Women’s Hiking Clothes Tips: Your Guide to the Best Hiking Clothes

Your Guide to the Best Hiking Clothes

Title Nine wants you to take a hike! But we also want you to be prepared before you tackle that next trek. We've made planning easy. Read on for some of our top hiking clothes tips and best hiking clothes recommendations to let you conquer a day hike, weekend mini-expedition, or even a week-long adventure.


What features are essential in hiking clothing?

Drawstring
Key Loop

Why settle for shrunken-down men's gear made pink and floral? Outdoor women deserve gear that keeps up. When shopping for hiking gear for women look for shorts, pants, skorts and tops that:

Move with you: combat hiking hazards like chafing and rubbing by choosing hiking apparel for women with spandex and elastane fabrics that stretch to shadow our moves without losing shape. Waists constructed with internal drawstrings or elastic ensure no gaping and a custom fit.

Dry in a snap: look for fast-drying, moisture-wicking fabrics that keep us cool when the mercury rises, and dry fast come impromptu dips in the river.

Carry our stuff: shorts, pants, skorts and jackets with functional pockets give us easy access and freedom from sweaty backpacks and waist packs.

Deliver UPF protection: no need to reapply messy sunscreen when there's sun protection built into the fabric and clothing.

Go from trek to town: our versatile hiking clothes for women leave old school, "outdorky" styles behind.

Protect from the elements: durable water resistant (DWR), wind-resistant and waterproof fabrics keep us covered.

Tough it out: scooting down rocks and scrambling on dirt calls for abrasion-resistant fabrics and durable seam construction.

Adjust to the thermometer: temperature friendly and breathable layers are a must year-round, so consider how cool it may be at the summit or how hot it may be in the valley.

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What fabrics make the best hiking clothing for women?

fabrics best for hiking clothing

Performance fabrics are key for enjoying the trail all year long in a range of conditions and intensity. Look for these performance fabrics in our shorts, pants, and tops:

  • ClambR™  Our abrasion-resistant, water-repellent, stretch nylon/spandex fabric. Soft, but rugged enough for every adventure, urban to outback.
  • WickID™  Meaning very, very good wicking that dries 4x faster than cotton. A zap-drying fabric that sits softly on our skin made from ultra-breathable poly, odor-shirking Tencel™, infused with drirelease® fibers that dramatically improve how wetness is pulled from the skin and released into the air.
  • Matahari™  The double agent performance fabric that plays both sides and wins. Working and playing in overtime, Matahari™ goes from sweaty to ready in a snap. Our UPF 35 poly/spandex with StinkStopper™ odor blocking fabric for more adventures with less laundry.
  • Nimblene™  Amphibious in nature, allowing us to move quickly from river to trail, from wet to dry. This heavy hitting, surprisingly sturdy lightweight fabric is fast-drying, stretchy woven poly/spandex that’s certified UPF 50 to boot.
  • Synergy™  Our performance blend of fast-drying poly and sturdy nylon for just the right amount of stretch. All that makes for a lightweight layer that packs a surprise punch of wicking and warmth. Shop Synergy just right insulation tops.

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What hiking clothes brands have the best selection of hiking clothes for women?

For the past 30 years, Title Nine’s design team of women have created, wear-tested and refined some of the best hiking gear around. Check out our top picks for athletic hiking clothes below.

Title Nine also partners with these performance brands to curate the best hiking clothes selection for women adventurers:

Kuhl Pants and Clothing
Patagonia Clothes
Prana Clothing
Kari Traa

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TOP PICKS: BEST HIKING CLOTHES FOR WOMEN

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Product 0: Vibe Tank Top - Solid
Vibe Tank Top - Solid
$29
No matter what the vibe of the moment, this top fits the rhythms of our lives. The careful patterning, the meticulous selection of fabric and trim, the fitting and re-fitting: it all adds up to a top that’s rock-steady. Made of Vibe™, a poly/cotton/spandex blend infused with Drirelease® performance wicking that dries 4x faster than cotton. By Title Nine. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 1: Third Quarter Tank Top
Third Quarter Tank Top
Blue Stripe
Pink Stripe
Marble Pink
$35
Nope, not the 3rd quarter of a game, but the 3rd quarter of the year. A tank for the swelter season, a tank that will cool and comfort through the dog days of summer. 60% soft organic cotton, 40% fast-drying poly, scores 100% on easy-care testing. By Patagonia. XS(0-2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16-18).
Product 2: Henerala Short Sleeve Tee - Solid
Henerala Short Sleeve Tee - Solid
$45
Built for the modern woman warrior who slays all day. Hike, run or ride, the Henerala leads the charge and never, ever wastes time on special care. Made of Matahari™, our top performance, fast-wicking knit that lets us spend less time on laundry and more time on the revolution. By Title Nine. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 3: Aviatrix Pocket Tank Top
Aviatrix Pocket Tank Top
Heather Grey
Quail
True Navy Swifty
$50
Roll ‘er up, stow ‘er away, and start the engines: the Aviatrix is built to fly. Beneath the soft, heathered knit lies the soul of a high performer. Stays fresh after a full day at work—or a full weekend of play—thanks to Polygiene® odor control. By Toad&Co. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 4: Rogue Shorts 5"
Rogue Shorts 5"
Charred Grey
Coral Reef
Stone Blue
$59
All of our summer adventures start with these bottoms. Amphibious in nature, the Rogue allows us to move quickly from river to trail, from wet to dry. Zipper pockets with drainage holes lock our valuables down tight even when we go for an unplanned swim. Packs up small and dries fast. Made from our surprisingly soft and sturdy stretch Nimblene™, now with recycled poly. By Title Nine. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 5: Big B Shorts 4"
Big B Shorts 4"
Dark Knight
Rattan
Syrah
$59
Put your best half forward. These Brash™ ripstop bottoms are durable, stretchy, utterly perfect-fitting, and handle rough terrain like a pro. P.S. They’re so damn good looking they fit right in at brunch. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 6: Big B Shorts 7"
Big B Shorts 7"
$65
Put your best half forward. These Brash™ ripstop bottoms are durable, stretchy, utterly perfect-fitting, and handle rough terrain like a pro. P.S. They’re so damn good looking they fit right in at brunch. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 7: Rogue Shorts 9"
Rogue Shorts 9"
Charred Grey
Coral Reef
Stone Blue
$64
All of our summer adventures start with these shorts. Amphibious in nature, the Rogue allows us to move quickly from river to trail, from wet to dry. Zipper pockets with drainage holes lock our valuables down tight even when we go for an unplanned swim. Made of our lightweight Nimblene™, the Rogue packs up small, dries fast. UPF 50. Stretch woven poly/spandex. Mid rise. Only @ T9. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 8: Grace 2.0 Tank Top
Grace 2.0 Tank Top
Neptune
Peach
Lilac Fog
$45
Beneath the soft, friendly space-dye exterior lies the heart of a performance tank. Made to handle whatever our day throws our way with grace. It keeps up without fuss or telltale funk thanks to StinkStopper™, our anti-microbial funk-fighter. Made of our Buttah LT™. By Title Nine. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 9: Free Range Shorts 6 1/2"
Free Range Shorts 6 1/2"
$64
From trail to town and everywhere in between, the Free Range Shorts allow us to roam freely. Made of Cotton QD™, a highly intelligent blended fabric: the soft hand and rich color of cotton, infused with fast-drying, sturdy nylon, and just enough spandex so it stretches right when we do. By Kuhl. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 10: Free Range Pants - Regular
Free Range Pants - Regular
$89
From trail to town and everywhere in between, Kuhl Free Range pants allow us room to roam. Lighter than denim, more technical than canvas. Made of a blend of cotton, nylon and spandex, Cotton QD™ fabric gives us the soft hand and rich color but dries faster and stretches right when we do. By KÜHL. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
 
Looking for a different inseam length?
Check these out:
Free Range Pant Pant - Short 30"
Free Range Pant - Long 35"
Product 11: Free Range Capri
Free Range Capri
Carbon
Everglade
Indigo
Syrah
$74
Designed for the Backcountry Betty in all of us. From trail to town and everywhere in between, the Free Range Capri allows us to roam freely. Made of Cotton QD™, a highly intelligent blended fabric: the soft hand and rich color of cotton, infused with fast-drying, sturdy nylon, and just enough spandex so it stretches right when we do. By Kuhl. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 12: Frankie Tank Top
Frankie Tank Top
Blue
Orange
Sand
$40
Soothing, summertime comfort. Made from an incredibly soft, springy tech blend that drapes just right, dries in a snap and, features no-stress care. By Sherpa Adventure Gear. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 13: Daily Decathlon Tank Top
Daily Decathlon Tank Top
$39
Our alarm clock is the starting gun for the day's decathlon. Thankfully, this tank is up for every event, even the impromptu 500-yard, escaped-pup dash. Made of a quick-dry, naturally anti-microbial drirelease® performance blend, the Daily Decathlon wins the anti-odor gold. Relaxed fit. Keyhole back. By Title Nine. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 14: Henerala Short Sleeve Top - Moon Dot
Henerala Short Sleeve Top - Moon Dot
Spiced Coral
Blue Surf
$49
Built for the modern woman warrior who slays all day. Hike, run or ride, the Henerala leads the charge and never, ever wastes time on special care. Made of Matahari™, our top performance, fast-wicking knit that lets us spend less time on laundry and more time on the revolution. By Title Nine. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 15: MV Tank Top
MV Tank Top
$40
One touch is all it takes for this tank to snag the top spot. The same cotton jersey knit feeling we’re familiar with, made even softer, silkier, wicking, and with an added boost of UPF coverage, too. The most valuable tank top in our drawer for everyday exploits and longterm travels alike. Sleeveless sister of the MV Tee. By KÜHL. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 16: Point Reyes Pants
Point Reyes Pants
Obsidian
Peppercorn
Prussian
$115
Day hike or day out, we’ll let you choose, but even if you choose both, choose the Point Reyes Pants. A dirt- and dinner-ready collision of function and fashion, made from a quick-drying, wind-resistant blend. Lightly ruched legs with adjustable shirring below the knee. By Indygena. XS(2-4), S(6-8), M(10-12), L(14), XL(16).
Product 17: Clamber Shorts 5"
Clamber Shorts 5"
Black
Camp Green
Granite
Stone Blue
$65
Hiking, trekking, and scrambling. Whether that describes your life or your next adventure, the Clamber is your ready companion. Rugged enough for every adventure and misadventure. A sleek silhouette with room to move. Made of ClambR™. By Title Nine. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 18: Clamber Pants - Regular
Clamber Pants - Regular
Black
Camp Green
Granite
Neptune
$89
Rugged enough for every adventure and misadventure. Hiking, trekking, and climbing, the Clamber is your ready companion. Adjustable ankle cinch delivers on hiking pant multi-function without going all ‘out-dorky’ on us. Stowaway tabs keep the cords from tripping us up. Made of abrasion-resistant ClambR™. By Title Nine. 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
 
Looking for a different inseam length?
Check these out:
Clamber Pant - Short 30"
Clamber Pant - Long 34"
Product 19: Clamber Capri
Clamber Capri
Black
Camp Green
Granite
Neptune
$79
Hiking, trekking, and scrambling. Whether that describes your life or your next adventure, the Clamber is your ready companion. rugged enough for every adventure and misadventure. A sleek silhouette with room to move. Made of ClambR™, our abrasion-resistant stretch nylon/spandex. Adjustable infinite drawcord at leg opening. By Title Nine. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 20: Clamber Skort
Clamber Skort
Black
Camp Green
Stone Blue
$74
Hiking, trekking, and scrambling. Whether that describes your life or your next adventure, the Clamber is your ready companion. Rugged enough for every adventure and misadventure. A sleek silhouette with room to move. Made of MoxieFlex™, our abrasion-resistant stretch nylon/spandex. By Title Nine. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 21: Big B Skort
Big B Skort
Dark Knight
Deep Berry
Rattan
$75
Put your best half forward. These Brash™ ripstop bottoms are durable, stretchy, utterly perfect-fitting, and handle rough terrain like a pro. P.S. They’re so damn good looking they fit right in at brunch. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 22: Rogue Skort
Rogue Skort
Charred Grey
Wellington Blue
Stone Blue
$69
All of our summer adventures start with these bottoms. Amphibious in nature, the Rogue allows us to move quickly from river to trail, from wet to dry. Zipper pockets with drainage holes lock our valuables down tight even when we go for an unplanned swim. Made of our lightweight Nimblene™, the Rogue packs up small and dries fast. Adjustable ruching via hidden toggle inside front pockets. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 23: Clamberista Jogger Pants
Clamberista Jogger Pants
Black
Granite
Neptune
$89
Park that posterior wherever—our newest Clamber bottoms have the sturdiest stretch in the game. Commute, camp and clamber ready. Abrasion-resistant ClambR™ is dirt- and dare-ready. Trek, hike, climb, or ride, flex urban and outdoor limits any time: the hidden reflective makes sure we’re seen. Adjustable cinch at ankle. Pull-on sister of the fixed waist Clamber Pant. By Title Nine. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 24: Clamber Shorts 13"
Clamber Shorts 13"
Black
Camp Green
Granite
Stone Blue
$69
Hiking, trekking, and scrambling. Whether that describes your life or your next adventure, the Clamber is your ready companion. Rugged enough for every adventure and misadventure. A sleek silhouette with room to move. Made of MoxieFlex™. By Title Nine. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 25: Indestructible Hiking Shorts
Indestructible Hiking Shorts
Charcoal
Pine
Stone
Emerald Sea
$70
Sleek, svelte and ready to go wild, these aren’t your mama’s hike pant. The Indestructible Hiker stands up to a long day of bush-whacking or a week in the wild. Made of a rugged poly/nylon that’s supple and stretchy, and has a surprisingly soft hand. By Kuhl. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 26: Indestructible 2.0 Hiking Shorts- 4 1/2"
Indestructible 2.0  Hiking Shorts- 4 1/2"
Charcoal
Pine
Emerald Sea
$65
Sleek, svelte and ready to go wild, these aren’t your mama’s hiking shorts. The Indestructible Hiker stands up to a long day of bush-whacking or a week in the wild. Made of a rugged poly/nylon that’s supple and stretchy, and has a surprisingly soft hand. Includes the same updated seaming and pocket styling in the back as the Indestructible 2.0 Hiking Pants. By Kuhl. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 27: Indestructible Hiking Capri
Indestructible Hiking Capri
Charcoal
Stone
$79
What we call on when we need an indestructible hiker. Stands up to a long day of bush-whacking or a week in the wild. Made of a rugged poly/nylon that's supple and stretchy, and has a surprisingly soft hand. By KÜHL. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 28: Free Range Shorts 11"
Free Range Shorts 11"
$69
From trail to town and everywhere in between, the Free Range Shorts allow us to roam freely. Made of Cotton QD™, a highly intelligent blended fabric: the soft hand and rich color of cotton, infused with fast-drying, sturdy nylon, and just enough spandex so it stretches right when we do. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 29: MV Tee
MV Tee
$45
One touch is all it takes for this tee to snag the top spot. The same cotton jersey knit feeling we’re familiar with, made even softer, silkier, wicking, and with an added boost of UPF coverage, too. The most valuable tee in our drawer for everyday exploits and longterm travels alike. Short sleeved sister of the MV Tank. By KÜHL. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 30: Egress Pants
Egress Pants
Coal
Earthbound
$89
Our quick passage to the outdoors at any time. Covert hikers that wear as easy and casually as jeans. But don’t be fooled: these pants perform! Rugged enough to thrive for days outdoors. Abrasion-resistant nylon/spandex weave shirks mud, sweat and stains with equal alacrity. Roll-tab legs. By prAna. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 31: Mountain-to-Sea Tights
Mountain-to-Sea Tights
Onyx
Sea Pine
$89
For the leggings lover who’s not afraid to get dirty. The Mountain-to-Sea is the most agile yet abrasion-resistant bottom we’ve put our legs in. The perfect mash-up of hiking pants and athletic tights, they’ll keep up from the summit to the coast. Powered by lightweight yet sturdy ripstop nylon. By Kuhl. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 32: Henerala Short Sleeve Top - Linear Leaf
Henerala Short Sleeve Top - Linear Leaf
Black/cloud Dancer
$49
Built for the modern woman warrior who slays all day. Hike, run or ride, the Henerala leads the charge and never, ever wastes time on special care. Made of Matahari™, our top performance, fast-wicking knit that lets us spend less time on laundry and more time on the revolution. By Title Nine. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 33: Grace 2.0 Short Sleeve Top - Solid
Grace 2.0 Short Sleeve Top - Solid
Neptune
Peach
Sage
$54
Beneath the soft, friendly space-dye exterior lies the heart of a performance short sleeve. Made to handle whatever our day throws our way with grace. It keeps up without fuss or telltale funk thanks to StinkStopper™, our anti-microbial funk-fighter. Made of our Buttah LT™. Updated ruched back detail, fit. By Title Nine. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 34: Henerala V-Neck Tank Top - Moon Dot
Henerala V-Neck Tank Top - Moon Dot
Spiced Coral
Blue Surf
$45
Built for the modern woman warrior who slays all day. Hike, run or ride, the Henerala leads the charge and never, ever wastes time on special care. Made of Matahari™, our top performance, fast-wicking knit that lets us spend less time on laundry and more time on the revolution. By Title Nine. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 35: Twice Short Sleeve Tee
Twice Short Sleeve Tee
Seaglass
Slate Blue
Antique Rose
$50
A tee that works twice as hard and actually is twice as good. Surprising performance out of a street-worthy style. Fast-drying, lightweight, breathable slub fabric goes from smashed in our pack to ready to roll in a shake. Poly/spandex. UPF 30. By Kuhl. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 36: Clamberista Shorts 4"
Clamberista Shorts 4"
Granite
Neptune
Stone Blue
$65
Park that posterior wherever—our Clamberista bottoms have the sturdiest stretch in the game. Commuting, camping, scrambling, abrasion-resistant ClambR™ is dirt- and dare-ready. Go trek, hike, climb, or ride. By Title Nine. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 37: Indestructible 2.0 Hiking Pants
Indestructible 2.0 Hiking Pants
Charcoal
Emerald
Stone
$89
Sleek, svelte and ready to go wild, these aren’t your mama’s hiking pants. The Indestructible 2.0 stands up to a long day of bush-whacking or a week in the wild. Made of a rugged poly/nylon that’s supple and stretchy, and has a surprisingly soft hand. Adjustable ruching via hidden toggle inside zippered leg pockets. Updated with an overall slimmer leg, new rear seaming and back pocket styling. By Kuhl. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 38: The Original Anti-Run Short 7"
The Original Anti-Run Short 7"
Black
Granite
$59
The 'sport short for the rest of us' gold standard. No rules, no restrictions here: neither too long, nor too short, and yup, there's no brief liner and plenty of pockets, 'cause these are the anti-running short. By Title Nine. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 39: The Original Anti-Run Short 5"
The Original Anti-Run Short 5"
Black
Medieval Blue
$55
The 'sport short for the rest of us' gold standard. No rules, no restrictions here: neither too long, nor too short, and yup, there's no brief liner and plenty of pockets, 'cause these are the anti-running short. By Title Nine. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 40: Cragmatist Cinch Crop Pants
Cragmatist Cinch Crop Pants
Black
Dolomite Blue
$89
Yup, the minds at Patagonia have a practical, matter-of-fact way of assessing and solving problems. This time they’ve proven climbing pants don’t have to be stiff, articulated canvas: these fluid crops are anything but. Built from quick-drying stretch poly with a sleek yoga-style waistband and cinchable wide leg in a just-right length, the Cragmatist is just as fluent in climbing as it is about-towning. Adjustable cinch hem. By Patagonia. XS(0-2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 41: Henerala V-Neck Tank Top - Stripe
Henerala V-Neck Tank Top - Stripe
Blue Tide
$45
Built for the modern woman warrior who slays all day. Hike, run or ride, the Henerala leads the charge and never, ever wastes time on special care. Made of Matahari™, our top performance, fast-wicking knit that lets us spend less time on laundry and more time on the revolution. By Title Nine. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 42: Vibe Tank Top - Rugby Stripe
Vibe Tank Top - Rugby Stripe
Aquatic
Pink Sand
Marmalade
$35
No matter what the vibe of the moment, this top fits the rhythms of our lives. The careful patterning, the meticulous selection of fabric and trim, the fitting and re-fitting: it all adds up to a top that’s rock-steady. Made of Vibe™, a poly/cotton/spandex blend infused with drirelease® performance wicking that dries 4x faster than cotton. By Title Nine. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 43: Henerala Racerback Tank Top - Solid
Henerala Racerback Tank Top - Solid
Violette
Black
Caribbean
Coral Reef
Was: $39 Now: $29
Built for the modern woman warrior who slays all day. Hike, run or ride, the Henerala leads the charge and never, ever wastes time on special care. Made of Matahari™, our top performance, fast-wicking knit that lets us spend less time on laundry and more time on the revolution. By Title Nine. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
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