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  • Photo: Inga Hendrickson

    Style meets function in these testers’ trail favorites.
  • Photo: Inga Hendrickson

    Patagonia Overcast shirt

    With sun-blocking properties (30 UPF) and tabs that secure the sleeves when they’re rolled up, the Overcast ($79) doesn’t wilt in the hot sun.
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    Osprey Mira 18 pack

    Two reasons the Mira ($139) fits better than a unisex pack: the torso is a little shorter, and the shoulder straps and hipbelts were designed specifically for women. It’s also up for just about anything. (There’s a foldaway rain cover and helmet clip.)
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    Columbia Back Beauty capri pants

    These soft-shell capris ($55) are a bit thicker and tougher than your typical yoga pants. Testers were especially pleased with the flattering, slim fit.
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    Bergans of Norway Helium jacket

    The ultralight (ten ounces) Helium ($229) has all the trimmings of a fully featured waterproof-breathable shell—pit zips, wire-brimmed hood, and waterproof zippers—and none of the weight.
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    Hi-Tec Women’s Apollo shoes

    While Hi-Tec’s shoes have always performed well, they’ve also been a little bland aesthetically. Which is why we like the sneaker-inspired Apollos ($75) so much: on-trail performance is exceptional (snug fit, grippy outsole, breathable uppers), and they’re light (ten ounces) and agile enough for trail running.
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    Polarmax Women’s XTRdry SS shirt

    Cotton kills, or so the saying goes. Not here: this semifitted, cotton-spandex V-neck ($30) is woven with water-resistant threads, which wick moisture and dry nearlyas fast as synthetic fibers do.
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    Adidas AdiZero bra

    When it came to a secure fit and good support for C and D cups, no bra outperformed this racerback ($38). It didn’t chafe or leave imprints even after hours of wear.
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