Best Women’s Softshell Jackets

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

Hiking Backpacks Guide – How to choose the right backpack?

Hiking trips typically require a backpack so that you can easily carry water, food, additional clothing and other necessities. As hiking backpacks vary greatly in design, capacity, fit and features, it can be hard to figure out what kind of a backpack to buy. Therefore, we made this guide to hiking backpacks which first explains… Read More »


Best Hiking Pants for Women

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

Hiking Footwear Guide – How to choose the right footwear?

Hiking trips will take a toll on your feet and legs as you will often walk on uneven if not rocky terrain. Therefore, you need to wear appropriate hiking footwear which protects your feet from injuries and enhances your performance. As hiking footwear varies greatly in weight, design, support and cushioning, it can seem like… Read More »

Hiking Footwear Guide - How to choose the right footwear?

Best Women’s Rain Jackets for Hiking

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

Hiking Clothing Guide – What to wear for hiking?

Hiking requires appropriate clothing so that you can feel comfortable on the trails – no matter the weather. Many of those who are new to hiking, as well as some experienced hikers, are uncertain about what garments to use and how to properly layer them.  Therefore, we made this hiking clothing guide which explains the… Read More »

Layered Clothing System

Best Fleece Jackets for Women

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

Comparison of Shell Materials

A shell is the last (outer) layer of a layered clothing system and is thus worn over a base layer and a mid-layer. In warm weather a shell can also be worn directly over a base layer as insulation, normally provided by a mid-layer, is not required. The term “shell” is sometimes confusing to those… Read More »

Pertex Shield+

Best Merino Base Layers for Women

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

10 things you should know before going hiking in the Alps

In 2016 I conducted seven very different hiking trips in the eastern part of the Alps; two in Italy and five in neighboring Slovenia – a small Central European country with great possibilities for hiking and mountaineering. Hiking in the Alps is quite different than hiking in Iceland; in the following I will describe some… Read More »

June - Cima del Cacciatore Trail