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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

Sleeping Bag
Kelty Light Year 20°F Women’s

Want the most bag for your buck? Get this ultralight cocoon, with extra 650-fill down in the hood, chest, and feet. Testers appreciated the generous cut from shoulders to legs–it let them wear extra layers and even curl up inside the bag. The temperature rating is accurate, but cold sleepers shouldn’t push it because of the roomy shape. On warm nights, the moisture-wicking lining felt cool against skin and a zipper in the foot area allowed venting. Stuffed into its included compression sack, the bag is scarcely larger than a loaf of bread (a half-length side zipper cuts weight and bulk). Downsides: The hood is shallow and fussy to adjust. $180; 2 lbs. 4 oz. (reg); 2 lengths. Reader service #120

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