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Layers



Fall Gear Guide 2013: Baselayers

Boost next-to-skin comfort with 12 top picks.

Gear Review: Terramar Smartsilk Crew/Tights

Made from a lightweight, body-mapped fabric, these baselayers excelled in all conditions.

Gear Review: Smartwool NTS Mid 250 Hoody

A midweight baselayer with year-round performance.

Gear Review: Westcomb Sphere Baselayers

These ultrawarm layers will keep you outside longer.

Gear Review: Rab MeCo 250 Long Sleeve Zip Tee

An ultralight turtleneck that is 65 percent merino and 35 percent Cocona polyester.

Gear Review: Terramar TXO 1.0 Body-Sensors Crew

This baselayer has excellent wicking and quick-dry performance.

Gear Review: Stoic Microlith Softshell Pullover

A softshell and baselayer in one.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2012: Baselayers

Even if no one else can see it, you are going to notice the difference with these worthy baselayers.

Gear Review: MontBell Zeo-Line M.W. High Neck Shirt Baselayer

The best baselayer for the money.

Gear Review: Toast Heated Clothing Baselayer

Finally, a baselayer that holds hand-warmers for ultimate warmth.

Gear Review: Patagonia Capilene 4 Expedition Weight Zip-Neck

When you want something thick to keep you warm, this baselayer has you covered.

Gear Review: Mammut Alpine Underwear Long All Year

You'll be feeling just right below the waist with this intricatly fitted long underwear.

Gear Review: Wild Things Power Stretch 1/4-Zip Hoody Baselayer

If you like going up and down snowy mountains, you're going to like this simple baselayer.

Gear Review: Polarmax Light Weight Tech Silk Men's Crew Baselayer

The most affordable baselayer that still get the job done right.

Editors' Choice Snow Award 2012: Cabela's E.C.W.C.S. Thermal Zone Baselayer

Our top pick for baselayers in 2012.

Gear Review: Nau M2 Hoody Baselayer

We're still counting the uses for this versatile hoody for any layer.

Gear Review: The North Face Wool Base Layer One Piece

Stay warmer and bunch-free in this worthy one-piece baselayer.

Gear Review: Arc'teryx Phase AR Zip Neck Long Sleeve and Bottoms Baselayer

This layer raises the bar in moisture wicking technology.

Gear Review: MontBell Highland

A warm, packable down sweater at an affordable price.

Gear: Ultralight Layers

Stay comfortable and carry less with these versatile, all purpose pieces.

Gear Review: Ultralight Layers

Stay comfortable in summer and beyond with these lightweight, high-performance pieces.

Gear Guide 2012: Terramar HotTotties Thermolator Pro Crew and Tight Baselayers

HotTotties is Terramar's women's-only line, and it emphasizes femme-specific fit details–this top and bottom set is no exception.

Readers' Choice Field Gear Test

Four trail-proven picks from the winners of our Be a Gear Tester Contest

Prep Your Gear: Pack to Backcountry Ski

Use this advice to hone your backcountry layers for any trip length or conditions.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011: Baselayers

Keep your top and bottom warm and dry through any outdoor activity with these baselayers.

Gear Guide 2011: Essentials

Welcome to accessory and apparel heaven: puffy jackets, stoves, windpants, knives, iPad apps, solar panels, GPS, hydration, first aid, socks, camp food, baselayers, and more.

Gear Review: Icebreaker Beast 150 Boxer Brief with Fly

A wool boxer brief for him (even if he hates wool).

Gear Review: Patagonia Switchback Bra

A sports bra with a very supportive wraparound design.

Gear Review: Stoic Merino Boy Boxer

A little bit of spandex helps these boy boxers (for her) stay in place.

Gear Review: Patagonia Kid's Capilene 3 Midweight Crew Baselayer

For outdoor kids, a baselayer that will keep them dry and warm.

Gear Review: Ibex Shak Lite Half Zip Baselayer

A heavyweight baselayer that's soft and fitted, and stretch and warm.

Gear Review: WinterSilks Long Sleeve Silk Wool Crewneck and Pant Baselayers

This 70/30 silk/wool baselayer keeps you warm while also wicking.

Gear Review: Patagonia L/S Polarized Tee Baselayer

A 100% polyester t-shirt that feels just like cotton.

Gear Review: Helly Hansen Pace SS Baselayer

A polypropylene/polyester blended baselayer that wicks away sweat.

Couples Camping 101: Victoria's Secret Goes Backcountry

Skivvies for your bivy.

Gear Review: USBCell AAs Rechargable Batteries

Able to recharge off of any USB port

Gear Review: SanDisk Sansaclip+ 2GB

Smooth, clear sound and a voice recorder for 40 bucks

Gear Review: Powermonkey Explorer Solar Charger

Holds a lot of power, comes with 11 adapter tips, and charges quickly

Gear Review: Baselayers--Rivers West Apex Base System

This merino wool layer keeps all your bases covered, without smelling like a sock drawer.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: I/O BIO Contact 1 Boy Short and Top (Sports Bra)

Active ladies need active undies, and this ensemble fits the bill and still looks cute.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010: Baselayers

Keep your bod warm & toasty all fall and winter long.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010: Baselayers

Keep your core warm & toasty with these baselayers.

Gear Review: Arc'teryx Phase AR Zip Neck

A new fabric makes this synthetic zip-t odor free.

Gear Review: SmartWool NTS Microweight Crew

A superthin merino layer that is deceptively durable.

Gear Review: Ortovox Supersoft LS Zipper

The softest baselayer we've tested...ever.

Gear Review: Icebreaker GT 260 Pursuit/Express Legging

Baselayer bottoms that you can wear solo.

Gear Review: Merrell Ashby Zip T

A bargain layer that's pretty and tough.

Gear Review: Dale of Norway 180 Short Sleeve Crew

A short-sleeved baselayer for year-round wear.

Gear Review: Sherpa Adventure Gear Khushi Top

A built-in neck gaiter for her and a built-in hoody for him give this shirt head and neck protection.

Gear Review: Patagonia Capilene 3 Midweight T-Neck

Patagonia updates this perennial favorite making it lighter, faster-drying, and softer then previous Capilene layers.

Gear Review: I/O Bio Merino Pilot Suit

A full-body baselayer (a.k.a. pilot or "union" suit) that's as warm as they come.

Gear Review: Helly Hansen Verglas Hybrid Baselayer

Nordic skiiers and runners will love this moisture moving layer.

Gear Review: Boxers or Briefs?

Although perhaps not as sexy as a brand new Gore-Tex Pro hardshell, the most basic of baselayers is a crucial component of your backcountry enjoyment. We put three mens' styles to the test.

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Pandra LS Henley



Budget Apparel Guide: Bargain Baselayers

For $35 or less, keep your core warm and toasty.

Gear Review: PolarMAX Tech Waffle Crew Base Layer

Ski patrol approved

Get Bargains on Gear

Forget full price. Here's how to score deals on outdoor duds.

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Men's Power Stretch Tights

Toasty, stretchy tights you don't have to hide.

Gear Review: Cloudveil Run Don't Walk Boxers

Winter skivvies at their finest.

Gear Review: Isis Henna Hipster Underwear & Day Bra

These chafe-free undergarments also wick away moisture.

Gear Review: Patagonia Active Boxer Briefs & Ibex Zepher Boxers

Underwear for the outdoorsy man.

Toughest Gear: Patagonia Capilene Baselayer

25 years later, this Patagonia model is still the baselayer to beat.

Almost Editors' Choice 2010

These five finalists were close to the tops for our editors–for you they may be perfect.

Editors' Choice 2010: Patagonia Merino 1 Baselayer

Settle the wool-versus-synthetic debate once and for all: Get the best of both.

Gear Review: iPhone

The best smartphone for the backcountry

Gear Review: Arc'teryx Delta LT Zip

A super-versatile, fleecy layering piece

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 09: Baselayers

From shorts to tops, we've got your core coverings.

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Banff Body Suit

When it's extra cold, don this full body baselayer by Outdoor Research.

Gear Review: Ibex Balance Runner Shorts

Worn as underwear, or solo, these "runner shorts" are a versatile bottom base layer.

Gear Review: Icebreaker Longsleeve Velocity Zip Baselayer

This Icebreaker top is great for trail running and other high aerobic activities.

Gear Review: First Ascent Bat Hang Hoodie

This First Ascent top works as a baselayer and a jacket.

Gear Review: Columbia Mountain Tech Long Sleeve Top

This athletic baselayer feels like cotton but works like high-priced synthetic, for only $35.

Fall Apparel Guide 2009

Goal: Help you stay comfortable in any weather. Solution: Hike through two-week-long downpours and hurricane-force winds to bring you the best new gear for every trip.

Get This Gear: Essentials From A to Z

We tested more than 500 products–stoves, clothes, cameras, filters, tech tools, knives, and meals–to find these proven performers.

AirDrives Interactive Earphones

AirDrives Interactive Earphones stay put on bumpiest trails and helps you rock out safely.

Picture Taker: Nokia N95 Cell Phone GPS

Capture your trail memories with the 5-megapixel camera and light-duty GPS of the Nokia N95 cell phone.

Great Communicator: Apple iPhone 3G

Apple iPhone 3G brings maps and downloadable GPS software to your fingertips.

Women's Fall Gear 2008

Our female testers pick their favorite gear for fall hikes.

Mediastreet eMotion MP3 Player

Solar charge all your outdoor electronics with Mediastreet's MP3 Player.

Green Scene: Eco-Friendly Wool

Learn how you can shop for ethical, eco-friendly wool to lighten your planetary load.

Extreme Layering: All-Purpose Clothing

For all-purpose performance year-round, this layering system works overtime through any weather.

Extreme Layering: Rainy-Weather Clothing

Don't let a crappy forecast keep you home for the weekend. Just pack this deluge-tested system.

Extreme Layering: Hot-Weather Clothing

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

Extreme Layering: Cold-Weather Clothing

Our testers faced raging blizzards, pounding hail, frigid temps, and 60-mph winds to select these top clothes.

Extreme Layering: Clothing for all Weather Conditions

Wild weather coming? We've devised a perfect system for every condition.

2008 Apparel Guide: The Outtakes

We couldn't fit all of our reviews in one spot. Here, read the outtakes.

Apparel Guide: Baselayers

Contain your body heat with with these skin-hugging baselayers: the 180s Quantum Dry Base Layer crew and pant, Icebreaker 180 GT Chase 1/4 Zip, Patagonia Wool 2 long sleeve crew and bottoms, and White Sierra Bamboo Crew.

Field Notes: The Latest Word from Our Testers

True-blue reviews on the latest items we've taken out on trail.

Share and Share Alike?: Top Five Photo Sharing Sites

Your adventure is ready for primetime. Here are 19 ways to reach the audience in your living room–or around the world. Web-based photo sites aren't all created equal. Here are our top 5.

Photos 101: Save and Share Your Photos, Produce a Slideshow, and Print Your Images

Learn how to save your photos, print them, get published, and produce an audio visual slideshow.

Post Your Video Online

Learn how to upload your video to YouTube and tap a social network like Facebook or MySpace to post links to your movie. Your adventure is ready for primetime. Here are 19 ways to reach the audience in your living room–or around the world.

Share Your Trip; Make and Show Off Your Map

Your adventure is ready for primetime. Here are 19 ways to reach the audience in your living room–or around the world.

Share It: All the World's a (Cyber) Stage

Your adventure is ready for primetime. Here are 19 ways to reach the audience in your living room--or around the world.

The Cutting Room: Editing Programs and Storage

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

The Cutting Room: Video

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

The Cutting Room: Photos

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

The Cutting Room: GPS

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

Organize It: The Cutting Room

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

Field School: Trail-Tested Tech

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures. The best new digital tools for every budget and skill level.

Field School: Essential Tips

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures.

Field School: Make a Movie

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures.

Field School: Capture Classic Images and Record Your Hike

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures.

Document It: Field School

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures.

4 Trip-Planning Sites and Top Tech Tools

Every great trip boils down to this: Picking an ideal location, capturing memorable moments, and bragging about it.

New Tools, New Rules: Get Maps and Go

Every great trip boils down to this: Picking an ideal location, capturing memorable moments, and bragging about it.

New Tools, New Rules: Plan the Perfect Trip

Every great trip boils down to this: Picking an ideal location, capturing memorable moments, and bragging about it. Here's how to get started the high-tech way.

Plan It: New Tools, New Rules

Every great trip boils down to this: Picking an ideal location, capturing memorable moments, and bragging about it.

iHike: Hiking in the Digital Age

A Complete Guide to the Digital Revolution–and How to Join It

Field Notes: The Latest Word from Our Testers

The green truth behind bamboo, a hyper-efficient cookpot, and a bargain three-person tent.

Kids' Stuff



Rain Shells

From $500 to under $150, Backpacker has found the best rain shells for blowing snow or driving rain.

Trail Tops

These eight trail tops wick sweat, look great, and fit great. Wear them for a run or a week-long trek.

Editor's Choice Green Award April 2006

Patagonia implements the Common Threads Recycling Program to reuse your old Capilene long underwear tops and bottoms

Backpacker February '08 Gear Test

It's cold out there -- but don't fret. We've tested and reviewed all the best gear to keep you warm, dry, and comfy when the mercury drops.

Top 4 Digital Cameras

All our picks weigh less than 8 ounces and cost less than $400.

December '07 Gear Test: 3D Connexion Space Navigator, Purosol Sport/Marine, Solio, The Pod

The Backpacker testers try out some ingenious products for photo taking, map making, screen cleaning, and portable recharging.

Gear Test: Outdoor Research Motiva Pants

The Backpacker gear ladies try out these tough OR pants.

Exclusive Online Content: Layer Up

Ward off the chill of cooler temps with these Backpacker-tested base layers and shells

Technology Review: Picking A Music Player

How to choose the best one for your sport

Music Safety Tips: Tune In, Not Out

7 tips for listening to music on the run and on the trail

Apparel Review: More For Your Money

Budget shopper or big spender? We have the perfect three-season layering system for you.

Apparel Review: Eider Diko Racing T-Shirt

A bargain base layer designed to maximize wicking and enhance layering

Apparel Review: Arc'Teryx Ether Crew Short Sleeve

A little extra money buys a lot of extra wear with Arc'Teryx's latest T

Backcountry Technology Review: Electronics and GPS

Your complete guide to the latest in outdoor electronics, including a smart watch, a weatherproof MP3 player, and the best in GPS.

Into Quiet Air: iPods at Altitude

Unraveling a high-altitude mystery: why some iPods get sick in the alpine zone.

MP3 Player Review: Highgear TrailAudio 512

Finally, an MP3 player designed for those who choose to jam at altitude.

Layering For Winter

How to dress smart and stay warm when Old Man Winter blows in.

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