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Backpacker Magazine – September 2008
From the Grand Canyon to sunshine-pounded Colorado peaks, stay cool and comfortable with this ultralight system.
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.
Patagonia Wool 4 Hoody
Even on a summer trek in Utah's sizzling Escalante region, you still need more than a T-shirt when the sun drops–but you don't need to pack a bulky fleece. This simple, 100-percent merino pullover is the answer–plus, the soft, four-way stretch, jersey knit fabric just feels good. It has a terry-looped interior for extra cush and insulation, while the smooth exterior sheds cool predawn breezes. A hood and kangaroo front pocket boost both the coziness and style. There are no zippers, snaps, or drawcords on this classic sweatshirt design, which reduces weight and bulk. Fit is loose for wearing over a baselayer, but not shapeless like a standard-isssue college pullover. $150; men's XS-XL, women's XS-XL; 13 oz. (men's M); patagonia.com. Reader service #110