The Complete List of My Favorite Summer Hiking Gear for Women

My go-to essentials that keep me cool, comfortable, and safe all summer long
The Complete List of My Favorite Summer Hiking Gear for Women

It is finally summer here in the North Cascades so it feels right to share my list of the best summer hiking gear for women. Similar to the list of cold weather gear I shared, this covers all of my favorite gear for hiking that I fully recommend. Everything in this post is something I own, use, and swear by! I hope you find it helpful and inspiring this summer.

My Full List of Recommendations for the Best Summer Hiking Gear for Women

Just like when I shared my list of winter gear, I want to stress the importance of layering when it comes to dressing for outdoor adventures like camping and hiking. For example, just because it’s blazingly hot at the trail head, doesn’t mean it will be hot at the summit. Often, it’s significantly cooler and windier! Because of this, I recommend being prepared to layer a few items so that you can remove and add based on your needs and the temperature. It’s always good to be prepared and most of the technical clothing I’m recommending is lightweight enough that it won’t impact your pack weight for a day hike.

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Going hiking and camping this summer? Check out my FAVE hiking gear for women that keep me cool, comfortable, and safe all summer long! Recommendations for outdoor gear including a beacon, backpacks, camelbak, hiking shoes, hiking pants and more!

Summer Activewear for Hiking, Rock Climbing and Camping

Tops and Outerwear:

  • Outdoor Research Echo Tank Top: An awesome lightweight, basic top that breathes.
  • Prana Everyday Support Tank Top: great for climbing trips, too
  • Black Diamond StormLine Stretch Rain Shell: the best shell I’ve ever owned. I love that the arms are long enough for me, the length covers my butt, and the hood is big enough so I don’t get water in my eyes. It is lightweight enough to be perfect for summer rains, too.
  • Patagonia R1 fleece full zip hoody: This is the most recent addition to my gear wardrobe. Sean swears by the R1 series for insulating and I agree. I love that it has a fitted hood and very deep pockets. Great for layering, but also cozy when you’re lounging around the fire after a hike.
  • Prana Momento Bra: a cute bra that can double as a swimsuit top in a pinch

Bottoms:

  • High-rise, long length bike short: I am beyond obsessed with these shorts. The fabric is superb. It’s super smooth, soft, and has exactly the amount of stretch and compression I want.
  • Columbia Sandy River Short: Affordable, available in a million colors, and baggie enough for my giant quads. I have one pair, but definitely want at least 2-3 more!
  • North Face Women’s Aphrodite 2.0 Pant: Lightweight, basic, and easy
  • Prana Halle pants: these are my favorite pants to wear for rock climbing. If you roll up and cuff them, they actually stay up! Plus, they have the perfect amount of stretch.
Going hiking and camping this summer? Check out my FAVE hiking gear for women that keep me cool, comfortable, and safe all summer long! Recommendations for outdoor gear including a beacon, backpacks, camelbak, hiking shoes, hiking pants and more!

Accessories and Shoes:

Going hiking and camping this summer? Check out my FAVE hiking gear for women that keep me cool, comfortable, and safe all summer long! Recommendations for outdoor gear including a beacon, backpacks, camelbak, hiking shoes, hiking pants and more!

I really tried to make sure I got everything in this post… so hopefully I did! If I think of anything or we change any gear, I will update this list of my favorite summer hiking gear for women. I hope you find this list helpful and I can’t wait to see what adventures you go on… be sure to tag me!

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