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Gear Resources
Gear manufacturers have realised that lots of women like the outdoors and they're different shapes from men. Here's what's out there, and where you can buy it.

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Travel

Travel Resources
A selection of travel resources especially for women who love to travel. Includes a list of online communities if you do it yourself, or companies if you need a little help.

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Surfing

Surfing Resources
Listed here are some links to resources from all over the world that cater to women who love surfing.

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Hiking/Tramping

Hiking Resources
Extended walks are great for the mind and spirit and lots of women love to take part in them. Check out these resources and get inspired to go on a walking adventure.

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Snow Sports

Snow Sports Resources
Skiing, snowboarding, backcountry, polar expeditions - all done in the snow and all done by lots of amazing women.  Check out these resources to find out more...

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Kayaking/Canoeing

Kayaking Resources
White water, surfing, sea kayaking, sprint racing, marathon racing, multisport, fishing...is there anything you can't do from a kayak? Explore these resources!

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Cycling

Cycling Resources
A list of resources for all sorts of cycling - mountain biking, road biking, touring, racing, recreation and commuting - all specific to women.

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Climbing

Climbing Resources
Women can (and have) achieved incredible things in climbing. Listed in this section are a collection of climbing and moutaineering resources that are useful and inspiring for all climbers.

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Organisations

Organisations
A list of organisations that cater exclusively to women, or run trips exclusively for women. A great way to find a women-specific adventure in your area.

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Outdoor Industry

Outdoor Industry Resources
Looking for resources to help you plan programs, companies and organisations that cater for women or organisations you can join? Look no further...

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Outdoor Divas

Outdoor Divas StoreWomen are not small men…

There are a huge number of women who love the outdoors and gear manufacturers are starting to realise that women have different needs from men when it comes to outdoor equipment.  Women are not just smaller than men, but a completely different shape.  For years outdoor women made do with ill fitting men’s equipment but things are changing.  There are a wide range of products out there that are specifically designed for women, ranging from kayaks to climbing harnesses to sleeping bags to running skirts.  Often this gear is mixed in with the men’s gear or only available online and it can be hard to find someone who has the experience to talk about the equipment.

Enter Outdoor Divas!  Kim Walker, the owner of Outdoor Divas, lived in Vail, Colorado for ten years and while she was going from shop to shop looking for women’s gear, she recognised a need for a place to go that had all the outdoors equipment that was specifically for women, staffed by women who knew what they were talking about.  In 2002 she set up Outdoor Divas in Boulder, Colorado (an outdoor adventure paradise) and it has been so successful that she expanded to the web in 2005 and to another store in Denver in 2006.  Whitney Levine is the website coordinator at Outdoor Divas and kindly opened up the store one morning so I could have a look and find out more about the history and objectives of the operation.

Outdoor Divas sleeping bagsThe key to the success of Outdoor Divas is the selection of women specific gear that they stock in the store and the events that are run.  The store organises speaking events for each of the activities that they stock and have hosted a diverse range of speakers including triathletes, professional skiers, ski boot fitters and skin care specialists.  There are also slide shows, wine and cheese nights, classes in climbing and kayaking, and bike rides that leave from the store.

Whitney says that the store gives a sense of camaraderie for women and shows that women don’t have to just go and do outdoor activities with their boyfriends.  They can go skiing with other women and be involved in whatever sport they want to be involved in, and the store shows that there are lots of other women out there doing the same thing.  Whitney says that snow sports is their best selling activity and that she herself has noticed a tremendous improvement in her skiing since she started using women specific boots and skis.  In summer it’s mainly triathlon and running gear because fitness is a big thing for the clients.

Outdoor Divas Kayaks and ClimbingOutdoor Divas looks very different from a regular outdoors store.  It’s definitely a boutique style environment based on a fashion store rather than a speciality sports store or a gear warehouse.  It has an airy feel, beautiful wooden floors and carefully displayed merchandise.  The store is divided into sections, one for each activity, and there are manikins with outfits on displaying the gear for sale.  The focus is on colours, layout and design rather than the traditional jamming in of as much gear as possible!

To compliment their range of gear and provide information and gear reviews, Outdoor Divas also has a detailed website and blog.  You can view and buy Outdoor Divas’ full range of products at their online store, but if you’re ever in Boulder or Denver it’s definitely worth going and visiting the real thing.  Outdoor Divas Web LogoThe success of Outdoor Divas shows that there is a real need for women specific gear and a place to acquire it.  As Kim Walker says, it’s not just a matter of getting men’s equipment and then applying a “shrink and pink”!

You can visit the Outdoor Divas online store by clicking on the name.

Make sure you also have a look at the blog - it has a wide range of very helpful and informative information about women's outdoor gear.



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