by Diane Spicer
The best outdoor brands for hikers are a combination of factors:
If you're just getting started on purchasing outdoor clothing for hiking, backpacking, camping, snowshoeing, and other recreational activities, hiking brands might all look alike to you.
Hiking For Her to the rescue!
This page will give you the details on the best outdoor brands which Hiking For Her has used over the decades, and the reasons why you should consider their gear and clothing.
Let's get started on the trail to creating your own list of the best outdoor brands for hikers!
We all hit the trail because we crave outdoor time.
But each of us has a particular blend of what we look for in the best outdoor gear.
Here's an easy approach:
They all made it onto this page because Hiking For Her relies on them for day hikes, backpacking trips, and extensive back country adventures.
Why recommend hiking brands that don't deliver!?
HFH would never do that to you!!
You might not know you need it until you see it!
On the other hand, you might be hunting for a general category of gear, say a three season tent or a soft shell jacket.
It's useful to see several options, side by side.
It's great to have lots of color, weight, size and feature choices, too.
These companies will spread a wealth of easy shopping options at your finger tips (on line) or feet (brick and mortar shopping experience).
To get a taste of the discounts which can be yours, with an ever changing and tantalizing seasonal inventory, check them out frequently!
Worker's rights and fair compensation.
Avoiding environmental degradation and pollution.
Responsibly sourced materials and labor.
Getting more women into the company, and outdoors.
Any of these ring a bell for you?
Then shop these major outdoor brands:
It's easy to buy a backpack and trail footwear these days. The Internet is crawling with companies claiming to be the best at everything under the sun.
And then there are companies whose brand names stand for quality and durability over many many years.
Two companies I've dealt with for decades really stand out in this category:
The Clymb (not just for climbers) offers up an ever changing kaleidoscope of top brand names, so check their site frequently.
Some hikers need basic equipment at an affordable price point.
Beginners, for instance.
Or maybe you're part of a group of friends or family wanting to get outdoors more - without breaking the bank.
So these companies are the places to look for gear deals:
Note that as a member of REI Co-op, you will receive a yearly rebate of around 10% on your purchases.
And they provide coupons to make it even sweeter to shop for new gear in late winter every year!
Sometimes a woman's just gotta have outdoor gear and clothing designed by women, for women.
These companies deliver the goods to female hikers:
REI Co-op has made a committment to be more attentive to the needs of plus size hikers.
SkirtSports has an extended size line of active clothing for hikers and runners called Move Without Limits.
As a hiker of petite stature (okay, I've been short every since 8th grade), I struggle with pants that are too long.
And sleeves that slop around my fingertips.
Can you relate?
At the end of your shopping quest, the best outdoor brands are the ones which take you out onto the trail and deliver a great experience no matter what the weather tosses your way.
But if you like to hunt for outdoor brands that check multiple boxes, you can see which companies get it right in several categories above.
And hopefully you've gotten to know a few new ones!
Now check out these tips on hiking and camping equipment.
Best Outdoor Brands
Hiking For Her is proud to be affiliated with these top outdoor brands.
When you purchase from them through the links on this website, HFH receives a small percentage of your purchase price without costing you anything extra.
Your support and vote of confidence in these hiking tips is greatly appreciated, because it allows more tips to flow freely for all hikers to enjoy.
About the author
Diane is the founder of Hiking For Her.
She's been on a hiking trail somewhere in the world for 5+ decades & loves to share her best hiking tips right here.
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Photo credits: All photos on this website were taken by David Midkiff or Diane Spicer except where noted.
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