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Backpacker Magazine – August 2008

3 Ways To Save: Ultralight Dayhiking

Save weight, your feet, and money with these three pieces of ultralight gear

by: Kristin Hostetter

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GoLite Wisp (Courtesy Photo)
GoLite Wisp (Courtesy Photo)
Hi-Tec V-Lite Trail Eruption (Courtesy Photo)
Hi-Tec V-Lite Trail Eruption (Courtesy Photo)
Outdoor Research Dry Peak Bagger (Julia Vandenoever)
Outdoor Research Dry Peak Bagger (Julia Vandenoever)

Weight & Space
The hoodless GoLite Wisp pullover weighs about the same as a large Snickers–only three ounces–and packs almost as small, making it the perfect ultralight shell on days when you'd rather not pack a coat at all. It's made of a silky 22-denier polyester taffeta with a DWR coating; the fabric cuts wind, breathes adequately, and sheds light precip (perfect for afternoon bursts, not all-day downpours). A nine-inch chest zip offers a bit of ventilation on hard climbs, a bottom drawcord seals out gusts, and a tiny hip pocket doubles as a stuff sack. The Wisp isn't as abrasion-resistant as a soft shell, but it's also not as heavy. $50; men's S-XL. (888) 546-5483; golite.com. Reader service #118


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sabo damingo
Sep 24, 2008

try recycle sports stores as some pieces are bargin prices, so you can try without going broke

thx

Frank Oslick
Sep 10, 2008

Checked their website. Nothing they make comes in different widths. In fact width isn't mentioned at all, just length, so you must guess what they chose as their standard width. B? D?

Fit is more important than anything. Forget the "features" and get something that comes in actual widths.

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