As the saying goes: under each great hiker is an even greater pair of boots… or something like that anyway!
In all seriousness, when it comes to adventure sports such as hiking and biking, being properly equipped can make all the difference to your excursion.
Items such as boots with good grip are essential when trekking Jordan’s rocky terrain, plus when embarking on a physically stimulating trip, being hindered by clothes that aren’t breathable or don’t fit is the last thing you want to be worrying about.
But the good thing is that you don’t have to, as Amman has several stores that stock a proper selection of sports gear, from large backpacks to decent hiking socks, from lightweight t-shirts to super-thick sleeping bags- they’ve got it all.
TREKS, Decathlon, Sports 4ever, and Go Sport are four of the best, stocking a variety of footwear, hiking clothes from well-known quality brands.
All 4 have a store in or very near to Mecca street (map below), so take yourself along this road and it’s neighboring shopping malls, you’ll be spoiled for choice!
Hikers top kit list:
- Range of tops: lightweight and thermal – when it comes to hiking clothes the material used is important, but the best choice will vary depending on specifications such as heat, and the intensity of exercise, as well as personal preference. For sports incorporating a lot of stretching/bending polyester is great; if you’re looking for a super absorbent fabric, choose nylon. For more info on fabric choices, click here.
- Zip-off hiking trousers (long/short conversion possible)
- Backpack with waterproof lining
- Decent hiking shoes
- Socks – this may seem silly, but socks specifically designed for hiking, make a trek so much more comfortable, therefore the hiker’s endurance is boosted. Again the type you need depends on hiking conditions and the season of year; click here to read more.
- Head torch
The above list is NOT exhaustive by any means, but a good one to start with nevertheless.
Other supplies such as water, sunscreen, and food (more than you think you’ll need, just in case) are rather essential too- but we kind of hope they’re more obvious to you! Feel free to have a look at this alternate list, drawn up by REI co-op.