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(Inga Hendrickson)

The Best Women’s Hiking Gear of 2020

Reliable performers for switchback adventures

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Flylow Dolly Shirt ($85)

Women's hiking gear
(Courtesy Flylow)

This UPF 50 long-sleeve shirt is a superb cooling piece. It looks like a flan­nel, but at 4.5 ounces the ­poly-spandex Dolly breathes like a dream.

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Merrell Bravada Waterproof Trail Shoes ($120)

Women's hiking gear
(Courtesy Merrell)

The low-cut Bravada has street style and hiker chops, with cushy heel foam, a comfy EVA midsole, and grippy rubber tread. The waterproof membrane proved itself on a muddy 15-mile hike.

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Salomon Out Day Pack ($140)

Women's hiking gear
(Courtesy Salomon)

The Out Day marries the unrestrictive straps of a running vest with the 24-liter capacity of a daypack. There’s a bladder sleeve and 500-milliliter ­front-strap soft flask for staying hydrated.

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Norrøna Falketind Flex1 Slim Pants ($159)

(Courtesy Norrøna)

Made from a durable, stretchy recycled synthetic blend, these wind- and ­water-resistant pants won’t sag after days of wear. Two front zip pockets keep valuables close.

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Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Tank ($60)

Women's hiking gear
(Courtesy Smartwool)

This airy twist-back tank is made from a blend of merino and polyester; it’s so comfortable, one tester wore it for a week straight—in the sun, under layers, and to bed—before relinquishing it to the washing machine.

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Stio Alpiner Jacket ($289)

Women's hiking gear
(Courtesy Stio)

The 10.6-ounce hooded Alpiner is our back­country ­secur­ity blan­ket. Recycled-­polyester Polartec Alpha insulation kept testers warm on a drizzly day. The DWR-coated nylon shell breathes so well, we stayed dry through unseasonal snowfall.

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Cotopaxi Mariposa Crop Top ($50)

Women's hiking gear
(Courtesy Cotopaxi)

With two layers of 79 per­cent recycled polyester, this reversible crop is supportive enough for some women to wear as a bra, yet stylish enough to rock on its own. Bonus: the high neck provides a little extra sun protection.

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Roka Cambridge Sunglasses ($190)

Women's hiking gear
(Courtesy Roka)

Not a fan of ­Skittle-colored shades? These classic frames have ­glare-cutting carbon polarized lenses and a ­fingerprint-resistant coating. No-slip pads hold them in place.

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Nocs Provisions Standard Issue 8×25 Binoculars ($115)

Women's hiking gear
(Courtesy Nocs Provisions)

Anti­reflective coating lets in more light and keeps colors accurate. A high-end prism enhances sharpness, and the textured grip and waterproof housing are adventure-ready.

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Editor’s Note: (5/22/20) In the print edition of the 2020 Summer Buyer’s Guide, Outside listed the price of the Merrel Bravada as $130 and the price of the Nocs Provisions binoculars as $89. We’ve updated this page to reflect the current price. 

From Summer 2020 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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