Jewelry, perfume and lingerie are classic choices when it comes to selecting a present for a woman. However, if your loved one is an outdoors person she might appreciate something with a more sporty and functional flavor. Below we have selected the ten best gifts for women who love hiking, trekking and other outdoors activities; hopefully you will be able to find a great present for your girlfriend, mother, daughter or wife! Otherwise check out our list of 10 best gifts for outdoorsmen as most of the items are essentially unisex. Happy hunting among these 10 best gifts for hikers – women.
1. Bra – Under Armour Essentials
Best for low impact activities
Hiking is the kind of activity where a traditional sports bra might feel too constricting and a normal bra doesn’t offer neither enough support nor the necessary moisture-wicking qualities. The Under Armour Seamless Essentials bra is a great compromise between comfort and functionality as its Signature Moisture Transport System wicks sweat away and the seamless construction is designed for all-day comfort during low-impact activity. While buying a normal underwired bra can be a confusing jungle of letters (A,B,C, DD…) and digits, it is more fool-proof to buy a sport bra as it follows the normal clothing sizes (XS-XL). Check the tag of your beloved’s most used top to get a good indication of her size. The Under Armour Seamless Essentials bra come in a rainbow of colors, so choose one in her favorite shade!
2. Knife – Puma Elk
Best for tough girls
It is always handy to have a knife at hand during hiking, mountaineering and other outdoor activities – whether it is for maintenance, cutting a rope or a piece of bread. There are of course numerous high-tech and sporty looking knives available on the market, but if you are looking for a beautiful high-quality knife it does not get much better than those from German PUMA. Since Medieval times the city of Solingen has been known as “the city of blades” due to its skilled swordsmiths and PUMA (established 1769) is one of the oldest knife brands to emerge from this rich heritage of craftsmanship in the city. The company has created numerous well-designed knives over the years but we find the handmade Puma Elk Hunting Knife particular exquisite with its slightly rounded 4.2 inch blade, leather sheath and a striking handle made out of stag scales.
3. Watch – Casio G-Shock Gulfmaster
Best for the stylish and practical woman
The border between men’s and women’s watches is at best arbitrary in today’s world, but one issue can be size as women generally have more narrow wrists and hands than men. Hiking watches have a tendency to be very big, heavy and chunky which can then be a challenge to wear comfortably and stylishly for women. However, we do sincerely recommend the Gulfmaster Series from Casio’s G-shock line as the well-designed case is relatively small (44.9 x 55.8 x 16.2 mm) for a hiking watch, lightweight and has a resin strap which is easier adjusted to a woman’s wrist than one of metal etc. We have chosen three models which will not only help your loved one in nature with navigation (compass, altimeter) and weather prediction (barometer, thermometer), but also look elegant and stylish in everyday life. We recommend the Casio GWN-1000GB-1A (black) for the classic and chic woman, the GWN-1000F-2A (shiny blue) for the glamourous and feminine woman and the GWN-1000E-8A (white) for the funky and sporty woman, but as always with Casio you have many additional options for color and design!
4. Waterproof Jacket – Marmot Precip Women
Best for spring, summer and fall
Most hikers would prefer if all hikes could be executed in glistening sunshine no matter if the landscape is covered in frost or summer vegetation. However, even in summer you can be surprised by quick and intense rain showers thus making it crucial to always pack a lightweight rain jacket in case of weather changes. Make sure that your loved one stays dry during her adventures in nature by getting her a Marmot Precip rain jacket in her favorite color – there is 14 to choose between! The jacket is made of Marmot’s own Precip material which is not only light and waterproof, but also breathable and moisture-wicking so that you are dry from the inside out too by letting perspiration work its way outside the garment. For extra venting there are underarm zips which extend into the body.
5. Compass Necklace
Best for the poetic soul
We couldn’t help but to also include a piece of jewelry on this list – especially when it has instant hiker’s appeal due to the hidden compass and the beautiful inscription from a poem in the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. “Not all who wanders are lost” is a line that most hikers can identify with and engraved on gold plate on this 1½ inch pendant in a 24 inch long golden chain, it will surely look beautiful around the neck of your beloved. The necklace comes in a gift box and is also available in silver from the same company.
6. Sunglasses – Julbo Monterosa
Best for winter hiking
Everybody knows the feeling of tired and sensitive eyes after having spent a day in the sun without sunglasses – and your eyes are indeed harmed if overexposed to the ultraviolet radiation of sunlight. The risk is even greater for hikers and mountaineers as they often spend hours at high altitudes (The potency of UV rays increases with altitude; 4% for every 305 meters/1000 feet) or in landscapes more or less covered with light-reflecting snow, ice or water. It is therefore the perfect gift to keep the eyes of your loved one safe behind a pair of Julbo MonteRosa sunglasses which have Spectron 4 polycarbonate lenses that block 100% of UV rays and 95% of visible light. Julbo has since the establishment of the firm provided hikers and mountaineers with state of art eye protection and this model is no exception. The unique shields blocking light coming from the sides can be removed as wished and thus the Julbo MonteRosa easily converts into a pair of more casual-looking sunglasses. Unlike many other glacier glasses, the MonteRosa specs are designed in such an elegant manner that they can also be used in everyday life but without compromising their functionality under the toughest of conditions. Available in four color combinations.
7. Fleece jacket – Mountain Hardwear Women Jacket
Best for the warm-hearted
Winter is over us and layering of clothes is necessary for activities in the outdoors. A fleece jacket as a middle or outer layer is a great way to stay warm, but many models are matronly-looking or of an unflattering cut to the female form. The Mountain Hardwear Microchill jacket is both functional and flattering as it is waisted and has a decorative seam over the chest. The jacket comes in 14 color combinations, but we especially recommend the cool Graphite, Dark Raspberry and Peach for the funky girl who wants to make a statement – and the classy Rich Wine, Nectar Blue/Aristocrat and Purple Dahlia for the more elegant woman. The jacket is also available in a half-zip version.
8. Camera – Olympus TG-4 Tough
Best for keeping memories alive
Photographing is almost an integral part of hiking no matter if you want to capture a stunning view or merely document your accomplishment. In our review of the best hiking cameras the Olympus TG-3 Tough came is at the first place – and the recent TG-4 Tough is even better, earning a Gold Award from the Digital Photography Review. Attributes to mention are its ruggedness (shockproof to 7 feet; crushproof to 220 lb.; waterproof to depths of 50 feet), Wi-Fi, GPS, electrical compass and a 4X wide-angle optical zoom along with a ton of other features that makes it an obvious choice for wildlife adventurers. The Olympus TG-4 Tough is available in black and red – we recommend the latter, so that the gift will be as special as its receiver.
9. Panties – ExOfficio Give-n-Go Sport Mesh Bikini Brief
Best for those who hate wedgies
Lingerie might be a frequent choice for a woman’s gift, but if your beloved is keen on hiking and other outdoor activities she might appreciate something more functional than delicate lace and decorative ribbons. ExOfficio Give-n-Go Sport brief is made of an ultralight diamond-weave mesh which is breathable, odor-resistant, moisture-wicking and quick drying – and thus perfect for active days on the go. But what makes the brief a favorite among female hikers is its perfect fit, low rise and flatlock seaming, resulting in incredibly comfortable performance underwear. The Give-n-Go bikini brief is available in five vibrant color combinations – and also in a thong or boy shorts version, if your loved one prefers less or more coverage.
10. Hydration Daypack – CamelBak Spire 22
Best for day trips
Every hiker needs a functional and durable backpack as you even for a simple daytour need water, food and some additional clothing in case of weather changes. The CamelBak Spire 22LR backpack is one of those daypacks which is so well-designed that it is suitable for everyday use without compromising its functionality in the wild. The most important feature of any backpack, however, is how it feels to carry it and in that sense the Spire sets itself apart from other backpacks by being engineered to fit women ergonomically by having a S-curved harness that keeps the backpack closer to the body and a sternum strap placed conveniently across the chest. Besides taking the load off your beloved’s shoulders, the Spire will also keep her back cool and ventilated due to the mesh NV panels. It is available in two equally cool color combinations: Cherry Tomato/Samba and Graphite/Bright Fuchsia.
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