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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

Sleeping Bag
Kelty Light Year 20°F Women's

Want the most bag for your buck? Get this ultralight cocoon, with extra 650-fill down in the hood, chest, and feet. Testers appreciated the generous cut from shoulders to legs–it let them wear extra layers and even curl up inside the bag. The temperature rating is accurate, but cold sleepers shouldn't push it because of the roomy shape. On warm nights, the moisture-wicking lining felt cool against skin and a zipper in the foot area allowed venting. Stuffed into its included compression sack, the bag is scarcely larger than a loaf of bread (a half-length side zipper cuts weight and bulk). Downsides: The hood is shallow and fussy to adjust. $180; 2 lbs. 4 oz. (reg); 2 lengths. kelty.com. Reader service #120


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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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