Best Hiking Gear for Women ✔️ My Go-To Gear for Adventuring!

After many, many hours spent trudging through the outdoors, relying on nothing but our bodies and determination to get up that mountain, you may have come to realize just how important comfortable, quality hiking gear really is!

With over 10 years of collecting and testing my own outdoor gear, I decided to compile this list of the best hiking gear for women to help those of you who might need to upgrade.

I have used or own every item on this list and have thoroughly tested each product before recommending them to you so you can be assured that I can whole heartedly back everything on this list.

So without further ado, here is all the hiking gear I use personally on my adventures in the wild!

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Quick Summary 

If you don’t have time to read the whole post and just want to quickly gather find my top pieces of hiking gear for women, below is a quick table to get your started.

🥾 Best Hiking Boots:Salewa Raven 3 Gortex
🧥 Best Puffer Jacket:Columbia Powder Lite
Most Versatile Item:R1 Mid Layer
🗣️ Best for Backpacking:Osprey Aura 65L
🎒 Best Day Pack: Deuter Zugspitze 22L
📷 Best Gear Hack: Peak Design Capture Clip

Backpacks

Trekking / Overnight backpacking:

Why I love it

THE most comfortable backpack I have ever worn! A heat mouldable hip band is just one of the adjustable features of this pack which lets you get the perfect fit.

Alongside its comfort, this pack has a handy attachment loop of pocket for anything you need to take with you on a trip!

Osprey’s life time guarantee also means you can bring it back to any authorised retailer for free repairs, meaning it’s an investment for life.

Day Pack:

Why I love it

The mesh insert in the back area means my back can sweat freely on those long hot day hikes.

Everyone hates the feeling of putting on a cold, sweat-soaked pack after a lunch break. No need for that with the amazing airflow this pack gives you.

A perfect size for day trips, with enough accessible compartments for phones and trail snacks!

Shoes / Boots

Trail Runners / Warm Weather day hikes

Why I love them

Perfect light weight, breathable shoe with great traction for day hikes in a warm climate.

I chose the Gortex option for complete waterproofing as I am frequently hiking in snow with these shoes, but this does compromise from the breathability a little.

For me, the waterproof version is perfect and I still find them plenty breathable, however if you are mostly hiking in warm temperatures the non Gortex option may be better as it will still dry very quickly.

Long distance warm weather hiking

Why I love them

For longer, more strenuous hikes, I need a bit more ankle support. In comes the Salomon Quest hiking boots.

These Gortex lined boots are great when you want a balance of waterproofing and breathability, whilst giving your foot the support it needs to carry a heavy pack, long distances.

Alpinism and cold, mountain hiking

Why I love them

These boots are my absolute favourites! With a blister free guarantee, they are hike-able right out of the box.

Included with the shoe are a set of 3 stackable inserts to let you get the perfect fit for your foot making them perfect for narrow feet.

With a stiff sole and crampon compatible heel + toe pieces, these boots are perfect for days spent in snowy mountain, alpine conditions!

Hydration

Why I love it

A classic companion on most travellers adventures, this old faithful never fails you.

Beside the obvious 1 liter of liquid carrying capacity, my favourite thing about the Nalgene bottle is that is can hold boiling water without melting.

It’s perfect for adapting into a hot water bottle for your sleeping bag on a cold night!

Why I love it

I bring this with me on all my travels!

Life straw filters out bacteria, parasites, and micro-plastics, making almost all water drinkable!

With the bottle adaptor kit you can make the LifeStraw fit most wide and small mouthed water bottles. I use mine in conjunction with my Nalgene bottle.

Why I love it

With the option to carry up to 3L on my back, I love the flexibility of not having to have the bladder filled the whole way, and still being able to drink every last drip.

The back plate and attachment clip keeps it upright no matter how your bag’s packed, plus the multiple attachment points on the hose, allow it to be removed from your pack for filling, without detaching the hose from your shoulder strap.

I also carry extra mouth pieces with me on my treks, as I managed to chew through one in a couple of days in Pakistan.

Cooking

Why I love it

So many pots and pans, cleverly stacked into one small portable container.

With multiple pans that double as bowls, there’s no need to bring extra with you.

The flame is contained within it’s own wind proof structure, meaning the heat doesn’t stop when cooking somewhere exposed!

Sleeping

Why I love it

I actually have the old Nemo Azura -7°C / 20°F sleeping bag that seems to have been discontinued and replaced with the Nemo Tempo.

This incredible warm sleeping bag will have you sleeping as snug as a bug in a rug and the problems that I encounter with mine (too narrow for my sleeping position) have all been improved with the new version.

With ventilation zips to allow extra airflow and a handy valuables pocked right near your face, this bag has comfort and convenience in mind for those cold cold temperatures!

Why I love it

This self inflating sleeping pad packs down to a light weight, small addition to your backpack, with a huge reward.

Who doesn’t love the comfort of arriving at your camp and being able to get an amazing nights sleep?

No need for carrying pumps or using your already exhausted lungs to manual blow it up. Just open the valve and let it fill itself!

Clothing

Why I love it

This jacket is 100% worth the price tag. It’s incredible light and breathable whilst also being fully wind, and water proof!

Being able to squish this jacket down to the size of nothing, you will never regret bringing it along as soon as the weather picks up!

Why I love it

This puffer jackets thin profile makes it perfect for layering.

Whilst it may not look it with it’s streamline design, this jacket is incredibly warm thanks to its Omni-Heat™ reflective lining.

This silver insert helps reflect your body head and hold it in the jacket to keep you toasty all year round!

Why I love it

This mid-layer is my rock! Coming with me everywhere, Patagonia really hit the mark with this one!

It’s R1 design makes it incredibly breathable when sweating your way uphill, whilst keeping you toasty warm when in cooler climats on top of the mountain!

This is the kind of fleece you can wear all day and be consistently comfortable!

Why I love it

Stretchy, comfortable, lite mountaineering trousers.

Whilst these aren’t 100% waterproof, their comfortable, warm style wins out of any pants I own!

Why I love it

My favourite thing about these hiking pants are their shorts!

These convertible wonders allows you to wear them as a full length trouser, 3/4 capris, or modern stylish shorts.

Unlike a lot of convertible hiking pants around, these shorts come to the mid thigh, rather than knee length. Much more modern and comfortable for a lot of people.

Why I love it

Anyone notice how much I like to be comfortable?

Giving you warm insulation in cold climates whilst providing the support of compression leggings, these leggings are the real deal!

I often wear them on their own as well as underneath ski pants for extra warmth.

Why I love it

Available in 3 warmth ratings, these ergonomic socks are made with both comfort and durability in mind.

Ice breaker even offers a life time warranty on their socks!

Gotten a hole? Take them into a icebreaker store to be handed a new pair, absolutely free!

Other

Why I love it

Made out of durable material, these canvas gaiters are sure not to let you down.

With a sturdy structure, leather boot straps and an additional metal upper calf buckle, these babies wont move no matter how long you hike.

Why I love it

Whilst I was hiking to Everest Base Camp, I became super frustrated with having to stop and take off my pack to find my camera.

As there was an incredible view worth capturing around every corner, I ended up slinging my heavy DSLR around my neck for days at a time. Not Ideal.

The Capture Clip was my saving grace! Compatible with any tripod compatible camera, the Capture Clip allows you to carry your camera comfortably and safely, whilst giving you easy access at the click of a button!

Why I love it

Lightweight, packable poles!

If you are like me and hate carrying poles on easy terrain, simply tuck them away for when you really need them!

Their z shape design means they pack down small as easily as they are assembled.

FAQs about the Best Women’s Hiking Gear

What are some women’s hiking gear essentials?

Some women’s hiking gear essentials include the super comforable Osprey Aura 65L backpack, Salomon Speedcross Trail Runners and the Nemo Tempo -7°C/20°F Sleeping Bag.

Are there fashionable hiking clothes for women?

Yes, there are fashionable hiking clothes for women like these convertible hiking pants which turn into 6″ shorts as opposed to the knee length that many other zip off hiking pants have.

What should you wear when hiking in Summer?

In summer you should wear shorts or light hiking pants, a breathable t-shirt and carry a waterproof shell jacket and light puffer jacket incase the weather turns nasty during your hike.

Which are the best hiking boots for women?

The Salewa Raven 3 are the best hiking boots for women as they come with a blister free guarantee and 3 stackable footbed inserts so that you can fit the shoe specifically to any foot type.

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Helpful Resources

Booking.com - My favorite place to find the perfect hotel for any budget and location with lots of filters to easily narrow it down to a select few.
Hotels.com - Another great place to find a hotel with specific requirements for your trip.
Agoda - Best for booking hotels in Asia. Has options worldwide however in Asia it seems to have the most options of all the booking sites.
Hostelworld - Perfect for backpackers, Hostelworld is my go-to to find dorm rooms and cheap, social accommodation options.
Rental Cars - My preferred place to find rental cars at great prices around the world.
Discover Car Hire - Another option to compare rental car companies and providers worldwide.
Sixt - Previously “Thrifty” car rentals.
Europcar - Offers car and van hire around the world.
AutoEurope - Best place to find RV’s to rent for your trip.
Paul Camper - Rent campervans directly from their owners at reduced prices.
Get Your Guide - My preference for finding and comparing city tours, day trips and attractions around the world.
Viator - Preferred by US providers so sometimes has a bigger range of activities in select locations.
Klook - Most popular in Asia, you will find a bigger range of attractions and tours in the region of Asia on Klook.
Civitatis - Specializing in European Cities. Although it provides tours worldwide, always check here for additional options if visiting Europe.
HeadOut - Best place to find discounted attraction tickets.
Tiqets - Offers a lot of combo tickets. Make sure to visit if you are planning on visiting a few iconic attractions within a city.
Tripaneer - Where to go if you want to book retreats of any kind (yoga, cycling, outdoors etc).
Guru Walks - Book your spot on a free walking tour.
G Adventure - Lets you compare multi day tours around the world to pick the right itinerary for you.
Cruise Critic - Check out the different cruise options for long or short trips world wide.
Cruise Direct - Another option for comparing and booking cruises for your trip.
Backcountry - The best place to buy quality specialized gear that will last you for years of adventures.
Helly Hanson - Norwegian based clothing brand which produces durable outdoor clothing, particularly ski gear.
The North Face - High quality clothing for all your outdoor adventure needs.
Decathlon - Has a great range of cheap equipment and clothing for a huge range of sports and outdoor activities.
Sport Chek - Everything you need for general sports and outdoor adventures under one roof (or website).
Skyscanner - My preferred place to compare and find the cheapest flights to different destinations around the world.
Kiwi - Best platform for comparing different routes and dates.
Flixbus - Cheapest bus service mostly serving Europe but available in a few other destinations.
Greyhound - US long distance bus transport service.
Busbud - Compare and find all the bus times and providers for your chosen route.
Trainline - Find train times and tickets for long distance travel around the world.
Save a train - Another place to get train tickets and compare services for your destination.
Welcome Pickups - Pre book your airport transfer to your hotel.
Get Transfer - Another option to find airport transfers within your destination city.
Kiwi Taxi - Find and pre-book a taxi service in your location (including airport transfers).
World Nomads - Great comprehensive worldwide travel insurance for adventure travel.
SafetyWing - Best for digital nomads, offers ongoing monthly travel insurance plans.
Bonzah - Rental car insurance. Cheaper plans than those offered by the rental car companies themselves.

Kate is the outdoor loving, mountain obsessed creator behind Bags-Always-Packed.com. Since the age of 18 she has travelled to 50+ countries in search of the tallest peaks, new cultures, and the most off the track experiences possible. With over 10 years of adventures under her belt, Kate is dedicated to sharing all her experience through this website, helping you to plan your own trips and experience the world, no matter your budget!

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