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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.

PANTS

EMS Compass Hiking Pants
"After wading in a creek up to my knees, I just shook like a wet puppy and these were dry," said one tester who wore the Compass pants on a spring trip in Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park. Made from a stretchy soft-shell fabric (86% nylon and 14% Spandex), they were breathable on hot slogs up giant sand dunes but warm down into the 50s. The Compass is a women's-only model: Roll-up cuffs convert them to capris for wading and/or hot hiking. Testers raved about the fit: comfortably loose but not slouchy, with a just-below-the-belly-button waist. For men, a similarly hard-working fabric is available in the Tracker ($49), which has ankle zips and an integrated belt. $49; women's 2-16; 13 oz. (w's 8); ems.com.Reader service #120


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