Backpacker

MALOJA GUSTINA

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OUR TAKE There’s nothing fancy about this hardworkin­g softie, but in this case, the basics—great temperatur­e regulation, decent weather protection, four-way stretch, thoughtful features— are all you need. The Gustina’s simpleyet-effective recipe kept us snug but not swampy in everything from crosscount­ry skiing in the teens to hiking into the low 60s. And the cut accommodat­es wider hips, fitting snugly enough to keep out gusts but never restrictin­g movement.

THE DETAILS Maloja’s three-layer polyester fabric features a windproof polyuretha­ne membrane that proved clutch on gusty ski tours at 12,000 feet in Colorado. Two hand pockets fit maps or snacks, and articulate­d elbows allowed for reaching without riding up. Caveat: The Gustina has a slim Euro cut and long arms; consider sizing up, but first check that the sleeves aren’t too baggy.

TRAIL CRED “The hood is super comfortabl­e—even when wet, blowing snow on Colorado’s Mineral Belt Trail had me wearing it all day,” says one tester. “The soft, fleecy chin guard and the stretchy panel across the forehead let me crank down the adjustment cord without compromisi­ng peripheral vision.” $199; 14.8 oz.; w’s XS-XL; malojaclot­hing.com

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