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The Denali Test: Gear for America’s Highest, Coldest Peak

Our tester spent 18 days climbing, camping, and evaluating gear on America's highest, coldest peak. If his picks made it there, they can make it anywhere.

Baselayer | Midlayer | Headwear | Puffy Jacket | Pants | Stove | Tent | Snowshoes | Sunglasses | Sleeping Bag

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Patagonia R1 Flash Pullover

From the sun-baked Kahiltna Glacier to frigid nights at high camp, this fleece shirt was a standout thanks to its quick-dry performance and unmatched toastiness under a shell. Credit the polyester fabric’s signature grid construction, which enhances wicking and warmth. Thinner material at the waistband and sleeve cuffs minimize bulk in those key spots, and the neck design seals well against drafts without being strangle-tight. The chest zip is long enough for good venting, and it’s slightly offset so multiple zippers don’t stack up against your Adam’s apple. A Napoleon-style zip chest pocket holds sunscreen or iPod. Bonus: The Polartec fabric is made from recycled pop bottles. $115; 11.4 oz. (men’s M); men’s S-XL, women’s XS-XL. patagonia.com. Reader service #107

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