Quality and comfortable gear benefits every trek—from a simple day-hike to a multi-month thru-hike.
Quality and comfortable gear benefits every trek—from a simple day-hike to a multi-month thru-hike. (Inga Hendrickson)

The Best Women’s Hiking Gear of 2017

The perfect assortment for all manner of out-and-backs

Quality and comfortable gear benefits every trek—from a simple day-hike to a multi-month thru-hike.

The perfect assortment for all manner of out-and-backs. 

Grayl Ultralight purifier.
Grayl Ultralight purifier. (Courtesy of Grayl)

Grayl Ultralight Purifier ($60)

This sleek dual-canister filter basically French-presses viruses, bacteria, and protozoan cysts from your water in just 15 seconds. Simply fill it, press down on the inner cylinder, and drink up.

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Marmot Knife Edge jacket.
Marmot Knife Edge jacket. (Courtesy of Marmot)

Marmot Knife Edge Jacket ($225)

Despite its gauzy weight (just 11 ounces), this waterproof-breathable Gore-Tex PacLite shell kept us dry in dreary Minnesota sleet. And the details are spot-on, like an adjustable hood with an elastic drawstring.

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Adventure Medical Kits Day Tripper Light first aid supply.
Adventure Medical Kits Day Tripper Light first aid supply. (Courtesy of REI)

Adventure Medical Kits Day Tripper Light First Aid Supply ($15)

Packed with everything for two hikers on a quick trek, this kit helps make emergency decisions easier, with clearly labeled pockets full of remedies for everything from cuts to burns.

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Royal Robbins Jammer shorts.
Royal Robbins Jammer shorts. (Courtesy of REI)

Royal Robbins Jammer Shorts ($58)

Free your legs with these superlight shorts. The simple cut doesn’t snag or bunch, and the nylon-spandex blend offers UPF 50 protection.

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Cotopaxi Luzon Connect pack.
Cotopaxi Luzon Connect pack. (Courtesy of Cotopaxi)

​Cotopaxi Luzon Connect Pack ($65)

Made from high-quality recycled nylon, the 18-liter Luzon Connect has a drawstring closure up top, an internal hydration sleeve, and ultralight mesh straps. Bonus: you get to choose your own colors for each panel. 

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Ortovox Rock N' Wool Short Sleeve shirt.
Ortovox Rock N' Wool Short Sleeve shirt. (Courtesy of Ortovox)

​Ortovox Rock N’ Wool Short Sleeve Shirt ($99)

This perfectly technical top is a step up from a plain-Jane base layer. Poly-merino fabric boosts ventilation and stretch.

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Leki Cressida DSS trekking poles.
Leki Cressida DSS trekking poles. (Courtesy of Leki.)

Leki Cressida DSS Trekking Poles ($160)

Poles save knees. Use them. Rubber shock absorbers near the tips of Leki’s aluminum Cressidas combine with internal stainless-steel springs to soak up impact force.

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Keen Terradora Mid WIP boots.
Keen Terradora Mid WIP boots. (Courtesy of Keen)

Keen Terradora Mid WP Boots ($140)

A rare hiker built from the ground up for the female foot, the Terradora has a narrow last and a high arch. We took it straight from the box on a steep six-mile climb and ­remained blister-free.

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From 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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