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Top Gear for Summertime Hiking in San Diego

Adventure 16 store in Solana Beach

San Diego is an outdoorsy town. No matter what time of year it is, everywhere you turn you’re bound to see locals outside enjoying the near-perfect sunny southern California weather. Adventures are abundant in our oasis landscape and whether you walk, run, bike, hike, rock climb, kayak, surf, or anything else in between, there’s a special shop that caters to the outdoor lover in everyone, Adventure 16!

A Little About Adventure 16…

Before we dive into the fun of this blog (just wait for it) we need to give a little insight into this awesome local company that has been built on a pure love of all things outdoors. The founders of Adventure 16 are extremely eco-conscious and made it a point to initiate several efforts that to help preserve and protect our precious environment. A vast majority of the products offered in their store are eco-friendly, recyclable, and have a “locally produced focus.” They go for organic whenever possible and aim to sell sustainable products in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint. A lot of thought goes into what they offer and you’ll find that much of their inventory is refillable, durable, and repairable – so you can count on items to withstand rigorous outdoor conditions! An added benefit to shopping at Adventure 16 (that we love) is that a portion of the proceeds are donated to green causes in the local area. Shopping with Adventure 16 is a true win!

Recommended Gear by the Adventure 16 Experts

And now to the fun part of this blog, the products!

Our focus today is on top gear for hiking in San Diego during the warm summer months. The employees at Adventure 16 are not only experts in the outdoor gear they sell, they’re passionate about it. So we decided to ask the staff what their top picks are for hiking gear this summer, and this is what they came back with:

Tilley Airflow Hat

Protect your noggin with the Tilley Airflow Hat. This topper offers excellent sun protection, repels rain, floats, and has a secure tie to make sure it doesn’t drift away in the wind. Rated UPF 50+, the maximum rating given! Guaranteed for life not to wear out.

Tilley airflow hat

Tilley Airflow Hat in light and dark khaki

Dermatone Sunscreen with Z-Cote

Following suit to sun protection the A16 staff recommends Dermatone Sunscreen with Z-Cote. Truly great sunscreen should do more than protect, it should feel good on your skin! This stuff is water resistant and moisturizing, yet has a nice non-greasy feel to keep your skin protected. It has an SPF 36 that protects your skin from harmful UVA and AVB rays with Z-Cote, which is a transparent zinc oxide…no white lifeguard noses here.

Dermatone sunscreen

Dermatone sunscreen

Osprey Viper/ Verve 13 Hydration Pack

If you’re out on an all day hike or even an extended run, a single water bottle will not suffice. The Osprey Viper/ Verve 13 Hydration hydration packs come equipped with pockets and multiple compartments, as well as a lower compression strap to pull the weight close to your body for added comfort. The Hydraulics Reservoir holds 3 liters of water for long runs and all day hikes. Packs are available for ladies and gents.

Osprey Viper hydration backpack

Osprey Viper Hydration Backpack

Staff Picks for Hiking Footwear

The footwear you choose for your excursion is an important factor for success, and the Adventure 16 staff is trained to help you find the best solution. Their shoe selection is carefully chosen to suit the needs of their core customer. While shoe needs do vary from person to person, there are a few stand-outs where hiking are concerned. One in particular that they recommend is:

Vasque Mantra 2.0 Shoes

 The Vasque Mantra 2.0 shoe has it all, giving you the mobility of a running shoe, with the sturdiness of a boot. Low cut with a molded midsole, you’ll gain the stability and grip you need for any hike.

Vasque Mantra Shoes 2.0

Vasque Mantra Shoes 2.0

Wigwam Cool-Lite Hiker Pro Quarter Socks

The perfect socks are the ones you don’t even realize you’re wearing. The Wigwam Cool-Lite Hiker Pro Quarter Socks offer a hugging fit with a breathable mesh instep, cushioned sole and a seamless toe closure to provide all day comfort. Dri-Release material is soft, fast drying, has everlasting wicking, and FreshGuard® order control. An American-made classic!

Wigwam Cool Lite Socks

Wigwam Cool Lite Socks, also available in light brown/gray

Superfeet Green Insoles

The Superfeet Green Insoles insoles absorb heavy duty shock and lend incredible support, making this the best selling insole at Adventure 16. The unique insole adopts the shape of your feet, and compensates for those hard surfaces you’re bound to cross on your excursion.

Superfeet Green Insoles

Superfeet Insoles, available in various colors/needs

BONUS: The A16 Staff’s Favorite Local Hiking Trails

We also asked the staff about their favorite hiking trails, and they provided us with some beautiful scenic suggestions:

Bernardo Mountain Scenic lake views near Escondido (7.3 miles round-trip)

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Oak woodland near Poway (5 miles round-trip)

La Jolla Shores to Torrey Pines easy, breezy, and beautiful coast hike (10 miles round-trip)

Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve waterfalls and shady oak trails (6.1 miles round-trip)

San Elijo Lagoon Riparian habitat near Solana Beach (8 miles of interconnecting trails)

San Onofre Bluffs Beach Trails Canyon bluffs and an ocean breeze (5.6 miles round-trip)

Adventure 16 is located at 143 S. Cedros Ave. Suite M Solana Beach, CA 92075. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10am – 6pm, and Sunday from 11am – 5pm. Stop by the store or visit their website at www.adventure16.com for more information on outdoor exploring.

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