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OUR TAKE The PowSlayer’s 100-per­cent re­cy­cled ny­lon shell un­der­scores one of the bet­ter trends we’re see­ing in the in­dus­try: re­cy­cled tech­ni­cal fab­rics per­form­ing just as well (and last­ing as long) as the vir­gin stuff. (To achieve this, scrap ny­lon is chem­i­cally bro­ken down, then cleaned and re­con­sti­tuted.) But th­ese pants have more than just green cred: They have an uber-tough Gore-Tex Pro mem­brane, which proved weath­er­proof and durable across sub­freez­ing back­coun­try tours out­side of Jack­son, Wy­oming, and wet spring slogs in north­ern Colorado. One tester lauded the fab­ric’s breatha­bil­ity, which is en­hanced by thigh-length side zip­pers: “I was pump­ing sweat to­ward the top of our climb on a cloud­less -5°F day, and when we stopped to rip skins, my part­ner was shiv­er­ing in less than a minute due to mois­ture buildup,” she says. “I felt a hint of damp­ness in my base­lay­ers, but oth­er­wise I was good.” THE DE­TAILS The high-waisted bib keeps the deep­est pow­der from sneak­ing in, but fe­male testers found the zip­per place­ment of the moon flap dif­fi­cult to op­er­ate in a hurry. Patag­o­nia re­duced the to­tal num­ber of stitch lines used in the pre­vi­ous ver­sion of the PowSlayer, which saves weight and re­duces the amount of scraps on the cut­ting room floor. The catch: High-per­for­mance, planet-con­scious gear isn’t cheap. TRAIL CRED “Some hard­core shells feel so clunky that you swear you’re wear­ing body ar­mor—this is the ex­act op­po­site,” one tester says. “They’re light, airy, and beau­ti­fully tai­lored, so there’s no ex­tra ma­te­rial to trip over.” $599; 1 lb. 5 oz. (m’s M); m’s XS-XL, w’s XS-XL; patag­o­

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