Well, my girlfriend and I have been talking about going hiking together for a while. She doesn't really have any gear to speak of. I figured it'd be nice to take advantage of some of the sales going on this weekend. So, it's time for a shopping spree (with my girlfriend's money). Ugh, it's so much easier spending my own :/. I should note, though, that I'm planning to get her a women's MLD Exodus and an enlightened equip 20 deg bag for Christmas. ;)
As far as weather conditions go: southern CA with frequent trips to San Jacinto wilderness, Gorgonio, and ultimately the JMT in '13.
Here's what we're looking at buying today. A * indicates which one I'm leaning toward. Feel free to recommend items not on the list. Thanks in advance for your help! I'm not good at picking out women's gear - just trying to apply what I know about men's gear.
(~$100) Rain Jacket: Patagonia Torrentshell / Montbell Rain Trekker* / Golite Tumalo
($150 or less) Down Jacket: Rab Microlight / MontBell Ultralight Down Parka / Alpine Light* / Ex Light
($50 or less) Midlayer: Patagonia Cap 3 / Ibex Indie Hoody / Arcteryx Delta / Icebreaker 200*
Baselayer: Rab Aeon LS
Shoes: Inov8 Roclite 268