Gear Up for the Great Outdoors
Stylish comfort for outdoor adventures
Temps on the trail vary, so pack a wind and water-resistant shell. The leakproof North Face Women's Venture jacket ($99; amazon.com) offers prevention from the elements, but is lightweight and packable enough to stuff into your bag. Plus, it will last for years.
Leader of the pack
The Osprey Raven 10($130; amazon.com), made to conform to a woman's shape, holds a 3-liter water reservoir and has deep pockets, too.
You don't have to sacrifice style for comfort and support with the Merrell Siren Edge hiking shoes ($90; zappos.com). Breathable upper keeps your feet cool and comfortable, while air cushions absorb shock in the heels.
Time yourself on the trail with a Timex Ironman Sleek 99-Lap counter watchÂ ($43; amazon.com). It's lightweight, durable, easy to read, and water resistant up to 100 meters.
The higher the elevation, the greater your burn risk. Slather on Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 55 ($7; target.com) before you head out and be sure to reapply every two hours.
Oopstime got away from you. Yalumi LED Headlamp Spark ($19; amazon.com) LED headlamp will get you home with a 90-meter light and 187 hours of burn time on the economy setting.
Your personal AC: the sweat-activated Columbia Coolhead Ballcap III ($32; columbia.com). The hotter you get the cooler it feels. An added bonus: the cap provides UPF 50+ protection from the sun.
Superlight aluminum Black Diamond Trail Trekking poles ($100; ems.com) retract for easy packing. Hiking poles help you balance and move faster, and take pressure off joints. Plunging the poles into the ground also works your upper body.
Lifeline Trail Light Dayhiker first aid kit ($10; amazon.com) includes 57 essentials, like gauze, meds, and a first-aid manual. The pack is small enough that you won't notice the space it takes up in your bag.
Icebreaker Plus Lite Crew socks ($25; amazon.com) are super comfortable and breathable. They have an Achilles instep support, which prevents slipping, as well as a bulk-reducing toe seam to prevent blisters.