Looking to start a dropshipping store around the hiking niche?
In that case, this article will be incredibly valuable for you.
A big part of starting your own dropshipping store is doing research.
Before you start advertising, you must know things like:
- Which product are you going to sell?
- What kind of people will like it?
- What are your competitors doing?
- And more.
Well, you’re in luck. We have taken some work out of your hands and already did a bit of research on the hiking niche!
In this article, you will find some essential information about the hiking niche, such as the ecommerce market statistics, a list of five inspiring dropshipping store examples, and a list of six excellent hiking niche products.
Be aware though, do not recklessly copy and paste everything from another dropshipping store to your own store.
This will not work.
It’s essential to put in a lot of effort into your business and make it unique for the highest chances of succeeding.
With that out of the way, let me tell you some things about the hiking niche!
Information about the hiking niche
When people go hiking, they go for an (often pretty long) recreational walk through the woods or country.
Some people also love going hiking for multiple days successively, which is called backpacking.
As you can imagine, these long walks can’t be done easily when wearing your regular jeans and shoes.
Hikers need special equipment such as rainproof gear, a backpack, and sturdy boots for the best hiking experience.
Furthermore, almost all hikers carry water, food, and a map in special containers.
But that’s not all. Hikers will buy a variety of products that will make the walk more comfortable and safer. Think about:
- A compass
- A first aid kit
- A fire starter
- A knife
- A GPS navigation device
- Ultra-light tents
- and more!
Hiking can give you a lot of benefits. I won’t go through all of them here, but I found this awesome article that showcases a list of eight benefits you will get from hiking.
The great thing about the hiking niche is that lately, it has been trending:
I think this is due to the coronavirus. When governments introduced measures to combat the pandemic, many people were locked up inside their homes, and some weren’t able to play their favorite indoor sport.
Meanwhile, hiking was one of the few activities that almost everyone was able to do, and therefore, the interest in it started trending upwards.
The hiking niche: Market information
Actually, the hiking market has already been trending for a longer time.
In 2019, the global hiking gear and equipment market was estimated at $4.5 billion, and it is expected to reach $7.4 billion by 2027.
Those are some pretty nice growth numbers, right?
Last but not least, your target audience will be difficult to distinguish in terms of age. As you can see in the image below, pretty much all age groups love hiking.
This is the share of Americans who went hiking in the last 12 months in 2018:
The list of 5 amazing hiking niche dropshipping stores
As I’ve mentioned before, I will show you some great dropshipping stores and products for inspiration.
We will start with some examples of dropshipping stores in the hiking niche.
But don’t worry, I won’t just post a few links to some stores and call it a day.
I will also review each store on this list and tell you about some things you can learn from them.
Hopefully, this list will inspire you to create your own (hiking) store. As a last tip, don’t forget that you can look at the catalog of these stores to find some more excellent hiking product examples.
1. Delta Hiking
The first dropshipping store example I have for you today is a great one; Delta Hiking.
Delta Hiking’s strongest point is that it really resembles a private labeled brand.
They have a great website design and story.
I will go over some of the things you should look at below:
The color scheme
When going through their website, you can see that Delta Hiking uses a green color throughout their website.
For example, take a look at these elements:
- Announcement bar
- Buy now button
- Chat pop up
- Background images
Even most of their products are green:
Let’s take a look at their products’ names. You will be able to see some of them in the image above.
Delta Hiking wants visitors to believe that they are the manufacturer of the products. They have given their products branded names like “DELTAHAMMOCK” and “DELTADOUBLE”.
I really like naming your products like this. The only thing that I wasn’t sure about is using the trademark symbol.
However, after looking it up, I found out that the trademark symbol has no legal meaning. So, you can use it in your product names without getting into legal issues.
I think Delta Hiking’s product pages look really good:
Here are some things to look at for this product page:
- Product images. Delta Hiking only uses images with a white background. This makes them look very clean on the product page.
- Product description. I think that the product description is very well written. It reads like a story while still highlighting the benefits you will get with this product.
- Reviews. Delta Hiking has a reviews section on each product page highlighting some people using the product they are selling.
Support a good cause
For every order Delta Hiking gets, they will plant one tree.
In my opinion, this is a great thing as it helps to keep the earth healthy and will, on some occasions, push doubting customers over the line to make a purchase.
The next dropshipping store example is called Vertex Hiking.
They sell hiking equipment for people who hike for multiple days and therefore have to camp while en route.
Here are some great things about this dropshipping store:
Newsletter sign up
Vertex Hiking doesn’t use the standard newsletter text. For example, something like “Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest deals”.
Instead, they promise not to spam and send out just a little bit of love every now and then:
It’s a nice touch!
Vertex Hiking sells some great hiking equipment products.
For example, take a look at this full survival kit:
It contains fifteen items you will need to survive any situation in the wild.
You can also find this product on AliExpress here.
Shiking is a hiking dropshipping store that focuses on selling one of the most important equipment pieces for a hiker, a backpack.
Here are some aspects that the owner of this business did really well:
The homepage design
I think this store’s homepage design looks really nice.
First of all, you can see that they probably created a custom image for their homepage above.
It features a woman wearing their product while hiking, and on the left, the hiking bag is nicely edited in (even with a reflection).
Furthermore, when scrolling downwards, you will find a clean-looking section with some benefits of this product:
The product images are high quality, and the color matches the website’s design. Great job!
I think Shiking sells some great hiking products.
They don’t have a huge catalog, but I think that the products they do sell are pretty sweet.
For example, take a look at this mini foldable picnic mat:
For hikers, having small and ultra-lightweight equipment is essential, as every gram makes a difference when walking hours a day.
This picnic mat folds down into a small pocket that fits in your hand and has multiple benefits and uses!
You will also be able to find this product on AliExpress here.
Let’s continue with the next hiking store example, Empire Hiking!
Just like the other stores, Empire Hiking offers some pretty cool and useful products for outdoors enthusiasts. For example, they sell ultralight sleeping bags, outdoor cooking sets, and portable coffee makers!
Moving on, here are some things to pay extra attention to when looking at this store:
When looking at this store, one thing stands out to me.
It looks like all images that Empire Hiking uses look great. There is no image to be found that is low quality, and all product images have a consistent white background.
You will be able to see it yourself on Empire Hiking’s homepage here.
In my opinion, Empire Hiking is a great place to get inspiration if you are looking for examples of hiking products.
It looks like pretty much all products that Empire Hiking sells are actually useful for hikers. For example, hikers can cook dinner using the outdoor cooking set, sleep using the mini ultralight sleeping bag and outdoor mattress, and take a shower in the morning using the outdoor shower bag!
The final thing I will say about Empire Hiking is something they could improve on.
It’s about inconsistency.
Here is what I mean. For some products, Empire Hiking created amazing product descriptions with headings, images, and bold texts. Here is an example:
However, for other products, it looks like Empire Hiking simply copied over the AliExpress product description! Take a look:
Contrary to the product page of the hiking shoes, this looks pretty bad, right?
The last store example I have for you today is an unusual one; I’d Hike That.
This store is probably using Print on Demand to dropship their collection of apparel, hats, stickers, and accessories.
Just like West Hikers, this store is created by people who absolutely love hiking.
Here are some things that they are doing exceptionally well:
I’d Hike That has built a large Instagram page to get free traffic to their store.
On their Instagram page, I’d Hike That is posting images of beautiful hiking scenery, and they have currently built a following of over 75,000 followers:
Also, take a look at their Pinterest account, which currently gets over 170k monthly views.
If you’re interested in how you can get this many views on Pinterest for your business, I recommend reading this article.
To get even more organic traffic to their online store, I’d Hike That has created a blog with over 50 articles talking about everything related to hiking.
A blog is not only great for free traffic, but it also shows your customers that you have a lot of knowledge about your store’s niche!
Finally, I think that their footer looks great!
It has all the elements of a perfect footer:
- Links to the standard online store pages
- Shop link
- Details about the company & their contact information
Also, if you look closely, you can see that there is a nice and subtle pattern in the background.
The list of 6 hiking niche dropshipping product examples
Now that we have passed all dropshipping store examples, let’s continue with some amazing hiking niche product examples.
To find all of these, I mainly used Sell The Trend. This is a great tool that easily lets you find winning products in minutes. If you’re interested in the tool, you can check out our full review of it here.
I’m hoping to give you some inspiration on which kinds of products you could sell with a hiking niche store by showing you a couple of product examples.
I won’t go in-depth on why these products are great because they are just examples meant to inspire you.
For those of you who are looking for more product examples, I will also link to a store that is selling that product example.
This way, you can check out that store and find even more hiking product examples!
Remember, you can also do this with the dropshipping store examples I’ve shown you above.
A great way to do product research is to search what your competitors are doing and beat them, so go ahead!
The first product example is this outdoor sleeping mattress.
It has got great reviews on AliExpress and is available in multiple colors. It even ships from the US for faster shipping times!
Furthermore, it’s very durable, compact, and lightweight.
If this mattress looks familiar to you, congratulations, you have a sharp eye!
Delta Hiking, the first dropshipping store example of this article, is also selling this exact product.
You can find their product page here:
This is a product for people who love hiking in wintry landscapes but are always cold while doing it; an electrically heated jacket.
Just like the mattress above, it has excellent reviews on AliExpress. Actually, this has even better reviews; 4.9 out of 5 stars!
It’s available in different colors and variations and can be set to three temperatures:
- Energy-saving (25 °C)
- Comfort (35 °C)
- Warm (45 °C)
When paired with a 10,000 mAh power bank, it will, on average, last 8 hours!
For an example of a dropshipping store that is selling this product, check out Privy Retreat:
This military water bottle must be amazing for hiking enthusiasts!
Here are some of the benefits it has:
- Large capacity. It can carry more than 0.5 liters of water.
- Attached hook & handle. For easy carrying of the water bottle.
- Built-in compass. Great for emergency situations.
- Compact when empty. The water bottle can be folded in from both sides.
- Lightweight. The water bottle weighs 225 grams.
Want to see an example of a dropshipping store selling this product? Click here!
This arm cover solves the problem of your arms getting burnt after a whole day of hiking in the sun!
It will be great for hikers that are sensitive to the sun.
Furthermore, people can also use it for other activities such as cycling and canoeing.
It comes in multiple colors, and thanks to the stretchy fabric it is available in just one size. No more handling returns because of wrong clothing sizes!
This is the best example of a dropshipping store selling this product that I was able to find:
Who doesn’t occasionally enjoy a bit of music when hiking?
With this Bluetooth speaker, hikers will be able to relax and listen to music in the wild for up to 6 hours.
But what if it starts raining?
Well, that’s not a problem for this Bluetooth speaker as it is IPX6 waterproof!
Here’s a dropshipping store selling the exact same product:
When going hiking, it’s best to be prepared for anything that may happen.
Someone can take a wrong step and hurt themselves at all times.
This first aid kit is designed for precisely these occasions.
It’s compact and has room for items like bandages, a scissor, a lighter, and more.
Curious to see how a dropshipping store is selling this? Then check out Camping4me’s product page:
That’s it; those were all hiking niche product and dropshipping store examples for today.
If you feel like this wasn’t enough for you, remember that you can always try to find more inspiration yourself.
To learn how to find other dropshipping stores, check out this article.
More interested in more product examples? Then you will find out how to discover more hiking products here.
If you do want to start your own store in the hiking niche, I thought I would mention that all the stores I have shown you in this article are hosted on Shopify. If you want to try it out, you can get a 14-day free Shopify trial here!
Finally, if you have decided that the hiking niche isn’t a fit for you after reading the article, I suggest checking out one of these 25 amazing niche ideas.
See you next time!