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Backpacker Magazine – September 2008

Extreme Layering: Hot-Weather Clothing

From the Grand Canyon to sunshine-pounded Colorado peaks, stay cool and comfortable with this ultralight system.

by: Annette McGivney, Photos by Sethhughes.com

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Mountain Hardwear Advance Short Sleeve Crew
Mountain Hardwear Advance Short Sleeve Crew
Outdoor Research Foray
Outdoor Research Foray
Sierra Designs Boundary Short
Sierra Designs Boundary Short
Patagonia Wool 4 Hoody
Patagonia Wool 4 Hoody
The North Face Breeze Brimmer
The North Face Breeze Brimmer

All weights are for men's large (unless otherwise noted), on BACKPACKER scales.

For more in-depth apparel reviews, check out our exclusive online Apparel Guide supplement.

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Outdoor Research Foray
Short of a built-in fan, nothing provides better venting than the Foray's two-way side-zips, which extend from armpit to hem. Testers loved the ability to adjust from standard pit-zip openings to gaping poncho-style vents. The jacket's waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex Paclite kept us dry in all conditions, from pounding afternoon thunderstorms to steady all-day showers. The adjustable hood has a wide, stiff visor that prevents water from dripping in the eyes or face, and the below-the-hip cut is just right for moderate conditions. And since it weighs less than a pound and packs down to the size of two bagels, you'll never hesitate to carry it on warm-weather treks. The women's version is called the Aspire. $199; men's S-XXL, women's XS-XL; 15 oz.; orgear.com. Reader service #108


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Hugh
Nov 18, 2010

Extreme heat. Neither the Mt. Hdw or North f website list the shirt or hat you recommend. Can you help?

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