Outdoor Undercover: 8 Women’s Lifestyle Essentials with Hidden Tech

Outdoor brands insert uber technical elements into the gear we adventure in. They keep us warm on the coldest hut trip; block the wind on the gustiest 14er summit; and wick sweat on the hottest midday run. And now they’re adding these features into stylish everyday apparel—just in case you don’t have time to change before you hit the trail.

Toad&Co Telluride Sherpa Pullover

With their fashion-forward designs and subtle inclusion of tech features, Toad&Co ranks high on my list of favorite outdoor lifestyle brands. New for Fall ‘19, their moisture-wicking Telluride Sherpa Pullover is at home on a leaf-peeping adventure, yet it’s still stylish enough to throw on in a chilly coffee shop. $140 | toadandco.com

Ridge Merino Journey V-Neck T-Shirt

Comfortable, yet respectable outside your living room, the classic t-shirt is the new uniform in this age of e-commuting and relaxed work environments. Check out the Journey V-Neck from Ridge Merino, which delivers a flattering, relaxed silhouette. The tee blends the wicking ability, fast dry times, anti-odor properties and uber-soft hand feel of super fine wool with the durability and shape retention of nylon. $50 | ridgemerino.com

Black Diamond Forged Denim Pants

These aren’t your average pair of skinny jeans. Sure, they hug your curves and stretch in all the right places, but Black Diamond’s Forged Denim is enhanced with Cordura fibers that make them durable — even durable enough to repeatedly scrape over stone while you work out your latest boulder problem. $125 | blackdiamondequipment.com

Title Nine Dream ¾ Sleeve Dress

Dresses always feel fun and feminine, but they’re usually impractical for my daily bike commute. Enter the Dream Dress with its oh-so-simple center-front hem snap, which delivers instant coverage. Icing on the cake: Wrinkle-resistance and wash-and-dry readiness. $95 | titlenine.com

Icebreaker Cool-Lite Meld Zone Long Sports Bra 

Natural fibers and next-to-skin softness? Sign me up. This sports bra is comfy enough for Saturday lounging, but also provides enough support for active pursuits. Panels of eyelet Merino mesh in key areas boost ventilation. $65 | icebreaker.com

Chaco Banded Z/Cloud

Chacos are a staple in the outdoor enthusiast’s closet. The brand’s new Banded Z ticks the boxes for comfort (thanks to the LUVSEAT footbed) and style (color-blocking, we love you!), but with the second strap across the top of the foot, it also provides bonus stability for when you take them off-roading. $110 | chacos.com

Zeal Optics Sierra

The curvy Sierra silhouette from Zeal Optics is everyday-ready, but these little beauties are polarized and impact-resistant for the rigors of an outdoor lifestyle. Zeal makes both the frames and the lenses with plant-based materials that reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted during the manufacturing process. $149 | zealoptics.com

Saxx Snooze Pant

Yes, we know Saxx specializes in men’s underwear and the patented BallPark Pouch. And technically, the Snooze Pant is for dudes. But this pouchless lounger—made with moisture-wicking Modal and a touch of Spandex for stretch—gives us ladies something to love. $65 | saxxunderwear.com

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