Outdoor gear for women has evolved since an increasing number of manufacturers have realized that women want products made with women in mind. It’s more than making a pink version of a man’s product, says Active Junky. From packs that accommodate curves to lightning-fast water purifiers to hiking pants that are both flattering and functional, Active Junky promises to have found the best gear for a woman’s next backpacking adventure with the 2013 Women’s Backpacking Gear Guide.

Deuter ACT Lite 45+10 SL Backpack

The guide includes our best-tested, tried and true gear picks and reviews for all your trekking needs this summer. We’ve searched out the best new and innovative products from top backpacking and hiking brands to offer a comprehensive gear guide to help get every hiker chick a little further into the mountains and woods this summer.

Our all-lady gear testers took to the trails and backcountry this past spring and summer to try out the best the backpacking gear world has to offer. We sent them out on short tramps and long hikes, over rocky terrain, up hillsides and to dance parties in the woods. Our trail-savvy testers reported back on the best use for each product in our arsenal; from their favorite trail Spork to the best long-trekking pack.

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Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.