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Backpacker Magazine – June 2012

Gear Review: 3 Sweet Deals

Get performance summer apparel for less.

by: Kelly Bastone

GoLite Tumalo Trinity 2.5-Layer (Courtesy Photo)
GoLite Tumalo Trinity 2.5-Layer (Courtesy Photo)
Marmot Torrey (Courtesy Photo)
Marmot Torrey (Courtesy Photo)
Outdoor Research Echo Tee (Courtesy Photo)
Outdoor Research Echo Tee (Courtesy Photo)

GoLite Tumalo Trinity 2.5-Layer
Pros:Bomber weather protection; full-coverage hood with a stiffened brim for rain protection; easy-layering fit; cinchable cuffs that are angled to cover the backs of hands
Cons:The proprietary PU membrane isn’t as breathable as competitors, but 13-inch pit zips provide venting.
Specs:$99; 11 oz.; m’s S-XXL, w’s XS-XL; Reader service #109

Marmot Torrey
Pros:Thin, breathable, and lightweight for summer-like conditions; DWR coating repels light drizzle and nylon fabric (with 4 percent elastane for stretch) dries fast; jeans-like styling for in-town use
Cons:The fabric is too wispy for shoulder-season use; fit is a little baggy in the waist.
Specs:$65; 10 oz.; m’s 28-40; Reader service #110

Outdoor Research Echo Tee
Pros:Great-fitting, durable polyester silkweight crew that dries fast and feels cool in oven-like temps; wicks sweat as well as synthetics costing twice as much; reflective tape at back of neck enhances nighttime visibility
Cons:Testers reported a “ripe” smell after a day of use.
Specs:$37; 2 oz. (w’s S); m’s S-XXL, w’s XS-XL; Reader service #111

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