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Best Warm Weather
Extended Size Hiking Clothes For Women

By Diane Spicer

Warm weather plus size hiking clothes will keep you as cool and dry as possible on the trail, with these tips from Hiking For Her. #hiking #backpacking

Looking for the best warm weather extended size hiking clothes?

Frustrated by the lack of options in plus size active wear for women?

This page may be the answer!

Take a look at the carefully chosen options for women's extended size hiking clothing, and know that every item has been selected because of its:

  • trail worthy design features
  • fabric and construction that can stand up to the trail
  • wide range of sizing
  • comfort and value, provided by REI co-op and backed by their excellent customer service and exchange policies


Hiking For Her is an REI affiliate, which means you don't pay extra when purchasing REI clothing and gear through the links here.

However, Hiking For Her will receive a small percentage of your purchase price, which is used to continue sharing trustworthy (and totally free) hiking tips with everyone here on this website.

REI has great selections, generous return policies, and is really paying attention to what women hikers need to feel comfortable on the trail.

So let's get started!

Best warm weather extended size
hiking clothes:
top notes

Warm weather brings beautiful forest trails, fantastic vistas on mountain ridges, and lots of issues for hikers to deal with, including:

  • biting and stinging insects
  • trail dirt and mud
  • scratches and scrapes
  • overexposure to sun
  • lots of sweat

Your choice of sports bra and shirt(s) need to stand up to the rigors of the trail, and these are the best warm weather extended size hiking clothes REI has to offer.

Shirts for warmer weather hiking

A short sleeve shirt with a scoop neck, like this REI Co-op Sahara T-Shirt in sizes to 2X,  makes hiking a pleasure.

REI Co-op Sahara T-Shirt

Here's why:

  • The polyester/spandex jersey will wicks away sweat, dry fast, and be kind to your skin
  • The shoulder seams won't chafe your skin beneath your backpack straps
  • The fabric has an antimicrobial treatment to slow down odors

Trail tip: Bring a clean, dry shirt and don it at your turn around point for extra comfort.

If you prefer long sleeves for bug and scratch avoidance, along with further protection from UV rays, here's a good choice:

  • Columbia Silver Ridge shirt

Columbia Silver Ridge Lite Long-Sleeve Shirt

Things a hiker can love about this shirt:

  • Technical grade fabric, offering Omni Wick and Omni Shade protection
  • Seam stitching is fully articulated, which means free movements without strain
  • Antibacterial fabric, so getting sweaty won't lead to odors
  • One chest pocket, which is zippered - so whatever you stash there stays put, and no need to worry about a lost button
  • Venting at back shoulders to direct excess heat away from you

Even more to love

  • You can roll up the sleeves to respond to temperature fluctuations.
  • You can wear it unbuttoned, layered over the sleeveless top above.
  • The polyester/nylon blend stands up to being balled up inside your backpack, so it looks good enough to wear to town for dinner after your hike.
  • Use this as a winter mid layer, pulling on a vest and warm jacket over it.

Wow! Now if it only made your lunch and tied your boots for you :)

Best warm weather extended size
hiking clothes:

With warm weather comes chafed, sweaty skin and overexposure to UV rays.

So while it's tempting to hit the trail in any old pair of shorts, do it the smart way:

in fabrics that move with you and mop up sweat without turning you into your own sauna.


These REI Co-op Shift shorts check all the right boxes for a hiker:

  • Fabric is 4-way stretch polyester, so it's both breathable and moisture wicking
  • Liner also wicks away moisture
  • UPF 50 
  • Comfortable waistband with adjustable cord
  • Generous leg cut for mobility

For an even less structured pair of shorts, these Nike Flex Triumph are worth a look for their Dri-Fit fabric and good leg mobility.

Convertible pants for the trail

If you're looking for a pair of convertible pants, with zip off and on legs to give you multiple options along the trail, these REI Co-op Sahara pants might do the trick.

REI Co-op Women's Convertible Pants

Here's why:

  • You can zip off the cuffs to convert to shorts without taking off your boots (if your balance is a bit shaky, sit down on the nearest rock!)
  • The color coded zippers make converting back to pants much easier!
  • The gusseted crotch on these pants give you some "give" when you need to scramble over a downed tree on the trail.
  • Stretchy nylon gives you breathability, fast drying, water repellency, and stain resistance. UPF 50+, too.
  • The snap closure above the zip fly plus integrated waist belt (which you can remove if you want) customize the fit.

So there you have it!

These well designed choices in high performance fabrics will keep you as cool as possible while working up a sweat on your favorite warm weather hiking trail.

Any of these options for the best warm weather extended size hiking clothes are backed by REI Co-op's generous policies.

And if you're an REI member, don't forget that every purchase you make during the year comes back to you in your yearly dividend!

Need more ideas for plus size hiking clothes? Here they are!

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