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2021 Summer Buyer’s Guide

The Best Women’s Hiking Gear of 2021

The best gear for long days on the trail


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Gossamer Gear The DCF One Tent ($539)

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This one-person shelter goes up with two trekking poles and weighs under 16 ounces. The fly and interior are attached, simplifying setup. Forty-five inches of headroom and a vestibule keep you and your gear comfy and dry.

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Sea to Summit Cinder CD1 Quilt ($180)

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For warm nights, spread out this 17-ounce, 750-fill down quilt, rated to 50 degrees. Straps and snaps secure it to your pad, around your neck, or to another CD1 to make a queen-size blanket.

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Therm-a-Rest Women’s NeoAir Xlite Pad ($180)

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The 2.5-inch-thick NeoAir Xlite packs down to the size of a Nalgene and weighs just 12 ounces. It was designed for women, who tend to sleep cooler, with a 5.4 R-value that works year-round.

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Flylow Davis Jacket ($135)

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For blustery ridges and cool mornings, grab this windbreaker. It’s breathable and UPF 50+, so it doubles as a sun hoodie on mild days. The DWR treatment makes it a great oh-shit layer.

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Hoka One One Torrent 2 Shoes ($120)

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This update to Hoka’s popular trail shoe combines cushion and support with a relatively low-profile sole, offering agility and stability. It’s a fantastic crossover for runs or multi-day treks.

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Mammut Runbold Light Pants ($99)

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The Runbold Light has a wide elastic waist- band that makes it as comfortable as a pair of leggings, but the durable, stretchy, and wonderfully breathable polyamide-elastane blend is up for long treks.

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Lowe Alpine Cholatse 42:47L Pack ($185)

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Sized for light multi-day trips, the 47-liter Cholatse has a plush hipbelt, a breathable back panel, and ample pockets. Compression straps make it a great option for summit pushes and day hikes, too.

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Ortovox CoolTec Fast Upward T-Shirt ($90)

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Buttery soft, featherlight, and tough, this merino layer is the ideal summer shirt. The wool-tencel blend keeps you cool in the heat, and the athletic cut is just right—svelte but not too tight.

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Skida Brim Hat ($48)

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Catch some shade under this quick-drying packable flat-brim hat. Skida, a woman-owned brand from Vermont, is known for taking simple items and adding major flair—like this whimsical flower print.

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Icebreaker Sprite Racerback Bra ($60)

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This no-itch wool bra from Icebreaker is best suited to small chests and low-impact activities. It has a narrow racerback, meaning there’s less fabric to sweat through while you’re moving, and it’s quick to dry in camp.

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From Summer 2021 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Courtesy the Companies

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