2016 Winter Gear Guide: The best in women’s hiking

We all have a passion for hiking. Placing yourself in the middle of the splendor that is our natural world – does it get any better?

Hiking can be pursued year–round, if you have the proper gear. Warmth, moisture–wicking properties, and durability are all important when it comes to exploring the unknown.

RELATED: 2016 Winter Gear Guide: The best in men’s hiking

We rounded up the best women’s hiking products for the winter season, leaving you free to pursue the adventure that awaits you.

Patagonia Borderless Tights ($99)

Patagonia is an industry leader for a reason – their products consistently raise the bar in terms of comfort and durability. Photo: Courtesy of Patagonia

Patagonia is an industry leader for a reason – their products consistently raise the bar in terms of comfort and durability. Photo: Courtesy of Patagonia

Go beyond borders with the Patagonia Borderless tights this season. The outdoor brand has fashioned a pair of comfortable, stylish hiking pants that will keep you warm when exploring the great outdoors.

The tights feature a key/card back pocket, two side pockets and an internal cord drawstring, keeping the tights in place on runs and hikes.

Our tester's favorite aspect of the tights? “The internal drawstring was a great addition. Tights always seem to slip down while exercising, but the Patagonia cord drawstring solved that problem, allowing me to concentrate on my workout.”

Outdoor Research Aspire jacket ($215)

Plenty of technical features included in this jacket mean you'll never be left high and dry on the trail. Photo: Courtesy of Outdoor Research

Plenty of technical features included in this jacket mean you’ll never be left high and dry on the trail. Photo: Courtesy of Outdoor Research

Finding out your jacket isn't waterproof while on the hiking trail during an unexpected storm is an annoyance to say the least. Many athletes and outdoor enthusiasts spend hours of time researching which products are most dependable in wet conditions.

We chose to test the Outdoor Aspire not only for its style factor – we were also curious to see if the waterproof shell lived up to its numerous accolades.

The Aspire is an all-weather shell, making it perfect for winter storms as well as spring showers. Featuring GORE-TEX fabric, a fully adjustable hood, and closures that zip tight when the rain rolls in, the Outdoor Research Aspire is a jacket you won't want to take off.

Forsake Women’s Patch boot ($150)

Forsake has your back – any trail, any day. Photo: Courtesy of Forsake

Forsake has your back – any trail, any day. Photo: Courtesy of Forsake

If you’re anything like us, you like to capitalize on your days off. In some cases, this might mean going straight from a day outdoors to a night out with friends.

The Forsake Patch boot’s versatility makes it the perfect shoe to go straight from a hike in the mountains to a night at the brewery.

Thankfully, its style does not come at the cost of durability. We put these to the test navigating through various types of terrain, and found that not only are they waterproof, but they maintain both their structural integrity and aesthetic nicely.

Unlike many hiking shoes, there was none of the normal discomfort that comes along with breaking new boots in. For those looking for a comfortable, versatile, hiking boot, we highly recommend Foresake’s Patch boot.

Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 OutDry pack ($130)

Pursue any outdoor sport year round with Mountain Hardware's waterproof bag. Photo: Courtesy of Mountain Hardware

Pursue any outdoor sport year round with Mountain Hardware’s waterproof bag. Photo: Courtesy of Mountain Hardwear

For those subjected to rainy climates and looking to keep the contents of your pack dry, we found a pack deserving of your attention.

Mountain Hardwear’s Scrambler 30 OutDry pack will change the way you pack for the humid, rainy, damp outdoors forever.

The OutDry pack’s meshing of the membrane directly to the shell keeps water from seeping in between the layers of material. It has a stuff-style sack, and is incredibly light weight, making it great for those environmentally conscious commuters traveling by bike or walking to and from bus stops.

Never have the surprise of soggy papers, clothing, or lunch items again.

ADIDAS TERREX FAST R MID GTX SHOE ($200)

Adidas used neoprene in this hiking shoe to enhance stability and comfort. Photo: Courtesy of Adidas

Adidas used neoprene in this hiking shoe to enhance stability and comfort. Photo: Courtesy of Adidas

Taking our hiking style for a spin, we decided to try out the Adidas Terrex Fast R outdoor shoe. We were immediately intrigued by the use of neoprene in both the heel and collar, and found that it provides a more fitted mid-height boot that hugs the ankle.

For those who find themselves often hiking across rocky, sandy, or gravely terrain, the Terrex is perfect for keeping out those pesky rocks that find their way into your shoe mid–hike. We also found that the neoprene combined with the extra stability in the mid sole allow for a more breathable and flexible shoe that made us feel much more in control when trekking unstable ground.

Combined with the speed lacing construction, this shoe is ideal to easily slip on and hit the trails.

Marmot Allie LS layer ($65)

Marmot's Allie LS layer is great for transitioning from the trail to the bar. Photo: Courtesy of Marmot

Marmot’s Allie LS layer is great for transitioning from the trail to the bar. Photo: Courtesy of Marmot

For those that picture the perfect day including hitting the hiking trail and exploring the city, the Marmot Allie LS is a go-to top, bringing versatility to an active lifestyle.

The Allie LS is a combination of nylon, polyester and elastane mélange. Each of the materials combine to create the ultimate moisture-wicking base layer, perfect for getting out on the trail.

Not only is the Allie LS equipped with technical details to keep you warm, it's designed to channel Henley-inspired styles, allowing the wearer to head from the trail to downtown seamlessly.

Check out the entire 2016 Winter Gear Guide here