Tis the season to be not only jolly, but also, excited about spending time in the outdoors. Give the special woman in your life something she really wants this year—gear that stokes her passions and strengths. From hiking tights to trail running shoes to cozy mid layers, keep reading for the best outdoor gear created for women adventurers.
Choose an Old Favorite Made New
Bringing back an old favorite, Vasque, a family-owned adventure footwear company, has improved on the Breeze, a fan-favorite from 2004. Wearers can expect the same comfort, versatility, and durability, but now with tweaking and testing completed in order to modernize the design. With sustainability in mind, the boot has a midsole made from sugarcane, recycled webbing and mesh material, and new waterproofing technology made from recycled polyester.
Move Your Body in the Winter Months
Just because it’s chillier outside, doesn’t mean we can’t move our bodies and be active. The Jackie High Rise 7/8 Sport Legging from Threads 4 Thought is a perfect gift for women who enjoy spending their time at the gym or on the yoga mat. Leggings can be worn under snow pants should you want to stay warm while walking the dog around the neighborhood or through the woods. Made with sustainable eco nylon fabric, these performance tights are made to move. Threads 4 Thought, founded in 2006, works toward designing apparel with sustainably-sourced raw materials, which has a smaller impact on our environment. Choose from a variety of fun colors and patterns and head outside.
Stay Cozy and Warm with Mid Layers
It’s officially sweater weather and for women who love to spend time in the outdoors, on adventures big and small, give them an extra layer to stay warm like the Desert Rose Sweater from prAna. Choose from three stylish seasonal patterns for this relaxed fit long sleeved knit sweater, made in a Fair Trade Certified Factory. Pair with everything from leggings to hiking pants for a clever look.
Invest in a Waterproof Stalwart Shoe
The Women’s Circadia Waterproof Shoe from KEEN, which comes in three different color patterns, is a versatile hiker that will stand up to multiple tasks with its grippy all-terrain traction, lightweight cushioning, and waterproof design. Your toes will have plenty of room to wiggle and your heel will be cushioned, no matter where your adventures take you next.
Enjoy Grilling: It’s Not Just for Dads
Whether you go for the 2XL Big Green Egg or the Mini Big Green Egg, the grill masters in your family will love a backyard, patio, or balcony glow up. Smaller grills are ideal for tailgating, picnics, or travel and the larger ones will make family meal making a cinch. Add a bag of Natural Oak & Hickory Lump Charcoal as well as a nest, table, or custom island for the egg, and you’ll be good to go for outdoor cooking. For BBQ and grilling recipes, paired with wine recommendations, check out Vindulge.
Live Out Your Country Dreams
A proud sponsor of Yellowstone, a hit show on Paramount Network, Tecovas makes hardwearing and stylish boots and apparel that looks good on just about everyone. The Jolene boot, full of western flair and intricate touches, will be your go-to boot for all things horseback riding, farm and ranch life, and line dancing. Designed in Austin, Texas and handcrafted in Leon, Mexico, these boots are well made and built to last.
Keep on the Trail
For a great pair of hiking tights, complete with four—count ‘em, four!—pockets, give the adventurer in your life the LIVSN Women’s Trail Tights, the first product from the brand created exclusively for women. You’ll love the supportive high waistband and overall comfort of these athletic tights. Derived from the Swedish word, “livsnjutare”, which means “one who loves life deeply; an enjoyer of life”, LIVSN is all about making apparel that gets people outside.
Go for a Run
The Women’s Triumph 20 from Saucony, which comes in six different colors, has plenty of cushioning and neutral support for a great run outside or on the treadmill. Built for everyday training as well as long-distance runs, this shoe is vegan and contains recycled materials. Lace up and go outside and play.
Be Prepared with Swimming Essentials
Beyond sun protection and island wear, you’ll want a great swimsuit or two if a warm weather vacation is imminent. Revly Sport makes versatile swimsuits, designed for active lifestyles, like the Elle One Piece—Black Classic. Whether swimming laps in an outdoor pool or playing a round of sand volleyball, this full coverage suit is just what you need. Slimming and comfortable to wear, the Elle has adjustable straps and can double as a bodysuit to pair with multiple outfits.
Stay Outside for Longer
Built in the Merrell Test Lab, an incubator for product development, and verified by elite athletes, the MTL Long Sky 2 is prefect for all-terrain trail running. Quick drying and lightweight, these kicks are designed to get runners outside for longer. The grippy outsole provides optimal traction, the mesh upper is breathable, and there’s an internal bootie for a custom fit. These shoes are built for a rugged and somewhat unpredictable terrain and operate like a track shoe fused to a hiking shoe.