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Weather Wise: Storm Female

Weather Wise: Storm Female

posted: 08/30/2004

Outerwear The burly Cloudveil RPK3 jacket ($395) is named for Jackson Hole's Rendezvous Peak, where blustery days call for Level 3 avalanche control. Waterproof-breathable fabric and seam-sealed zippers guard against the elements, especially when paired with the RPK3 pants ($325). Adjustable-cuff gaiters ensure a tight grasp around your boot, while knee-to-hip side zips are key when the sun comes out.

Midlayer Two years out of the gate, ground is gaining just that in the outdoor industry. The Zephyr ($240) is one of the company's most versatile layering pieces. Its velour-soft interior and easy fit could coax you to grant this item "favorite sweatshirt" status. The only difference: It layers superbly, hood and all.

Base layer The "MTS" in REI's MTS zip-T ($35) and bottoms ($30) stands for Moisture Transport System, which means the midweight fabric draws perspiration away from your skin. That makes these packable pieces a shoo-in for stop-and-go cold-weather activities.

Goggles Strategically placed vents on the Marker Laser ($85) combat fog on stormy days, without letting moisture in. The smaller frame suits female faces yet allows ample peripheral vision.

Hat Wet snow and rain slide right off the Pistil Pivot ($32), thanks to Schoeller's WB-400 softshell technology. Just as waterproof as Gore-Tex, this hat promises a bone-dry melon no matter how frightful the skies become.

Gloves Cool features like an Aqua Guard zipper, sealed seams and a goggle scraper float the Swany Noah's Ark ($90) to the top of the wet-weather roster. The shell is unlined, but a Gore-Tex Windstopper inner glove pinch-hits nicely.

Sept. 2004

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