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:

  • MoxieFlex™  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: Indestructible Hiking Shorts
Indestructible Hiking Shorts
Charcoal
Ocean
Stone
Red Brick
$65
Sleek, svelte and ready to go wild, these aren’t your mama’s hiking shorts. 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. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 1: Indestructible Hiking Capri
Indestructible Hiking Capri
Charcoal
Stone
Red Brick
$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. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 2: Mountain-To-Sea Tight
Mountain-To-Sea Tight
Carbon
Indigo
$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. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 3: Trail Tamer Tight
Trail Tamer Tight
Indigo
Raven
$99
Goes where leggings won’t. Shadows our scramblings in ways pants can’t. From trail to town, these surprisingly sturdy tights deliver all-star performance. Durable, abrasion-resistant fabric on the front and seat—right where we need extra protection—with dense, stretch knit for mobility everywhere else. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 4: Double Time Short Sleeve Tee - Solid
Double Time Short Sleeve Tee - Solid
Was: $46 Now: $39
No ordinary tee, but a tee that works and plays in double time. V-neck styling combines with our Matahari™ fabric, a subtle slubbed poly/spandex knit infused with StinkStopper™ to make a tee that works with a skirt, even when we sweat. Ruching at collarbone. UPF 35. Only @ T9. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16)
Product 5: Double Time Short Sleeve Tee - Arabella
Double Time Short Sleeve Tee - Arabella
Coral Pop
Was: $49 Now: $39
No ordinary tee, but a tee that works and plays in double time. V-neck styling combines with our Matahari™ fabric, a subtle slubbed poly/spandex knit to make a tee that works with a skirt, even when we sweat. Ruching at collarbone. UPF 35. Only @ T9. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 6: Double Time Tank Top - Cordoba
Double Time Tank Top - Cordoba
Black
Lime
Was: $45 Now: $34
No ordinary tank—a sleeveless top that works and plays in double time. V-neck styling combined with Matahari™ fabric, a subtle slubbed poly/spandex knit infused with StinkStopper™ anti-odor, results in a top that works both out on the town and on the trail. Ruched detail at collarbone. UPF 35. Only @ T9. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 7: Double Time Tank Top - Solid
Double Time Tank Top - Solid
Citron
Paradise Pink
Was: $39 Now: $29
Tops that work and play in double time. Infused with StinkStopper™ anti-microbial. UPF 35. Poly/spandex.
Only @ T9. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16)
Product 8: Rogue Shorts 5" - Solid
Rogue Shorts 5" - Solid
Charred Grey
Coral Reef
Medieval Blue
Aqua Sea
$55
All of our summer adventures start with these amphibious beach shorts. 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. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 9: Rogue Shorts - 9"
Rogue Shorts - 9"
$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. Made of our lightweight Nimblene™, the Rogue packs up small and dries fast. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 10: Clamber Shorts - 5"
Clamber Shorts - 5"
Blue Jade
Granite
Lingonberry
Neptune
$65
Hiking, trekking and scrambling. Whether that describes your life or your next adventure, Clamber shorts are your ready companion for hiking, climbing & scrambling. Rugged enough for every adventure and misadventure. A sleek silhouette with room to move. Made of MoxieFlex™, our abrasion-resistant, stretch nylon/spandex. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14
Product 11: Clamber Shorts - 13"
Clamber Shorts - 13"
$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™, our abrasion-resistant, stretch nylon/spandex. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14
Product 12: Clamber Skort
Clamber Skort
Blue Jade
Granite
Lingonberry
Neptune
$74
Hiking, trekking and scrambling. Whether that describes your life or your next adventure, the Clamber hiking skort 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. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 13: Dream Skort 16" - Solid
Dream Skort 16" - Solid
Misty Lavender
Black
Charred Grey
Medieval Blue
$59
When we are heading into a nightmare of a day, we just pull on our Dream athletic skort. Buttery soft fabric soothes our fraying nerves. Made of Buttah™, our peached poly/spandex that is wrinkle-resistant and wash and dry-ready. Hidden boy short envelope pocket fits most smart phones. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 14: Dream Skort 14" - Solid
Dream Skort 14" - Solid
Violette
Black
Medieval Blue
$59
When we are heading into a nightmare of a day, we just pull on our Dream Skort. Buttery soft fabric soothes our fraying nerves. Made of Buttah™, our peached poly/spandex that is wrinkle-resistant and wash and dry-ready. Hidden boy short envelope pocket fits most smart phones. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 15: Free Range Shorts - 11"
Free Range Shorts - 11"
$69
From trail to town and everywhere in between, our Kuhl Free Range long hiking shorts 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. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 16: Free Range Shorts - 6 1/2"
Free Range Shorts - 6 1/2"
$64
From trail to town and everywhere in between, Kuhl Free Range hiking shorts allow us to roam freely. Made of a highly intelligent blend of cotton, nylon and spandex, Cotton QD™ fabric gives us the soft hand and rich color of cotton, but dries faster and stretches right when we do. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14
Product 17: Free Range Capri
Free Range Capri
Carbon
Everglade
Indigo
Light Khaki
$74
Designed for the Backcountry Betty in all of us. From trail to town and everywhere in between, our Kuhl Free Range hiking capris 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. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 18: Henerala Short Sleeve Tee - Solid
Henerala Short Sleeve Tee - Solid
$39
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 infused with StinkStopper™ so we spend less time on laundry and more time on the revolution. Poly/spandex. UPF 35. Only @ T9. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 19: Henerala Racerback Tank Top - Solid
Henerala Racerback Tank Top - Solid
Violette
Caribbean
Charred Grey
Coral Reef
$39
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 infused with StinkStopper™ so we spend less time on laundry and more time on the revolution. Poly/spandex. UPF 35. Only @ T9. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 20: Henerala Racerback Tank Top - Ombre Bouquet
Henerala Racerback Tank Top - Ombre Bouquet
Lingonberry
Neptune
$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 infused with StinkStopper™ so we spend less time on laundry and more time on the revolution. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 21: Henerala Racerback Tank Top - Shibori
Henerala Racerback Tank Top - Shibori
Wild Lime
Aegean Sea
Was: $45 Now: $34
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 infused with StinkStopper™ so we spend less time on laundry and more time on the revolution. Poly/spandex. UPF 35. Only @ T9. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 22: Clamber Pants - Regular
Clamber Pants - Regular
Granite
Grape Leaf
Neptune
$89
Rugged enough for every adventure and misadventure. Hiking, trekking and climbing... Whether that describes your life or your next adventure, Clamber Women's hiking pants are your ready companion. Adjustable leg length delivers on multi-function without going all ‘out-dorky’ on us. Stowaway tabs keep the cords from tripping us up. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12.
 
Looking for a different inseam length?
Check these out:
Clamber Pant - Short 30"
Clamber Pant - Long 35"
Product 23: Clamber Pants - Short
Clamber Pants - Short
Granite
Sky Captain
$89
Rugged enough for every adventure and misadventure. Hiking, trekking and scrambling... Whether that describes your life or your next adventure, the Clamber is your ready companion. Adjustable leg length delivers on multi-function without going all ‘out-dorky’ on us. 4, 6, 8, 10, 12.
 
Looking for a different inseam length?
Check these out:
Clamber Pant - Regular 32"
Clamber Pant - Long 35"
Product 24: Clamber Pants - Long
Clamber Pants - Long
Granite
$89
Rugged enough for every adventure and misadventure. Hiking, trekking and scrambling... Whether that describes your life or your next adventure, the Clamber is your ready companion. Adjustable leg length delivers on multi-function without going all ‘out-dorky’ on us. Stowaway tabs keep the cords from tripping us up. 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
 
Looking for a different inseam length?
Check these out:
Clamber Pant - Regular 32"
Clamber Pant - Short 30"
Product 25: Clamber Capris
Clamber Capris
Granite
Neptune
Sky Captain
$79
Hiking, trekking and scrambling. Whether that describes your life or your next adventure, the Clamber Women's Hiking Capris 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. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 26: Eighth Day Tight
Eighth Day Tight
Black
Medieval Blue
$69
If there'd been an eighth day, we like to think She would've given us these leggings. We'd wear them eight days a week if we could. Internal drawcord and just-right compressive hug help 'em stay up through every squat and stride. The subtle herringbone and sleek styling slips easily under tunics, meaning we can transition quickly and get on with our day. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 27: Double Time Long Sleeve Tee - Solid
Double Time Long Sleeve Tee - Solid
Was: $54 Now: $44
A tee that works and plays in double time. Made of our Matahari™ fabric, a poly/spandex knit infused with StinkStopper™, our anti-microbial funk-fighter, for a top that works both on the town or trail. UPF 35. Thumbholes. Only @ T9.
XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 28: Vagabond V-neck Sweater
Vagabond V-neck Sweater
Stone Blue
Misty Coral
Desert Yellow
$74
You will wear this sweater day in and day out until there are holes at the elbows and fraying at the hem. And then one day you’ll find yourself cooking your meals in a tin can over an open fire, and you will still be wearing your Vagabond. If you don't like the end of this story, buy two and avoid the tin-can fate. Made of our Synergy™ yarn that wicks and warms even when wet. Poly/nylon/spandex. Only @ T9. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 29: Synergy T-neck Sweater
Synergy T-neck Sweater
Beet Juice
Iceberg
Lemongrass
Was: $79 Now: $49
We wear it alone, next to skin on crisp fall mornings, or we layer it as fall moves to winter. We love it for 9 months a year. Lightweight sweater knit makes for a great thermal piece, but the poly/nylon/spandex blend makes this sweater a top performer. Our Synergy™ yarn wicks and warms even when wet. Only @ T9. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 30: Yasumi Short Sleeve Tee
Yasumi Short Sleeve Tee
$55
The only stay-cool tee we want to wear when the heat’s over 100 °F and humidity reaches 112%. This moisture-wicking t-shirt slips on like a whisper, drapes like silk, breathes and dries 4x better than cotton. Open cross-back styling helps catch welcome breezes. Made of WickID™, our travel-ready, fast-drying, odor-shirking, hot weather savior. 86% poly/11% Tencel™/3% spandex with drirelease®. Only @ T9. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 31: Yasumi Tank Top
Yasumi Tank Top
$49
The only thing we want to wear when the heat’s over 100 °F and humidity reaches 112%. This moisture-wicking tank top slips on like a whisper, drapes like silk, breathes and dries 4x better than cotton. Open cross-back styling helps catch welcome breezes. Made of WickID™, our travel-ready, fast-drying, odor-shirking, hot weather savior. 86% poly/11% Tencel™/3% spandex with drirelease®. Only @ T9. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 32: Henerala Short Sleeve Tee - Desert Border
Henerala Short Sleeve Tee - Desert Border
Dark Periwinkle
Misty Coral
$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 infused with StinkStopper™ so we spend less time on laundry and more time on the revolution. Poly/spandex. UPF 35. Only @ T9. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 33: Free Range Pants - Short
Free Range Pants - Short
Carbon
Light Khaki
$89
From trail to town and everywhere in between, the Free Range 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. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
 
Looking for a different inseam length?
Check these out:
Free Range Pant Pant - Regular 32"
Free Range Pant - Long 35"
Product 34: 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. 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 35: Free Range Pants - Long
Free Range Pants - Long
Carbon
Light Khaki
$89
From trail to town and everywhere in between, the Free Range 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. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
 
Looking for a different inseam length?
Check these out:
Free Range Pant Pant - Regular 32"
Free Range Pant - Short 30"
Product 36: Indestructible Hiking Pants - Regular
Indestructible Hiking Pants - Regular
Charcoal
Ocean
Stone
$85
Sleek, svelte and ready to go wild, these aren’t your mama’s hike pant. 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. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
 
Looking for a different inseam length?
Check these out:
Indestructible Hiking Pant - Short 30"
Product 37: Indestructible Hiking Pants - Short
Indestructible Hiking Pants - Short
Charcoal
$85
Sleek, svelte and ready to go wild, these aren’t your mama’s hiking pant. 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. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
 
Looking for a different inseam length?
Check these out:
Indestructible Hiking Pant - Regular 32"
Product 38: Brash 2.0 Pants
Brash 2.0 Pants
Graphite Blue
Mineral
Was: $74 Now: $69
More tech performance than jeans, more versatile than traditional hikers. When brash is what's called for, and it often is, then we call for the Brash Pant. Built to stand up to both our outdoor and urban adventures, so when we are ready to throw caution to the wind, the Brash will match our every step. Roll-tab legs. Belt loops. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.
Product 39: Will Power Vest
Will Power Vest
Beet Juice
Blue Jade
Was: $99 Now: $79
The Will Power gives us the edge we need over Mother Nature and her seasonal moodiness. Three layers in one lightweight cold and weather-beating piece. Wind-stopping and water-resistant shell. Dense, wicking, supple poly/spandex. Lightweight thermal poly-fill. 360° reflectivity. Two secure pockets. Only @ T9. XS(2), S(4-6), M(8-10), L(12-14), XL(16).
Product 40: Urban Stealth Hiking Shoe
Urban Stealth Hiking Shoe
Grape Wine
$150
A hybrid of agile, knit sneakers and grippy mid hikers. Lightweight, sleek and made for all-terrain use, the Urban Stealth can be found on cobbled city streets and single track trails alike. Carefully designed from the soles up to deliver the best women's-specific fit and ride. 5-11.

NITTY GRITTY: Bellowed tongue, dual density PU footbed. Stability shank for support. Breathable mesh lining. 4mm multi directional lugs.
Product 41: Stealth Hiking Boot
Stealth Hiking Boot
Blue Night
$140
A hiker that thinks it?s a sneaker. This waterproof hiker is often seen on trails but has been known to sneak into the big city. Lightweight and low profile, the Stealth is up for miles on gravel roads and sticky, mud trails but has been known to sneak down cobbled city roads. Carefully designed from the soles up to deliver the best women's-specific fit and ride. 5-11.

NITTY GRITTY: Bellowed tongue, dual density PU footbed. Stability shank for support. Breathable mesh lining. 4mm multi directional lugs.
Product 42: Hegar Boot
Hegar Boot
Black
Was: $170 Now: $139
One boot that won't take "no" for an answer. No, we're not staying in when it's pouring; we'll kick down the door and still head outside. No, we're not going to slip and fall; we've got all the traction we need to make our own way. And no, we don't need to sit down, 'cause our feet are nowhere near tired. Seam-sealed waterproof construction. Textile lining. Vulcanized rubber outsole for wet traction. Waterproof suede/textile upper. 5-11.
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