Women's Road Biking

(Photograph by Shana Novak)
Women’s road biking gear

1. FELT ZW1 BIKE It looks fast, it feels fast, and it is fast—even if you're not. The oversize carbon-fiber tubes are dialed for female riders; they were never too stiff, never too soft. Shimano's finest Dura-Ace components, Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels, gel grips, and Felt's women's carbon saddle round out this Olympic-caliber ride. $6,000; feltbicycles.com

2. LOOK KéO ELLE PEDALS Got sensitive knees? The KéO Elles work with three cleats, which means three choices of float. $119; lookcycle-usa.com

3. GEORGE HINCAPIE SIGNATURE JERSEY The princess-style mesh torso, spacious pockets, and reflective stripe are all key. But it's the ergonomic seaming that makes this jersey stand out. $110; hincapie.com

4. ASSOS T FI 13 LADY BIBS Everyone raved about the elastic-free waist and comfy fit, but the inter-breast strap received mixed reviews. $360; assos.com

5. SPECIALIZED S-WORKS HELMET Thanks in part to its 30 cooling vents, this is the lightest certified lid in the world. $230; specialized.com

6. SHIMANO SH-WR80 SHOES A heat-moldable insole, heel cup, and upper make these the comfiest road shoes we've worn. Note: If you're not in a big city, finding a trained tech to do the fit can be tough. $279; shimano.com

7. SPECIALIZED ROULETTE GLASSES Testers loved the photochromic lenses. Exaggerated side vents kept them fog-free, and the brow bridge prevented sweat from dripping into testers' eyes. $160; specialized.com

Women's Running

Women's Road Running Gear
(Photograph by Shana Novak)

1. BROOKS HVAC CAP SLEEVE Embedded silver fibers are said to disperse heat, but this top's best cooling features are the roomy tank-like cut under the arms and the sun protection from its cap sleeves. $56; brooksrunning.com

2. BROOKS VIVA JACKET The wicking, lightweight fabric and slim fit mean you can rock this cute hoodie on your runs. $74

3. THE NORTH FACE VAPORWICK ENDURANCE VISOR Lightweight and adjustable, and its brushed polyester headband kept sweat out of our eyes. $20; thenorthface.com

4. SAUCONY IGNITE BRA Soft compression polyester-spandex fabric and paneled cups combine for impressive shape and support. Even on long, hot runs, we stayed chafe-free. $35; saucony.com

5. ASICS HERA BAMBOO LOW-CUT SOCKS Soft bamboo fibers keep these comfy women-specific socks stink-free. $12; asics.com

6. NIKE DRI-FIT PACER SHORTS Mesh paneling along the sides allows heat to escape, and you can stash your iPod in the internal back hip pocket. $30; nike.com

7. ADIDAS ADIZERO GLASSES The Adizero's photochromic lenses adjust to varying light conditions. The curved temples fit comfortably under a visor. $200; shopadidas.com

8. NATHAN SPRINT Drinking on the fly has never been easier, thanks to the Sprint's adjustable hand strap and inventive cap that squirts with a light squeeze. $17 each; nathansports.com

9. NATHAN POWER SHOWER REFRESHING WIPES No time to shower? These wipes are surprisingly adept at cleaning off sweat. $4; nathansports.com

Women's Mountain Biking

Women's mountain biking gear
(Photograph by Shana Novak)

1. SPECIALIZED S-WORKS ERA FSR CARBON BIKE WITH a smooth, flowing ride and spot-on steering, this bike easily outperformed every other test bike. Tip: The Era FSR Expert Carbon is a bit heavier—but costs about $3K less. $8,800; specialized.com

2. JULBO TRACKS GLASSES These lightweight shades have unbreakable, hi-def lenses and an antifog coating. $150; julbousa.com

3. SIDI DOMINATOR 5 SHOES The stiff but walkable Dominator 5 quickly molds to your feet and feels custom-made. $270; sidiusa.com

4. NOVARA STOWABLE BIKE JACKET WITH its trim fit and two rear zip pockets, this water-resistant jacket packs down to the size of a kiwi. $55; rei.com

5. SPECIALIZED INSTINCT HELMET Ridiculously large vents kept our testers' heads cool on even the hottest rides. $100

6. TWIN SIX WOMEN'S MASHER JERSEY A deep, invisible zipper keeps you cool; three spacious back pockets keep all the essentials. $75; twinsix.com

7. PEARL IZUMI ELITE GEL VENT FF GLOVES Gel pads under your hands' pressure points help take some of the sting out of bumpy terrain. $45; pearlizumi.com

8. SUGOI GRETA CAPRIS Flattering, burly, and, thanks to its four-way stretch chamois, surprisingly comfy. $120; sugoi.com

9. CAMELBAK L.U.X.E. HYDRATION PACK The 600 cubic inches of storage and 100-ounce reservoir are essential—but the microfleece-lined sunglasses pocket won us over. $90; camelbak.com

Women's Hiking

Women's hiking gear
(Photograph by Shana Novak)

1. SIERRA DESIGNS ISOTOPE JACKET This waterproof-breathable piece scrunches down to the size of a baseball. $130; sierradesigns.com

2. EDDIE BAUER SPORT HALF-ZIP MOCKNECK A multi-day raft trip failed to foul up this naturally stink-free zip tee. $50; eddiebauer.com

3. HIGHGEAR AXIO MINI STAY on track with this water-resistant altimeter watch with barometer, thermometer, and chronograph. $125; highgear.com

4. MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR NITROUS JACKET Highly packable 800-fill down. And a touch of style. In other words, perfect! $220; mountainhardwear.com

5. MISSION PLAYGROUND TOUR HAT Cute and practical. $24; missionplayground.com

6. MOVING COMFORT EXCURSION TANK This extra-long polyester-and-spandex tank is soft enough to sleep in. $36; movingcomfort.com

7. OUTDOOR RESEARCH FRESCOE TEE A flattering, earth-friendly, and slightly stretchy shirt. $45; outdoorresearch.com

8. OAKLEY EMBRACE Trail-ready, but stylish enough for town. $160; oakley.com

9. ROYAL ROBBINS BACKCOUNTRY SHORTS Cut from wrinkle-resistant nylon, with a perfect not-too-short, not-too-long five-inch inseam. $45; royalrobbins.com

10. SMARTWOOL PHD OUTDOOR LIGHT MINI SOCKS Extra material in high-impact zones makes them extra durable. $16; smartwool.com

11. LOWA ZEPHYR GTX LO Tough Cordura paneling + a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane = burly enough for any trail. $165; lowaboots.com

Women's Rock Climbing

Women's rock climbing gear
(Photograph by Shana Novak)

1. SMARTWOOL SANITAS TANK Ditch the sports bra. SmartWool's first-ever tank with a built-in shelf bra is all you need. $55; smartwool.com

2. BLACK DIAMOND DYNOTRON AND LIVEWIRE CARABINERS Both redesigned, the Dynotron is big and clips easy, while the LiveWire has a hooded nose that helps keep the wire gate from popping open unexpectedly. $12, $11; bdel.com

3. STERLING ROPE NANO At 9.2 mm in diameter, this 60-meter rope is the perfect choice for multi­pitch routes. $202; sterlingrope.com

4. BLACK DIAMOND AURA HARNESS The 11.8-ounce Aura cuts away excess foam by employing the same load-bearing technology found in NASA space suits. $100

5. ARC'TERYX CELERIS JACKET The sub-four-ounce, windproof Celeris should always be in your pack. $119; arcteryx.com

6. MAD ROCK HERA PAD The Hera is built with softer, bouncier foam to better support women's ankles. $140; madrockclimbing.com

7. PATAGONIA BORDERLESS CAPRIS These stretchy, 93-percent-recycled capris didn't rip or lose shape after a week of crack climbing at Indian Creek. $60; patagonia.com

8. MAD ROCK ONSIGHT SHOES With a softer flex and new, ultrasticky Science Friction 2.2 rubber, this year's Onsight is the grippiest iteration yet. $75 madrockclimbing.com

9. DEUTER GUIDE 30SL This 2,200-cubic-inch pack easily strips down to the bare essentials for fast-and-light day trips. $139; deuterusa.com

Women's Travel

Women's travel gear
(Photograph by Shana Novak)

1. PATAGONIA ALL-TIME SHELL Thanks to a snap-off hood and warm fleece collar, this recycled-polyester, waterproof-breathable jacket will keep you dry and cozy in nasty weather. $225; patagonia.com

2. PRANA MONIQUE TOP Even after the 20th wearing, we never tired of this feminine organic-cotton tee. $45; prana.com

3. ATHLETA PRINTED PACK EVERYWHERE DRESS We tried—and failed—to wrinkle this flattering polyester-and-spandex halter dress. $89; athleta.com

4. SMARTWOOL WOMEN'S BUTTON SWEATER This washable, 100-percent-wool hoodie is the wearable equivalent of comfort food. $100; smartwool.com

5. IBEX BALANCE BRA LIGHT AND THONG This silky merino-wool-spandex-nylon bra and matching thong feel like a second skin. $35, $25; ibex.com

6. THE NORTH FACE ROCKBOUND PASS CAPRIS These quick-drying, two-way-stretch ripstop pants refuse to get bent out of shape. $60; thenorthface.com

7. EAGLE CREEK GETAWAY BAG Unlike most bags this tough, this ballistic-nylon purse isn't an eyesore. $70; eaglecreek.com

8. BØRN NORDI SANDALS Finally, metallic-leather sandals that are just as comfy and durable as our favorite webbed sport sandals. $85; bornshoes.com

9. MEDIS FUEL CELL POWER EMERGENCY KIT Activate the fuel cell (yes, an actual fuel cell) and you can power the included flashlight or any handheld device (phone, gps, etc.) for several hours. $60; medistechnologies.com

Women's Surfing

Women's surfing gear
(Photograph by Shana Novak)

1. ROXY LIMITED EDITION SYNCHRO 1/1 MM LONG-SLEEVED TOP In summer ocean temps, one millimeter of neoprene is often all you need to stay in the water until dusk. $70; roxy.com

2. DAKINE GIRL'S INDO HAT It's surf-ready: A stretchy chinstrap secures it to your head. And it floats. $30; dakine.com

3. KAENON POLARIZED BATON SUNGLASSES Spring-loaded temples and hydrophobic pads ensure they stay in place, while crisp lenses present the world in high-def. $209; kaenon.com

4. GARY FISHER SIMPLE CITY 8 BIKE Full fenders and a large chainguard keep you clean and dry, the leather grips and saddle are comfortable on long commutes, and the front basket holds two bags of groceries. $970; fisherbikes.com

5. LOLE GLOW BAG Multiple pockets prevent your towel and book from becoming one big sunblock-slathered mess. $55; lolewomen.com

6. PATAGONIA SHORTIE BOARDIES The adjustable tie at the side makes these shorts extra comfy when lying on a surfboard. $55; patagonia.com

7. REEF BEACHCOMBER FLIP-FLOPS Organic cotton-canvas straps plus soles made from recycled materials. $34; reef.com

8. CARVE DESIGNS BONDI SEAMLESS TOP AND BOTTOMS This soft, reversible bikini feels like a second skin. $46, $42; carvedesigns.com

9. PATAGONIA BIBIANA TANKINI AND SOLID ADOUR BOTTOMS An internal shelf bra offers large-chested beachgoers ample support. $48, $34; patagonia.com

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