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2008 Camp Clothing Buyer’s Guide

May 29, 2008
Filed under Camping Gear, Outdoor Apparel

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WHITE SIERRA PLAID PALMER SHIRTYou won’t miss your cotton T-shirt and jeans when wearing one of these outfits while camping. Natural and technical fabrics join forces to produce stylish and smart tops and bottoms to keep you a comfortable and happy camper year-round.

White Sierra’s Plaid Palmer Shirt is partially made with a recycled polyester the company calls Soda Bottle Weave. Each Plaid Palmer shirt made keeps the equivalent of five soda bottles out of landfills. Other features include back mesh venting for airflow and cooling during activity, and UPF 30 sun protection. MSRP: $45. White Sierra: 800/980-8688; /whitesierra.com/.

Woolrich’s Cofield Package Jacket is Teflon-coated to create a breathable, lightweight piece that the company says blocks 99 percent of wind. The waterproof shell features adjustable cuffs, a three-way adjustable hood to keep its place in high winds, and two front slash pockets to store gear or the jacket itself. MSRP: $100. Woolrich: 800/995-1299; /woolrich.com/.

Durable describes these Mega Trek shorts by Columbia. The short’s blend of performance fabrics provides good mobility and stretch, as well as wicking properties and UPF 50 sun protection. MSRP: $60. Columbia Sportswear: 800/547-8066; /columbiasportswear.com/.

The benefits of Merrell’s Pass Zip Trail polo come from its Cocona fabric, which uses activated coconut carbon to naturally repel odor in synthetic fabrics instead of harsh chemical treatments. The fabric also provides UPF 50-plus sun protection, offers moisture management and makes the Pass lightweight and fast drying. Laser-cut venting is located on the chest and under arms. MSRP: $50. Merrell: 800/789-8586; /merrell.com/.

OR’s Avido Jacket is the first layer of defense against wind and light precipitation. The lightweight jacket is made of breathable stretch rip-stop nylon and features a durable water resistant (DWR) finish. Mesh venting under the arms and behind the shoulders help keep you comfortable, while a zippered rear pocket can hold a beanie or keys. MSRP: $80. Outdoor Research: 800/ 421-2421; /outdoorresearch.com/.

Play all you want in Ex Officio’s Nomad Pants. These super lightweight Teflon-finished pants are water- , stain- and wrinkle-resistant, UV-protected and quick drying. The Nomad feature a full inseam gusset for better range of motion, and a floating pocket loop inside the right-hand pocket. MSRP: $55. Ex Officio: 800/ 644-7303; /exofficio.com/.

Be fast and light at camp, the gym and anywhere else wearing Isis’ Whirlwind Shell. At 2.4 ounces, this super lightweight jacket is highly breathable, water repellent and windproof-fundamental features any outdoor jacket should posses. MSRP: $79. Isis: 866/875-8689; /isiforwomen.com/.

Columbia’s Omni-Dry Fusion Tee can go a long way with you. This technical UPF 15 sun-protected shirt helps wick moisture away from your body, is antimicrobial and breathable. Its short sleeves and print add feminine flair. MSRP: $35. Columbia Sportswear: 800/547-8066; /columbiasportswear.com/.

SmartWool’s jersey knit fabric makes the Spectrum Capri ultra comfortable to embark on any adventure in any climate. From the new Sport Basic line, the capris offer the same thermoregulation and moisture management properties as other core SmartWool pieces. MSRP: $75. SmartWool: 800/555-WOOL; /smartwool.com/.

REI’s Nevis windproof jacket can morph into a vest thanks to removable sleeves, but its greatest feature is the downlike synthetic Primaloft One insulation, which radiates body heat back and has little air pockets that trap warmth in minimal space. And it keeps insulating even when damp. Clever details include an internal zippered pocket with a headphone port. MSRP: $150. REI: 800/426-4840; /rei.com/.

The Opal T from Sierra Designs is made with Cocona, a natural performance fabric that uses activated coconut carbon to repel odor in synthetic fabrics instead of harsh chemical treatments, provides UPF 50-plus sun protection, and offers moisture management. Part of the Green Effect line, the semi-fitted Opal T also sports a zippered side panel pocket. MSRP: $40. Sierra Designs: 800/635-0461; /sierradesigns.com/.

Royal Robbins’ Discovery Zip N’ Go pants keep you comfortable with its soft textured nylon fabric that feels like cotton. The UPF fabric is also wrinkle-resistant, offers good stretch and helps wick away moisture. The pants, which convert into 9-inch inseam shorts, feature zip secure front and back mesh-lined pockets. MSRP: $70. Royal Robbins: 800/344-7277; /royalrobbins.

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