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Cos­mic Down 20 Weather changes quickly in the Pin­hoti’s high­coun­try (Thorn­ton has seen temps drop 30 de­grees be­low what was fore­cast) and a warm bag is a sure safety net. On hot nights, the full-length zip­per dumps heat, and DriDown fill re­sists hu­mid­ity. Bonus: It’s more af­ford­able than most 20¡F down bags on the mar­ket. $160; 2 lbs. 13 oz.;


Tech Lite Short Sleeve Crewe Cheaha sum­mer temps can break 100¡F —plus it’s hu­mid. “I sweat a lot, but this merino top soaks up all the mois­ture,” Thorn­ton says. En­ter wool’s an­timi­cro­bial prop­er­ties: Even af­ter days of wear, the Tech Lite doesn’t get smelly. And at a thru-hiker-friendly 4 ounces, it’s about as light as merino tees get. $75; 4 oz. (w’s S); m’s S-XXL; w’s XS-XL;


Fly Creek HV UL2 When bugs keep her tent-bound on hu­mid nights, the Fly Creek’s mesh body is Thorn­ton’s ticket to sound sleep. “There’s room for me, my dog, and my pack, and it’s still lighter than my ham­mock setup,” she says. The added perk of ditch­ing the fly? Un­in­ter­rupted stargaz­ing on Tal­ladega ridge­lines. $390; 1 lb. 15 oz.; bi­

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