|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
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.
The North Face Impulse 1/4 Zip
This poly top easily handled our wettest hikes. "Sweat and rain dried fast," reported one tester after an eight-day Grand Canyon trek. "And it never felt hot or sticky under a shell. It breathed well in warmer temps, fought off nighttime chills, and at the end of the trip I didn't smell like an old sock." The impressive moisture management and stink fighting come, in part, from carbonized bamboo that's blended with polyester. Body mapping boosts breathability and insulation; there are vented panels where you sweat most–on the torso and arms–and a warmer, denser knit around the torso. Female testers loved their hoodie-style version. $60; men's S-XXL, women's XS-XL; 9 oz. (m's M); thenorthface.com. Reader service #115