Any seasoned trekker knows that walking in the mountains is truly a splendid thing! More often than not we have fabulous days here in the alps but you have to take the rough with the smooth and having the correct kit with you makes all the difference.

Making sure you have good quality waterproof layers is vital, this essential piece of kit should remain in your rucksack at all times, even on the sunniest of days. During the summer when the weather is hot the typical weather pattern in the Alps involves late afternoon thunderstorms. They arrive quickly and if you haven't got these essential layers with you it can ruin a great day!

Waterproof Jackets

Its essential you have a jacket made from breathable and waterproof materials, such as Gore-Tex or eVent fabrics. These materials effectively repel water from the outside while allowing moisture from sweat to escape, keeping you dry from both rain and perspiration.

Additionally, consider a jacket with adjustable cuffs, a well-fitting hood, and waterproof zippers to prevent water from seeping in. A longer length jacket might also be beneficial, providing extra coverage for your lower body during heavy rain.

So what do we use, here are 3 examples...

Arc'Teryx Beta, Mammut Taiss, Patagonia Triolet

Waterproof Trousers

While your upper body is covered by the waterproof jacket, please don't forget about your lower half. Waterproof pants are designed to keep your legs dry and warm.

They need to be lightweight and breathable, so you don't feel too restricted during your hike. Some trousers come with side zippers, making them easier to put on or take off without removing your boots. Consider ones with reinforced knees and seat areas for added durability in rugged environments.

So what do we use, here are 3 examples...

Arc'Teryx Beta, Ortovox Westalpen, Patagonia Triolet

Waterproof Gloves

Cold, wet hands can be very uncomfortable at lower levels and completely dehibilitating higher up. It is essential to have gloves with you at all times. Waterproof gloves often don't work but Gortex (or similar) overmits that go over your thin gloves can be great idea.

Hestra seam sealed mitt, OMM Kamleika


We wouldn't reccommend bringing these, they are fine on flat easy trails but can become a trip hazard when on steep terrain.


Useful in early season when we have snow on the trails, from mid July onwards the trails tend to be dry and therefore gaiters are not required.


Having the correct kit is essential and will make your overall hiking experience a much better one. Remember to choose gear made from high-quality materials, with a focus on function, breathability and durability. Study gear reviews online to narrow the choice down & always try before you buy!

One of our intrepid groups on the TMB this summer during a cold snap!