Women’s outdoor gear has come a long way over time. Just a few decades ago, many retailers used a “shrink it and pink it” strategy to adapt men’s gear for women. Now, the market is full of apparel, sleeping bags, bicycles and more that are adapted specifically for women.
But what’s the deal with all this women’s gear? If you’re a woman, does that mean you definitely need women’s skis rather than men’s skis? There’s a lot to consider when picking the right gear. Here’s the skinny on when gender does and doesn’t matter in equipping yourself for the great outdoors:
In general, women tend to sleep colder than men, and women’s bags can make a real difference. They are shorter (generally built for someone 5’6” or smaller), which eliminates pockets of air that can keep you cold, and feature extra insulation in the torso and foot areas. If you’re taller than 5’6”, however, you may want a women’s long or a men’s bag.
Opting for a…