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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.

Black Diamond GTX Frontpoint Gaiters

©Mitch Mandel

Don’t waste ounces on overbuilt gaiters. The FrontPoints are light but tough, thanks to a measured amount of Gore-Tex fabric around the calf for increased breathability and a nylon cuff that provides adequate protection without overkill. A simple, secure hook-and-loop closure can be manipulated wearing gloves. Best for medium-volume boots (but not big plastic doubles).

Price: $50

Size: S-XL

Weight: 8 oz.

Contact: (801) 278-5533;

Marmot Apex Glove

©Mitch Mandel

This two-piece glove system saves weight by multitasking. Use the shell and insert together in nasty weather, or wear either component alone in milder conditions as a hand-warmer or light shell. Cold and wet don’t penetrate the combo of fleece insulation and Gore-Tex XCR liner. It has tough leather palms and good dexterity thanks to precise fit and stitching, and cinches fast with one-hand gauntlet drawcords.

Price: $100

Size: S-XL

Weight: 8 oz.

Contact: (707) 544-4590;

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