Style meets function in these testers’ trail favorites.
Patagonia Overcast shirt
With sun-blocking properties (30 UPF) and tabs that secure the sleeves when they’re rolled up, the Overcast ($79) doesn’t wilt in the hot sun.
Osprey Mira 18 pack
Two reasons the Mira ($139) fits better than a unisex pack: the torso is a little shorter, and the shoulder straps and hipbelts were designed specifically for women. It’s also up for just about anything. (There’s a foldaway rain cover and helmet clip.)
Columbia Back Beauty capri pants
These soft-shell capris ($55) are a bit thicker and tougher than your typical yoga pants. Testers were especially pleased with the flattering, slim fit.
Bergans of Norway Helium jacket
The ultralight (ten ounces) Helium ($229) has all the trimmings of a fully featured waterproof-breathable shell—pit zips, wire-brimmed hood, and waterproof zippers—and none of the weight.
Hi-Tec Women’s Apollo shoes
While Hi-Tec’s shoes have always performed well, they’ve also been a little bland aesthetically. Which is why we like the sneaker-inspired Apollos ($75) so much: on-trail performance is exceptional (snug fit, grippy outsole, breathable uppers), and they’re light (ten ounces) and agile enough for trail running.
Polarmax Women’s XTRdry SS shirt
Cotton kills, or so the saying goes. Not here: this semifitted, cotton-spandex V-neck ($30) is woven with water-resistant threads, which wick moisture and dry nearlyas fast as synthetic fibers do.
Adidas AdiZero bra
When it came to a secure fit and good support for C and D cups, no bra outperformed this racerback ($38). It didn’t chafe or leave imprints even after hours of wear.