Side-by-side Reviews of Hiking Gear

The side-by-side reviews category includes reviews of the five best products within each category of hiking gear. The category is divided into several product groups; clothing (further divided to base layers, mid-layers, shells, hats, socks and gloves), footwear, backpacks, accessories, navigation, sleeping equipment and winter equipment. These reviews help you choose between the best hiking products on the market.

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Best Women’s Softshell Jackets   Recently updated !

A softshell jacket typically combines the qualities of a fleece jacket and a rain jacket by offering warmth as well as decent wind- and water-resistance. It is worn directly over your base layer or on top of an insulating mid-layer in cold weather. Wearing a softshell jacket for hiking is a lot more comfortable than… Read More »

Mountain Equipment Vulcan Jacket

Best Hiking Pants for Women   Recently updated !

Hiking can be as simple as a walk in the nearby park on pruned paths – but if you are planning to hike for a whole day or in more rough terrain, you will thank yourself for getting a pair of proper hiking pants that will protect your legs against abrasion and harsh weather. Below… Read More »

ExOfficio Ziwa

Best Women’s Rain Jackets for Hiking   Recently updated !

In an ideal world all outdoor activities would take place in sunny dry weather. However, even if you plan your hiking trips meticulously after the weather forecast, there is always a chance that you will run into some unforeseen rain – especially at higher altitudes where the weather can change abruptly. A quality rain jacket… Read More »

Mountain Hardwear Quasar

Best Fleece Jackets for Women   Recently updated !

A high-quality fleece jacket can both be used as a snug mid-layer in cold weather and as an outer layer when hiking in dry weather at moderate temperatures. It can also be used as casual wear in everyday life and is thus one of the more versatile pieces of hiking clothing. In comparison to other… Read More »

Mountain Hardwear MicroChill

Best Merino Base Layers for Women   Recently updated !

A base layer top is worn directly over your sports bra and should thus feel comfortable against the skin and be breathable, moisture-wicking and quick-drying. A base layer should feel comfortable against the skin and be breathable, moisture-wicking and quick-drying. Base layers can both be made of natural and synthetic fabrics as well as blends of… Read More »

Kari Traa Rose Top

Best Down Jackets for Women   Recently updated !

Hiking at high altitudes or in the height of winter can be an absolute pleasure but only if you are dressed appropriately for the low temperatures. A down jacket is the perfect option for hiking in icy cold weather as it provides the most warmth in relation to its weight compared with other insulation materials… Read More »

Patagonia Down Sweater

The Best Snowshoes for Hiking in 2016

When trails and mountains are covered with snow, hiking becomes much more challenging and requires additional equipment and skills. Traversing areas with deep soft snow will slow you down significantly and cause exhaustion and muscle fatigue, but this can be mitigated by using snowshoes. Snowshoes allow you to hike on a snowy terrain without sinking… Read More »

MSR Lightning Ascent

Best Hiking Sunglasses for Women

Sunglasses are often perceived as more of a fashion accessory, but wearing sunglasses on a regular basis is actually crucial for the health of your eyes – not least if you spend a lot of time outside, whether hiking, mountaineering or climbing. Most of us know the feeling of tired and overly sensitive eyes after… Read More »

Hiking Sunglasses for Women

The Best Hydration Bladders for Hiking

A hydration bladder comes in very handy on hiking trips of all durations as it provides easy access to water and you have your hands free when drinking. Therefore, a hydration bladder allows you to take small sips of water throughout the hike which is recommended during strenuous activities as it ensures that the water… Read More »

Source Outdoor Widepac 3l

Best Lightweight Tarps for Hiking

A tarp is basically a sheet of waterproof fabric that can form a decent shelter when attached with guylines to trees, trekking poles, rocks or any other stabile things. Tarps are by far the lightest portable shelters; a high-quality tarp that can form a shelter for one to two persons can weigh as little as… Read More »

MSR Thru Hiker 70 Wing