MagazineAugust 2013What a Woman Wants: Women's Adventure Gear

What a Woman Wants: Women’s Adventure Gear

Whether you’re hitting the trail or the town, these women’s adventure gear items will keep you at the top of your game.


1. Gerber Paraframe

Even if you only use your knife to spread peanut butter, it’s nice to know you have something sturdy, sharp and reliable when you need it. The Paraframe is all that and weighs only 2.9oz.

2. DivaCup

Periods suck, especially when you’re in the wilderness. For girls on the go, there’s the DivaCup, a reusable alternative to tampons that can be worn for 12 hours at a time while helping reduce environmental impact.

3. Therm-a-Rest Women’s NeoAir XLite

A long day on the trail requires a long night of beauty sleep. The NeoAir XLite is not only lightweight, comfortable and ultra-packable, but the 2.5-inch-thick mattress provides cold sleepers extra padding in certain areas and a reflective coating to trap and recycle body heat for extra warmth.


4. Scarpa Force X

Edges, cracks and slabs require versatility. If you’re looking for comfort and performance in a climbing shoe, the Force X provides female climbers with cushiony suede leather that conforms to the foot and a durable Vibram XS Edge sole.

5. Helly Hansen Pace ½ Zip

This long-sleeve pullover is a perfect solution for all-day adventure. From the chilly morning start to the late afternoon sun, the combination of Helly Hansen’s Cool fabric, Dry technology and mesh backing provide protection from the elements in a lightweight layer.

6. Ibex Rim Balance bra and brief

Backcountry intimates are important to a woman’s wardrobe. The unique wool/lycra blend of the Balance line makes this bra and brief duo odor-resistant, supportive and comfortable.
Bra – $60, Brief – $30;


7. Keen Mercer MJ CNX

When you’re not styling the rapids and tearing up the trail, take a walk around town in these Mary Janes. Comfortable, stylish and durable, these lightweight shoes can withstand lightweight hiking while looking dressy enough for any dinner date.

8. Outdoor Research Trance Dress

The ultimate in fashion meets function. This polyester/spandex blend dress is quick drying, breathable, and wrinkle-resistant, making it a perfect solution for looking fine on and off the trail.


9. Sperry Top-Sider SON-R Sounder

Whitewater paddlers and creek-wading enthusiasts alike will find the Sounder an impressive option for close-toed water footwear. With Hydro-Grip rubber traction and anti-microbial lining, this protective shoe lets you easily travel on land and in water.

10. NRS Women’s Zoya Mesh Back PFD

The last thing a woman wants to worry about is how her boobs look in her PFD. The Zoya Mesh Back provides a comfortable shelf for a lady’s ladies while offering six side and two shoulder adjustments for the perfect fit. Bonus fleece pockets keep the hands warm on those bitter winter paddles.

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