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2013 Day-Hiking Essentials

Style meets function in these testers’ trail favorites. (Inga Hendrickson)

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.

(Inga Hendrickson)

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.)

(Inga Hendrickson)

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.

(Inga Hendrickson)

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.

(Inga Hendrickson)

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.

(Inga Hendrickson)

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.

(Inga Hendrickson)

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.

(Inga Hendrickson)

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