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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?
Hiking For Her doesn't do paid reviews.
So everything you read is honest, unbiased and uncompensated.
Be wary of sites which are paid for their remarks.
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 ;)
Alpine Fit Long Sleeve Base Layer
REI Flash Hybrid Hoodie Hiking Jacket
KUHL Women's Freeflex Hiking Pants
REI Women's Sahara Hiking Pants
REI Talusphere Womens Rain Pants
Title Nine Big B Collection Hiking Outfit
Title Nine Jogger Style Hiking Pants
Koup Base Layer Long Sleeve Shirt
GOREWEAR Thermo Shirt And Shakedry Insulated Jacket
GORE Shakedry Non Insulated Jacket
My Trail Co Lightweight Water Repellent Pants
Minus 33 Merino Wool Base Layers
Montem 3K Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles
Women's Ultimate Direction Hydration Pack
Waterproof Solar Rechargeable iPhone Case
Ultralight 35L My Trail Co Daypack
Sea to Summit Flame UL Women's UL Sleeping Bag
Powercap Hands Free Illumination
Gobi Gear Segmented Stuff Sacks
Women's MSR Revo Ascent Snowshoes
Ultralight Synthetic Down Backpacking Quilt
Lifestraw Personal Water Filter
Lifestraw Go Water Bottle Filtration System
Hydro Flask 16 Oz Wide Mouth Insulated Bottle
Hydro Flask 16 Oz Standard Mouth Metal Bottle
Hydro Flask Limited Edition 32 Oz Wide Mouth
Platypus Soft Collapsible Water Bottle
Klean Kanteen 20 Oz Metal Water Bottle
TinkleBelle Female Stand To Pee Accessory
Colorado Aromatics Foot Butter
Streamaroo Smartphone Tripod Review
100 Hikes of a Lifetime: The World's Ultimate Scenic Trails
When Grandma Gatewood Took A Hike
Hiking Washington's Fire Lookouts
Birds of the West: An Artist's Guide
Trees of the West: An Artist's Guide
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, so you can save money when you buy hiking and camping gear.
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 will bestow 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.
Curious about what REI Co-op considers award winning gear? Read this.
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. You can see some of my extreme backcountry trips here.
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.
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Talk to you soon!
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