by Diane Spicer
The best hiking gear reviews answer three pivotal questions:
*Does the product work for your specific hiking needs?
*Is it fairly priced?
*Will it last more than one season?
Each link takes you to a category of hiking, backpacking and camping gear I've reviewed.
Keep in mind that I'm not trying to please anyone or market anything to you.
I'm just being honest.
Fifty years of trail time will do that a woman (seriously, 5 - 0).
Let's start off with trail food - because food is gear, too, when you stop and think about your optimal trail performance.
Plus, hikers are always hungry ;)
Hiking Food Review: Alpenfuel Subscription Box
Hiking Food Review: Nutberg Drinkable Meals
Hiking Food Review: Valley Food Storage
Hiking Food Review: Trailfoody Subscription Service
Hiking Food Review: Mountain House Freeze Dried Meals
Hiking Food Review: Paleo Meals To Go
Hiking Food Review: Gluten Free Options
Hiking Food Review: Patagonia Provisions
Hiking Food Review: RunGum Energy Gum
Hiking Food Review: Best Trail Snacks
Gear Reviews: REI Women's Sahara Hiking Pants
Gear Reviews: Title Nine Big B Collection Hiking Outfit
Gear Reviews: Title Nine Tank + Shorts
Gear Reviews: Skirt Sports Tough Chick Top
Gear Reviews: Skirt Sports Trailwear
Gear Reviews: GOREWEAR Thermo Shirt And Shakedry Insulated Jacket
Gear Reviews: GOREWEAR Pants
Gear Reviews: GORE Shakedry Non Insulated Jacket
Gear Reviews: prAna Pillar 7/8 Leggings
Gear Reviews: My Trail Co Down Vest
Gear Reviews: Possumdown Hiking Gloves
Gear Reviews: Athletic Clothing For Women
Gear Reviews: Hiking Pants
Gear Reviews: My Trail Co Lightweight Water Repellent Pants
Gear Reviews: Jelt Belt
Gear Reviews: Hiking Jackets
Gear Reviews: Neck Wear
Gear Reviews: Urban Canairie Hiking Hat
Gear Reviews: REI Talusphere Womens Rain Pants
Gear Reviews: Minus 33 Merino Wool Base Layers
Gear Reviews: Montem 3K Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles
Gear Reviews: Ultralight 35L My Trail Co Daypack
Gear Reviews: Day Packs
Gear Reviews: Waistpack
Gear Reviews: Women's Ultimate Direction Hydration Pack
Gear Reviews: Hiking Pedometers
Gear Reviews: Waterproof Solar Rechargeable iPhone Case
Gear Reviews: JOTO Universal Phone Case
Gear Reviews: York Nordic Poles
Gear Reviews: Hilleberg Allak 2 Tent
Gear Reviews: MSR Hubba Hubba Tent
Gear Reviews: Leatherman Multitool
Gear Reviews: Pike Trail Pocket Blanket
Gear Reviews: Rechargeable Camping Lantern
Gear Reviews: Headlamps
Gear Reviews: Powercap Hands Free Illumination
Gear Reviews: Gobi Gear Segmented Stuff Sacks
Gear Reviews: Pack Organizer
Gear Reviews: Bug Nets
Gear Reviews: Hydro Flask Cooler Cup
Gear Reviews: KEEN Targhee EXP MID WP
Gear Reviews: KEEN Terradora Leather WP Mid
Gear Reviews: KEEN Boots
Gear Reviews: Salomon Boots
Gear Reviews: Trail Shoes
Gear Reviews: Injinji Toesocks
Gear Reviews: Thorlo Hiking Socks
Gear Reviews: SmartWool Hiking Socks
Gear Reviews: Armaskin Liner Socks
Gear Reviews: Baffin Winter Boots
Gear Reviews: Women's MSR Revo Ascent Snowshoes
Gear Reviews: Sleeping Bags
Gear Reviews: Inflatable Backpacking Pillow
Gear Reviews: Sleeping Bag Liner
Gear Reviews: Ultralight Synthetic Down Backpacking Quilt
Gear Reviews: Self-inflating Air Mattress
Gear Reviews: Thermarest Relief Bed
Gear Reviews: Lifestraw Personal Water Filter
Gear Reviews: Lifestraw Go Water Bottle Filtration System
Gear Reviews: Hydro Flask 16 Oz Wide Mouth Insulated Bottle
Gear Reviews: Hydro Flask 16 Oz Standard Mouth Metal Bottle
Gear Reviews: Hydro Flask Limited Edition 32 Oz Wide Mouth
Gear Reviews: Platypus Soft Collapsible Water Bottle
Gear Reviews: Klean Kanteen 20 Oz Metal Water Bottle
Gear Reviews: TinkleBelle Female Stand To Pee Accessory
Gear Reviews: Hydro Flask For Wine Lovers
Gear Reviews: Hydro Flask Cooler Cup
Gear Reviews: Hydro Flask Food Totes
Gear Reviews: Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm
Gear Reviews: Colorado Aromatics Foot Butter
Gear Reviews: Colorado Aromatics Joint Jam
Gear Reviews: The Nomadik Subscription Box
Gear Reviews: The Nomadik Part 2
Gear Reviews: WURU Wool Blister Prevention
Gear Reviews: Streamaroo Smartphone Tripod Review
Gear Reviews: Streamaroo Camera Hat Mount
Book Reviews: When Grandma Gatewood Took A Hike
Book Reviews: Thousand Miler
Book Reviews: Explore Europe On Foot
Book Reviews: Hiking Washington's Fire Lookouts
Book Reviews: Birds of the West: An Artist's Guide
Book Reviews: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Guide
Book Reviews: History of Hiking
Gear reviews are so much fun to do, and I promise to give a fair, unbiased assessment of trail performance for your product.
These detailed hiking reviews might cause you to feel overwhelmed when attempting to size up a new piece of outdoor gear or clothing.
That's why letting an experienced hiker review the gear for you BEFORE you lay out cash is a smart move.
And choosing experienced hikers (old trail dogs like me) is a smart move. Especially because every gear review features only the stuff that works, and is never paid for (i.e. bought) by the brand.
I'm sure it's on your mind when you read gear reviews. You want your money (along with your legs, but that's a different story) to go as far as possible, right?
I've certainly spent lots of my cash over the years to purchase gear and then put it to the test:
After all of that outdoor time, I think it's fair to say that I know how to size up a piece of hiking gear.
And it's my pleasure to share my findings with you, dear hiker.
Hiking gear reviews for women hikers should be written by those who use the products, not those who design or market them.
At least that's my opinion!
So be leery when you're reading hiking gear reviews and lots of glowing descriptive language is thrown around:
Note that Hiking For Her reviews only award accolades when they are well deserved, because I want you to have the very best outdoor gear and clothing available - not what's being pushed this season.
I got started with hiking when I was just a wee young lassie: read my story here.
Also, the advent of fleece. Still brings tears to my eyes!
I love to eat, and am not shy about the fact that I relish second breakfast and frequent snacking on a hike.
I'm a scientist by training and temperament, so when I get a new piece of gear (boots, poles, tent, jacket, what have you) I put it through its paces in a scientific manner, using those questions I noted above as a foundation for my judgement of gear worthiness.
On top of that analytic streak, I'm hard on my gear.
I know how to take good care of it, but I push it hard, too.
So I give each piece of gear a rigorous test before I make up my mind about its worthiness (or not) in my gear locker.
Let's stay in touch about the merits and drawbacks of what you're considering for your trail time.
Drop me a line using this CONTACT link.
Talk to you soon!
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