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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

Isis Lucky Stripe

This 650-fill down toaster earned fans for its figure-flattering baffles and luscious fabrics. The collar and pockets are lined with soft fleece, and the silky, 100-percent recycled polyester shell slips neatly under a jacket. Compressed in its stuff sack, the Lucky Stripe shrinks down to soda-can size. TLC is required, however: The shell fabric resisted rips and tears, but it snagged easily, leaving faint pucker lines across the otherwise smooth finish. $129; 8 oz.; 4-14. Reader service #122

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