Lighting Out (cont.)

Apr 1, 2004
Outside Magazine
day hiking gear

JULBO's sunglasses use photochromic lens technology—when it gets brighter, they get darker. Their ultralight, snug-wrap ADVANCE frames give your eyes superb UV protection whether the sun's out or not. ($99; 800-651-0833, Think of THE NORTH FACE's PROPHECY JACKET as foul-weather insurance. The proprietary HyVent material waterproofs admirably, while thousands of microdots in the lining ensure breathability. ($159; 800-447-2333, For pure agua while on the move, carry a PRISTINE WATER BOTTLE. Inside is a built-in filter that removes bacteria and parasitic nasties like giardia and cryptosporidium. ($30; 877-533-3901, THE SALOMON DIRT 250 BACKPACK, the day hiker's 1,400-cubic-inch workhorse, uses the same heavy-duty suspension found in the company's full-size backcountry packs. ($69; 800-654-2668, The light nylon in GOLITE's BASELINE SHORTS holds up like canvas, and the Lycra in the gusseted crotch and side panels provides a healthy amount of stretch. ($60; 888-546-5483, Lace up GARMONT'S STICKY SPINS, sweet approach shoes for trots above tree line. The shoes come armed with a dual-compound tread that's harder and flatter on the inside of your foot, for edging up steep rock, and softer in the middle, for traction on low-angled slabs. ($100; 800-343-6752,

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