The Best Women’s Hiking Gear of 2019
Stuff to keep you comfortable for a day (or a month) on the trail
Headsweats Performance Trucker Hat ($26)
We know: “performance trucker” screams oxymoron. But the mesh fabric in Headsweats’ new lid is extremely breathable, and the terry band soaks up moisture.
Norrøna Svalbard Jacket ($259)
The cotton-polyester blend is soft as brushed suede, and DWR coating, taped seams, and a roomy hood add wind-proofing and water resistance for blustery days.
Birkenstock Arizona EVA Sandals ($45)
It’s worth the extra few ounces to bring along the Arizonas. After a long day portaging in the Boundary Waters, these closed-cell-foam kicks soothed our feet with cushy, anatomical soles.
Leki Micro Vario Carbon Lady Trekking Poles ($200)
These collapsible, 8.1-ounce carbon sticks fold down to just 15 inches, and a new locking lever replaces the old finicky push button.
NEMO Dragonfly 2 Tent ($400)
Consider the Dragonfly the tiny house of tents. Every inch is practical, with two wide doors, a large vestibule for stashing grimy stuff, two overhead gear pockets for the rest, and a crosspole that increases head space—all in a roomy 29-square-foot, sub-three-pound package.
Columbia Featherweight Pants ($110)
These nylon-elastane trousers are streamlined, with two unobtrusive zip pockets, straight legs, and a wide elasticized waistband. It’s a flattering departure from traditional cargo pants.
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Hydrapak Stow 1L Flexible Bottle ($17)
This collapsible, BPA- and PVC-free thermoplastic-polyurethane vessel weighs less than two ounces and takes up a fraction of the space of a hard bottle. When full, the internal baffle makes it easy to hold, and the spillproof nozzle minimizes sloppy sipping.
Fjällräven Bergtagen 38 Pack ($265)
Beautifully minimalist, this pack has one big hole for gear and two zippered pockets for essentials. What really won our hearts were the wooden exterior frame stays, which take pressure off the back and shoulders.
Sunski Manresa Sunglasses ($68)
The polarized dark gray lenses protect eyes from sun and water glare, while the light plastic frames grip comfortably.