THE NORTH FACE WOOL BASE­LAYER TIGHT

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OUR TAKE The best back­coun­try ski­ing ap­parel hits the sweet spot of fit and mois­ture man­age­ment, two ar­eas th­ese thin tights have di­aled. They’re de­signed for ski­ing, with an above-boot cut that never rides up (thanks to a bonded fin­ish at the cuffs) and a 1.5-inch-thick waist­band that lay­ers flat un­der shell pants, pack hip­belts, and har­nesses. Anf though they're 100-per­cent merino, they were light enough to dry quickly when we went from boil­ing climbs to high alti­tude snack breaks. Caveat: They’re not the warm­est, so pick a heav­ier pair if you run cold, your route has a lot of tran­si­tions, or you spend a lot of time at the be­lay sta­tion.

THE DE­TAILS The Wool Base­layer Tight moves well for full merino and never hin­dered us on ski tours around Jack­son Hole, Wy­oming. Bonus: They were the most stink-re­sis­tant out of all the base­lay­ers we tested.

TRAIL CRED “We started our climb to New Zealand’s Mueller Hut in blind­ingly sunny con­di­tions, but by the time we reached the ridge, we were in bit­ing winds and get­ting pegged with grau­pel,” our tester says. “Th­ese tights kept me com­fort­able at both ends of that spec­trum and ev­ery­where in be­tween.” $99; 5.6 oz. (m’s M); m’s S-XXL, w's XS=XL; thenorth­face.com

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