekking shoes models :
Choosing the right trekking backpack
The choice of backpack is again very important. It is therefore necessary to choose it carefully, taking into account the following elements: its storage volume, its practicality, its accessories and functionalities, its weight and its carrying comfort.
For long treks with bivouacs, we recommend backpacks with a capacity of between 50 and 80 litres to carry the sleeping bag, tent and camping utensils. We advise you not to take a backpack over 80 litres for walking, the load would be too heavy. Backpacks larger than 80 litres are ideal to take a maximum of stuff if you are travelling abroad for example and being able to leave stuff on the spot where you sleep (either at the hotel, in a refuge, ...). To choose a practical hiking backpack, you will have to look at its different pockets and the access to its pockets. Then, the weight is there again determining, you will carry each gram of your equipment, so the weight of the backpack is to be studied. Be careful though, the carrying system can sometimes add weight to your backpack but relieve you in its carrying. It is therefore essential to take an interest in this carrying system which brings you comfort during your trip. This depends on several elements such as
- The frames of the backpacks which allows a transfer of the weight of the backpack on your hips while accompanying your gestures during the walk and thus a feeling of lightness.
- Breathability and moisture wicking with a back ventilated by honeycombed materials or stretched back (with a space between the back and the backpack to allow air to pass more easily).
- Adjustments: it is important to be able to adjust your backpack to your morphology to optimize carrying comfort.
Here is a selection of our large backpack models:
Choosing the right sleeping bag
Going on a trekking trip also means being able to rest and for that you need a comfortable sleeping bag, light to wear during the day, compressible so that it takes up as little space as possible, warm enough for the outside temperatures. In order to choose the right sleeping bag, you have to look at the 3 temperatures indicated by the marks:
- The comfort temperature: it indicates the temperature where the person is comfortable, that he doesn't feel cold in his sleeping bag.
- The comfort limit temperature: it indicates the temperature where the person must curl up on himself or herself so that he or she does not feel the cold.
- Extreme temperature: indicates the temperature where the person feels the cold in the sleeping bag and is at risk of hypothermia.
It is important to know that it is the comfort temperature on which you should base your purchase. It is with this temperature that you will spend the most comfortable and therefore pleasant nights to continue your journey. If you are a person who is cold, opt for a sleeping bag with a comfort temperature a little lower than the temperatures you are going to face.
When choosing your sleeping bag, when you go on treks, you should take into account the geographical area of your trek, the altitudes where you will sleep, the season and the weather conditions in order to establish the comfort temperature you need for your sleeping bag.
The filling of the sleeping bag can also be weighed in the scale for your choice. Synthetic fillings are often heavier and less compressible than down but are more resistant to moisture. It is up to you to adapt your choice according to what you need. If you are going to a damp area, do not choose down but rather synthetic and vice versa.
Finally, for the shape of the sleeping bag, you will be advised on treks to opt for the sarcophagus, which optimizes thermal protection, is lighter and less bulky than rectangular sleeping bags (also called blanket sleeping bags).
Here is our selection of sleeping bags :
Choosing the right trekking tent
Last step to leave with the essential equipment for trekking, a light and sturdy tent to protect you against possible bad weather and insects. In your choice, the weight is the most important element, your tent must be light so that you can carry it with all the rest of your equipment without too much effort.
Then you have to choose between a 1, 2 or 3-person tent. A piece of advice, if you are 2, choose a 3-person trekking tent, when you add the big backpacks, you will be less cramped than in a 2-person tent, although of course this can be done, it would just be a little cramped.
For the choice of the shape, it depends on your use. Dome tents (or "igloo tents") are easy to set up, offer you a more spacious living space but are difficult to resist the wind, which is to be avoided for bivouacs in the high mountains. Tunnel tents are much more resistant to the wind provided they are well oriented but can be more difficult to set up. And geodesic tents have the best resistance to wind from any direction, the best choice if you are going to climb to higher altitudes.
There's more to choose from this selection of trekking tents: