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Backpacker Magazine – September 2008
Don't let a crappy forecast keep you home for the weekend. Just pack this deluge-tested 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.
Mountain Hardwear Hooded Compressor
Silky 15-denier taffeta shell fabric and warm-yet-low-bulk Primaloft One insulation make the Compressor ideal for layering under a rain shell. It has the packability of a light down jacket (stuffing to just over softball size), but unlike down it dries in the field and "won't crap out if it gets soaked," said one tester who accidentally dunked the Compressor while fly-fishing in Colorado. He stayed warm in the damp coat despite temperatures in the 40s. Fleece-lined handwarmer pockets, a cinchable hood, a hem drawcord, and adjustable cuffs add to this jacket's coziness. $190; men's S-XXL, women's XS-XL; 1 lb. 2 oz.; mountainhardwear.com. Reader service #113.