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Three new options—in a panoply of sizes—nail women’s fit and performance

After years of fishing in borrowed men’s clothing, Linda Leary launched a line of practical apparel and totes in an array of funky designs

These tights and skirts each have one ingenious pocket big enough to stash all your essentials

Do you really need a bag designed for women? It comes down to your height and sleeping body temperature.

Women need packs that are just as capable as men’s—and they need them to fit right. Here are the best, most comfortable performers for all-around backpacking.

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Camp stoves were just the beginning for this tech company, which wants to improve off-grid lifestyles around the globe

POC, Sweet Protection, and Maloja make some of the best-fitting, best-performing women's shorts on the market

Your best defense against snow, sun, and everything in between

We tested a bunch of styles. These four came out on top.

The latest hikers are as cozy as they are bombproof

Say goodbye to too-wide, unstable boots. These are built for women's feet from the ground up.

Proceeds from each sale fund scholarships for East African nursing students

Stellar fit and weather protection make these our four favorite top layers

The North Face's newest running tights use eye-tricking patterns to make women look taller and slimmer. Do they work?

Here's what one of the nation's strongest ski mountaineers chooses for both resort and backcountry missions

The bike that turned my little rider into a ripper

A love letter to a very expensive pair of skis

Say goodbye to cement blocks—the latest crop of hiking shoes and boots is lighter and comfier than ever

Strafe solved the biggest problem with ski bibs for women: an easy way to answer nature's call

A women-specific grant dedicated to helping ambitious splitboarders go deeper, further, and higher

This new female-founded outerwear company has a vendetta against girly colors

The ideal kit for sending the sport's toughest grades

A new sleepwear company is on a mission to improve women's sleep using the same material gear companies have relied on for years

Essentials to keep you comfortable no matter how long the flight

There's a dearth of high-performance, heavy duty work gear out there. Patagonia and glove-maker Tougher are trying to change that.

The original technical midlayer

After a summer of running and biking, we came away impressed with this option for 36Ds and smaller

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Polar explorer Vincent Colliard represents a new breed of sponsored athlete: instead of just notching rad exploits, he’s inspiring environmental give-back on a global scale

Sensing that the women's market wasn’t a top priority for lots of existing gear companies, these entrepreneurs and athletes started making their own stuff

Brands like Costa del Mar are putting a stylish touch on performance shades

After a full summer of testing, we found great-fitting bottoms that come in short and long lengths and play just as hard as we do

Three new midweight jackets dump sweat while keeping you warm

Six solutions to age-old boot flaws.

The 161-year-old rod and tackle manufacturer is doubling down on its commitment to women’s gear

The writer and film producer reveals her favorite tried-and-true women’s gear for the crag

By inventing what they needed but couldn't buy from major brands, these women have developed some of the best sports bras on the market

To make a supremely comfortable women's backpacking pack, Osprey found, it needed to send its designers out on the trail

Like running shorts, but tough as nails, these bottoms are made for hard hiking

Cover up with these long-sleeved women's shirts and pants

When professional mountaineers design adventure apparel, good things follow

Pivot's new Mach 5.5 isn't built for women—but it fits them. And that's the Holy Grail of women's-specific design.

These shoulder bags simplify summer wanderings

Travel light with these versatile multitaskers

Meet the women behind a new wave of companies that are using footwear to solve global problems

With 170 millimeters of travel, Juliana’s new Strega comes in S and XS sizes—allowing even the littlest women to find big-bike bliss

These potions nourish skin without toxic chemicals

Suit up, go long, and get after it

Chamois that'll hold up as long as you do

Made with novel skin-gripping fabric, the brand's newest swimwear promises to stick, no matter what

Astral's high-performance Layla is specifically designed for big-breasted paddlers

Travel sandals have to be comfortable, but taking care of your feet needn’t mean sacrificing style. These strappy new kicks look and feel great.

Elite runner Kate Martini wants to bring an edgier aesthetic to the straight-laced world of running apparel

High-performance tools to land the big one

A handful of marketing campaigns and magazines, including Outside, are pushing to represent active women as they really are—strong, diverse, and powerful

Lots of companies struggle with designing great-fitting athletic pants for women who get after it. Kühl and Beija Flor don't.

No need to wear your canary-yellow mountaineering jacket on Boston streets. These raincoats translate outdoor tech to urban style.

The iconic old-school fuzzy layer is making a comeback

One sliver of evidence? The number-one selling ski last winter was the women's Black Pearl, from Blizzard

Three hand-warmers to cure chronically cold fingers

Adventure-wear brands are trying something new: letting customers decide what goes to market

Three brands committing major R&D to making their ski boots fit and perform for women

Smartwool discovered that women run at much different temperatures than men. Now it's using that data to reengineer its women's socks and base layers.

Darcy Conover couldn't find the ultimate base layer, so she ended up designing one herself. I've been testing her women's piece for the past few months and can verify that it is indeed a stroke of genius.

Three warm, bomber, kickass alternatives to the hardshell

Plus five of our best-looking favorites

We've tested hundreds of sports bras over the past few years. These six stand out for their high-performance fabrics and well-designed fits.

In Confluence Films' new release, 'Providence,' Camille Egdorf returns to an Edenic tropical fishery that reopened to boat traffic after a tragic act of piracy

Making a great women's button-down means throwing the standard formula out the window

Mystery Ranch has a simple design philosophy: design stuff that fits and works for as many different people as possible

Boots don’t have to be torture devices. Here’s what to look for when buying your next pair—plus seven of our favorites.

Skirt Sports is taking crowdsourcing to the next level, asking its customers to become its designers

Manufacturers put tons of effort into predicting buyers' whims when it comes to color. Here's how gear designers peer into the crystal ball

"Trail to town" has become a massive cliché in the outdoor industry. But Arc’teryx got the formula right with its A2B collection.

A new generation of bike builders is rethinking the rigs kids ride

A shortage of functional, design-forward mountain bike apparel led one disgruntled rider to launch Buttermilk, a tiny startup dedicated to core female cyclists

Skiers Chris Davenport and Sierra Quitiquit log the first film footage of the Super C Couloir near Portillo, Chile

The strategy behind taming the province's biggest conflagration

Women’s gear is niche no more. It’s hard to imagine a world in which women didn’t have access to outdoor gear that’s optimized for them. But that wasn’t always the case: ill-fitting apparel and hard goods were the norm for women as recently as 20 years ago, and even now,…

Debuting in March 2016, Lumo Run shorts (and women’s tights) have a built-in sensor that analyzes your form and provides real-time coaching. We took the beta version for a test run.