The days of the industry pattern to “shrink and pink” men’s product and then call it women-specific are long gone—and thank the heavens for that. Yes, travel and outdoor gear-makers finally realized femme-targeted products opened a new market. But more importantly, they finally recognized that a woman’s body has certain requirements not shared by the less-than-fairer sex. Here’s a handful of travel- and trail-worthy items that carry forward that essential narrative.
1. Columbia OuterSpaced II Dress, $80; 2. Patagonia Refugio Backpack, $89; 3. Kuhl Krush Pants, $89; 4. Lululemon All Tied Up Tank, $44; 5. Knix Wear 8-in-1 Evolution Bra, $55; 6. Oiselle Aero Jacket, $116; 7. Stio Divide Shirt, $89.
Main photo by Mirko Tobias Schäfer/Flickr CC BY 2.0
Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).