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OUR TAKE Any­time we can avoid chang­ing lay­ers mid-climb, we’re happy—which is why we took the Fissure on 18,491-foot Pico de Oriz­aba in Mex­ico. Its grid­ded polyester fab­ric—like a Patag­o­nia R1, but thin­ner—kept our tester com­fort­able on an all-day climb that be­gan with an alpine start in the 20s and even­tu­ally warmed up to 50°F. The Fissure also has the slimmest cut in the test, good for mov­ing mois­ture quickly. THE DE­TAILS “The thumb loops are the best I’ve ever seen,” our tester says. “They didn’t pinch or bite into my thumbs while I reached to swing an ice tool.” Po­lartec Power Stretch Pro un­der the arms lends ex­tra mo­bil­ity. The Fissure’s stretchy hood fits snugly over a ski hel­met, and a drop hem stayed com­fort­able un­der a hip­belt. The men’s ver­sion has a Napoleon pocket, while the women’s (pic­tured) has hand-warmer pock­ets. TRAIL CRED “Snow pick­ets can shred cloth­ing, but the Fissure’s clingy fit kept it out of harm’s way dur­ing the tech­ni­cal sec­tions on Oriz­aba,” our tester re­ports. $149; 1 lb. 2 oz. (m’s L); m’s S-XL, w’s XS-L; bight­

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