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Field Notes: Boots, Jackets, Tents, And More

The latest word from our testers. This month, we test the Marmot Cauldro jacket, Gregory Z65 pack, Exped Andromeda, tents, Danner Formation boots, and more.

Royal Robbins Bivy Pants

Cotton kills, right? Wrong, at least not in the case of these hardworking pants. The Bivys are made from a fabric blend–70 percent cotton and 30 percent nylon–that proved marvelously versatile in the field. In conditions ranging from a drizzling 50°F to sunny and hot, the Bivys offered the comfortable breathability of cotton but were as quick-drying as many similar weight 100-percent nylon pants we’ve tested. The secret: Cotton fibers are treated with Schoeller 3XDry, which sucks moisture to the outer surface where it dries more quickly. And we found them as durable as a pair of blue jeans; the pants’ gusseted, reinforced knees didn’t rip even on a granite fall that drew blood underneath. Fit is loose for ease of movement but tapered in the legs. The soft mesh waistband is comfortable under a hipbelt. $55; 14 oz. (33-34); men’s waist 30-40, length 30-34; Reader Service #115

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