Walking + Backpack


With a summer of warm weather walking finally upon us, we’ve rounded up five great technologies to keep you cool, comfortable and protected in the heat.

Hill Peak + View + Backpack

1. The North Face Hyvent 2.5L Breathability 

HyVent 2.5L technology repels wet weather while allowing heat and moisture to escape. This lets you work hard without getting hot and uncomfortable when temperatures are high and conditions are poor.


The North Face Women’s Diad Jacket marries HyVent 2.5L technology with underarm ventilation zips and a fully adjustable hood for maximum heat control.

Pink + Jacket
Fleece + Blue

2. Berghaus Polygiene Odour Resistance

Odour control becomes more of a problem in hotter weather, especially if you’re running on the trails or lugging a heavy backpack around. Berghaus combines ARGENTIUM fabric (which manages moisture with a specific knit structure) with Polygiene technology (which incorporates odour-fighting silver ions into the fabric), to help keep your technical clothing fresher for longer.


Berghaus’s Men’s Vapour Long Sleeve Zip Neck Tee is ultralight (153g) and equipped with ARGENTIUM and Polygiene odour control, making is perfect for summertime off-road runs.

3. Columbia Omni-Shade Sun Protection

Hours spent in the rugged outdoors are great for the body and soul, however it’s important to protect yourself during long, sunny days. Omni-Shade technology blocks UVA and UVB rays with a tight weave construction and UV absorbers and reflectors. Just for good measure, Omni-Shade has the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation!

Columbia’s Women’s Silver Ridge Long Sleeve Shirt has Omni-Shade protection, vents, mesh pockets and Omni-Wick technology (which moves moisture and helps it to evaporate quickly) to keep you cool and comfortable in the sun. We recommend applying sun cream too!

Sun Protection + Diagram
Shirt + Clothing
Backpack + Walking Poles + Mountains

4. Osprey Antigravity Back System

For summer trekking and gap year travelling, Osprey’s Atmos and Aura AG packs utilise an AntiGravity back system, which includes a 3D suspended mesh back panel and the world’s first ventilated hip belt. This creates a generous gap between your body and your load for cool air to flow. Check out our full review here!

Footwear + Shoes

5. Arc'Teryx Adaptive Fit Footwear

Sweaty feet are not just hot and uncomfortable – they can increase the risk of getting blisters as well. Arc’teryx Adaptive Fit footwear uses an inner liner and outer shell which are crafted separately – the tiny gap between the inner and outer gives your feet space to breathe by letting heat and moisture escape and cool air enter. Without the need for a tongue, the shoe further increases its breathability and its water resistance. Read our full review or find out more about Adaptive Fit technology here.


Tip: Increase footwear breathability further with a pair of technical walking socks. Find out more about the benefits of technical socks here.

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