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Tech4o Traileader | Under Armour Cold Gear Base 2.0 | Crazy Creek Backpacker Lite AIR | Bridgedale Ventum Light Hiker | Primus EtaPower 1.7L Pot | High Sierra Explorer 55 | ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 3 | Green Scene


BRIDGEDALE VENTUM LIGHT HIKER  SOCK

If you’ve downsized to lightweight boots and want the perfect pair of socks to match, try the Ventum. It’s light and breathable, yet cushioned like a classic midweight sock. During months and miles of pounding on Southwest trails, our tester appreciated the thick, strategically placed padding in the places she needed it–under the ball and heel, around the toes, and over the Achilles. Mesh panels on top keep air circulating and overall volume down. The merino/nylon/Lycra blend is soft and wicks well, and a silver- and mineral-based antimicrobial treatment prevented stink build-up even after four straight days of use. $19; unisex S-XL. (802) 658-8322; bridgedale.com.

Tech4o Traileader | Under Armour Cold Gear Base 2.0 | Crazy Creek Backpacker Lite AIR | Bridgedale Ventum Light Hiker | Primus EtaPower 1.7L Pot | High Sierra Explorer 55 | ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 3 | Green Scene

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