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Better Box? Review of Cairn’s Subscription Box

Cairn Box, June 2017

A couple of years ago, Cairn’s subscription box hit the outdoor world.  The business is pretty straightforward: you pay a monthly fee and get a box of outdoor goodies mailed to you each month. It is a fun way to try out gear that you might not otherwise even be aware of, and the value …

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My Favorite Cool Weather Hiking Hat

My Hiking Hats

For the last 8 years, I have had one favorite cool weather hiking hat – my Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero. On cool days, misty days, and even sunny days, the Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero is still my go-to hat after testing many others. Why? It is all around awesome (see the Hiking Lady review) and …

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New Hiking Lady Gear Reviews!

Close-up of the Eddie Bauer Stormdown 700 Downtek Vest

Are you looking for some new hiking gear, apparel, or hiking footwear? Want to read unbiased thoughts on the best (and worst) gear out there!? I highly recommend that you check out the “Gear Reviews” tab of the Hiking Lady website.   Be sure to take a peek at the hot off the press reviews …

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Handmade in the USA? Yes!

Labworks Square Duffel

It is a rarity nowadays to find gear that is made in the USA, but it is nearly impossible to find something that is made in the USA and handmade. The folks at Rickshaw Bagworks are doing just that – making handmade bags in the USA! I had a chance to get a sample of …

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Summer Hiking Apparel for Women

Apparel reviews

Looking for some functional and stylish hiking apparel for your upcoming summer hikes? Royal Robbins has a new collection for 2015, and I’ve had the chance to test out some of the line. Royal Robbins was one of the pioneers of American rock climbing, and if you ever head to Yosemite National Park, you’ll hear …

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3 Summertime Hiking Essentials

Are you ready for your summer adventures? I can’t wait to hit the trails this summer, and with longer days there will be more time for adventuring! I’m headed to Yosemite, and I am making sure I’m all geared up for the trip. See 3 items I’m taking along: Hiking Lady’s Yosemite Essentials: Coolibar Travel …

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Thule Introduces Technical Backpack Collection

Thule Guidepost Backpack

Many of you know the Thule brand from their iconic roof rack car accessories, introduced seventy years ago. With the focus on design and comfort, Thule is introducing the Thule Technical Backpack Collection. They have spent three years putting their packs through rigorous testing, which will now be hitting the market for hikers and backpackers. …

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Layering with Icebreaker

Layered up in the Icebreaker Oasis Long Sleeve Half Zip Hood

Knowing that I was headed out on my adventure to the Channel Islands, Icebreaker provided me with some free samples of their high quality merino wool clothing layers to take with me! As we have discussed here on HikingLady.com, the most crucial way to stay comfortable on your hikes and outdoor adventures is by layering …

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New Gear Review: A Powerful Battery Backup

Using the RAVPower to charge an iPhone

Are you tired of your smartphone, camera, or GPS being dead and out of power? Are you worried when you’re out hiking that your cellphone might need some backup battery power? Here at HikingLady.com we continue to test devices that would be helpful to hikers and all outdoor enthusiasts, and our latest find is the …

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