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Deal of the Month: Mountain Hardwear Quasar Lite II

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The Quasar Lite II was one of our favorite three-season shells from last year: It boasts a just-right blend of features and weight, and its 2.5-layer fabric breathes well enough for hard hiking on warmer days. We also praised its soft-on-bare-skin feel and hand pockets that sit above a hipbelt. Usually priced at $300, you can get the women’s version for $120—a whopping 60 percent off—at Backcountry.com (the men’s is also available at a healthy 40 percent discount).