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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.

BASELAYER

MontBell Super Merino Shirts
No debate here: For versatility, these shirts, in both short- and long-sleeve versions, were the hands-down favorite among the 30 technical tops we tested. In temperatures ranging from 20°F to 80°F–from Colorado's Arapaho Peaks to sweaty Grand Canyon hikes–they offered moisture management on par with the best synthetic tops but, because of the thermo-regulating properties of wool, they were also more breathable in hot weather and insulated better in cold. And even after eight days of continuous wear, the natural odor-fighting ability of merino kept the fabric remarkably stink-free. Soft 18.5-micron fibers are tightly woven to boost durability; shirts never frayed or pilled, and they didn't lose their shape after washing. $60 (T-shirt), $80 (Long Sleeve Zip Pullover); men's S-XL, women's S-L; 8 oz. (men's M long-sleeve); montbell.com. Reader service #119


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