(Inga Hendrickson)

The Best Women’s Thru-Hiking Gear of 2018


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Ditching weight means going farther faster.

(Courtesy Sierra Designs)

Sierra Designs High Side I Tent ($280)

This petite 2.4-pound package is a breeze to set up. And even in a windy late-October Arkansas deluge, the featherlight aluminum poles held securely and kept testers dry.

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Jetboil Flash Stove ($100)

Faster than ever, the updated Flash can boil half a liter of water in 100 seconds flat. For maximum happiness, order the coffee-press attachment ($10) and enjoy a quickly brewed cup of joe in the morning.

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Ortovox Cortina Tunika Sleeveless Shirt ($140)

Fashion meets function in this roomy, Alps-style merino-wool tunika, with enough sleeve to prevent pack straps from rubbing on your shoulders.

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Outdoor Research Optimizer Jacket ($399)

Unseasonal 18-degree Minnesota blasts didn’t catch us out in this waterproof-breathable, windproof jacket made from 12.9-ounce Gore-Tex Active.

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(Courtesy NEMO)

NEMO Jam 30F Sleeping Bag ($350)

NEMO’s innovative spoon shape isn’t actually for spooning, but it does offer more room for side-sleepers’ knees and elbows. A tapered waist shaves extra weight.

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NEMO Tensor 20R Sleeping Pad ($120)

At 14 ounces, the three-inch-thick Tensor is light despite its full size (72 by 20 inches). The 20-denier outer fabric is pleasantly soft and quiet, and low-stretch baffles ensure a stable sleeping surface.

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(Courtesy Oboz)

Oboz Sapphire Mid Waterproof Boots ($160)

Oboz’s R&D on women’s fit—supportive arch, low-volume last, roomy toe box—paid off in spades with these light, comfy boots. The proprietary waterproofing is so airtight, we actually sought out puddles.

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(Courtesy Gregory)

Gregory Deva 60 Pack ($300)

The 4.7-pound Deva isn’t the lightest back­pack we’ve used, but with its generously padded hipbelt, it might be the most comfortable. A detachable daypack makes trail life easier still.

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(Courtesy Maloja)

Maloja Pila M. Multisport Pants ($149)

No itchy fabric or androg­enous styling here. With four-way-stretch nylon-polyester and a straight-leg design, the Pila excels on long hikes.

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