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Women’s Fall Gear 2008

Our female testers pick their favorite gear for fall hikes.

Pack | Bra | Rain Shell | Sleeping Bag | Pants | Vest | Midlayer

Ibex Balance Seamless Sports Bra

A comfortable, supportive bra is not an accessory item–it’s core gear. Testers raved about this stretchy wool wonder, which delivers support rather than corset-style constriction. “The most breathable sports bra I’ve ever worn,” said one fan, who found it comfy while hiking in temps ranging from 20°F to 75°F. “So comfortable, I even slept in it,” said another tester. The wide chest band doesn’t roll or pinch, and the gathered center fights off the dreaded “uniboob” look. Our one gripe: The bra is not truly seamless (as the name implies) because the edges of each shoulder strap are finished with bound seams, which left marks on our skin after long days with heavy packs. Best for low- to moderate-impact sports (it’s not a running bra). $49; S-L; Reader service #118

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