OUT­DOOR RE­SEARCH SHIFTUP HALFZIP HOODIE

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OUR TAKE The Shiftup was one of the first things we grabbed head­ing out the door, no mat­ter the con­di­tions. One tester wore it while rock climb­ing in the 50s in Red Rock Canyon, Ne­vada, as well as peak­bag­ging in 20°F con­di­tions on New Hamp­shire’s Mt. Wash­ing­ton, and deemed it perfect for both mild and freez­ing pur­suits. The se­cret is in the hexag­o­nal-grid­ded polyester fleece. It cre­ates more sur­face area than typ­i­cal square-grid­ded fleece, al­low­ing bet­ter wick­ing as well as trap­ping more air for warmth. “It kept me just the right amount of warm, but dealt with the sweaty ef­fects of the slog sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than other fleeces I’ve used,” he said after sum­mit­ing Mt. Wash­ing­ton.

THE DE­TAILS The zip­per runs so smoothly our tester could op­er­ate it one-handed, even while run­ning. Trade­off: The Shiftup is a lit­tle bulky in your pack, but there aren’t too many win­ter sit­u­a­tions where we’d opt to take it off and carry it.

TRAIL CRED “The Shiftup’s stretch is ex­cel­lent,” one tester reports. “The 5 per­cent span­dex con­tent meant it moved with my body ev­ery­where from skin­ning early-morn­ing laps at the lo­cal ski re­sort to send­ing pitches in the desert.” $120; 1 lb. 2 oz. (m’s L); m’s S-XXL, w’s XS-XL; out­door­re­search.com

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