Hiking & Camping Gear For Enjoying Autumn in Alabama
Soon, leaves on trees across much of our state will be trading their verdant hues for all variations of scarlet, orange and gold, setting entire hillsides ablaze in brilliant displays of these signature autumn shades. The air will be cool and crisp, and everything about the fall season seems to be begging us out of doors, so lace up your hiking shoes and hit one of Alabama’s many trails. If you find you want to stay outside even longer, pitch a tent and stay a day or two. Whether you’re interested in spending an hour or an entire weekend communing with nature, the good folks at Alabama Outdoors (one of the best outdoor retailers in the state) have recommended some of their favorite gear. And with seven locations throughout the state, there’s a store near you housing loads of inventory to choose from and friendly, expert staff ready to set you up for outdoor adventures in comfort and style. Check out their picks.
Mountain Hardwear Shifter 2 Tent ($199) This backpacking and camping tent for two lets you choose different configurations to meet changing conditions. How you pitch it— and how you configure the fly — lets you choose privacy or wide-open vistas, more weather protection or superior ventilation, depending on your needs.
Osprey Atmos Anti-Gravity 50 Backpack ($230) Carry everything you need without breaking your back. This pack’s suspension system contours your body providing seamless comfort and mobility with ease on any multi-day backpacking trip. The structure provides outstanding fit and unrestricted movement.
Marmot Nanowave 45 Sleeping Bag ($79.00) Enjoy a great night’s sleep anywhere. This superbly packable and lightweight bag is a master space-saver. DWR-treated polyester taffeta fabric sheds moisture is EN-tested to 45°F, and its synthetic SpiraFil™ high loft insulation keeps you warm even when wet.
Helinox Chair One ($99.95) This chair was voted the best outdoor adventure accessory at the prestigious ISPO awards. Ultra-lightweight, amazingly strong, incredibly compact, reliable and wonderfully comfortable, the Helinox is the perfect portable chair for all your pursuits.
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp ($49.95) See everything clearly with this waterproof, multiple-mode, 160-lumen headlamp. Designed with PowerTap Technology, it makes it simple to transition between full and dimmed power with just a tap of a finger to its touch-sensitive housing.
Outdoor Tech Buckshot Wireless Bluetooth Speakers ($49.95) Always take your tunes along with this super-portable, multifunctional, rugged and water-resistant wireless speaker. With Bluetooth connectivity, bike mount and 33-foot range, the Buckshot will become your new go-to speaker.