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HIKING ON SNOW: AN OUTFIT FOR EVERYONE

Functional features, utility, warmth, durability… these are just some of the criteria to be considered when buying snow hiking gear. Depending on your level of ability, we can help you make the right choices!

Choosing your snow hiking outfit using the Quechua advice by Decathlon

Functional features, utility, warmth, durability… these are just some of the criteria to be considered when buying snow hiking gear. Depending on your level of ability, we can help you make the right choices!

The benefit of hiking on snow is that it is for everyone, regardless of your experience or physical condition. Walking in a relaxed way with family or friends, seeking to climb peaks to admire the view or surpassing yourself to reach ever higher limits… Regardless of your level of ability, we have the equipment you need!

choosing the right outfit for hiking on snow using the Quechua advice

A FEW BASIC RULES

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced hiker, you must respect a few rules before going on a hike.

Once you have prepared the route and the safety precautions, it is time to choose the right equipment.

ALL THE PRODUCTS DESIGNED FOR HIKING ON SNOW HAVE COMMON FEATURES:

Choosing your snow hiking outfit using the Quechua advice by Decathlon

The benefits of this equipment are developed to varying degrees according to level of ability. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced hiker, there is something for everyone.

Choosing your snow hiking outfit using the Quechua advice by Decathlon
Beginner, intermediate or advanced: there is a snow hiking outfit for everyone.

HIKING ON SNOW IN EASY MODE

You walk at an easy pace… in your opinion, hiking is the ideal time for the contemplating nature, getting a breath of fresh air, stopping to take photos, making snow angels with the children… you enjoy the signposted trails and the silence of the snow-covered landscapes…

Beginner, intermediate or advanced: there is a snow hiking outfit for everyone.
Beginner, intermediate or advanced: there is a snow hiking outfit for everyone.
Beginner, intermediate or advanced: there is a snow hiking outfit for everyone.
Choosing your snow hiking outfit using the Quechua advice by Decathlon

TIP: SHOE SPIKES

On the signposted trails, there may be sections that are more slippery or even icy. There are practical removable non-slip spikes that you can take in your backpack and very easily slip over your boots. They will be the solution for coping with an icy trail!

Beginner, intermediate or advanced: there is a snow hiking outfit for everyone.

HIKING ON SNOW IN SPORTS MODE

Hiking on snow is a breath of fresh for you. exploring new peaks, surpassing yourself, filling your lungs with fresh air, feeling your heartbeat and getting to the top, while still recovering your breath to contemplate the panorama and enjoy the moment before going back down… on a sledge, why not? Intoxicated by the speed and the fresh air…

Beginner, intermediate or advanced: there is a snow hiking outfit for everyone.
Beginner, intermediate or advanced: there is a snow hiking outfit for everyone.
Beginner, intermediate or advanced: there is a snow hiking outfit for everyone.

IN THE EVENT OF EXTREME COLD (DOWN TO -20°C)

Your hike may be a little less sporty. All you need to do is adjust your equipment to cope with extreme temperatures. Without adding an additional layer, simply choose a thicker jacket and pair of trousers, which must nevertheless still be breathable. A jacket with a large collar or hood will protect the head and neck. As for the footwear, choose boots with more coverage that can come in more useful in extreme cold conditions.

HIKING IN ADVANCED MODE

You are off on an intense hike for a few hours or one day or more. Your favourite sport is snow hiking and you love taking on challenges. You are an advanced hiker.

You feel at home in the mountains. Regardless of the weather, as soon as the first flakes of snow start to fall, you can be seen clambering towards the peaks… you never feel better than when you are at altitude, enjoying pushing yourself, breathing the heady high-altitude air and taking on new challenges with each outing: going further, quicker each time…

Beginner, intermediate or advanced: there is a snow hiking outfit for everyone.
Beginner, intermediate or advanced: there is a snow hiking outfit for everyone.

With or without snowshoes, it may be useful to take some telescopic poles with you in your backpack. Without forgetting a water bottle for drinking regularly and a snack should you feel a drop in energy.

DID YOU KNOW?

To combat the cold, the body reacts in various ways by speeding up the heart rate or even reducing the blood flow to the hands and feet. Sports in general, and hiking of snow in particular, are an excellent way of warming yourself up as long as the body is already at a certain temperature, which is why you need a good warm-up. Rotate your arms, bend your knees, rotate the upper body and start hiking at a gentle pace to raise the temperature.

choosing the right outfit for hiking on snow using the Quechua advice

In conclusion, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced hiker, there is no reason why you cannot treat yourself to the pleasures of hiking on snow, as long as you are well prepared and have the right equipment!