We rack up thousands of miles each year in the outdoors. It’s safe to say we’re trail junkies, and love nothing better than a great trail run, hike, or backpacking adventure. And we’re united in the belief that great, well-designed outdoor apparel should be simultaneously high performing and stylish – keeping us dry, comfy, cool and moving on the trail, while looking good, too. Check out our top trails near Asheville, NC and North Georgia hikes for some of our favorite trails in the South.
We’ve wrapped our favorite women’s outdoor apparel into our 2018 Outdoor Gift Guide. Find the perfect outdoor gift for her – or some new outfits or outerwear for your own trail adventures. And if running is more your speed, check out our gifts for runners for some of our favorite shoes, gear, and apparel.
THE DR IS IN
Smartwool PhD Socks
Smartwool’s PhD socks keep our feet comfortable and on the move, mile after mile. The Merino wool blend helps keep our feet cool and dry. And the seamless toe and Elite Fit system locks the sock securely in place to help prevent blisters and hot spots. Smartwool’s multiple styles, weights, and heights have us covered no matter the adventure.
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LOOKING GOOD AND FEELING GREAT
KUHL Spyfire Jacket
It’s not often you find a piece of gear that looks as amazing as it works! The KUHL Spyfire does just that. The 800-fill, ethically sourced, goose down and weather-resistant outer shell keep us toasty in even the toughest winter weather. And the Spyfire’s slim fit and details take us from trail to town looking stylish, too.
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Stio Sweetwater Fleece Hoodie
We love this modern update to a classic favorite! There’s nothing like a comfy fleece hoodie on a frosty morning, but Stio has upped the game with the Sweetwater Fleece. A stylish cut and feminine details like ruched collar, contrasting zipper and drop tail hem make this a versatile piece for hitting the trail or hitting the town.
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PERFECTLY CAPABLE PACK
Cotopaxi Batac 16L Backpack
The Batac 16L is the perfect size for day hikes, urban exploration, or travel. The versatile bag features a main zippered compartment, a zippered pocket on the front, and two mesh pockets on the sides for water bottles and small gear. Like our other Cotopaxi favorite, the Cotopaxi Luzon 18L, each Batac’s color pattern is chosen by its fabricator from nylon remnants, so every bag is one of a kind.
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Gear for Good
Cotopaxi Sambaya Terracotta Fleece
A fleece that keeps us warm and does good for the world? We’ll take two! This fleece looks so comfortable we don’t think we’ll ever want to take it off. With it’s Polartech Powerstretch construction, it seems ultra-warm, and we love that it comes equipped with thumbholes, a hoody, and a slim fit. Plus, through a partnership with Radiating Hope (radiatinghope.org), with each purchase, a patient in Senegal gets a cancer treatment. Amazing.
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Patagonia Capilene Shirts
The Capilene baselayer system from Patagonia offers a wide range of weights and styles, from lightweight to heavyweight, short sleeve to long sleeve, to make layering easy. They’re soft and comfy as a base-layer, and they transition well to an outer layer once the sun warms things up a little. And they’re super breathable and fast-drying, too.
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LOWA Phoenix Mesh Lo Hiking Shoe
The Phoenix Mesh Lo hiking shoe provides the ultimate in ventilation for hot weather treks. The split leather and mesh upper give the shoe plenty of breathing room when temperatures climb, and dry quickly should we encounter a creek or stream crossing. It’s pretty much the perfect hiking shoe for the South’s legendary summertime heat. And the super grippy sole provides plenty of traction.
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Sunski glasses give a stylish, vintage 80’s vibe that can be worn anywhere from mountaintop exploring to chilling at the beach, and anywhere in between. And at about $50 they won’t bust the budget. Not only are Sunski glasses stylish and comfortable, but the company donates 1% of their revenue each year to worthy organizations committed to maintaining a healthy environment.
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Ahnu Sugarpine Womens Hiking Boot
The Sugarpine from Ahnu delivers performance, style and stability in a waterproof hiking boot. We’ve loved the way these boots have kept our feet dry and comfortable while trekking through some serious Georgia winter weather, on and off trail. This versatile boot is one of our go-to faves for mid-length hiking adventures, or anytime we see the forecast calling for wet weather or soggy trails.
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WEATHER RESISTANT & BREATHABLE
Stio Vescent Soft Shell Jacket
Out on the trail, the Stio Vescent Soft Shell Jacket works as hard as we do. The comfortable microfleece lining keeps us warm and snug, while the weather resistant outer shell blocks the wind and keeps us dry during rainy adventures. The Vescent is also remarkably breathable, keeping us dry when we’re powering through tough terrain.
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MADE IN THE USA + GUARANTEED FOR LIFE
Darn Tough Socks
Darn Tough socks are nearly indestructible and darn comfortable – and they’re unconditionally guaranteed, for life! Fast drying and wicking merino wool keeps our feet comfy and dry, even on the longest adventures. Sizes, thicknesses and heights are available for just about any type of outdoor activity.
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Stio Hometown Down Jacket
It’s a winter must-have, especially when temps plummet. This 800-fill-goose-down-insulated jacket blends warmth, comfort, packability and style for winter adventures. The Hometown Down Jacket from Stio is filled with HyperDRY water repellent goose down, a premium, water repellant down that stays dryer and warmer than untreated down. It’s been our go-to during the past few bi-polar winters in the South.
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Streamlined and Stable
Lowa Innox GTX Mid Hiking Boot
The Lowa Innox GTX Mid has quickly become one of our go-to boots for just about any outdoor adventure. The Innox GTX is waterproof but breathable, keeping us dry and warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The durable, grippy sole keeps us firmly planted on the trail in challenging terrain, and its streamlined profile and light weight (only one pound each) allows us to keep up the pace without extra weight and bulk.
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STYLE AND FUNCTION
Stio Alpha Alpine Pullover
We love the Stio Alpha Alpine Pullover for its versatility. This stylish and functional pullover takes us from trail to town throughout the seasons, thanks to its ultra breathable Polartec Alpha Active insulation. From spring bike rides on the Silver Comet, to fall hikes on the Appalachian Trail, and weekend brunch with friends, the Alpha Alpine Pullover has us covered and comfortable.
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ULTIMATE WAMTH ON THE SLOPES
Stio Durrance Jacket
As with all of our Stio gear, we absolutely love the Durrance Jacket. This jacket keeps us toasty through the coldest adventures on and off the slopes. Featuring a two-layer waterproof, breathable shell and water repellant 650-fill down insulation, the Durrance is designed for ultimate warmth and dryness. An adjustable, down-filled hood and powder skirt are both removable. The Durrance is an all-around amazing winter jacket, perfect for the ski slopes and around town.
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FOUL WEATHER PROTECTION
Women’s Stio Modis Anorak
The stylish, comfortable, and versitile Modis Anorak jacket keeps us warm and dry when bad weather threatens our adventures. The pullover-style rain jacket stops rain and wind in its tracks thanks to waterproof fabric, fully taped seams, and Aquagaurd zippers. One large front zipper allows for quick venting and outerwear changes, and two zippered side pockets are perfect for protecting phones, keys, and other small gear from the wet. And once the rain clears, the Modis packs up small, perfect for stashing in a backpack.
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Let them choose!
REI Gift Card
What’s not to love about an REI gift card?! With a huge selection of top outdoor brands, envy-worthy gear and a staff of outdoor-loving experts, it’s like an outdoor gear paradise. Not sure what to gift this year? Let them decide!