Fall Backpacking: Layer it up

 

 

WOMEN’S LAYERS

Exofficio Bikini Brief: The active fit, ultralight mesh, and smooth waistband make these briefs the most comfortable performance underwear you’ll every put on.
Patagonia Barely Bra: Made of soft, featherweight fabric that wicks and breathes.
Tasc St. Charles Racer: Crafted from Bamboo fabric, the semi-fitted tank features a slubbed fabric that works well at the gym, as well as under a blazer for a more elevated look.
The North Face Class V Short: Quick-drying shorts with elastic drawcord waist provides the comfort you’ll need to go from paddle boarding to hiking, and everything in between.
Columbia Tamiami Heather Knit: This soft, stretchy long-sleeve basic features sweat-wicking knit fabric with built-in UPF 50 to protect you during long days in the sun.
Kuhl Trekr Pant: Innovative side seams along the lower leg cinch up to convert into a capri.
Arc’teryx Delta LT Jacket: Versatile, lightweight, microfleece jacket that works as a midlayer or as a standalone in cool weather.
Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket: Mild drizzle or epic downpour, the ultimate light, stretchy and packable rain protection
TNF Venture 2 Half ZipPants: An elastic waist, knee-high side zippers, and Velcro®-tabbed ankles allow you to dial in the fit with ease and stay dry in wet conditions.
Outdoor Research Swift Cap: Features a full mesh liner crown for superior ventilation in warm weather, while the shaped brim and nylon panels offer serious protection from the sun.
Smartwool phD Pro Approach Crew: Made with the help of Conrad Anker, these socks combine carefully designed comfort with rugged purpose.
Danner Adrika Hiker: For days that begin with running errands in town and end with a sunset hike, the Adrika is built to handle it all while remaining light and supportive underfoot.
Black Diamond Distance FLZ: Like an extra pair of legs, these poles are lightweight, durable sticks for everything from short hikes to heavy multi-day treks.
The North Face Terra 55: This women-specific favorite made for multi-day excursions has been completely re-tooled with a user-friendly design that’s slimmer and lighter for all-day comfort when managing 55-liter loads.

 

MEN’S LAYERS

Saxx Vibe Brief: Each pair of SAXX is designed for breathable, total support and complete freedom of movement.
Tasc Carrollton LS: The new standard in comfort, performance, and versatility with the added benefit of long sleeves and UPF 50.
Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Tech Tee: With a more relaxed fit, this Tee gives you room to move, while keeping you comfortable, temperature-regulated, and looking good no matter where your trail takes you.
The North Face Horizon Short: Lightweight, yet durable hiking shorts featuring a technical finish to create a cooling sensation on the skin in warm conditions.
prAna Stretch Zion Pant: From the road to the crag to beers afterwards; these pants help you slice through the unexpected.
Patagonia R2 TechFace Jacket: The perfect cold-weather crosslayer, this jacket provides warmth and breathability with the added benefits of abrasion and weather resistance for extended versatility in shifting mountain conditions.
Gore Active Hooded Jacket: This hooded jacket is lightweight, full water-proof protection for any outdoor pursuits when you know you’re going to get wet. 
Patagonia Torrentshell Pants: Packable rain protection that pulls on easily over boots, these pants take a responsible step forward with a 100% recycled nylon face fabric and waterproof/breathable performance.
Outdoor Research Sombriolet Sun Hat: Stay protected when you’re on the water or out on a summer hike with UPF 50+ fabric shield.
Smartwool Hike Light Sharp Things Crew: A printed design with a unique collection of pointy objects, super-comfortable Merino wool, and a flat-knit toe seam for enhanced in-shoe comfort.
Salomon XA Pro 3D: The ultimate adventure shoe that connects you with every type of terrain and couldn’t care less about the conditions.
Leki Corklite Poles: Ultralite and made with innovative Evocon COR-TEC grips, these poles will keep you on the trail longer.
Osprey Atmos AG 65 Pack: Great-fitting, ventilated and comfortable pack made for traditional backpacking trips up to a week or more in duration. 

 

10 Backpacking Essentials

If you’re looking for hiking or backpacking advice, our TCO staffers have wandered local trails for the day, hiked to summits with valley views, taken on the AT and PCT for months, packed up to spend a weekend in the woods, trekked into the backcountry, experienced stargazing, mastered hammock-camping, and perfected backcountry cooking.

Their tip: No matter whether you’re spending a day, week, or months in the woods, bring these 10 Essentials with you so you can be prepared for anything.

 

And just for you, we’ve curated a checklist for your next overnight backpacking adventure:
 
 

5 Backpacking essentials you didn’t know we carried:

You can keep it simple, or make it impressive. Whatever path you choose, we’ve got the gear to get you going.