October 20, 2015 / Comments (4)

Best Hiking Gear For Women

womens hiking gear

It can be incredibly difficult for women to find hiking gear that fits right and functions well. I’ve put my gear to the test and talked to women across the United States about their favorite gear made specifically for women- plus a couple bonus suggestions. If you’re just getting into hiking or backpacking, looking for a gift for a friend or loved one, or are in serious need of an upgrade, look no further! Here’s our favorite gear made specifically for women.

Them-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad- Women’s

neoair xlite womens

A great lightweight, full length inflatable pad. The women’s version has an added reflective layer for additional warmth. Oh yeah!


Black Diamond Women’s Trail Trekking Poles

black diamond trekking poles

Black Diamond Poles are my go-to for hikes with steep descents and difficult stream crossings. This version has EVA foam grips ergonomically designed to fit women’s hands. They also fold up for easy storage when you don’t need them.



Altra Lone Peak 2.5 Trail Runners


Altra’s signature Zero Drop shoes take into account the fact that women have a narrower heel and midfoot, higher instep, longer arch and unique metatarsal spacing with their gender specific design.


Injinji Run Women’s Lightweight Coolmax Socks


Get blisters between your toes? Give these funky socks a try! I bet you’ll never go back.


ExOfficio Give-N-Go Bikini Brief


Still hike with cotton underwear even though you’re layered in all synthetics? With ExOfficio underwear you can take two for a backpacking trip, no matter the distance. They’re odor resistant, dry quick, and super comfortable. You can thank me later.


Moving Comfort Fiona Sports Bra


Moving Comfort is my go-to brand for sports bras but I’ve been impressed with the Fiona bra the most. It’s very supportive, prevents the dreaded uni-boob, comfortable, and unhooks in the back. No more trying to pull a sweaty bra over your head after a long day on the trail!


Icebreaker Sprite Leggings


Because these leggings are made of wool, I wear them at night and when it’s cool on the trail without worrying about odor. They’re extremely comfy and will keep you warm!


Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket


An ultralight super warm jacket for summits and camp. I prefer a hooded jacket which is also available.


Outdoor Research Women’s Helium II Jacket

Outdoor Research Women's Helium II Jacket

Outdoor Research Women’s Helium II JacketA really great ultralight rain jacket to keep in your pack. It’s so light, you won’t care about carrying it even if the skies don’t open up.



Purple Rain Adventure Skirt


Skirts are the way to go for ultimate versatility. This one has the best pockets. Made by another female hiker who knows pockets are a high commodity among women.


Columbia Just Right Women’s Hiking Pants


Finally a pair of hiking pants that really fit. They’ll keep your bottom covered, have the right amount of stretch, and have UV protection. They come in regular, short, and plus size fits.


Gossamer Gear Mariposa 6o Lightweight Backpack


Ultralight high capacity pack for a backpacking adventure. It can even fit your bear canister! The shoulder straps and hipbelt are padded and shaped with women in mind.



Osprey Aura 50 AG


Versatile midsize backpack fit specifically for women.


Gossamer Gear Type II 26 Summit Pack


The pack I reach for when I’m day hiking and peak bagging. Great organization and small enough that you won’t bring stuff you don’t need!



Diva Cup (Menstrual Cup)


Stop dealing with packing out tampons when you backpack. So great I’ve switched over to these off trail too. It’s great for the environment!



Buff UV Headband


Super versatile headband, bandana, neck warmer, and the list goes on. Love my Buff!





Prevent chafing and blisters with one product. Apply where your pack rubs, on your feet, and even to deal with thigh chafe.


Looking for full gear lists? See what I pack for a variety of adventures including day hikes, bushwhacks, and a thru hike of the John Muir Trail!


Would you recommend other gear to be included in the best hiking gear for women list? Leave a comment!

Last modified: September 1, 2017

4 Responses to :
Best Hiking Gear For Women

  1. Anna H says:

    Perfect post to send my family before the holidays! 😉 seriously, great list. I’ve been looking for the perfect pair of hiking pants so I need to give these a try!

  2. I think those trekking poles are the ones I looked at in REI recently. I just remember picking them up and thinking – these weigh NOTHING! I almost sprang for them. Later on I was thinking though – you probably can’t adjust the length right?

    1. allison says:

      They come in two different lengths! Your arm should be at a 90 degree angle when holding trekking poles that are the right length 🙂

  3. Gary Wilson says:

    Thanks a lot for posting this guide. This is going to be really helpful for my wife as we go on treks together. Keep up the good work 🙂

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