5 Favorite Women's Hiking Essentials
5 Favorite Women’s Hiking Essentials
Elevate your next adventure, rain or shine, with these hiking essentials.
The recipe for a successful adventure begins with a can-do wardrobe. We take the guesswork out of layering on your next backcountry excursion, whether you’re on a multi-day hike or simply out for a few hours in changing weather conditions.
BEGIN WITH BREATHABLE BASICS
Patagonia Capilene Daily T-Shirt
Dressing smart for long treks starts with your next-to-skin layers, and this tee from Patagonia is one of our favorite options. Made with a lightweight Capilene polyester fabric, it not only looks good on the trail but it performs well, too. With stretch in all the right places and the power to wick away moisture while fighting odor (all while fitting perfectly under any layers you need to throw on on top), Patagonia has nailed it with this basic. We recommend one in every color.
RECYCLED WOOL (AND SMART DESIGN) TO THE RESCUE
SmartWool Women's Smartloft 60 Hoody
Chances are that your trails will take you off the beaten path…and into the elements. Enter the SmartWool Smartloft Hoody. This stylish jacket insulates with recycled wool for a lightweight, packable, and breathable combination that might just out-do all your other layers. Cleverly designed with wind-resistant, water repellent panels in the front and stretchy knit in key areas for flexibility, we think this might just become a staple in your pack no matter where you’re headed.
BE PREPARED FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER
Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket
Any outdoors person knows its foolish to embark on a mission without a rain jacket stashed in your pack. Whether you opt to tie this one around your waist or bury it beneath snacks, we love Arc’teryx’s bomb-proof Beta AR. This GORE-TEX equipped hip-length jacket will keep the elements at bay for hours with the help of a helmet compatible (read: perfectly adjustable) hood. And unlike many cheaper jackets we’ve tried, the Beta AR won’t start to seep through after it’s been used for a season, but will keep on keeping you dry for countless adventures to come.
DON'T SKIMP ON TECHNICAL PANTS
Prana Winter Hallena Pant
Technical pants have come a long way in recent years. One of our favorites? Prana's Hallena pant, built with your upcoming adventures in mind. Made with incredibly durable yet comfortable nylon and spandex fabric, these work horses might look like trousers but hide technical features that will take your trek to the next level. Added pockets for snacks and maps, articulated knees, and of course—all the stretch you need to keep moving. Looking for something to wear in warmer weather? They also come in a lighter fabric with roll up snaps for creek crossings.
BE UNSTOPPABLE IN THESE HIKERS
Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
Dubbed the “Mother of all Boots,” these waterproof hikers don’t balk from challenging terrain. Durable leathers combined with a supportive footbed and Vibram traction offer support while breathable mesh lining ensures you don’t overheat. A rubber toe cap provides extra protection in rocky landscapes and the mid-rise is perfect for keeping your ankles in line. The best part is how comfortable they are, straight out of the box!
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