8 best women’s walking shorts UK 2022

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Comfortable and durable, these women’s hiking shorts are perfect for summer hikes and active vacations

8 best hiking shorts for women: hiking shorts from Rab, Montane, Acai

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Do you feel the heat on your hikes? Swap your usual pants for a pair of lightweight and comfortable women’s hiking shorts.

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Hard wearing but breathable hiking shorts are a must in any hiker’s wardrobe as they are much easier to wear over longer distances than regular shorts – they are designed to be lightweight, stretchy and comfortable no matter how many miles you cover, and usually feature multiple pockets for carrying essentials.

The best hiking shorts for women at a glance:

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What to look for in a pair of women’s hiking shorts

Before you decide on a material, think about when you will be wearing your new hiking shorts. If you’re planning technical hiking on mountain trails, a stretchy synthetic fabric allows for good freedom of movement.

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For more relaxed walks, especially in hot climates, cotton and linen are highly breathable and still look chic if you just want to wear an outfit outdoors and then to dinner.

Next, think about the fit. Try out hiking shorts in person before hitting the trails.

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They should have enough stretch to allow you to squat and feel comfortable around the waist – we like a high waist as they are easy to belt and tuck in and keep the shorts in place, when carried with a backpack.

Look for shorts that have well-placed pockets at the waist and back, especially zippered pockets and larger pockets that can hold a phone.

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Are hiking shorts waterproof?

Whatever hiking shorts you choose, they should be durable enough to resist bumps and scrapes, but some are also water-resistant and will withstand light rain.

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If they do get wet, synthetic hiking shorts tend to dry quickly and don’t need to be ironed, which is also handy when you’re traveling with a limited wardrobe.

In that sense, hiking shorts used to score pretty low on style points, but that’s changing fast – we’ve included a few chic, chino-like designs that would work anywhere from mountainside to city cafe, so you can carry more of what you pack.

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Gear up for your hiking and backpacking adventures.

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