RAB SHARP EDGE

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OUR TAKE If there’s one place you don’t want to stop and futz with your lay­ers, it’s half­way up a no-fall slope. The Sharp Edge’s breatha­bil­ity let us keep chug­ging through the gamut of win­ter and spring con­di­tions with­out over­heat­ing—from the sin­gle dig­its in Colorado’s Weminuche Wilder­ness to rainy, 50°F days in Vir­ginia—all while feel­ing Goldilocks-com­fort­able. The key to the Sharp Edge’s airy feel is Per­tex Shield AP, a three-layer ma­te­rial with an air-per­me­able mem­brane that's rid­dled with mi­cro­p­ores. The hy­dropho­bic open­ings ac­tively push sweat out (in an ac­tion that re­sem­bles wick­ing), and let va­por eas­ily es­cape. Pit zips aid mois­ture man­age­ment even more. THE DE­TAILS The Sharp Edge comes fully loaded with skifriendly features, in­clud­ing two mesh-backed chest pock­ets that are big enough for skins; a hel­met-com­pat­i­ble hood (with wire brim) that can be rolled down when not in use; and wide cuffs that slide eas­ily over bulky win­ter gloves. The ul­tra­soft, stretchy fab­ric felt all-day com­fort­able, even over a short-sleeve base­layer in warmer temps. In­ter­nal pock­ets are big enough to hold a 1-liter Nal­gene with­out com­pro­mis­ing mo­bil­ity. (Note: Testers also loved the Sharp Edge’s com­pan­ion pants; check them out on page 68.)

TRAIL CRED “On a climb up Cal­i­for­nia's Mt. Shasta, I en­coun­tered 60-mph winds at the sum­mit,” says one tester. “The Sharp Edge cut the gusts enough that I barely no­ticed the chill, let­ting me fo­cus solely on my foot­ing.” $400; 1 lb. 4 oz. (m’s L); m’s S-XXL, w’s 8-16; rab.equip­ment/us

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