Speed up your hikes with fast hiking

The days are getting lighter, nature is waking up, and with it, your desire to change pace. It's the perfect time to try your hand at Fast Hiking! Faster than the classic family hike, but less intense than trail running, this new leisure activity offers a more sporty approach to your mountain outings.


What is fast hiking?

It is essentially a hike at a steady pace. It is also known as speed hiking.
How fast is fast?
It's the pace you adopt just before breaking into a jog. Of course, you vary your speed depending on the incline and the type of terrain. And you keep up the effort when climbing, to get your heart pumping on the slopes. Then don't forget to have fun downhill, at a simply exhilarating pace!

Speed up your hikes with Fast Hiking

The best place to try speed hiking

The mountains tend to be the destination of choice for speed hikers, who are ready to take on the peaks all year round. But if you're training or getting back into sport after a lazy winter season, then you can start by speeding up the tempo of your favourite hikes in a hilly or semi-mountainous environment.

I would recommend starting with a half-day trip before progressing to a full day. As you get used to the pace, you can gradually increase the difficulty by trying more technical routes. In doing so, you will be able to increase your altitude while gently improving your cardiovascular fitness.
And to help you keep up the pace, why not go speed hiking in a group? Find the approach and the partners that suit you, and make the most of the good weather to get started!


Travel light with the perfect kit

To keep up the pace, two words: hike light!
Unlike traditional hiking kit, the equipment designed for speed hiking is known for its lightness, starting with shoes, essential for safety. The designs created for speed hiking combine robustness to "grip" the terrain, lightness to facilitate your movements, and flexibility to offer optimal foot motion and encourage to step things up a gear. And for fans of whizzing down scree slopes, we have shoes with stone guards to protect your toes!

Speed up your hikes with Fast Hiking - backpack

Then, when it comes to backpacks, you can leave anything with a capacity over 25 L at home: much too big for speed hiking.
A lightweight bag, with a low compression strap to bring its weight closer to your body for firm support, is much more suitable.
Similarly, a bag with a built-in hydration pack allows you to quench your thirst without breaking your precious momentum.

On the clothing side, you can opt for breathable fabric jackets that have various zips to let you modulate the ventilation depending on your level of exertion and environment (sun, shade, wind, etc.).

As for your legs, our carbon hiking poles will take the pressure off your lower limbs for the duration of your walk.

9 tips for avoiding blisters

Now that you're up and running, you can start the season with a "spring" in your step, in your favourite natural setting!

What is Fast Hiking?


Hiking lover at Quechua

5 reasons to begin speed hiking

5 reasons to begin speed hiking

Discover our 5 top reasons to start fast hiking, or speed hiking, to improve your health and surpass yourself without hurting your joints.

tips for avoiding blisters

8 tips for avoiding blisters

Blisters are the most common problem experienced by hikers, and the most inconvenient! Find out why blisters develop and how to avoid them!

Fast Hiking: the QUECHUA concept lab


To ensure fast and precise movements, the equipment dedicated to speed hiking (or fast hiking) is distinguished by its incredible lightness.

enjoying the delights of the snow

What if you decide to go on a recreational hike?

After a winter, enjoying the delights of the snow, it's not always easy to persuade your children to take up hiking again.Bram, product manager for children's clothes and father, gives you his tips on how to organize a fun hike for adults and children alike!Time for some "fun" hiking!

How to restore your jacket's water-repellent properties?

Re-waterproofing: how to reactivate waterproofing on your hiking jacket

Does your hiking jacket seem to have lost some of its waterproofing ability over time? Don't panic! Here's how to return it to optimal performance for dry hiking!

5 reasons to begin hiking-yoga - title

5 reasons to go yoga-hiking

Do you like both hiking and yoga? Why not do them both together so that you can free your mind in a natural environment and reconnect with nature? Discover our 5 reasons to begin hiking-yoga 🧘‍♀️