I get asked a lot about the gear I use for hiking, so I thought it’d be best to create this page to list it all for anyone who might be interested. Below is the gear I have and use, as well as some discount codes for some of it.


LOWA Explorer GTX – Just got these! Will be worn for every wet or muddy hike/backpacking trip
LOWA Lady Light GTX – My everyday hiking boots until I got the Explorers (review)
LOWA Toro Evo GTX Lo – hiking shoes for dry days
LOWA Innox Evo Lo GTX – hiking shoes before my Toros (review)

Vaude Wizard 30+4 – year-round daypack (especially goodéspacious for winter adventures)
Vaude Citus 16 LW  – ultra lightweight daypack for summer hikes
Vaude Brenta 30 – year-round backpack (especially good for winter adventures)
Vaude Asymmetric 48+8 in red – multi-day trips
Vaude Uphill 9 LW – small lightweight backpack for the kids
Vaude Wusel – adorable tiny animal face backpack for the youngest kid

MEC brand Tremblant – 700 down puffy coat
Mountain Hardwear StretchDown RS Hooded Jacket – puffy coat
Arcteryx Zeta LT – rain jacket
Rab Muztag gaitors


LEKI Micro Trail Pro – for trail running and fast hikes
LEKI Cressida trekking poles 
Katadyn BeFree Microfilter with Hydrapak 1L
Hydrapak Velocity 1.5L (for short hikes)
Gregory 3D Hydro 3L water reservoir
Therm-a-rest Z Seat – especially helpful for snowshoe trips
Kula Cloth (for zero waste peeing)
Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited for offroad 4×4 trail access


Kahtoola MICROspikes (for packed snow travel)
Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro (for ice travel)
Atlas Helium Trail snowshoes
Backcountry Access Tracker 3 Transceiver
G3 Avi Shovel
G3 320 Speed Tech Probe
Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe 75cm
Kombi The Warm-Up heated mittens

SAFETY GEAR (for every adventure)
Garmin InReach Mini – satellite communication device/PLB/SOS
Garmin Fenix 6s Pro – solar-powered GPS tracking watch
Garmin Fenix 3 HR Sapphire – my old GPS tracking watch
Fenix HL60R 950 lumen headlamp
Frontiersman Bear Spray 
Adventure Medical ultralightweight waterproof first aid kit (I add a ton of stuff to it though!)
SOL Bivvy
Fox 40 whistle
UCO waterproof matches
Vesta firestarter mini bricks
Backroad Mapbooks maps
Gaia GPS app pro version

Vaude Hogan SUL 2P – tent
Vaude Alpstein 1200 -50C down fill sleeping bag (fall through spring)
MEC Phoenix -12C hybrid fill sleeping bag (summer)
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite sleeping pad  
MEC Deluxe Pillow – inflatable
JetBoil Flash 2.0 – camp stove
Sea to Summit Alpha Light Long Spork 
Sea to Summit XL bowl/plate
Ursack Major XL bearproof/animalproof food storage bag (lighter more compact alternative to traditional bear canisters)
Wide mouth Nalgene bottle for hot water bottle at night and leakproof garbage storage
MEC Hut Booties
Bens Invisinet bug head net
Ecuadane – blanket
Playing Cards by Anja Jane


WoolX Wool merino everything ie baselayers, tights, midlayers – contact me for discount code
ONeill Canada bikinisget 20% off with code 20%OFF
Stoko K1 tights with built-in knee brace – 10% off at checkout with code KRISTINE
Tree Tribe leggings, sports bras – 10% off with code HIKESNEARVANCOUVER
Costco Kirkland Signature Trail Socks
Daub + Design leggings & sports bras



Thurso Surf Waterwalker inflatable Standup Paddleboard – iSUP (review)
Electric Pump for paddleboards
Stohlquist Betsea pfd
SeaLine 20L dry bag

Trail Running
On Running Cloudventure Peak – trail running
On Running Cloud X – road running
Salomon Adv Skin 12 running vest

Rock Climbing
Mammut Wall Rider helmet
Tenaya Oasi shoes
Madrock Solar harness
Madrock Lifeguard Assisted Breaking Belay Device  (grigri)
Madrock Canada Bottle Nose draws


The stores I shop most often for gear include: buying items direct from companies, Valhalla Pure Outfitters, MEC, and Atmosphere (because I have a Canadian Tire MasterCard which gives me cashback that can be used at Atmosphere/SportCheck). I also shop at Best Buy for electronics, for vitamins, supplements, snacks, sunscreen, etc.



One of the benefits of being a social media “influencer” is that I get to partner with some awesome businesses that are happy to share discount codes with my friends and family. So here ya go! 

Leggings / tights with built-in knee brace. See my reviews for the K1 Tight here and K1 Breathe here
10% off at checkout with code KRISTINE

Merino wool base layers
Contact me for code – new one is issued monthly

Tree Tribe
Eco-alternative products with a tree planted for every sale!
10% off – enter code HIKESNEARVANCOUVER at checkout
– leggings (review), sports bras, coffee mugs, bottles, leaf leather, hats, etc. 

O’Neill Canada
20% off at checkout with code 20%OFF

Secret Woods 
Wooden jewellery with mountainscapes.
15% off – enter code THANKS_HIKES at checkout


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Like most people, I can’t afford all the gear I want. Here are the items currently on my wishlist:
Big Agnus Copper Spur 3P tent
DJI Mavic Pro drone
– mirrorless camera




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