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Backpacker Magazine – November 2008

Women's Fall Gear 2008

Our female testers pick their favorite gear for fall hikes.

by: Kelly Bastone

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Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian Ki (Courtesy Photo)
Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian Ki (Courtesy Photo)
Ibex Balance Seamless Sports Bra (Courtesy Photo)
Ibex Balance Seamless Sports Bra (Courtesy Photo)
Mountain Hardwear Pegasus Jacket (Courtesy Photo)
Mountain Hardwear Pegasus Jacket (Courtesy Photo)
Kelty Light Year 20°F Women's (Courtesy Photo)
Kelty Light Year 20°F Women's (Courtesy Photo)
Mountain Hardwear Women's Petra
Mountain Hardwear Women's Petra
Isis Lucky Stripe (Photo Courtesy)
Isis Lucky Stripe (Photo Courtesy)
Cloudveil Traverse Hoodie (Courtesy Photo)
Cloudveil Traverse Hoodie (Courtesy Photo)

Pack | Bra | Rain Shell | Sleeping Bag | Pants | Vest | Midlayer

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Ibex Balance Seamless Sports Bra

A comfortable, supportive bra is not an accessory item–it's core gear. Testers raved about this stretchy wool wonder, which delivers support rather than corset-style constriction. "The most breathable sports bra I've ever worn," said one fan, who found it comfy while hiking in temps ranging from 20°F to 75°F. "So comfortable, I even slept in it," said another tester. The wide chest band doesn't roll or pinch, and the gathered center fights off the dreaded "uniboob" look. Our one gripe: The bra is not truly seamless (as the name implies) because the edges of each shoulder strap are finished with bound seams, which left marks on our skin after long days with heavy packs. Best for low- to moderate-impact sports (it's not a running bra). $49; S-L; ibexwear.com. Reader service #118


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Me
Jan 19, 2009

Pockets? I jsut want to not know I have it on. It's there of coures, but I have to look and be sure.

oki
Dec 13, 2008

If only they had more pockets! ;_;

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