Ladies’ Ultimate Grand Canyon Gear Guide

By Charli Kerns

Let’s face facts. Men and women are built differently. With smaller torsos, wider hips, and narrower shoulders, women need more than just down-sized dude apparel. That’s especially true when gearing up for a three-week trip of a lifetime on the Grand Canyon section of the Colorado River. The gear needs to be comfortable and form fitting without sacrificing performance when paddling, camping, hiking, sweating, and freezing through the sunbaked, salt-lined, extremely parched landscape of the Grand Canyon.

Here are a few favorite pieces of gear I brought on my first Grand Canyon trip this spring. All of these items performed well under the Grand Canyon’s challenging conditions and met women’s-specific dimensions and needs.

Gear Guide for the Grand Canyon

Astral Brewess Shoe

The Astral Brewess is the ultimate Grand Canyon shoe, just versatile beyond belief.

Grand Canyon Gear Guide

NRS H2Core Lightweight Pants

Made for a very comfortable ride down the Grand Canyon in the kayak or out and about at camp.

Grand Canyon Gear Guide

Zeal Ace Sunglasses

Good for your eyes, safe for Mother Nature.

Gear Guide for the Grand Canyon

NRS H2Core Lightweight Hoodie

The perfect sweater for those in between temperatures in the morning when the sun hasn’t peaked over the rim and just as the desert temperature start to drop in the evening.


Astral Abba PFD

With a woman-specific fit and environmentally friendly design, the Astral Abba PFD demonstrates quality commensurate with the Grand Canyon way of life.


NRS H2Core Silkweight Long-Sleeve Shirt

The NRS H2Core Silkweight Long-Sleeve is a saving grace against the Grand Canyon sun and heat.

The article was originally published on Canoe & Kayak

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