Review: Head to Toe

Getting outfitted locally, hiking edition. 

In the spring, we gave you a rundown about local fly-fishing-gear manufacturers. Then we realized that one of our favorite summer pastimes—hiking—was also well represented by Gallatin Valley companies. From packs to boots, you can get fully outfitted by companies doing their business right here at home. Here’s a rundown.

We don’t get many all-day rainstorms here in southwest Montana. When it does rain, it often pours, which is why packable protection is key. Sitka’s Vapor SD shell disappears in your pack and shows up at just the right time to do its job—keeping you dry. $300.

At this point, Mystery Ranch and Bozeman are practically synonymous. We’re all well aware of the pack company’s quality product. Thankfully, they keep expanding their offerings, like the updated Scree daypack, perfect for all-day hikes or even low-maintenance overnights. $190.  

If your day calls for a quick-drying layer that provides 100% protection from the sun, reach for Duckworth’s Vapor Hoody. It’s lightweight, so perfect for summer outings that last all day. $110. 

If you’ve ever started a hike or bike ride with snug-fitting shorts, only to find them sliding down your hips an hour later, then you know the value of a reliable belt. Enter the JeltX from Jelt. A magnetic buckle system and inner gel grips make this accessory a no-brainer. $35. 

Midweight Hiking Crew—DUCKWORTH
For those trails that require a little extra padding, you can’t go wrong with Duckworth’s Midweight Hiking Crew sock. They’re 100% Montana merino, so just a couple pairs should get you through the whole summer. $22. 

The Beartooths. The Absarokas. The Madison Range and the Tobacco Roots. These ranges require sturdy footwear, and Bozeman’s downtown bootmakers have rolled out another impressive product to measure up: the Kestrel. Expect the same quality and attention to detail that Schnee’s is famous for. Price TBD.