Hiking and hijab-ing!
Ok, so the topic of the day is hiking n' hijab-ing (for those who don't know, the 'hijab' is the headscarf women wear). I started wearing hijab almost two years, and I knew one thing for sure: it was NOT going to stop me from pursuing an active and healthy lifestyle. And it hasn't. If anything, I've become MORE active since then, and the sky is the limit ;)
Hiking is an awesome activity for all of you sisters, no matter your fitness level, even for all of you new moms! However, it's wise to hydrate yourself and of course, wearing the right gear is really important. I've trialed a few different outfits over the past two summers, and have perfected the the perfect hiking hijab!
1. Pants: Lululemon
I love Lululemon (kudos to friend Shannon for getting me hooked!). The BEST pants they have for hiking are the Dance Studio Pant II
Talk about awesome-ness, I not only wear them hiking but great for walks and flights, since they super comfy and light! Another option are the 'Still' Pants
The awesome part is that they come in regular and tall sizes AND the store will hem for free. Yes, they are a little pricey, but I've bought cheaper pants and (a) they lose their shape and sweat wicking abilities and (b) they don't fit as well! Lulu pants are well worth the investment, I've had 2 pairs for 2.5 years and they are still in top condition!
2. Top: layer with sweat-wicking tank and long sleeve
Here's the trick: wear a sweat wicking long tank to hide your bum bum, and a sweat wicking long sleeve top.
For the tank, try Lululemon again, as well as Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). I have two tanks I use, both Lulu, but I bought them a while ago, and their stock changes. The long sleeve tops I wear are from MEC (www.mec.ca). I'm pretty tall (5'9"), so I can't but stuff from SportChek or other athletic stores because their stuff is too short!! :)
3. Hiking Shoes:
I love the Merrell pair I bought a couple of years ago, they have 'Vibrant' sole technology which contours to your foot. Try SportChek and Mountain Equipment Co-op.
Throw away those darn heavy pashmina hijabs for hiking! Go with something lightweight and light colored. Try changing how to tie the headscarf. I gather mine at the back of my head under my pony tail, bring the longer half around to cover my neck, over my pony tail and then secured at the side. It makes a world of difference. Check out the picture above to try and see what I mean! :)
Try looking for sunglasses with thin handles so they slip in and out of your hijab without shifting or loosening the fabric. I love the D & G ones I have, but there are other brands too.