Outdoor Research


Best Sun Hats for Hiking

As the temperatures rise and you store your warm hiking hat or beanie at the back of your closet, you might consider bringing a sun hat for your outdoor adventures instead. Even if you are not old enough to remember the iconic Slip-Slop-Slap sun protection campaign from 1980s, you can probably recall from various other… Read More »

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Best Hiking Shorts for 2017

A pair of high-quality shorts is very useful for hiking in warm weather because it typically provides better ventilation, comfort and freedom of movement than regular pants. However, shorts should be used only for hiking on well-groomed and technically undemanding trails where protection against vegetation and terrain (rocks, cliffs etc.) is not required. In this… Read More »

Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo Hiking Shorts

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

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

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

Best Down Jackets for Women

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

Best Bivy Sacks for 2017

A portable shelter comes in very handy during multi-day hiking trips as it allows you to set up camp almost anywhere and anytime you like rather than having to reach accommodation facilities such as for example mountain huts.  While tents are the most versatile and comfortable, you might find a tent to be too heavy… Read More »

Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy Sack

Best Tank Tops with Built-In Bra

A tank top with a built-in bra is perfect for hiking or mountaineering, both as a base layer under warmer clothing or when the temperature is high and you don’t feel like wearing much more than one layer. The brave (and impervious to cold) can of course flaunt a normal cropped sports bra, but we… Read More »

Asics Fit Sana Contour Tank Top

The Best Softshell Jackets for 2017

Hiking in cold and windy weather is no fun unless you wear appropriate clothing that keeps you warm and snug. This includes a high-quality base layer, insulation layer and an outer layer. A softshell jacket comes in very handy as the outer layer because it provides some insulation as well as protection against the wind… Read More »

Outdoor Research Ferrosi

The Best Gloves for Hiking and Mountaineering

Hikers, mountaineers and trekkers regularly face harsh conditions such as low temperatures, heavy rain, snow and wind. In order to perform to the best of your abilities in these conditions you will need some additional equipment that will provide decent insulation and weather protection – not least for your hands as fingers are one of… Read More »

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