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June 2013 Trail Clothes

Gear Review: Trail Shorts & Hiking Tops

Two his-and-her options for trail shorts and tops.

[packable puffy]
REI Revelcloud Hoodie
“The Revelcloud lives in my three-season pack,” says one ranger. The PrimaLoft Eco filling kept testers cozy down to freezing and retained its loft even through prolonged drizzle. The breathable Pertex Quantum shell sheds light rain and snow, the adjustable hood blocks drafts, and the jacket stuffs into its own cantaloupe-size pocket. $159; 15 oz.; rei.com

[sun shirt]
Kühl Wunderer
This long-sleeve, button-up UPF 50 nylon shirt kept our Channel Islands ranger/tester warm on cool mornings and comfortably protected from midday sun in 90°F weather. The breathable, lightweight nylon dries in a flash, while mesh side panels vent body heat. A zippered security pocket holds keys and an ID. $65; 8 oz.; kuhl.com

[guy’s shorts]
Sherpa Adventure Gear Koshi
Testers liked the roomy cut and generous cargo space (seven pockets!) of these quick-dry shorts. And the lightweight Supplex nylon proved tough enough to endure butt slides down canyon boulders with no rips. $55; 7.5 oz.; sherpaadventuregear.com

[gal’s shorts]
Helly Hansen Symphony
Yes, technical shorts can be flattering. “These are good looking, but not too skimpy for hiking, climbing, or mountain biking,” says a tester. The stretchy polyester breathed well in 90°F heat and also withstood canyon abrasion. $75; 5 oz. (w’s 30); hellyhansen.com

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