6. Best Dress for Hiking

Columbia Siren Splash; $58

Aug 24, 2011
Outside Magazine
Columbia Siren Splash

   Photo: Courtesy of Columbia

Sure, it’s unconventional to hike in a dress, but few dresses are as sporty as Columbia’s Siren Splash. The dress's stretchy, sweat-wicking fabric, treated with Omni-Shade UV sun protection coating, shields your skin against the sun. An internal-shelf sports bra eliminates peeking straps, while adjustable cross-back straps ensure a snug fit for shoulders. On the trail, the Siren Splash hugged our midsections, and the knee-length skirt didn't get in the way of our stride.

Buyer Beware: The Siren Splash’s cross strap adjusters can feel uncomfortably bumpy under some heavier backpacks.

($58; columbia.com)