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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

Midlayer
Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man Zip T

This pullover’s plush, high-loft, double-faced fleece (think Elmo for the alpine crowd) is the best insulation we’ve used when working hard in cold weather. It’s warm, yet transmits sweat quickly and vents well if exposed to a breeze. Smartly placed Powerstretch panels in the underarms, wrists, and lower back reduce bulk and weight. There’s a deep front chest zip, a drawcord-adjustable neck that effectively seals out drafts, thumb loops for preventing cuff creep, and a stretchy chest pocket. Choose the Monkey Man as a frigid-weather midlayer or three-season insulation in wet climates. $120; 14.9 oz. (men’s M); men’s S-XXL; women’s (full-zip only, $140) XS-XL. mountainhardwear.com. Reader service #108

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