Women’s Guide to Fall Gear: Dress Smart

Fall Gear

Your Guide to the Best Women’s Fall Gear

September 22nd is the first day of fall, but if you spend any amount of time exploring the great outdoors, you’ve likely already begun to feel its approach in the air. The change in season means changing weather that can even be unpredictable at times. From rain to snow to wind to unexpected warmth, if you are heading out the door to hike, climb or travel across the states, having the right fall gear is key.

We spoke to the experts at some of our favorite outdoor stores, and they weighed in on the must-haves for adventurous women who won’t be slowed down by a little moody weather. The following are our suggestions for the most worthwhile additions to your outdoor wardrobe this fall.

fall Gear

photo: via Rab

Outdoor Apparel

The experts at Next Adventure love the Alpha Flux Jacket by Rab. This ultra-breathable piece is lightly insulated and made with stretch fleece so it moves with you comfortably while providing excellent temperature regulation. Its outer layer is made with lightweight nylon for durability. And when the temps drop fast, the Polartec® Alpha™ Direct insulation keeps you warm.

Outdoor Research’s Interstellar Jacket is another favorite at Next Adventure. This hard shell is incredibly light, breathable and has a whole lot of give. With dynamic underarm panels and a helmet-compatible hood it is perfect for high-output activities like ski touring, climbing or really fast, technical hikes.

Outdoor Research, fall gear

photo: Interstellar via Outdoor Research

Ryan Rmarr, the Store Manager at Patagonia@Bend highly recommends Patagonia’s Micro Puff jacket released last fall. He says, the idea behind the jacket was to maintain lightweight compressibility similar to down-related products, which compress well but do best in cold and dry conditions.

Rmarr notes, “In the Pacific northwest we don’t often find ourselves in those perfect conditions. The Micro Puff can maintain its warmth when wet.” Additionally, Rmarr says this unique piece is lightweight and has good compressibility to it. “It’s our lightest most packable insulated jacket ever.”

Patagonia’s Women’s Escala Rock Pants are another store favorite. “These are great in the Pacific northwest, especially in fall and winter months while rock climbing,” says Rmarr. He describes the pants as ultra-tough, stretchy, organic cotton climbing pants.

Along with their durability, the Escala Rock Pants look good. “They are not only comfortable while multi-pitch rock climbing, they are also comfortable to go out to eat in,” says Rmarr.

Miracle Travel Bag

fall gear

photo: via Patagonia

For those with a wanderlust that keeps them on the go in the air and on the road, Rmarr highly recommends the Patagonia Black Hole® MLC® (Maximum Legal Carryon)— a bag designed to meet most airline carry on rules. This miraculous bag is a super durable, soft fabric suitcase that converts into a backpack or briefcase!

According to Rmarr, it has enough room and organization that you can travel with it as if it were a full-sized suitcase. It has multiple compartments for clothing items travel essentials like your passport. “If you are flying from Portland to Istanbul, you can bring it onboard as a carryon, and as you arrive in Istanbul, you can pull out the straps and carry it on your back like a backpack,” says Rmarr.

This bag’s durability allows you to push the limits without worrying. Even if you leave it out in the rain for a bit, it’s likely to keep all of your gear dry. (Note: Not a dry bag!)

Patagonia @ Bend
1000 NW Wall Street, Suite 140
Bend, OR

Next Adventure
426 Se. Grand Ave.
Portland, OR


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