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Best Hiking Gear Reviews:
Save Your Time
And Get To The Good Stuff Fast
Trail food reviews and hiking book reviews,
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.
Get to the good stuff fast!
Each link takes you to a category of hiking, backpacking and camping gear I've reviewed.
- You'll find out exactly how this item will (or won't) fit into your outdoor plans.
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).
I push my gear hard, then tell you what worked - and what didn't - in my hiking gear reviews.
Best hiking gear reliable reviews
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 ;)
What to eat on a hike:
Mountain House Freeze Dried Meals
best hiking food reviews
Paleo Meals (Wild Zora) To Go
Gluten Free Options
Best Trail Snacks
What to wear on a hike:
best hiking clothes for women
Alpine Fit Long Sleeve Base Layer
REI Flash Hybrid Hoodie Hiking Jacket
Best Hiking Pants
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 Tank + Shorts
Title Nine Jogger Style Hiking Pants
Koup Base Layer Long Sleeve Shirt
GOREWEAR Thermo Shirt And Shakedry Insulated Jacket
GORE Shakedry Non Insulated Jacket
prAna Pillar 7/8 Leggings
Possumdown Hiking Gloves
Athletic Clothing For Women
My Trail Co Lightweight Water Repellent Pants
Best Hiking Jackets
Best Hiking Neck Wear
Minus 33 Merino Wool Base Layers
Best hiking gear reviews
Nocs Binoculars For Hiking
REI Co-op Beyonder Pack
Garage Grown Gear Products
Montem 3K Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles
Best Day Packs
Women's Ultimate Direction Hydration Pack
Waterproof Solar Rechargeable iPhone Case
JOTO Universal Phone Case
Ultralight 35L My Trail Co Daypack
Best camping & backpacking gear
Sea to Summit Flame UL Women's UL Sleeping Bag
Hilleberg Allak 2 Tent
MSR Hubba Hubba Tent
Rechargeable Camping Lantern
Pike Trail Pocket Blanket
Headlamps For Hikers
Powercap Hands Free Illumination
Gobi Gear Segmented Stuff Sacks
Hydro Flask Cooler Cup
KEEN Targhee EXP MID WP
KEEN Terradora Leather WP Mid
Telic Recovery Boots
Tread Labs Insoles
Baffin Winter Boots
Thorlo Hiking Socks
SmartWool Hiking Socks
Armaskin Liner Socks
Root Republic Socks
Women's MSR Revo Ascent Snowshoes
Backpacking sleep system review
Best Sleeping Bags
Inflatable Backpacking Pillow
Sleeping Bag Liner
Ultralight Synthetic Down Backpacking Quilt
Self-inflating Air Mattress
Hydration strategies for hikers:
water treatment & transportreviews
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
Reviews of stuff to enhance your enjoyment
of the trail & campsite
TinkleBelle Female Stand To Pee Accessory
Hydro Flask For Wine Lovers
Hydro Flask Cooler Cup
Hydro Flask Food Totes
Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm
Colorado Aromatics Foot Butter
Colorado Aromatics Joint Jam
The Nomadik Subscription Box
The Nomadik Part 2
WURU Wool Blister Prevention
Hiking photography equipment reviews
Streamaroo Smartphone Tripod Review
Streamaroo Camera Hat Mount
Hiking book reviews
100 Hikes of a Lifetime: The World's Ultimate Scenic Trails
When Grandma Gatewood Took A Hike
Explore Europe On Foot
Hiking Washington's Fire Lookouts
Birds of the West: An Artist's Guide
Alpine Lakes Wilderness Guide
History of Hiking
Trees of the West: An Artist's Guide
Walk, Hike, Saunter
Fall Color Hikes Washington
Do you have products
you'd like me to review?
Gear reviews are so much fun to do, and I promise to give a fair, unbiased assessment of trail performance for your product.
Beware of overwhelm
in hiking gear reviews!
These detailed hiking reviews might cause you to feel overwhelmed when attempting to size up a new piece of outdoor gear or clothing.
and mortar stores have so many distractions - look at all the pretty
colors of bandannas! the tempting displays of tiny little carabiners!
the endless boots...
- On line shopping for hiking gear is even worse - not only too much information, but no way to handle the gear or ask questions before investing your money.
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.
Speaking of hard earned cash...
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.
Steer clear of hype
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:
- "award winning"
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.
Why am I qualified to write
hiking gear reviews?
I got started with hiking when I was just a wee young lassie: read my story here.
- watched trends come and go,
- witnessed the evolution of hunting gear and camping equipment into lightweight and ultralight gear,
- rejoiced as women's hiking gear has gotten more tailored and serious,
- noted significant design improvements...
- as well as marketing hype that makes steam come out of my ears (see list of adjectives above if you missed them).
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.
- Here's the approach I use when sizing up gear reviews written by someone I don't know or hike with.
Let's stay in touch
Let's stay in touch about the merits and drawbacks of what you're considering for your trail time.
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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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