Light Fantastic


Jun 1, 2006
Outside Magazine
summer hiking gear

Photograph by Jens Mortensen

1. The Soft Shell Made with a featherweight version of Gore Windstopper fabric, MAMMUT's CLIME holds off everything short of sustained rain, and packs in a slew of luxuries—fleece-lined collar, pit zips, hand pockets, hem drawcord—considering its 12-ounce weight. $169; 2. The Pack Squeeze too many ounces out of a backpack and you end up with something that carries like a book bag and lasts as long as a grocery sack. OSPREY's STRATOS is light (two-plus pounds, depending on size), but it's distinguished by what's left in: abrasion-resistant Cordura, a rigid suspension that supports dawn-to-dusk loads while letting air cool your back, and organizing features that beat anything at IKEA. Stratos 32 (pictured), $134; 3. The Shorts Buy two pairs of OUTDOOR RESEARCH's SONIC shorts; they're so versatile you'll want to wear them every day. The key is the Schoeller 3XDRY stretch nylon (think soft shell), which is light, quick-drying, and tough enough to butt-skid on granite. $69; 4. The Shoes THE NORTH FACE's HEDGEHOG XCR hikers are made for going fast and far. They're cushioned with EVA foam and a heel air pod, and a TPU plate protects against the rockiest trails. Synthetic leather and mesh keep the upper durable, supportive, and light, and a Gore-Tex XCR liner lets you cruise through shallow streams without taking on water. $105; 5. The Shirt Get more from your tee with PRANA's FLOW CREW . The poly shirt wicks sweat all day, and its street-worthy style and antimicrobial treatment let you keep it on all evening. $40;

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