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Ex Officio Mesh Boxers are the most popular type of hiking uderwear with SectionHiker readers

How Many Pairs of Underwear Do You Bring on a Backpacking Trip?

How many pairs of underwear do you take when backpacking? While some people (like myself) only bring one pair, no matter the length of the trip, most SectionHiker readers bring two pairs on multi-day trips, one to wear, and one to wash while hiking. The vast majority of SectionHiker readers prefer Ex-officio underwear for backpacking trips […]

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Wearing a Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Brace

Knee, Ankle, and Leg Braces for Hikers

Knock on wood, my knees and ankles have been injury free for the past couple of years. But there was a time when I had to wear knee braces or patella straps to keep my knees from swelling when I hiked. At the time, I relied on Cho-Pat knee braces which were very popular with hikers […]

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Darn Tough Hiker Socks with Insect Shield

Darn Tough Socks with Insect Shield: Make Your Own

Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy Darn Tough Hiker Boot Socks with Insect Shield to protect yourself against Lyme-disease carrying ticks? Unfortunately you can’t, but you can take matters into your own hands and send your socks out to be treated with Insect Shield. That’s what I did before hiking on the Appalachian Trail […]

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Rolls of Leukotape are awkward to pack, so it's best to cut it into strips and store them in your first aid kit

How to Pack Leukotape Blister Tape in a First Aid Kit

Leukotape is an very sticky first aid tape that long distance hikers often wear on their feet to prevent blisters. Once you put it on, it will stick for days, even if you get it wet, although it’s easy to pull off when you want to remove it. Leukotape is best used as a preventative over potential […]

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Homemade Ultralight First Aid Kit

Homemade Ultralight First Aid Kit

While it’s tempting to buy a commercial first aid kit for hiking and backpacking, they’re often overpriced ($30 for Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight and Watertight .7 Medical Kit) incomplete, heavy, and expensive to refill with the tiny packets of medicine that they try to sell you. I’ve found it to be much less expensive and […]

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Don't Shoot! I'm a hiker.

Time for Blaze Orange. It’s Deere Hunting Season

You can probably guess what I’m going to say. It’s DEERE season again and you should wear blaze orange if you plan to hike in areas where hunters (or heavy equipment operators guarding their backhoes) are likely to be present. Blaze Orange Clothing for Hikers It’s surprisingly difficult to find good (not cotton) blaze orange hiking […]

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