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Some of My Hiking Must-Haves – Fit Bottom Girls

Getting out in nature and being active has never been my favorite, and, although the past 20 months (*counts on one finger*) have been incredibly difficult, one silver lining is the fact that the pandemic has given many of us Spending more time outside than ever before.

From weekend kayaking trips to epic mountain treks, I’m taking full advantage of all the fresh air nature has to offer — and with an Arizona camper van adventure planned for December, I have no intention of stopping. But, as I talk to friends about these adventure outings, I’ve realized that we don’t only trade tips and tricks about where to go and what to do—we also trade a lot about all our gear. Do all the things. what did we wear what did we use What will we buy again and again?

traveler crossing a stream

And so, I figured it was time for a little product round-up filled with my favorite active, outdoor gear and goodies. Keep in mind, this is not an all-encompassing packing list (though, if you plan to go backpacking and are looking for a list, I find She Dreams of Alpine to be a wonderful resource). These are things I’ve used and love for a variety of adventures (both day and night, kayaking and hiking) that can help round out your supplies.

IBEX Women’s Merino Tencel Pocket Short Sleeve Tee ($85)

Fun fact, in case you didn’t know: Merino wool is naturally antimicrobial (making it naturally odor-resistant), which is why you’ll see why it’s used so often in hiking clothing that can last for several days. can be worn. I put this silky soft shirt to the test on some surprisingly steamy days in Colorado last summer, and I can attest that it worked. You all may remember that I sweat a lot, but every time this shirt dried, it looked (and smelled) like I was never wearing it.

Salt Life Long Sleeve Performance Fishing Shirt ($64)

OK, full disclosure – I didn’t wear this shirt fishing. Mostly, because I don’t really eat fish. Instead, I layered it over the aforementioned Ibex Tee for a little extra sun protection for an epic hike from Crested Butte through Maroon Bells to Aspen, and since the trail offered little protection from the elements, I was able to roll. Really happy to be able to roll the long sleeves down and cover my arms when the sun comes out. Plus, be real – the color is gorgeous and it looks adorable! I also appreciate the fact that it takes up very little space when packed, so it’s a handy option to have on hand even if you don’t want to put it away right away.

Title Nine Clumberista Pants and Shorts ($89)

hiking pants

Granted, I was already a fan of Title Nine based on some of their other clothing, not to mention the fact that it’s a woman-owned company that goes out of its way to support other women. . But if I wasn’t, these pants would turn me into one. They’re abrasion-resistant with just enough stretch, easy to take off at the ankle when you want to shorten them or wear them like joggers, and best of all, come with lots of well-placed There are pockets! They also come as shorts, perfect for a mid-summer kayak or super outing.

Branwyn Essential Bikini ($34)


Remember what I said about merino wool? Branwyn uses it to create performance innerwear that, in their words, will keep you “swamp-ass-free and funk-free all day, no matter what your adventure.” Add to that the fact that this bikini-style undies dry quickly, have a non-digging waistband, and offer just the right amount of stretch, and you can trust me when I say you can only buy these in large. Wouldn’t want to wear on adventures!

Ingenji Women’s Liner + Crew ($29)

hiking socks

And, who knows, it’s more merino! And before you ask why I think a pair of socks is worth $29, hear me out. I wore this two-piece liner and sock system for the Aspen hike I mentioned above, paired with new-to-advise hiking boots, and a very long, very full day with zero blisters Finished. A few days later, I wore the same shoes on a short, much less intense hike with other nice wool socks and ended up with half-dollar-sized blisters on both feet. was terrible If you’ve ever gone hiking, you know that your feet are the most important factor in staying comfortable. Considering that you can wear these for a few days before they wash out, well, suddenly getting a pair for under $30 seems like a deal, yes?

Hoka Women’s Said Gore-Tex ($220)

Hiking shoes

Looking for a sturdy, supportive hiking boot that will keep your feet comfortable and dry? here you go. These offer plenty of cushioning without being overly heavy, and the Vibram MegaGrip traction is seriously tacky—which is very important for people like me who aren’t very sure on technical terrain. I splashed through a few rivers and never had a problem with my feet getting wet, and the lacing system makes it easy to adjust for comfort. I will say that these are shoes that I blistered with my low-quality socks, but I also agree that they were nowhere near as broken in as they should have been before I took them out, so they are my Still 100 percent in rotation.

Forsake Patch Mid Women’s Waterproof Hiking Boot ($160)

Hiking shoes

Maybe you’re in the market for a hiker that doesn’t look out of place with your street clothes, and trust me, I get it. Packing a lot of shoes for one trip is a pain! Forsec was a new brand to me, but I was blown away by their peak-to-pavement philosophy that combines all-weather protection with versatile styling — and the fact that they’re officially climate neutral seemed to seal the deal. were sufficient for But really, it was wearing them for a nonstop weekend in New England, exploring trails and small coastal towns, that lit my fire. They were comfortable, had good traction, and looked perfect with leggings, jeans, and hiking pants. (Hey, it matters!)

Mammut Albula HS Hooded Jacket ($119)

I know I said keeping your feet comfortable is priority number one – and it’s true! — but if the rest of your body is wet and cold, you may not care about how comfortable your totes are, which makes a rain jacket essential. This sustainably made (100-percent recycled polyester!) hooded jacket is extremely lightweight, fits snugly, and comes in a few fun, bright colors. This came in handy when Colorado decided to drop monsoon on us, it was also wonderful for our daily afternoon thunderstorms in Florida.

Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Down Jacket ($250)

winter coat

Almost every hiking checklist I’ve found recommends a puffer or hoodie, and I honestly don’t know that you can find a better option than this. Available in a slew of excellent colors, the Fuego is lightweight, water-resistant (as I learned when I got caught in a nor’easter in southern Maine), responsibly sourced, and packs into its own pocket. (Bonus: There are tons of big pockets for all your stuff!) The streamlined fit is topped off with a scuba hood, elastic binding, and an adjustable drawcord at the hem. This is my new go-to travel jacket, because look, this Floridian doesn’t care about being cold. Plus, I’m a big fan of Cotopaxi’s Gear For Good Mission, so the more of their gear I can incorporate into my life, the better.

sleeping pad

If you think tent camping is inconvenient, you might just need the right sleeping pad. At least, that was the lesson I learned after using the Quasar 3D Sleeping Pad. I was fine with the regular, non-insulated version, but you can get wider, longer, and insulated versions to suit your needs. It comes with its own easy-to-use pump sack for inflation, and while it’s incredibly lightweight and great for backpacking, you can really use it anywhere you need a comfortable bed on the go. Is required. I’ve slept in actual beds that are less comfortable! So, if cold, hard ground is keeping you from camping, this will be a total gamechanger.

Good Food To Go ($14.25)

camp food

Raise your hand if you’ve ever set out on an outdoor adventure with grand plans of making an amazing camp meal, only to end up tired, grumpy, and snacking on yet another bar of some sort because you can’t convince yourself to do so. Can’t bring everything you need for a nice dinner. Yes, same. So, the fact that Good To-Go has a whole huge variety of delicious food (risotto, bibimbap, chili, pad thai, pho, the list goes on and on) that require nothing more than hot water? awesome. There are vegetarian options, gluten-free meals, and more — and they’re all hand-made in Maine.

Forclaz Trek 100 Easyfit 60L Hiking Backpack ($119)

60 L Backpack

You don’t need to be a backpacking expert to tell when your pack fits – or doesn’t – and luckily, this pack isn’t specifically designed to fit women’s bodies, but it adjusts is also designed to be incredibly simple. Seriously – it literally has pictures to remind you what to adjust, in what order, for the ideal fit. I took it on an Aspen trek with about 30 pounds, and though, admittedly, walking mountains with an extra 30 pounds wasn’t a piece of cake, the pack was never uncomfortable. Plus, the flap and zipper made it easy to access my gear.

Cotopaxi Star of the Day ($105)


One lesson I’ve learned is that if you have room in your pack, you’ll probably use it. And that means you’re better off sticking to a smaller pack for shorter day hikes; That way, you’ll be bringing your essentials, but nothing more. This 20L pack has an internal hydration sleeve, configurable compression and lash points, comfortable straps, and a streamlined ice tool carry system, if you’re into it. Personally, I’m more into the fact that each one is made with high-quality fabrics from large production runs from other companies, making each one a colorful, one-of-a-kind offering. (Told you I dug Cotopaxi!)

Parks Project Glow in the Dark Water Bottle ($20)

Water bottle

Here in Florida, I’m a big fan of the insulated water bottle – otherwise, your water is likely to get too hot, too fast. However, I’m learning that, on these long hikes, every ounce really counts, and lukewarm water is a small price to pay if you can lose a little weight. (Yes, I know most of the world has felt it for ages. I’m a little slow to come. I really like cold water, okay?) This nifty Nalgene wide-mouth bottle is not only lightweight, It’s also glow in the dark, which is very handy when you’re sharing a tent, need a drink in the middle of the night, and don’t want to wake someone up using a flashlight to find your water Want to In addition, proceeds benefit the Open for Outdoors Kids program, led by the National Park Foundation. Who can beat him? (I also have a little camp mug from The Parks Project, similar to this one, which just made my morning coffee a little more enjoyable.)

Next on my outdoor adventure wish list: some trekking poles, a lightweight tripod for taking photos, and a way to overcome my fear of heights so I can fully enjoy some of those amazing views. Got Tips? I’m here for them! ,Kristen



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