Fall Walking Gear Essentials

Prepare for autumn walking

As the weather turns cooler, darker and wetter in autumn, be prepared with layered clothing and gear that will keep you moving through the fall weather.

Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Patagonia Houdini Jacket
Patagonia Houdini Jacket. Courtesy of Amazon.com

Fight fickle fall weather with this whisper-thin jacket during your warm-up or throughout a cool walk. It's a unisex design. It stashes into its own zip pocket and compresses to a tiny size to take with you in a pack.It is available in three colors and sizes from XS - XL.

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Under Armour Long Sleeve Tech Shirt

Under Armour Long Sleeve Tech Shirt
Under Armour Long Sleeve Tech Shirt. Courtesy of Amazon.com

I wear a long-sleeved top made of sweat-wicking fabric whenever the temperatures dip below 60F. This long sleeve performance v-neck tee is made of polyester fabric to wick moisture away from your skin. The v-neck works well for autumn temperatures when you still may want some cooling. It's available in several colors and in sizes from extra small through XX-Large.

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Lucy Do Everything Pants

Lucy Do Everything Pant
Lucy Do Everything Pant. Courtesy of Amazon.com

As the days turn cooler, it's time to switch to walking pants. These nylon/spandex pants move with you and wick away moisture. I love the two side seam zippered pockets that keep your stuff secure and prevent hooking your thumbs by accident. They also have an interior waistband pocket.

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Brooks Cascadia GTX Waterproof Trail Running Shoes

Brooks Cascadia
Brooks Cascadia. Courtesy of Amazon.com

Don't let rain slow you down. The Brooks Cascadia GTX is a multi-sport outdoor shoe designed to be both waterproof and stable. It gets good reviews, but sizes run a little small and most people will want to go up a half size. It's a favorite for people walking the Camino de Santiago.

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Marmot PreCip Jacket

Marmot Precip Jacket
Marmot Precip Jacket. Courtesy of Amazon.com

When autumn showers come, you need a waterproof jacket to keep walking outdoors. This jacket is waterproof and lightweight. It comes men's and women's sizes and gender-specific designs. It packs inside its own bag for stowing if the day warms up. It has pit zips to open up if you need more air. It has long front pockets for extra storage and ventilation. The only drawback is that it only has a one-way zipper rather than a 2-way zipper.

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Saucony Swift Arm Warmers with Mitt

Saucony Swift Arm Warmers with Mitt
Saucony Swift Arm Warmers with Mitt. Courtesy of Amazon.com

Autumn temperatures can be hard to predict. Wearing these arm warmers lets you keep your hands and arms warm until you warm up, or the day heats up. I like this design of arm warmers because you can roll them down over your hands as mitts. Once you are ready for bare arms and hands, just take them off and they take up almost no room in a pocket or pack. They come in three colors and sizes from extra-small to large.

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Glo Glov

Glo-Glov. Wendy Bumgardner ©

As the days get shorter and you find your morning or late afternoon walk getting darker and darker, you need to think about visibility gear. I call these my "Magic Hands of Power!" These open-finger gloves won't make your hands hot, but they will help traffic see you. As I cross an intersection, I flash the reflective palm triangle at the stopped cars. The back of the hands are outlined in reflective strips. As the weather gets colder, you can layer them over liner gloves.

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SmartWool Socks

SmartWool Walking Socks
SmartWool Walking Socks. Courtesy of Amazon

SmartWool socks are machine washable and itch-free. Wool has natural properties that can help manage moisture as well as insulate as the days grow colder. SmartWool makes athletic socks in different lengths and weights to pair well with your walking shoes. I like the low cut versions for athletic walking, moving up to the crew length when temps finally drop.

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Fitbit Alta Activity and Sleep Monitor

Fitbit Alta
Fitbit Alta. Courtesy of Amazon.com

For fall, get a Fitbit that reminds you to move and tracks your sleep as well as your activity. The Fitbit Alta fits well into your busy lifestyle, and you can easily change the bands to go from sporty to glam.

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Sole F80 Treadmill

Sole F80 Treadmill
Sole F80 Treadmill. Courtesy of Amazon.com

Although I've shown you great gear to keep walking outdoors, you may decide it's time to take your walking indoors. A home treadmill is a great solution, so long as you use it for walking and not for hanging up clothes. This budget Sole F80 treadmill has a powerful 2.5 horsepower continuous duty motor. It has heart-rate control as well as speed and incline controls.

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