Review Roundup: Best New Women's Hiking Clothes for 2015

Our crew of pro testers review their top picks for the best new women's hiking clothes, including pants, shirts, jackets, sports bras, and more. Plus: Top trends in women's hiking apparel this year.
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Our crew of pro testers review their top picks for the best new women's hiking clothes, including pants, shirts, jackets, sports bras, and more. Plus: Top trends in women's hiking apparel this year.

Women's Hiking Clothes Reviews

Having the right apparel can make a big difference in the backcountry, no matter if you're taking a quick dayhike near town or heading out for an epic backpacking expedition. Our crew of nearly 20 female guides, rangers, and go-getters put dozens of new shirts, pants, jackets, underwear, skirts, shorts, and even socks to the test through months of backpacking in all kinds of conditions to bring your the 7 picks featured here.

Women's hiking apparel trends for 2015

Good news: Women's-specific technical hiking apparel is getting better every year, with more styles, colors, and features to choose from.

Extended sizing

The Terramar Reflex SS Scoop hiking tee is just one of the shirts and tights that Terramar is offering in sizes up to 3XL. That's much larger than most hiking-specific technical brands, and our full-bodied testers rejoiced at having more options to choose from as they hit the trail.

Yoga-inspired styling

The ubiquitous yoga pant—there are at least two pairs of them in any given coffee shop at all times—has made the leap to the outdoors. “Women want to be comfortable on the trail without the traditional outdoor look,” explains Alison Taylor, the clothing buyer at the Summit Hut in Tuscon, AZ. “I see customers moving away from the cargo pockets of traditional hiking pants. Yoga pants are generally more comfortable, lightweight, and flattering.” We tested several different yoga pant-inspired technical pieces, each with different interpretations on pockets, fit, and style (see the Mountain Hardware Dynama Pant for a review of one of them). But they all have one thing in common: a wide waistband that feels lovely under a hipbelt or just on a dayhike.

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