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Hiking Gear Women

How to choose the best jacket for different hiking conditions

You might’ve heard the phrase “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothing” before. When setting out on year-round outdoor excursions, it can be daunting to find the best option for a variety of weather conditions and activities. At Kari Traa, we make jackets, fleeces and vests that stand up to whatever Mother Nature throws your way. Our fashion-forward, technical outerwear doesn’t let rain, cold or wind get you down when you have your eyes set on an open-air adventure.

A hiking jacket is an investment piece that can be worn year after year. There are lots of options featuring different materials, fits, and technical details—we’ve broken down key differences in the guide below.

Womens Hiking Jacket

HIKING OUTFIT: Matching hiking jacket and hiking leggings gives you the extra touch.

Putting the “fun” in functional

Depending on the climate where you’ll be hiking, look for a combination of the technical features below to find the best hiking jacket:

A few things to look for in a perfect hiking pant:

  • Ventilation
  • Waterproofing
  • Breathability
  • Hoods
  • Wind resistance

Hard Shell Jackets

Soft Shell + Fleece

Soft shell jackets, in contrast to a hard shells, are made from a woven material, offering lightweight warmth, breathability, mobility, and weather resistance. Headed out on a crisp, bluebird day? Opt for a performance fleece that will keep you toasty warm while remaining breathable.

  • Sanne Full-Zip- a retro women’s midlayer jacket for training old-school style in the great outdoors. It has a laid-back, relaxed silhouette for playing it cool on adventures. The high collar and quilting will keep you toasty warm and if you get too hot, you can zip down all the way.
Hiking Leggings Women

WE LOVE FLEECE VEST: The perfect midlayer vest for hiking, climbing or walking.

Soft Shell + Fleece Products

Insulated Jackets + Hybrids

Insulated jackets are a great option for cold weather hikes, where both warmth and durability are necessary.

  • The Voss Hybrid Jacket- this checks all our cold-weather boxes: lightweight, insulated, water-repellent, breathable and stylish, this women’s hooded jacket is perfect for rigorous hikes in the cold. The lightweight PrimaLoft® insulation keeps you warm – and there’s extra quilting, breathability and water-repellency where you need it most. The stretch fabric moves with you when you crank the intensity and the dropped back hem stops snow and wind from sneaking in.
Hiking Jackets Women

PADDED HIKING JACKET: For the bit colder days so you can always stay warm.

Insulated Jackets + Hybrid Products