Hiking & Trekking
HIKING HAS MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS When we talk about hiking, we are actually talking about several different types of sports. Although historically, hiking is an outdoor activity in a natural environment searching to get away from it all, but over time, this sport has become more and more specialized and we can now reference several sports. - Mountain hiking: characterized by a significant elevation on technical terrain, with changeable weather conditions. It is the ideal sport for athletes who want to excel themselves and enjoy breath-taking views and landscapes. - Nature hiking: outdoors, in forests, in the countryside, by the seaside, nature hiking corresponds to each sportsman/woman who wishes to relax, discover, do physical exercise on accessible terrain with low elevation. -
Snow hiking: characterized by a snowy environment with or without elevation. It corresponds to each sportsman/woman who wants to take a breath of fresh air, take advantage of the day’s light, the noise and the smell of snow. It allows you to experience winter and nature. - Trekking: hiking over several days in partial or total autonomy. Set up your bivouac at dusk, take the time to look at the stars, discover new landscapes every day, that's the spirit of trek. HIGH-PERFORMANCE CLOTHING FOR HIKING AND TREKKING Hikers and trekkers alternate between moments of maintained physical effort and calmer moments. Staying warm and dry in hiking gear throughout the hike is essential. The construction of a hiking or trekking outfit must be carried out efficiently, each element having its own importance so that the body is fully protected. It is also very important to take care when choosing hiking shoes/boots so that you make the most of your outdoor experience.
TWO PRIORITY OBJECTIVES - WARMTH AND COMFORT Clothes worn directly on the skin, like t-shirts or warm underwear, need to wick away perspiration. Second layers provide warmth. Hiking fleeces are ideal for this. Lighter than a jumper, but more or less warm, depending on the weight of the fabric and they also dry quickly. If you are excessively warm this layer can be quickly removed. To withstand the cold, rain and snow, a truly waterproof third-layer, high-performance garment is essential in the mountains. Hiking or trekking clothing targets comfort, freedom of movement and needs to adapt to changing climatic conditions. The thickness of the clothing and its weight also play an important role. Hiking and trekking pants and shorts also have several qualities that make them perfect for this sport. Lightweight and robust, highly breathable and windproof or waterproof, the jackets offer protection against the elements and improve freedom of movement. When it comes to socks, humidity must be avoided at all costs. Synthetic fibers or wool are recommended depending on the type of hike. Suitable footwear is essential to prevent falling and to feel comfortable when hiking. Once blisters appear, the hike can become a real ordeal. IF YOU TALK ABOUT HIKING, THEN YOU MUST ALSO TALK ABOUT CAMPING AND BIVOUAC Once you’ve finished your hike, it’s necessary to find comfort at the campsite, thanks to Decathlon’s camping offer. Creating a specific sleeping/resting space inside a tent, preparing a good meal with a cooking set and a stove or even sitting down on hiking camp furniture. For trekking, bivouac is at the heart of this sport. Pitching the bivouac at nightfall, taking time to look at the stars, discovering different landscapes every day, that’s the Trek spirit.