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Backpacker Magazine – September 2008

Extreme Layering: All-Purpose Clothing

For all-purpose performance year-round, this layering system works overtime through any weather.

by: Annette McGivney, Photos by Sethhughes.com

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Marmot Kingpin
Marmot Kingpin
Outdoor Research Transcendent Sweater
Outdoor Research Transcendent Sweater
MontBell Super Merino Shirts
MontBell Super Merino Shirts
EMS Compass Hiking Pants
EMS Compass Hiking Pants
ExOfficio Briefs
ExOfficio Briefs

All weights are for men's large (unless otherwise noted), on BACKPACKER scales.

For more in-depth apparel reviews, check out our exclusive online Apparel Guide supplement.

INSULATION

Outdoor Research Transcendent Sweater For lightweight, all-purpose warmth, this down-filled jacket was our testers' go-to insulation. It's generously stuffed with 650-fill feathers and covered with a supple, DWR-treated polyester shell that's mildly wind and water resistant. It packs down to Nalgene-size, yet kept us warm in camp on nights in the 20s. A fleece-lined collar adds luxe comfort, and there are plenty of pockets despite the low weight. The women's model (Ergo Down Jacket) has adjustable cuffs, a hem drawcord, and a stuff sack. All testers raved about the fit–the torso is tapered, the hem rides just below the hips, and longish sleeves reach the tops of the hands. $150; men's S-XL, women's XS-XL; 14 oz.; orgear.com. Reader service #118


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