2014 Women's Day Hiking Essentials

Almost everything you need to tackle a fourteener.

—Whitney Dreier

(Inga Hendrickson)

Almost everything you need to tackle a fourteener.

—Whitney Dreier

Athleta Striped Chi Tank

Wear it as an undershirt on a chilly morning or as a way to stay cool in the sun. We loved the scoop neck and racerback, but it’s the unstinkable fabric that really makes this top ($42) a winner.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Farm to Feet Greensboro Socks

Farm to Feet, our favorite new sock maker, gets 100 percent of its merino wool from American ranches. The lightweight and durable Greensboro ($15) never slipped or bunched during months of testing.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Kühl Splash 5.5 Shorts

You wouldn’t run a marathon in boots, and you shouldn’t summit a fourteener in your running shorts. The Splash’s ($60) stretchy fabric is durable and quick drying, while the flattering cut is stylish enough for your summit photo.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Moving Comfort Workout Bikini briefs and JustRight Racer Sports Bra

There’s nothing worse than hiking up a mountain in underwear that rides or a bra that chafes. This combo ($16 and $48) stayed put—and comfortable—even after we trekked and sweated all day.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Adidas Outdoors Daroga Shoes

If you hate hiking in boots but aren’t ready to tackle a big peak in trail runners, try the Daroga ($80). The nubuck upper breaks in nicely, and the grippy rubber sole keeps you grounded as you scramble up and down the slopes.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


CamelBak Spark 10 LR Pack

We appreciated the female-specific design (no awkward strap across the chest) and lumbar-shaped, two-liter reservoir, which sat securely over our hips ($110). We also loved it as our go-to pack for long mountain-bike rides.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


L.L.Bean Ultralight Wind Jacket

This well-priced layer ($69) packs down to the size of an energy bar. And when you’re wearing it, it’ll block wind, repel water, and breathe easy. Alpine start? Subtle reflective strips up your viz.

Buyer's Guide Summer Outside Magazine Outside Online Hike Travel Float Run Bike Women Tech
(Inga Hendrickson)


Survive Outdoors Longer Pocket Survival Pak

You likely won’t need this little pouch ($34), which includes everything from a sewing needle to a fire starter, but you won’t regret carrying the extra four ounces if you’re injured or stuck on the mountain.

Buyer's Guide Summer Outside Magazine Outside Online Hike Travel Float Run Bike Women Tech
(Inga Hendrickson)

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