SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on Backpacker.com


Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – September 2005

Apparel Review: More For Your Money

Budget shopper or big spender? We have the perfect three-season layering system for you.

by: The Backpacker Editors

PAGE 1 2 3 4 5 6

©Matthew J. Reigner

(PANTS)
Prana Stretch Zion

These pants are just light enough to make the three-season cut, and so tough you can wear them in any terrain. The heavy-duty nylon fabric withstood off-trail scrambles, and a touch of Lycra allowed for good flex on long downhill strides. The feature set is astounding for the price: reinforced knees, five pockets, discreet holes in the crotch for extra ventilation, and a no-rub integrated belt. Snaps convert the pant legs into calf-high capris, which is useful for stream crossings. Air-dry them to avoid lint buildup on the hook-and-loop fly, a welcome no-pinch feature under a climbing harness. $60; men's S-XL; 1 lb. 2 oz. (Women's model is due next spring; for fall, check the Bliss Nylon Capri: $50; XS-L). (800) 557-7262; www.prana.com.

©Matthew J. Reigner

(WINDSHIRT)
EMS Windshear NG Shirt

This versatile jacket shakes off wind like a hard shell and breathes like the lightest of soft shells-and it's warmer than either. It replaces the Lightfire as my primary insulation in summer, and serves as midlayer in the coldest temps. And it works brilliantly as a wind- and water-resistant outer layer anytime. The ripstop shell can't handle a downpour, but temp control is no problem, thanks to pit vents and a wicking liner. More perks: a high collar, long tail, and chest pocket. Fit runs loose. $79; men's S-XXL, women's XS-XL; 14 oz. (XL). (888) 463-6367; www.ems.com


PAGE 1 2 3 4 5 6

Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip:
Email (req):
Reader Rating: -

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

Trailhead Register
He Is Risen!
Posted On: Apr 23, 2014
Submitted By: TDale
Gear
Super Cat pot stand
Posted On: Apr 23, 2014
Submitted By: DaveG


Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions