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Ah outdoors gear companies, you are finally taking the leap when it comes to outdoors gear for women. Some of you have been on it for years, of course, but others are only just catching up. Making men’s kit smaller and more pink just isn’t good enough. Some ladies love the pink gear, and that is fine, but I would argue that the majority of us would much rather have something less bright and more, well, natural coloured. We don’t mind the dark grey or the dark green or the dark blue, it doesn’t need to be neon or patterned. While the female section in my local Go Outdoors is still way too bright pink and bright blue for my liking, things are moving on. Outdoors gear for girls is finally becoming something companies are paying attention to.

This is a topic I read a lot about on blogs and social media. Many, many outdoorsy women are putting it a lot more eloquently than I ever could. But it’s basically the apparent belief in the minds of product designers that pink is the only way to get us girls outside in their gear. It’s not just confined to the outdoors world, of course; cycling has a pink problem and motorcycling has even more of a pink problem. Companies don’t seem to realise that we are happy with boring colours and understated design. Well I am anyway.

Splodz Blogz | Rogie Falls - Wearing my Horizon Cap from Millets

Hiking at Rogie Falls in Scotland, wearing my new peaked cap.

Anyway, this post wasn’t supposed to be a whinge, it’s supposed to be a thank you to Millets and The North Face for my new cap. I’ve been searching for a new cap for well over a year, and when I mentioned this to Millets they replied with “we’ve got just the thing”. And they did.

The Horizon Logo Cap by The North Face comes in grey or beige (yes, outdoorsy colours!), and in two sizes. Yes friends, that meant I could choose the smaller size and have a hat that fits, and fits well. They describe it as a “no-nonsense, timelessly fashionable choice for casual occasions”, but it is a technical cap in a quick drying material with sun protection (UPF5), and a twill sweatband that is great for any outdoors activity. I normally wear a hat when I’m hiking; when it’s too warm for a beanie hat a peaked cap is my go-to. This one is comfortable, light weight, keeps my hood out of my face, shades my eyes from the sun, and is well-made and rugged enough to last a long time in the great outdoors. It’s fab.

Splodz Blogz | Rogie Falls - Wearing my Horizon Cap from Millets

Watching the rushing water. Anyone else find this strangely peaceful?

The North Face are actually pretty good in general when it comes to outdoor gear for girls. A brand I will seek out because I know that a) they have done some research which means I can pretty much buy a medium in anything they make and be comfortable in it, and b) that I can normally choose a shade of colour that I like and suits me rather than having to go for the pink (they do have pink, of course…). I also know when I buy something from the ladies section with this particular label on it that I have not bought something that is less technical than the men’s stuff – my desire to be a bad-ass outdoors lady has very much been at the heart of their development.

And before you take me up on it, I am aware that this cap hasn’t specifically been designed for women, and I don’t know if The North Face thought of us girls when bringing out the smaller size in reality, but it fits and therefore works for me. It has simply inspired my post. And helps make another point; women don’t want to be pigeon holed. We want the best gear we can afford. Don’t assume we are all super girly and therefore are more bothered about our nails than the technical ability of our outdoors gear.

Splodz Blogz | Rogie Falls - Wearing my Horizon Cap from Millets

Not the best model, but you get the idea of the cap!

Do you find you struggle to avoid the pink? Or would you hate it if outdoors brands stopped making pink stuff?!

Which brands are your go-to when it comes to finding great technical outdoors gear for girls?

And what are your favourite gender-neutral outdoors accessories?

Tell me in the comments below. 



*I received The North Face Horizon Logo Cap from Millets for free but this is not a sponsored post and as always words are my own.

6 Responses

  1. Shybiker

    Nice cap. It’s terrible when companies think that selling to women must use pink. It’s gender-stereotyping that hurts everyone.

    • Splodz

      It is just annoying. I’ve never been a pink girl. And I know lots of boys who would rather not wear blue.

  2. Sarah Irving | The Urban Wanderer

    Bizarrely enough I’m not a pink girl but wear a bright pink coat every day! Not because I chose it, but because it was the only colour available when I bought it. It has kind of grown on me though and in the sea of black city clothes, I actually quite like it. Give me teal though and I’m sold!

    Your hat actually looks like my North Face one. Mine is beige (the other option was bright lime green which does nothing for a pale complexion) and is the only one I found would fit my tiny head. I don’t tend to favour North Face, the main reason being that ir is worn more by a different kind of outdoors type in Manchester, if you get my drift.

    It is hard to get a balance I think because I do love bright colours, great for brightening a dull day, but love th technical aspects of the men’s dark ones. I’m currently looking to Rab for my replacement coat, and they do it in teal too.

    • Splodz

      You’re right, the balance is hard – bright colours are certainly not a problem, it is nice to stand out, but the men’s (muted) ones have the better features. Teal is a very good colour, we all need more teal gear! My new favourite coat is a fab bright blue, they do the same colour for men and women – same features, same colours.

      • Sarah | The Urban Wanderer

        Teal is definitely a very god colour! Ooh and bright blue is too. Yeah, Jit and I have the same kind of coat, but mine has more stitched panels to shape it which has meant that with use they have come open and started to leak, which is an absolute pain. It has been a learning curve though. What brand is your new favourite?

      • Splodz

        It’s a Craghoppers. It’s quite a heavy jacket – still a shell but not particularly lightweight (and takes up lots of room in my bag), but it’s SO waterproof. I hope it lasts well!

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