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    Day Hike Essentials

    We like zip-off pants and sun hats with neck flaps as much as the next guy, but it doesn't have to be that way.

    —Sam Moulton

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    Patagonia Light and Variable Jacket

    We've often asked ourselves: how come nobody makes a windbreaker with a sense of style? Well, Patagonia finally did ($89). Is it blow-your-mind breathable? You're going for a day hike, dude. Relax. It's water-resistant and stuffs into a small pouch. Done.

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    Patagonia Interstate Hat

    Nine out of ten editors agreed: this is their favorite trucker hat ($29).

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    Topo Designs Klettersack

    It's not as geeked out as the packs on the opposite page, which is why we like this sturdy, made-in-Colorado rucksack ($169). The Cordura fabric and heavy-duty buckles are built to last. Slot for a hydration bladder? Nope. And we're fine with that.

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    Stio CFS Shorts

    We wore the boardshort-inspired CFSs ($79) for just about every activity under the sun. The stretchy, abrasion-resistant poplin-poly-spandex blend didn't mind the occasional scuffle with desert rock, and the mesh-backed front pockets dried quickly after a swim.

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    Forsake Banks Shoes

    Leave it to a couple of former ski bums from Boston to finally prove that our hiking shoes don't have to make us look like overgrown Boy Scouts. Unless you're tackling exposed scrambles, the quick-drying uppers and moderately lugged outsoles on the Banks ($100) should see you through in good style.

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    Farm to Feet Portland Socks

    There's a good reason we're such big fans of these merino wool socks ($20). They're every bit as comfy and durable as the competition but come in cooler patterns and colors.

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    Stio Kirby SS Wind Shirt

    Most performance button-downs have either a dorky pattern or a boxy fit. But the quick-drying Kirby ($85) by Jackson, Wyoming, startup Stio avoids those pitfalls with a low-key print and a slim cut. And we love the pearl snap buttons.

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    Poler X Mizu Water Bottle

    From Poler, the Portland, Oregon, hipster camping company that collaborates with everyone from Nike (camo sneakers) to Granted (retro wool sweater-vests), comes this matte-finish, stainless-steel water bottle ($22), designed by trendy water-bottle maker Mizu.

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    Icebreaker Tech T Lite Shirt

    Once you start wearing summer-weight merino shirts like this one ($80), you'll never go back. They're comfier and more funk-resistant than their synthetic counterparts and just as airy. A bit of stretch and a slim fit set this one apart.

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