Urban hiking is one of the latest trends that is helping Irish people enjoy the benefits of exercise, stay in shape, and recreate the experience of long-distance nature hikes using the city environment. Instead of rocky paths and mountains, urban hikers seek out city parks, multi-use paths and stairways that connect public roads and unexplored areas of a city. Choose Regatta Great Outdoors‘ trusty gear to keep you comfortable and protected from the elements.
A rain jacket that packs small to store in your backpack is essential to have in case the weather takes a turn. Regatta has a Pack-It III walking jacket (RRP €35) for women, for men the Pack-It III walking jacket (RRP €35) and for kids, the Pack-It Jacket (RRP €19.95).
Other helpful essentials for women include Chaska II walking shorts (RRP €24.95), a showerproof must have for warm-weather hiking, trekking and exploring. For men, the Leesville II walking shorts (RRP €19.95), and for little adventurers, kids’ Sorcer mountain walking shorts (RRP €17.45)
Having the right shoes is key for enjoying the urban hiking experience – especially as you’re likely to run into some very different terrains, ranging from a simple concrete path, stone walkway or rolled asphalt. Regatta Great Outdoors has shoes that can handle different environments and conditions. Women’s Highton Stretch walking boots (RRP €59.95) provide out-of-the-box comfort, while men’s Edgepoint walking boots (RRP €39.95) are the classic, weatherproof boots for light lowland hiking or canal side exploring. And for kids, there’s the Holcombe IEP V (RRP €44.95), a sleek and comfortable everyday shoe that works for the trail or in town.
Don’t forget to invest in a good pair of socks that are breathable but also thick enough to prevent blisters. The 2 Season Coolmax Trek and Trail Socks are one of the best hiking socks and are available for the whole family – women (RRP €10), men (RRP €10) and kids (RRP €5.95).
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