Gearing Up For Spring Hikes with Max and Slate

Here at Max and Slate, we’ve always felt at home in the mountains. There’s just something about the cool, crisp breeze when you’re high above the clouds that we can’t get enough of! The views are sublime, the air is fresh, and you can practically feel all your worries melting away. We’ve spent all spring gearing up and hitting the trails, and we love sharing our knowledge of hiking with all our customers. If you ready to set off on the adventure of a lifetime this spring, we’ll teach you how to gear up for your next big hike.



Don’t Leave Home Without a Reliable Backpack

If you’ve decided to get into hiking, the first thing you need is a decent backpack to carry all your gear. With the right backpack, it will be easy to bring along water bottles, extra layers, snacks, and any other items you might need on your hike.



When you go backpack shopping, be sure to look for something that’s made of a durable, heavy fabric. This will prevent the cloth from forming rips and tears, and will also allow you to carry more. The last thing you need is for all your gear to spill out on the side of a mountain! You should also aim to find a backpack that’s large enough to fit everything you need—but don’t get something too big to carry comfortably. Be sure that it suits your body type, and can carry plenty of water bottles without being too cumbersome.


Staying Hydrated is Key 

Speaking of water bottles, you’re going to need a lot of them when you go hiking! Experts suggest that adults should drink two cups of water every hour while hiking, which is about one standard plastic water bottle. Alternatively, you can use a refillable thermos instead of plastic bottles, which should help you save money over time. There are plenty of thermoses on the market that will keep your water cool for hours, which can be a lifesaver on a hot day.



No matter how you prefer to bring your water, be sure you have enough to last the entire hike. Dehydration is very serious, and can even be life-threatening for hikers as the days get warmer.  

Find a Comfortable, Reliable Pair of Hiking Shoes

All veteran hikers know the struggle of getting halfway up the mountain, but realizing that you wore the wrong shoes. Ill-fitting hiking shoes can lead to blisters, foot pain, and major discomfort for the entire hike. They can even lead to injuries such as scrapes or tripping, so be sure your shoes fit properly before you set off on the hike. You want them to be snug without being tight. You should be able to wiggle your toes comfortably, but they shouldn’t be able to slip around on your heels or cause friction.



By investing in a good pair of hiking shoes, you’ll avoid injury and pain on your hike—and the experience will be a lot more enjoyable!


Reach the Summit with Max and Slate

Now that you’ve geared up for your next hike, don’t forget the finishing touch: Your Max and Slate boxer briefs. Our comfortable, high-quality fabric will keep you cool and dry all the way up the mountain. No matter how many miles you walk, you’ll never experience chafing or discomfort. You’ll be able to focus on the stunning views in front of you instead of worrying about ill-fitting boxers. But remember, once you get a taste of the freedom of the trails, you’ll want to be hiking all the time!