Before we launch into clothing essentials, here’s a few things to look out for to keep cool and comfortable:
Synthetics: It might seem counter-intuitive to wear synthetics in the heat, but materials like nylon and polyester are light, loose and breathable. Nylon and polyester is also durable and dries fast — essential when you’re sweating uphill.
Merino wool: It might be wool, but this natural temperature regulator will keep you cool when it’s hot outside. It's worth learning a bit more about the benefits of merino wool.
Moisture-wicking: Clothing with moisture-wicking technology will help move moisture away from your skin so you can stay drier for longer.
Anti-pong technology: It might not be labelled as such exactly, but technology that fights odour is useful for obvious reasons. It's particularly useful in garments made of nylon and polyester, which are great for lightweight hiking gear, but have a hard time managing odour on their own. Keep an eye out for clothing labelled with Polygiene or driMOTION.
UFD shirts: Most clothing will help block the sun from your skin, but UV rays have been known to penetrate some fabrics. Make sure you’re fully protected with clothing that offers UPF 15, UPF 30 or UPF 50+ sun protection.
Ventilation panels: Concealed mesh ventilation panels will improve airflow on a hot day. Look for clothing that will allow you to unzip ventilation panels on either your shirts or shorts.