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Extreme Layering: All-Purpose Clothing

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


Outdoor Research Transcendent Sweater
For lightweight, all-purpose warmth, this down-filled jacket was our testers’ go-to insulation. It’s generously stuffed with 650-fill feathers and covered with a supple, DWR-treated polyester shell that’s mildly wind and water resistant. It packs down to Nalgene-size, yet kept us warm in camp on nights in the 20s. A fleece-lined collar adds luxe comfort, and there are plenty of pockets despite the low weight. The women’s model (Ergo Down Jacket) has adjustable cuffs, a hem drawcord, and a stuff sack. All testers raved about the fit–the torso is tapered, the hem rides just below the hips, and longish sleeves reach the tops of the hands. $150; men’s S-XL, women’s XS-XL; 14 oz.; Reader service #118

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