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Backpacker Magazine – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011

Editors' Picks with Associate Editor Kim Phillips

This associate map editor likes to stay well connected.

Garmin GPSMAP 62st (Courtesy Photo)
Garmin GPSMAP 62st (Courtesy Photo)
Patagonia Capilene 3 Midweight Bottoms (Courtesy Photo)
Patagonia Capilene 3 Midweight Bottoms (Courtesy Photo)
Petzl e+Lite (Courtesy Photo)
Petzl e+Lite (Courtesy Photo)

[emergency light]
Petzl e+LITE
It weighs less than an ounce, so I throw this mini-torch in my pack whenever I hit the trail. The housing tilts, it has flashing and red-light modes, and includes a long-range whistle. $30; .9 oz.; petzl.com

[GPS unit]
Garmin GPSMAP 62st
This unit locks onto satellites in seconds, even in GPS-challenging terrain like overgrown forest. Simple menus and labeled buttons make recording routes hassle-free, and preloaded 1:100K topos of the entire U.S. feature trails, landmarks, and points of interest. $550; 7.6 oz.; garmin.com

[baselayer]
Patagonia Capilene 3 Midweight Bottoms
I know it’s cliché, but these longies are so comfy I often forget I’m wearing them. The Polartec Power Dry fabric wicks sweat when I’m working hard, keeping my legs toasty and dry once I stop. Tapered, smooth-seamed ankles stay wrinkle- (hence rub-) free inside boots. $50; 6.5 oz.; patagonia.com



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