May 17, 2007
Outside Magazine
womens hiking gear

1. THE NORTH FACE PHOTON HYBRID JACKET » This polyester top blocks wind and drizzle, but breathable stretch-woven side panels prevent overheating during aerobic activities. Details are dialed: low-profile chest pocket, hem cinch, and brushed chin-guard liner. $99; thenorthface.com

2. HORNY TOAD ZENI » Cute, soft, and . . . rugged? The Zeni manages all three. Credit the stretchy Modal fabric (made with recycled wood chips) and pack-friendly cropped cap sleeves. $46; hornytoad.com

3. MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR ELLINOR CAPRI » Get ultimate mobility with these close-fitting capris, thanks to four-way stretch nylon and a gusseted crotch. The waist tie, front zip, and hidden snaps are comfortable under a pack's hipbelt. $70; mountainhardwear.com

4. EX OFFICIO GIVE-N-GO SOFTLACE SEAMLESS UNDERWEAR » These undies got us halfway around the world in 72 hours. Then we rinsed them and wore them again, thanks to the quick-dry, odor-resistant nylon/spandex fabric. The soft waistband doesn't roll. Available in thong, bikini, and sport-top styles. $18–$34; exofficio.com

5. GOLITE DRIMOVE C/B SLEEVELESS TOP » This 100 percent recycled poly tank has seamless shoulders for no-rub comfort under pack straps. The CoCoNa fabric, with carbon from coconut husks, dries fast and fights odor. $32; golite.com

6. OUTDOOR RESEARCH CONTOUR PANTS » These lightweight pants withstood granite scrapes and snow squalls, yet didn't leave us sweltering in the heat. The contrasting stitching and flared legs help with post-hike versatility. $119; orgear.com

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