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January/February 2005

Winter Gear Lightens Up: Tent and Clothing Review

Carry less, enjoy the cold months more with the latest four-season tents, gloves, hats, and gaiters.

EMS Headwall
Carry a couple more pounds and save a bunch of dollars.

©Mitch Mandel

From high in the Rockies to Washington’s rain-soaked San Juan Islands, the Headwall provided uncompromising weather protection and good breathability thanks to a large, innovative ceiling vent. Inside, the roomy dimensions and large 12-square-foot vestibule were comfortable for two people and gear–and on one occasion a wet yellow lab as well. Where’s the trade-off? The Headwall is 3 pounds heavier than the pricier single walls at left, and it lacks the others’ well-placed external guys.


Size: 90" x 54" x 43"

Weight: 7 lbs. 15 oz.

Contact: (888) 463-6367;

The North Face WindStopper High Point Hat

©Mitch Mandel

When it’s frigid and blowing, pull on this full-coverage cap. It protects you from brain-freeze with gust-busting WindStopper and thick Polartec 300-weight fleece, heat-trapping earflaps, and a chin drawcord so you’ll never watch your hat skitter away with the spindrift. In calm conditions, fold the flaps above your ears and tie them off with the chinstrap.

Price: $39

Size: M/L

Weight: 3 oz.

Contact: (800) 447-2333;

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