The perfect layer for hikes that begin during chilly mornings and then warm up as the sun rises in the sky, women’s hiking vests can offer just the right amount of warmth without restricting arm movement when trekking, snowshoeing or skiing with poles. The type of vest you choose will depend on the weather forecast. A women’s down vest is best for very cold days, keeping your core warm as toast, with or without a shell. If the weather is sunny with a chance of wind, you may only need a women’s windproof vest made of light nylon with a windproof shield like Gore Windstopper® or equivalent membrane technology. If you’re backpacking, you’ll want a woman’s packable vest that compresses down into a small space. For an excellent selection of women’s hiking vests, look to great brands like Columbia Sportswear, Marmot and Isis.