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LIGHT HIKER Dan­ner Moun­tain 600 En­duroWeave

Some­times, be­ing a ’tweener is a good thing. The En­duroWeave com­bines the pro­tec­tion and sta­bil­ity of a mid-cut boot with the low weight and nim­ble­ness of a low-top hiker, and it kept one tester com­fort­able dur­ing his 22-mile day in Yosemite. “I pounded up to the top of Half Dome and back in late-spring temps, even jog­ging in parts, and while the wo­ven-syn­thetic up­per shrugged off strikes against rocks and roots, it ven­ti­lates so well—there’s no wa­ter­proof mem­brane— that my feet never over­heated,” he says. The En­duroWeave’s rub­ber/EVA mid­sole of­fers am­ple flex and re­bound for a fast pace. Our tester also praised the boot’s Vi­bram Me­ga­grip out­sole—our fa­vorite com­pound on the mar­ket right now—and tri­an­gu­lar lugs, which kept him sta­ble on mud, sand, and wet Yosemite gran­ite. $160; 2 lbs. 2 oz. (m’s 9); m’s 8-14, w’s 5-11; dan­ner.com

UL­TRA­LIGHT SOFTSHELL Moun­tain Equip­ment Aero­foil

In the arms race to de­sign the light­est shell pos­si­ble, there will be losers. This isn’t one of them. The Aero­foil at­tains rock-bot­tom weight with­out sac­ri­fic­ing breatha­bil­ity or fea­tures, a com­mon com­plaint about wispy wind­shells.Its 20-de­nier, dou­ble-weave ny­lon fab­ric is light enough to let body heat out, but still blocked 50-mph winds dur­ing Ty­phoon Lan in Ja­pan.“On a trail run in Kyr­gyzs­tan’s Ala Ar­cha Na­tional Park, it breathed well enough that I didn’t get clammy, and fended off gusts and mist,” one tester re­ports. (It wet out in 20 min­utes dur­ing a driz­zle, though.) Fea­tures are good for the weight: an ad­justable, un­der­hel­met hood; cinch­able hem; and a chest pocket that fits a pair of shades.It packs down to or­ange-size. Gripes: The hood blew off eas­ily in high winds, and the trim-fit­ting Aero­foil doesn’t stretch much. $125; 3.5 oz. (m’s M); m’s S-XXL; moun­tain-equip­ment.com

DURABLE DRYBAG YETI Panga 100

Hav­ing con­quered cool­ers, YETI brings its bomber aes­thetic to dry­bags.The Panga is for pad­dlers who like their trips wet and wild: We filled it with sleep­ing bags, cloth­ing, and other must-stay-dry gear for a trip down Utah’s Class III and IV West­wa­ter Canyon, on the Colorado River, and had no qualms about dunk­ing it or throw­ing it down among sharp rocks on shore. It’s made of burly 1680-de­nier bal­lis­tic ny­lon with TPU lam­i­na­tion all over, plus an ex­tra-thick, molded-EVA bot­tom that thwarts punc­tures. “I roughed it up when un­load­ing, but it didn’t even suf­fer a sin­gle scuff mark,” one tester says. We also dragged the Panga be­hind a truck down a rock-and-dirt road for about 10 min­utes at 15 mph in the name of sci­ence, and only the straps suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant dam­age. A smooth-slid­ing, wa­ter­proof zip­per flays the bag open, and the ad­justable straps let you haul it like a back­pack. (They lack pad­ding, though.) Caveat: It ain’t cheap. $400; 6 lbs. 8 oz.; (also avail­able in 50L and 75L); yeti.com

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