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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.

SHORTS

Sierra Designs Boundary Short
Cool, durable, comfortable. We want that and nothing more from our shorts, and these deliver. But what really sets SD's quick-dry nylon shorts apart from all the other quick-dry nylon shorts on the market is the fabric's amazing four-way stretch, which allows for unlimited range of movement and prevents chafing. The fabric proved rugged enough for desert scrambling but it feels soft against the skin and didn't get hot or sticky even when daytime highs reached the mid-90s. The men's version (pictured) is roomy but not baggy and falls just above the knee. The guys' only complaint: the hand pockets are shallow. The womens' version has a flattering, feminine style with a shorter, mid-thigh cut and belted, hip-hugging waistline. At the end of a hard season, test pairs had a bit of surface pilling in the hipbelt area, but otherwise hardly showed wear. $60; men's 28-40, women's 4-14; 8 oz.; sierradesigns.com. Reader service #109


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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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