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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009
We tested more than 500 products–stoves, clothes, cameras, filters, tech tools, knives, and meals–to find these proven performers.
The lightest, most breathable rainwear isn't a jacket. It's MontBell's U.L. Trekking Umbrella, which collapses to toy dimensions (eight inches long with a one-inch diameter) and weighs less than six ounces. $35; montbell.com
HIS No chafing, no stink, great wicking, and lightning-fast drying times make SmartWool's Microweight Boxers the skivvies of choice for guys who don't go commando. $40; smartwool.com
HERS ExOfficio's Soytopia Seamless Bikini Brief is made of 77 percent soy blended with nylon (for durability) and Lycra (stretch). "The seamless construction is so nonintrusive," said one tester, "it's like going without." Plus, they're easy to wash and drip-dry almost instantly. $18; exofficio.com