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Outdoor Project | 08.05.2019

For anyone with a love of the outdoors, love of the gear that helps them get there is sure to follow. From fanny packs to adventure skirts, the world of gear for women is getting wilder with each passing season. We asked our 2019 Women in the Wild about the gear they can’t leave home without. This this what they told us.

Check out the beloved gear our Women in the Wild choose to take on their adventures and why they love them. What you find might become your new go-to! Find the full interviews with many of the outdoor industry's most impactful women at Women in the Wild 2019: Amplifying Women in the Outdoors.

(Note: For those women who provided only a list, the Outdoor Project team added a short blurb.)

Devi Skort, Sherpa Adventure Gear

Shawnté Salabert

Storyteller, journalist and author, and thru-hiker

"I was recently introduced to Sherpa Adventure Gear and LOVE the two pieces that I own. I wore the Asha short-sleeve t-shirt ($39.95 • Amazon | Moosejaw | Sherpa) for several days in a row while hiking in Utah, and it never got smelly—miracle!!! I love wearing a skirt while I hike, and the Devi skort​​​​​ ($74.95 • Moosejaw | Sherpa) has a pretty sturdy built-in short.

"I also just started trail running recently. My three favorite pieces of gear are Montbell’s Tachyon parka ($99.00 • Montbell), which is a super awesome wind shell that I carry everywhere because it’s so tiny and light. I was skeptical about how the HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 3 ($140.00 • Amazon | Backcountry | Moosejaw | REI | HOKA) would feel, but I was an instant convert from the first run! Lastly, since I am aiming for a very long mountain run at the end of the summer, I got the bigger capacity Osprey Dyna hydration pack ($140.00 • Amazon | Backcountry | Moosejaw | REI | Osprey), and… IT FITS ALL THE SNACKS!"

Read the full interview with Shawnté Salabert.

Slayer, Rocky Mountain Bicycles

Anita Naidu

Engineer, diversity consultant, humanitarian, athlete, coach, and aspiring astronaut

One of the mountain biking industry's most in-demand coaches, Anita travels the world teaching mountain biking workshops. She rides the Rocky Mountain Slayer, which she says can handle up or down on just about any trail. She also loves the Stealth Helmet by Troy Lee Designs, ultralight for long rides up and super protective for sending it down.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Harari
$28.00 • Amazon

Rocky Mountain Slayer
Prices vary • Rocky Mountain

Troy Lee Designs Stage Stealth Helmet
$295.00 • Troy Lee Designs

Read the full interview with Anita Naidu.

Safe Tech Deluxe Harness, Metolius

Angela Hawse

President of the AMGA Board, certified IFMGA mountain guide, and Co-Founder of Chicks Climbing and Skiing

Angela is an official ambassador for Eddie Bauer, Sterling Rope, SCARPA, and Metolius Climbing, which are among the best producers of gear for climbing and mountaineering. Here are a few of Angela's favorites.

Eddie Bauer Women's Sandtone Shield Hooded Jacket
$179.00 • Amazon | Moosejaw | Eddie Bauer

Metolius Climbing Safe Tech Women’s Deluxe Harness
$129.95 • Amazon | Backcountry | Moosejaw | Metolius

SCARPA Crux Air W’s Approach Shoe
$130.00 • Amazon | Backcountry | Moosejaw | SCARPA

Sterling Rope Evolution Helix
Prices vary • Amazon | Backcountry | Moosejaw | REI | Sterling

Read the full interview with Angela Hawse.


Ultralight Grab Bag, Osprey

Marinel de Jesus

Trekker, former prosecutor, women's advocate, and founder of Peak Explorations and Brown Gal Trekker

"Fanny packs seem to have had a comeback, and I’m enjoying the use of them for multi-day treks. In the summer of 2018, I used one for my 24-day solo trek of the John Muir Trail, walking from Whitney to Yosemite. For that trek, I used Osprey’s Ultralight Grab Bag ($25.00 • Osprey)."

Read the full interview with Marinel de Jesus.


Cobra Ice Tools, Black Diamond

Kris Machnick

Rock and ice climber, creator of the 8 for 80 Project, and mother

"I like my Black Diamond Snaggletooth crampons ($219.95 • Amazon | Backcountry | Moosejaw | REI | Black Diamond). They are very light, easy to put on and take off, and work well for both vertical ice and alpine climbing.

"My ice tools are Black Diamond Cobras ($419.95 • Amazon | Backcountry | Moosejaw | Black Diamond). They are a few years old, but I still like them."

Read the full interview with Kris Machnick.


Solar Shield Short Sleeve, Columbia

Kareemah Batts

Climber, cancer survivor, amputee, and founder of Adaptive Climbing Group

"I wish they had more women's hiking shirts that were longer. Most don’t hit the hips, and when brands go plus size, they still don’t think about that. Same goes with jackets that fit hips and are longer. I currently wear plus-size hiking gear by Columbia. Adidas also has plus sizes in their workout training gear that I use."

Women's Solar Shield Short Sleeve Shirt
$27.00 • Columbia

Read the full interview with Kareemah Batts.


Kit DeLauriers

Big mountain skier, first to ski the Seven Summits, 2015 National Geographic Explorer of the Year, and mother

"The North Face recently launched a truly innovative waterproof breathable technology called FutureLight, and it’s a game changer in the outdoor apparel world. We no longer have that heavy extra shell jacket in our pack that we’re constantly putting on and taking off because we’re too cold or too hot. It breathes so well that when I wear it, I don’t notice it. That’s the feeling I strive for when I’m in the outdoors: freedom."

Check out The Best of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2019 for a first look at The North Face's FutureLight line! Read the full interview with Kit DesLauriers.

Z/1 Classic, Chaco

Katie Boué

Outdoor advocate, writer, speaker, and influencer

"Always and forever, my Chacos."

Chaco Z/1 Classic
$110.00 • Amazon | Backcountry | Moosejaw | REI | Chaco

Read the full interview with Katie Boué.


Lexi Mitt, Eddie Bauer

Lexi Dupont

Carpe Diem Professional, big mountain freeskier, and bush pilot

"I can’t live without the Eddie Bauer Lexi Mitt ($149.00 • AmazonMoosejawEddie Bauer). I designed this mitten years ago, and I don’t know what my winter adventures would be like without it. Ten percent of proceeds are donated to the American Forest Foundation, so not only is it warm, cute, and incredibly functional, but it’s a purchase that gives back.

"I also can’t live without my Hydro Flask ($32.95 • Amazon | Backcountry | Moosejaw | REI | Hydro Flask). I take this thing everywhere with me. I always have cold water on hot days and warm tea on cold days, and it helps me limit my use of plastic because it lasts a lifetime.

"The Eddie Bauer BC Fineline jacket ($449.00 • Amazon | Eddie Bauer) is also in my go-to ski kit. I have worn it on deep cold days in Japan, while cruising the resort in Sun Valley, spring skiing in Revelstoke, and on Arctic expeditions. It’s the perfect jacket for all temperatures and climates."

Read the full interview with Lexi duPont.


Seafoam XL, Sand Cloud

Shannon Switzer Swanson

Marine social ecologist, National Geographic grantee, surfer, and photojournalist

"I have loved my Sand Cloud towels during this year in Indonesia! Because they dry quickly, they are great for traveling, especially in the tropics, where things are always damp. The company also gives proceeds back to marine conservation, and their products are sustainably sourced.

"Another eco-friendly product that I love is Avasol. Their facial products protect better than any other brand I have tried while also being healthy for people and the environment—AND they smell delicious too! It’s a must-have for water women."

Sand Cloud Seafoam XL
$50.00 • Amazon | Sand Cloud

Avasol Environmental Defense Cream
$29.95 • Avasol


5-Piece Straw Set, Klean Kanteen

Sarah Gerhardt

First woman to surf Mavericks, Ph.D. of chemistry, professor, and mother

"I’m a fan of Patagonia. I live in the Nano Puff jacket ($199.00 • Amazon | Backcountry | REI | Patagonia). I always have my Klean Kanteen water bottle and stainless steel straw. No more plastic water bottles or single-use coffee cups with plastic lids or plastic straws. I wear Hotline wetsuits. They fit perfectly and are responsibly made."

Klean Kanteen Insulated TKWide 20 oz.
$32.95 • REI | Kleen Kanteen

Klean Kanteen 5-Piece Straw Set
$9.95 • AmazonKleen Kanteen

Hotline Womens 4/3mm Backzip Wetsuit
$234.95 • Amazon | Backcountry | Moosejaw | REI | Hotline

Read the full interview with Sarah Gerhardt.


Freel Shorts, Wild Rye

Aly Nicklas

Filmmaker and adventurer

Aly's best ideas come when she's pounding the pavement, whether on foot, behind the wheel, or on a bike, when her creative mind is free to wander. Her recommendations might help you on your own adventures.

Wild Rye Freel Shorts
$119.00 • Backcountry | REI | Wild Rye

Salomon S/Lab 3 Shorts
$60.00 • Amazon | Backcountry | MoosejawSalomon

Suunto 9 Baro
$599.00 • Amazon | Backcountry | Moosejaw | REI | Suunto

Patagonia Duckbill Cap
$29.00 • Backcountry | REI | Patagonia

TR1 Junction, Astral

Jennifer Pharr Davis

Thru-hiker, record holder for the fastest known time on the Appalachian Trail, author, and mother

"One of my fave pieces of gear is the new Sawyer Micro ($27.99 • Amazon | Moosejaw | REI | Sawyer). It’s incredible how far water filtration has come since my first thru hike. Also, the combo of Farm to Feet technical hiking socks ($23.00 • Amazon | Backcountry | REI | Farm to Feet) and Astral hiking shoes—my favorite model is the Astral TR1 Junction ($120.00 • Amazon | BackcountryAstral). I haven’t had any blisters since combining these two pieces of footwear. And it’s been three years now!"

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Women in the Wild is a movement that recognizes the amazing women who enrich the outdoor community with their passions, inspirations, and accomplishments. Outdoor Project is proud to grow this campaign in 2019 with the help of guest editor and 2018 #womaninthewild Georgina Miranda, adventurer, entrepreneur, mountaineer, and founder and CEO of She Ventures. We're proud to open our platform once again for the incredible stories and photography of women throughout our community. From in-depth interviews with outdoor advocates, influencers, and athletes to female-focused content from the community, Women in the Wild 2019 aims to amplify the voice of women in celebration of female fortitude, strength, and camaraderie in the outdoors.

For a complete list of content published in correlation with Women in the Wild 2019, visit Women in the Wild 2019: Amplifying Women in the Outdoors.

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