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There’s a lot more to these bottoms than meets the eye

Focus on your session—not your clothes

Don’t be afraid to sweat it out in these running pieces

The best comfort and performance for all levels of activity

Pants made by—and for—plus-size female hikers

Amy McCulloch went to the Himalayas looking for adventure. She came back with an idea for an epic novel.

Kathryn Miles’s new book, ‘Trailed,’ investigates the killings of Julie Williams and Lollie Winans in Shenandoah National Park 25 years ago—and asks difficult questions about safety in nature

To become one of those people who joyfully hikes, bikes, and skis in the nude, she’d have to train for it

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In their recent release, Molly Huddle and Sara Slattery push back against conditions that curtail the running careers of young women, with stories from 50 who’ve made it

In the ten years since she published her memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, her life has changed dramatically—and so has the trail itself

“At 100 bucks, the Escape Pursuit might be the perfect mountain-town kicks,” wrote Winter Buyer’s Guide running shoe testers Cory Smith and Lisa Jhung. “The Escape Pursuit is a seemingly simple shoe that checks all the boxes for short- to mid-distance runs on hilly terrain.” At 50 percent off,…

“This well-designed, comfortable layer is our go-to for daylong hikes or running errands around town,” wrote senior editor Kelsey Lindsey. “Its secret: the fabric, which combines a smooth cotton-blend exterior for a sweatshirt feel with a breathable recycled-polyester lining that moves perspiration like a tech top.”…

This pair took the top spot in our 2020 test of the best women’s hiking pants. “These are not only great for hiking but also for climbing, bike riding, lounging next to a campfire, and even wandering around town,” wrote tester Amy Jurries. “Eddie Bauer makes them in a…

Outside contributor Svati Kirsten Narula included the Agravic Pro TR in her Winter Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best women’s running gear of 2022. “This stretchy, three-layer ­waterproof shell offers the perfect mix of protection and breathability for rainy or snowy sessions,” she wrote.

We recommended this pack for the remote worker in our holiday gift guide. The 20-liter Wayfinder is a versatile everyday pack made from durable ripstop nylon. Plus, the pack as all the tech features you need for work travel like cord organizers and padded laptop sleeves.

In our long-term test of the best women’s running shorts, our testers picked the Strider Pro as the best low-rise pair. “Aside from the next-to-skin feel, the biggest benefit of the Strider Pro is that it stays out of the way. The generous leg openings and light, stretchy fabric make it feel roomy.”

When Maggie Shipstead set out to report on women-only expedition travel, she was driven by a desire to learn new skills in a low-bro-factor environment. But six days exploring Alaska with the state’s first woman-owned adventure outfitter turned out to be regenerative in ways she didn’t expect.

I own a men’s Fitz Roy puffy that doesn’t really fit and got damaged by hot grease during a campout. Here’s why it’s my most treasured clothing possession.

Change offered an elite athlete an opportunity to better understand herself—and what she still wants from her sport

Packed with premium 850-fill down in the torso and synthetic insulation elsewhere, the Cerium LT is constructed to retain warmth where you need it (around your core) and manage moisture everywhere else. You’ll barely notice it in your pack: it weighs just 9.7 ounces.

For decades, Deep Springs College in California resisted the push to go coed. But even though women are now allowed to attend, it still holds on to the past.

The apparel and accessories we loved for exercising at home

Cozy, stylish apparel for post-ski festivities

The Masao is one of our favorite waterproof jackets because it’s both lightweight and packed with features. The pockets in the front are compatible with a harness and your helmet will fit snug under the hood. Plus, there are zippers built into the armpits of this jacket—ideal for dumping…

We crowned this romper the MVP of summer. Former editor Axie Navas wrote, “Over the course of the past year, I’ve worn this one-piece for work, gardening, pub crawling, traveling, and hiking.” The recycled polyester-spandex fabric is comfortable and non-restricting. Plus, the stylish cut keeps your look polished without…

Senior gear editor Ariella Gintzler praised these tights for their extreme comfort and durability. “After more than four months of weekly use in the gym and on the gritty sandstone boulders near my home in Santa Fe, these bottoms hardly look worn,” she wrote.

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Bring comfort and style with you on your next outdoor adventure. The Women’s Mixed Material Shirt made with 85 percent recycled materials is quick drying with UPF 50 to keep you cool and protected from the sun. The comfortable stretch and zipper pockets add the functionality you need to play (or work) hard outside.

What’s the best base layer top for women? Contributor Kassondra Cloos thinks it’s the Kari Traa Rose. “With a deep half-zip and thin side panels running from hip to wrist, the top also works in a wide range of temperatures,” she wrote. This version has a slim hood to…

What made our Buyer’s Guide testers fall in love with the Alice? Comfort. “With a wide yoga-style waistband, a buttery Italian chamois, and smart silicone placement to keep the legs from creeping up, the Alice is a good choice for long days in the saddle, with or without shorts…

Stock up for fall adventures with these killer deals on gear we’ve tested in the field

Oh socks, how we love thee. “Socks can make or break your hiking experience,” our tester wrote about the 50 percent merino Women’s Performance Hike Light Cushion Crew. “These Smartwools hug your feet in all the right spots, providing cushioning, compression and ventilation where it’s needed most.”…

With an innovative hipbelt and pockets (almost) everywhere I need them, this backpack is a quiver killer for multiday treks

Merino wicks moisture, dries quickly, and is comfortable against the skin. These are my favorite pieces to sweat in.

After testing the R1 Air for a year, our reviews editor might not wear another midlayer. “The R1 breathes and wicks sweat better than any other midlayer I’ve tested,” he wrote. “This is a must-have for the uphill athlete moving in cold weather—especially if you are someone who runs hot.”

Two versatile, go-anywhere dresses that are practical before all else

With summer here, we’re getting back into ambitious recreation, and that means a return to grit, sweat, and serious post-fun scrubbing. Cleanliness connoisseur Danielle Sepulveres explains how these wetdowns can create memories all their own.

As the number one female street skateboarder in the country, Duran hopes to inspire more people to try the sport

After her prestigious corporate job nearly destroyed her, Melinda Spooner found her path forward by getting way, way out there

We love this long-sleeve shirt for its discreet sun protection (50+ UPF rating). Thanks to the soft, quick-drying fabric, it still “manages to feel light and breezy,” according to our tester. Plus, the bright plaid colors are casual enough to wear around town as well as on the trail.

The Stretchdown is a staff favorite. “This puffy is made with a nylon-elastane face fabric that’s super stretchy, so it’s great for increased range of motion for climbing, hiking, and skiing,” said senior gear editor Ariella Gintzler.

This 800-fill water-resistant parka packs next-level warmth in a sleek package. The Hometown’s mid-thigh length provides a flattering fit while keeping you toasty on frigid outings around town. We especially like the roomy, adjustable hood.

Since Mary Cain spoke out about the Nike Oregon Project in 2019, a growing wave of young runners have come forward with their own allegations of negligent coaching and toxic team cultures across the sport

Senior editor Ariella Gintzler loves the Houdini for its versatile, lightweight material. “The papery quality of the Houdini offers superior next-to-skin comfort; you can wear it over a short-sleeve shirt without that clammy shell sensation against your arms,” she writes. It’s billed as a trail-running shell, but works just…

We featured the Actik Core in our 2018 Summer Buyer’s Guide as one of the best headlamps for running. “We love the simplicity of the Actik, which powers its 350 lumens via a rechargeable lithium battery that’s easy to top off before a run,” our tester wrote. “No outlet?…

Every woman who hikes has been the target of mansplaining—and outdoor writers and editors are no exception

The Singlefin is one of our favorite pairs of women’s sunglasses. “They’re nice and snug, so they stay put for hours on the trail or working out without slipping,” wrote our health editor. “They are ideal for running, but pass for casual shades just as well.”…

This batch is up for adventures big and small

The best gear for long days on the trail

Make your next trip more comfortable than the last

Our favorite new kit for two-wheeled adventures

Cool clothing for quick laps and high-mileage days

She started her career in fashion, and didn't start running until she was 20. Now she crafts women's athletic apparel.

What you need for pushing hard and feeling good afterward

Cast in comfort, even on the hottest days and most remote streams

One of our editors’ favorite layers to cozy up in after a long day of skiing, the Better Sweater can also be dressed up thanks to the heathered knit face. We also like the zippered pocket on the sleeve, which is handy for keys and cards.

A pair of high-quality merino wool socks are a worthy investment in our book, considering that unpleasantries on the trail––blisters and chafing––start with wet feet. These socks wick and breathe exceptionally well, and are built to provide warmth and comfort for all-day endeavors.

In our 2018 Summer Buyer’s Guide test, the Interstellar blew our crew away with an uncanny mix of weatherproofing, breathability, and stretch. “It feels softer than a soft shell but as waterproof as any hard shell I’ve used,” said one tester. “Not to mention that it’s the…

After experiencing loss, a new mother races through grief at the edge of the world

The full-zip version of this windbreaker was one of our favorite pieces of peak bagging gear for its compact size and light protection. This half-zip is ideal for day hikes or getting around town, and it won’t blend into the landscape—that’s just fine with us.

This isn’t just a film about three best friends riding bikes in Silverton, Colorado. It’s the story of everything that happens in between.

‘Girls Gotta Eat Dirt’ isn’t your typical #inspirational stoke video

Wild Rye makes some of our favorite women’s MTB apparel. “Wild Rye nailed the stretchy-durable balance here: the Freel moves just right in the saddle, but the fabric isn’t so thin that an errant piñon will shred it,” our tester wrote in our 2019…

Finding hiking pants for my curvy body was a lifelong struggle, until I tried Fjällräven’s High Coast Lite trousers

By the age of 14, girls are dropping out of sports at twice the rate of boys. Athlete Jaime Hill is working to keep girls inspired.

A great everyday layer with technical chops, the Nano Puff packs down to the size of an orange. It brought enough heat to keep our testers warm in low thirty-degree weather. It’s filled with high-loft synthetic insulation, and the ripstop fabric is treated with DWR to repel water.

We gave this lightweight rain jacket a Gear of the Year award in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. The Bantamweight strikes a perfect balance between being waterproof and breathable, so you stay dry in summer showers and comfortable on strenuous hikes. “The Bantamweight feels like a windbreaker but performs…

This is the midlayer that makes life easier on 20-degree high-alpine backcountry excursions. “The outer fabric on the Proton LT was more wind resistant than many of the other jackets,” we wrote in our review.

Kari Traa’s base layers are specifically designed for women, by women, and the Rose pant is a perfect example of that. The pant uses playful, Nordic-inspired patterns that don’t feel overly girly. Plus, it’s made from 100% merino wool that wicks moisture, dries quickly, and resists odor.

Cycling gloves take the sting out of rough roads and trails, help with bar handling, and keep your hands comfortable if the weather gets chilly. In our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide, we especially liked Giro’s Riv’ette CS gloves because they are thin, light, and fitted so you barely notice…

This shacket is part of our gear editor’s go-to fall outfit. With ripstop nylon on one side and flannel on the other, you can wear it as a classic puffy or an insulated flannel. Our editor said she found it “particularly handy on those fickle fall days when I…

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