Women’s Hiking Gear Essentials

May 21, 2008
Outside Magazine
Women’s Hiking Gear Essentials

1. THE NORTH FACE DIAD JACKET The Diad weighs just seven ounces and scrunches down to the size of a burrito. $200; thenorthface.com

2. PRINCETON TEC FUEL HEADLAMP With all of the same accoutrements as its manlier counterpart—water resistance, 160 hours of LED power—we wondered why anyone really needs a pink headlamp. But consider this: Your boyfriend will never swipe it. $25; princetontec.com

3. OUTDOOR RESEARCH SONNET CAP This cotton-canvas hat has a hidden zippered pocket just big enough for a Gu or post-hike beer cash. $25; outdoorresearch.com

4. SIERRA DESIGNS SHAKA CAPRI Not only are these stretchy capris extremely flattering to your bum; they also have a soft lined waistband and a gusseted crotch for freedom of movement. $70; sierradesigns.com

5. BRIDGEDALE WOMEN'S ENDURANCE TRAIL LIGHT Socks are socks, right? Nope. These merino-wool-and-synthetic blends are cut narrower in the foot to avoid blister-making bunchy-sock syndrome. $15; bridgedale.com

6. GOLITE VO24 PACK This hydration-bladder-ready, 1,200-cubic-inch pack is sturdy enough to hold 15 pounds of gear but malleable enough to roll up and stash. $90; golite.com

7. IBEX ECHO T Softer than polypro, supercute, and, because it's 100 percent merino wool, able to go days before stinking. $65; ibex.com

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