Backpacker - - NEWS - Top: $110; 8.8 oz. (m’s L); Pants: $110, 8 oz. (m’s L); m’s S-XXL, w’s XS-XL; helly­hansen.com

OUR TAKE Pair wool’s in­su­lat­ing power with syn­thetic’s wick­ing, and you get a gar­ment that cashes in on both. Hy­brids aren’t new, of course, but Helly claims the Lifa Merino’s unique polypropy­lene-elas­tane blend (wo­ven to­gether with merino) out­per­forms other syn­thet­ics as a hy­dropho­bic fiber. Our testers agree: The set kept us comfy on hu­mid as­cents of Wash­ing­ton’s Mt. Shuk­san and 50°F days in Mis­souri’s Mark Twain National For­est. Still, it’s warm enough for ac­tive use into the teens when paired with a light mid­layer. Helly’s new “seam­less” con­struc­tion—the body, arms, and pants are made of sin­gle pieces of fab­ric rather than pan­els stitched to­gether, which re­duces the num­ber of con­nec­tion points—eases chaf­ing and en­hances stretch. Ding: Some testers re­ported the knees bagged out after a few days.

THE DE­TAILS The pants’ smooth waist­band never bunched or pinched un­der a hip­belt. Note: The slim cut helps pull sweat away from the skin, but those with larger body types will want to size up.

TRAIL CRED “Over seven straight days of wear, th­ese re­sisted odor so well I eas­ily could have kept on us­ing them,” one guide says.

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