Hiking is a wonderful way to stay fit while embracing everything the great outdoors has to offer. However, if you’ve got the wrong clothing and gear, the hiking experience can quickly become less enjoyable. Which begs the question: What should you be looking for in hiking clothes for women? Read on for a roundup of five tips aimed at helping you assemble the perfect hiking wardrobe.
1. Choose the right fabric.
A German saying insists, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” There’s no better application of this than when it comes to the best clothes for hiking.
One of the most important determinants of a piece of attire’s suitability for hitting the trails is fabric. Whether you’re looking for summer hiking clothes or all-season hiking clothes, you can expect to encounter moisture on your adventures. While cotton clothing does have its upsides, it’s a poor choice for hiking because it retains moisture. This can lead to a variety of problems including everything from changing and blisters to rashes and hypothermia. Instead, look for moisture-wicking, quick-dry, breathable fabrics like polyester and nylon. The perfect example?
Wool is also popular in the hiking world because of its warmth; however, it’s a less durable clothing choice than synthetics.
2. Put comfort and durability first.
Hiking requires you to move freely. The last thing you want is to be inhibited by your clothing – either because it’s uncomfortable or it hasn't been constructed to hold up to the rigors of hiking.
Your hiking clothes don’t just need to be able to protect you from the weather, but also from brush, branches, insects, and other threats. As such, the best outdoor clothing brands put a premium on comfort and durability. Simply put: If you’re worried about your shirt or pants tearing or shredding when it comes into contact with a boulder or branch, you’re not getting what you need from your hiking clothes.
3. Anticipate the conditions.
Having the right hiking clothing and gear depends on the situation. A mile-long summer’s day hike calls for different supplies than a day-long fall trek into the mountains when the temperatures can drop quickly, and conditions can change on a dime. Also, remember that forecasts can be off regardless, so it’s best to be prepared.
Layering is a smart strategy that can keep you safe and comfortable through a range of conditions. They can easily be added or removed depending on the weather and your exertion level. Typically, layers consist of a base, which is a foundation layer worn closely to the skin, such as our Flo Sleeveless Top; insulating layers, which add warmth; and an outer layer, which is generally waterproof or water-resistance for protection from rain, wind, and snow.
4. Pick the right footwear.
Don’t underestimate the importance of wearing the right footwear. As with the clothing your wearing, this also depends on the type of trekking you’ll be doing. Light hiking shoes are best for day hikers and other casual hikers, while mountaineering and backpacking boots are more hearty and versatile. Hiking shoes also come in different cuts, including low-cut, mid-cut, and high-cut.
The best way to know which hiking shoes are best for you? Try them on while wearing your trail socks to see how they fit and feel. Purchasing your hiking footwear in a specialty store allows you to utilize the expertise of the salesperson to help ensure that you’re making the most informed decision.
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5. Invest in high-end, high-performance hiking clothes.
Another expression with which we’re all familiar? “You pay for what you get.” While budget brands are okay for certain things, women’s hiking clothing doesn’t fall into this category. In addition to performing better, upscale hiking clothing will feel better and last longer, too. Rather than cutting corners, luxury brands are dedicated to making hiking clothing that pushes the boundaries of form and function.
One last thing to keep in mind when shopping for women’s hiking clothes? If we want to keep our gorgeous hiking spaces, it’s our job to protect them. At Anatomie, we take great pride in corporate social responsibility and love supporting sustainable clothing brands that share our ethos. Shop Anatomie today to discover a new world of comfort and style for hiking and more.