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Spring Gear Guide for Women

Spring Gear Guide for Women

Whether you’re already enjoying sunshine and heat or still waiting for the snow to melt, spring is on its way!  For many of us that means training season.  Others are heading out to adventure for Spring Break. Any way you look at it, we’ve got you covered this spring!

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Biking for Women

Two women enjoying the mountain views on a mountain bike ride.
Team member Mary enjoying a beautiful mountain ride with a friend.

Best Bike Helmets

Bontrager Solstice MIPS Helmet

Is it time to upgrade your helmet?  This one works on the mountain and around town.  With MIPS technology, you know you’re keeping your head safe. And with some bright, fun colors you can’t go wrong this season.  

Giro Agilis MIPS Bike Helmet

This is the helmet I have and I love it!  It is road specific, super lightweight, very comfortable, and vents really well.  Not as many color options as the other recommendations, but Giro always gets the job done well.

Giro Verce MIPS Bike Helmet – Women’s

This helmet is mountain specific for women.  The removable visor gives this helmet some extra versatility based on your preference.  It’s a one size set up so fitting is quick and easy.  And check out those colors!

Biking Jerseys for Women

Terry Soleil Bike Top – Women’s

During the spring you may still be dealing with cool weather rides so this long-sleeved jersey is perfect.  I can’t get over the different print styles! With a wide size range and women-specific fit, you’ll definitely want to check this jersey out.

PEARL iZUMi Classic Jersey – Women’s

This jersey’s name says it all, “classic.” Short sleeved with full-zip front and three pockets across the back.  This one also has a wide size range.  This jersey will do it all and look good doing it!

PEARL iZUMi Midland Graphic T-Shirt Cycling Jersey – Women’s

This mountain biking shirt is good looking and functional.  The fabric is UPF 30 to protect you from the sun on your ride while the casual fit makes your ride more comfortable as well.

Biking Shorts and Skirts for Women

lululemon Align™ High-Rise Short 8″

These bike shorts will quickly become one of the most versatile pieces you own.  Wear them biking, hiking, running, or under a skirt or dress.  With a variety of rises, inseams, and colors you can get exactly what you want. There is even a pair with pockets!

PEARL iZUMi Sugar Bike Shorts – Women’s

With a standard chamois these bike shorts keep you comfortable on long rides. The wide waist makes sure you stay covered and the shorts stay put as well.  The reflective elements and power stretch pockets are just additional perks on an already killer pair of shorts!

Terry Indie Cycling Skort

Is this the year you try a cycling skort?  I haven’t tried one yet but this looks like a great place to start.  The inner shorts are padded (and pocketed!) while the skirt looks cute enough to keep wearing even after you’re done riding. 

Biking Extras

Mother and child riding a bike together on a dirt trail in the sun.
Team Member Jami out for a ride and enjoying the sun!

Start the biking season right with a quick bike tune-up from a local shop or REI.

Level up your riding this spring with a cycling computer.  I use this Garmin computer because it syncs with my (older model) Garmin Venu but there are a lot of different options to help you track and improve your riding.

I always ride with an older model of these glasses.  They are lightweight, fit well, never fog up, and never move.  I have interchangeable lenses that make them versatile as well.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated and stock up on snacks and gels! My favorite are G2G bars.  I keep them in the freezer and they thaw while I ride.

Running for Women

Woman posed while running with two dogs and a child on a bike.
Team Member Jami out for a spring run.

Best Running Bras for Women

Energy High-Neck Longline Tough Bra

This high impact bra can be worn under a top or jacket or on it’s own making a spring season winner. The high neck and broad band keep you covered and comfortable while you run. We even have team members that wear longline bras as swim tops to max out the usability!

Big House Underwire Sports Bra

For all my curvy friends out there, you need to give this one a try!  It doesn’t have flashy colors (dang!) but it takes the bounce out of any high impact activities. This is a personal favorite of mine!

Goldilocked and Loaded Pocket Sports Bra

Title Nine is a gold mine if you’re looking for a new sports bra.  This one is a running superstar.  It’s fashionable, comfortable, supportive, and the name is clever as all get out.  And did I mention the pocket?  Yeah, it has one.

Running Tops for Women

Janji Repeat Merino Tech Long-Sleeve T-Shirt – Women’s

Odor-resistant merino wool for running?  Yes, please!  For the morning runs that are still chilly this looks about as cozy as you can get. It’s time to treat yourself!

Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve Shirt 2.0

You can’t go wrong with the Swiftly Tech shirts from lululemon. They come sleeveless, short-sleeved, long-sleeved, and slim or relaxed fit.  They are seamless and moisture-wicking and come in all the trendiest colors!

Brooks Dash Half-Zip Running Shirt – Women’s

A half zip is a must have during spring and this one packs a punch. Thumb holes, UPF 40, awesome colorways, and a wide size range make this a go to.  I love that it is half-zip so it’s easy to pull off and tie around your waist while you’re on the move.

Running Shorts and Pants for Women

Speed Up High-Rise Lined Short 4″

Lots of colors with mid-rise and high-rise options these shorts will keep you running for miles.  They are also lined and have lightweight pockets.  Win!

REI Co-op Active Pursuits Tights – Women’s

Spring runs can still be chilly so make sure you have a great running tight option. These have all the bells and whistles while still remaining sleek and comfortable. I also love that they have reflectors for the evening runs that start getting dark!

Swift Speed High-Rise Crop 23″

Too cold for shorts or too hot for tights?  I love how comfortable and supportive these cropped pants are.  Zippered pockets and reflective elements for the dusk and dawn runs will have you reaching for these time after time. Psst…these will work for biking as well!

Running Extras for Women

Shoes that fit properly and are in good condition are an important part of running.  Make sure to stop into your local running shop to get fitted for some new shoes if you need them this year. Better to get fitted early in the season and have time to break them in then to wait until your race is almost here!

Make sure to stay visible! Spring mornings and evenings still get dark.  Try something like this reflective vest.  

Hydration is crucial and there are lots of different options to choose from.  A handheld water bottle or hydration belts and hydration vests will work, it’s all about preference.  I like my hydration belt (similar to this one) and some other team members use vests.

These Darn Tough socks are a team member favorite for running. They support your arch well and keep your hot feet comfortable.

Gloves are my best friend when I’m running anytime but summer.  My fingers are always frozen at the beginning of a run.  Look for some like these lightweight running gloves and will be easy to tuck away when you don’t need them.

Everyone needs a Buff. Keep your hair pulled back, keep your face and ears warm, keep the sweat out of your eyes, there are a ton of reasons to keep one on hand.  You can use a headband or bandana as well, but I’m a big fan of the original.

If you’re training, you’ll want a running watch to track your mileage and your pace. I’ve been using Garmins for a long, long time and I love them. I currently have an older Venu but there are so many different brands and options to choose from!

Road Tripping Gear for Women

Family poses in front of unique red rock formations.
My family and I on a stop to Goblin Valley during a road trip. This is a must see!

Sunglasses for Women

goodr BAMFGs Polarized Sunglasses

Nothing says, “Warm weather is on its way!” like a fresh pair of sunnies. Goodr was particularly recommended by the team. These are polarized and totally affordable!

Knockaround Premiums Sport Polarized Sunglasses

Knockaround is another brand that’s making waves with polarized lenses at wild prices. And, like goodr, the colors are made for sunny days. Impact resistant lenses are a plus as well.

COSTA Polarized Sunglasses – Women’s

If you’re looking for a way to treat yourself this spring, these glasses are dreamy! The lightweight, durable frames are made out of nylon to reduce plastic use. The lenses are also polarized and impact resistant.

Comfy Travel Pants for Women

Dance Studio Mid-Rise Jogger

These are one of the most versatile pairs of pants I own. Lightweight, quick-dry, and flattering they go from the mountain to a museum seamlessly. I am a big fan of the hidden zipper pocket!

Mountain Hardwear Dynama/2 Ankle Pants – Women’s

With over 300 top-rated reviews, these are definitely one of the top ranked items on this entire list. These pants have UPF 50 fabric for sun protection on the mid-drive hike, quick drying for the quick stop at the beach, and a wide stretch waistband for hours on the road.

Free People Feelin Good Utility Pull On Pant – Women’s

Anything with a relaxed fit is a good idea when you’re on the road for an extended time. These linen pants will also keep you cool if you’re headed south for your adventures!

Travel Shoes for Women

Chaco Chillos Slide Sandals – Women’s

These are a team member favorite!  On a road trip I want something comfy that will go from the car to the gas station to the campsite or pool. These slip on and fit your foot beautifully.

 Teva ReEmber Slip-Ons – Women’s

Slippers in disguise? I can’t wait to try these new Tevas! These are the perfect companion for cooler weather travel. They will keep your feet warm like a slipper, but the tread allows you to be outside!

Chaco ZX/2 Classic Sandals – Women’s

What can I say? Chacos are popular with the team (and just about everyone else)! From road trips to farmers markets and everything in between, you will be able to find a style of Chacos you love!

Road Tripping Extras for Women

You can’t hit the road without a way to stay hydrated.  My go to is the Stanley Adventure Quencher. Dishwasher safe and virtually indestructible, this tumbler always rides shotgun with me. 

Making plans for Spring Break?  Travel guides are my go to for destination inspiration.  Great guides help you craft the ideal trip for you.  I’ve been pouring over this one and this one since Christmas and I love the info they provide.    

Temperature swings are part of road tripping. This cozy sweatshirt from lululemon would be perfect for those times when the air conditioning is too cold or one of your stops is interrupted by a cold wind.

Spring Camping Gear

Hats for Camping for Women

Sunday Afternoons Artist Series Trucker Hat

I love a good trucker hat and so do several other team members. I’ve heard nothing but good about Sunday Afternoon hats. How perfect is this design for your next camping trip? 

Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure Storm Hat

When you aren’t sure if it will be sunny or if it’s going to rain, grab this hat.  It has UPF 50 protection for the sunny days and is fully waterproofed for the stormy days. The chin strap keeps it in place and then it dries quickly and packs away easily when you’re done with it.

Dock Worker Recycled Beanie

Nothing covers up bedhead and warms up your ears like a beanie. The deep fold on this one gives you extra warmth and a comfortable fit. As an added bonus, this beanie is made of completely recycled material!

Women’s Camping Baselayers

Women’s Iksplor Set

The Mountain Mama team has used Iksplor baselayers for their kids for a long time and now they have them for women! The merino wool is machine washable and keeps you cozy even while you’re nursing a new little one. And the cropped length bottoms keep you from bunching up. Use code MTNMAMA to save 20% on Iksplor!

Smartwool Merino 150 Base Layer Long-Sleeve Top – Women’s

I love my Smartwool baselayers. They are lightweight, so soft, and warm me up when I layer them.  They come in different weights so you can get exactly what you need!

REI Co-op Midweight Base Layer Half-Zip Top – Women’s

This half-zip top is a great layering piece.  The zipper makes it easy to wear it over another layer like a light jacket and the flat seams make it comfortable to wear as a true baselayer. And the UPF 50 rating keeps you protected in the sun as well!

Warm Jackets for Camping for Women

SoftMatte™ Insulated Cropped Jacket

I love that this jacket is made to stay warm even when it’s wet.  It was made for spring weather! Like other lululemon items this jacket is also loaded with pockets for you to keep what you need with you.

REI Co-op Flash Insulated Hoodie – Women’s

This jacket is perfect to pack along for the cooler nights and mornings during the spring camping season. Designed to keep you warm and not take up space it’s easy to keep on hand for whenever you may need it. The added hood is perfect in case of a chilly breeze.

KUHL Prism Jacket – Women’s

When the last thing you want to do is get out of your tent on a chilly spring morning this jacket will keep you toasty! The high pile fleece is soft to the touch and the full-zip front allows you to easily slip this over any other layers you’re already wearing. I particularly like the raised collar that keeps chill away when it’s completely zipped.

Camping Extras for Women

Nothing is worse than cold feet, especially when you’re camping.  Never worry about that again with these cabin socks

For nighttime navigation in the tent and around the campsite a headlamp is the only way to go. We’ve had both Petzl and Black Diamond lamps over the years. Make sure it has a red light setting for those nights you’re stargazing!

Whether it’s a camp chair or a hammock, make sure you have a place to get off your feet after a long day exploring around camp.

Set the mood in your camp with a portable Bluetooth speaker.

Hiking Gear for Women

Two women running on a dirt trail through red rocks.
Team Member Mary exploring some red rock trails on a run.

Hiking Pants for Women

The North Face Aphrodite 2.0 Capri Pants – Women’s

These hiking capris are quick-drying and moisture-wicking making them comfortable even in damp, spring conditions. Zippered pockets keep your belongings in place and they also come in extended sizing so there is a pair for everyone!

Kuhl Trekr Pant

We love Kuhl pants so much since they are durable, fit so many body types well and come in a wide range of sizes AND lengths. These can be converted to capris too.

KUHL Transcendr Leggings – Women’s

Meet the leggings tough enough to stand up to a rough hike. These will stretch with you and protect your legs from sun and from scratches. They even have reflective elements for low-light conditions!

Hiking Rain Jackets for Women

Cross Chill Jacket RepelShell

This team member recommendation has a fleece liner to keep you comfortable while staying warm and dry. It also boasts a large hood for full coverage during a downpour along with four-way stretch so you can keep moving.

 Janji Rainrunner Pack Jacket – Women’s

Everything about this jacket was made for the rain, even the zippers. It also has a dropped hem in back to minimize splatter while you run and hike. Add the ventilation and visibility and you’ve got a great jacket for the rain!

Break a Trail Jacket

Light and bright, this jacket will keep you dry if you get caught in a storm.  With its innovative reflective elements it will keep you visible as well. It’s extra helpful that the chest pockets double as vents.

Burton AK Women’s Dispatcher Ultralight Jacket (New Addition To The Post!)

Team Member Sarah just received the Dispatcher Ultralight rain jacket to test out and she loves the featherweight design and the stretchy, non-restrictive feel. It blocks wind, sheds rain and easily fits into a pocket.

Hiking Extras for Women

Three women on a mountain trail run.
Team member Mary on a mountain trail run with friends.

Staying hydrated while you’re hiking is something you don’t want to forget.  I love this water bottle for shorter day hikes, especially when I am road tripping.

Hiking boots are like running shoes, you want to make sure you get a good fit. You can get help finding the right boots at any shop that specializes in hiking gear.

If you don’t have a solid pair of rain boots, get some Bogs and thank me later. I love mine and they get used constantly, especially during the spring and fall. For shorter hikes without technical terrain these low waterproof boots will keep you warm and dry in slush and mud.

Carrying a first aid kit is always a good idea, no matter how short the distance.  This medical kit is very highly rated and my personal choice for a basic kit.

Spring Gear for Women

No matter what you’re up to this spring, we hope this gear guide helps you get outside!

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