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Backpacker Magazine – September 2008
Our testers faced raging blizzards, pounding hail, frigid temps, and 60-mph winds to select these top clothes.
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.
ARC'TERYX Kappa AR Pant
"My butt never got cold, even when I was sitting in the snow for hours waiting to see a wolf or hiking across a frozen lake in 35-mph winds," reported a staffer who wore the Kappa AR pants in Alaska last March. Credit the Primaloft insulation and breeze-busting Windstopper shell fabric. Full-length side zips allow for unlimited venting when you're on the move. While the Kappas are not technically waterproof, they reliably shed wet snow and drizzle. $259; men's S-XXL; 1 lb. 10 oz. (M); arcteryx.com. Reader service #103