Outdoor Fall Clothing

October 1, 2004
Filed under Camping Gear, Outdoor Apparel

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This fall, you’ll find a wide variety of versatile and multipurpose camping clothes to choose from. And don’t fret; all the cool technical features and necessities found in your spring and summer gear is also available in this fall’s lineup of midlayers, soft shells, jackets and other items.

In this guide to fall-weather apparel, we showcase some articles of clothing that fit a variety of uses. These garments can be cross-purposed like few others. You’ll not only stay well ventilated, warm and wind-protected while hiking and camping, but also when you’re grocery shopping or watching a Pee Wee football game.

Cloudveil Sixteen Penny Jacket, $150
Whether you’re into the mountains or the city scene, Cloudveil’s (800/255-8345; cloudveil.com) Lass Collection offers the Sixteen Penny jacket (pictured) for men and women. The jacket — which is made of a Toray, hollow-fiber, nylon-faced fabric — is super light and incorporates a clean, western-inspired look. The jacket has a DWR coating that resists water and stains, and a light microfleece lining that’s good for various activities as well as for daily comfort.

If your family trips take you to areas where you’ll find rainy or snowy conditions, Cloudveil offers the Koven Jacket ($365) for men and women. It comes with a waterproof-breathable Cloudburst Stretch EV3 fabric, waterproof zippers, 100-wash-rated Super DWR and a layering-friendly, athletic fit.

Columbia Piedmont Jacket, $100
The men’s Piedmont jacket from Columbia (503/985-4000; columbia.com) is part of the company’s Titanium Alloy outerwear collection and is lightweight, breathable and packable. Made of Omni-Tech waterproof-breathable nylon, the jacket has a 100-percent-polyester mesh, and a nylon taffeta lining.

The Piedmont’s streamlined styling makes for a nice fit with or without base or midlayers, making it perfect to wear when engaging in camping activities. The sleeves’ special construction lets you reach for gear on your roof rack while allowing the jacket to stay in place and keep you warm. Other features include waterproof zippers and arm vents that offer increased air circulation. And when it’s time to shed the jacket, you can stow it in its own pocket pouch.

If you prefer wearing a base layer under the Piedmont, try Columbia’s men’s Authentic Outdoor Thermal Crew ($20), a soft-spun polyester crew with moisture management, thermal regulation and odor control.

Ex Officio Micro Stretch Skivvy Zip Pullover, $56
Ex Officio’s (800/833-0831; exofficio.com) Micro Stretch Skivvy Zip Pullover (men’s style shown) is made of a smooth, soft fabric that’s perfect for use during winter when additional insulation is needed. The pullover’s 97-percent-polyester/3-percent-spandex composition helps wick perspiration while expelling bacterial buildup and odor. The pullover also features extended sleeves to accommodate for a thumb slot for keeping your hands warm. Its simple style — mock neck, zip closure with neck guard, and raglan shoulder with flat-lock seam — makes the Skivvy Zip Pullover a versatile piece for men and women that will fit perfectly into your everyday wardrobe as a base layer or shirt.

A good companion with the Zip Pullover is the Quilted ExO Skin Vest ($96), which adds additional warmth without bulkiness. The Hydrophobic Skin fabric is designed to be water, stain and wind resistant, and offers convenient pockets for keeping things like your cell phone, eyewear and keys within easy reach.

Hot Chillys Salsa Micro-Elite Women’s Full Zip Panel Jacket, $85
Versatile, form-fitting pieces that can function as base layers, stand-alone pieces or intimate apparel, like the women’s Full Zip Panel Jacket, are now part of the Salsa line by Hot Chillys (800/541-5770; hotchillys.com). From the Salsa Micro-Elite Brushed line, the Full Zip Jacket (pictured) is made of a body-fit fabric that has been updated to a nylon/Lycra blend for a softer feel; the inside is brushed for warmth and comfort. It comes with a two-way zip slit that zips through the high collar; two hand pockets, open cuffs and contrasting side-body and top-sleeve panels.

If you prefer a top, the women’s Zip Top ($60) from Hot Chillys’ La Montaña line is a long-sleeved pullover made of a fleece fabric that has fine microfibers and moisture-management properties. The long-sleeved pullover comes with a zip-through mock collar, underarm gussets, straight cuffs and a drop-tail.

Isis Artemis Hoodie, $150
The Artemis Hoodie is part of a collection of soft shells by Isis (866/875-8689; isisforwomen.com) that is made of a new kind of fleece called Eve-olution. The fabric consists of a frictionless outer-face material that’s bonded to an open cell, multoprene thermal layer and backed with a microfleece. It’s a thermal, windproof layering option that’s lightweight and breathable as well as style conscious.

A honeycomb-textured, motorcycle-inspired jacket, the Artemis is made of strategically placed Powerstretch inserts that enhance mobility and eliminate bulk. This soft shell is great for short hikes or for a night at the movies.

The Empress Jacket ($125) is a stylish insulation piece that works great layered under your shell. The jacket is filled with Thermolite Micro60 insulation and has a mandarin-style collar with vertical quilting, and contrast-color binding at the hem, cuffs and collar.

KAVU Fezz Sleeveless Jacket, $49
If you want insulation, KAVU (800/419-5288; kavu.com) offers two new jackets and vests for women made of a polyester micro that comes with a heavily peached face and a coating that’s water resistant up to 60 centimeters. The Fezz sleeveless jacket comes with KAVU’s Fluff-N-Nuff insulation with an all-polyester taffeta lining. It also has inside zip pockets and welt-side pockets, and a contrasting shoulder yoke for a western-inspired look.

The Alpental jacket ($69) for women comes with the same core materials as the Fezz, but has ergonomic quilting and a waist bungy and sleeves.

For men, if your lunch plans take you to a lodge or restaurant outside the campsite, there’s the Button Up VA knit shirt ($40), made of 92 percent polyester/8 percent Lycra, with wicking and UV treatment.

Lafuma Wind Perf Jacket, $155
The Wind Perf jacket for women by Lafuma (800/514-4807; lafumausa.com) has a Windstopper shell in between its polar fleece layer and net lining, which is also designed to keep you dry in light rain. The outer surface of this jacket, which is also water repellent, gives you insulation while the inner portion wards off body moisture — a good combo.

The jacket has an adjustable bottom hem, articulated elbows, zip pockets and an asymmetric front zip-opening, giving the Wind Perf a cool edge.

A cousin to the Wind Perf is Lafuma’s Tempest jacket ($89) for women, which includes the same features as the Wind Perf but is made of Technowarm 200, a fleece that keeps you warm while wicking moisture away from your body.

Pacific Trail Canyon Soft Shell, $80
This soft shell is stiff against the elements, but not on you. The Canyon for men by Pacific Trail (800/877-8878; pacifictrail.com) is a racer-style piece that’s made of nylon spandex with a nylon-mesh lining that moves with you as you hit the trail biking, hiking or anything else you like to do while camping. The Canyon (pictured) provides plenty of ventilation and has a water-repellent finish, and it further warms and protects you with its nonpilling microfleece material chin guard. Available in women’s sizes, too, the soft shell also has zippered pockets, a hem drawcord and elasticized cuffs with adjustable tabs.

If you’re looking to upgrade from your current jacket, there’s the Mercer for men ($130) from Pacific Trail’s HydroVent WPB line. It’s made of 100 percent nylon ripstop, a fabric that makes the jacket lightweight, but durable and tear resistant. From the hood to the wrists, the jacket can be fitted to your liking, and is waterproof-breathable.

Royal Robbins Comfort L/S Crew, $34.95
While not as technical as a windproof parka, you can wear this crew as a base layer when you’re hiking or under a sweater for a cozy dinner at the lodge. Royal Robbins’ (800/344-7277; royalrobbins.com) Comfort L/S Crew for women is an all-around comfortable piece made of polyester and Lycra with a Teflon finish. This fabric protector is stain resistant and helps maintain the crew’s look and feel. The Comfort Crew is made to retain its shape and remain wrinkle-free during your lengthy travels.

For men, Royal Robbins offers the Klamath Falls Plaid Shirt ($49.95) that’s made of a cotton/ mineral based (MBT) polyester blend to store heat and provide insulation. Pair the shirt with the Cabin Pant ($69.95), which has a fleece underlining, and you’re set to go.

White Sierra Nikki Jacket, $125
White Sierra’s (800/980-8688; whitesierra.com) fall technical pieces are being offered with fabrics that the company claims are quieter, lighter and waterproof. An example is the women’s Nikki jacket, made of 100 percent nylon with RFK, a finish that gives the nylon a soft feel. The material is also water resistant and breathable with a micro-porous PU coating and a DWR finish.

Just when you think you’ve found all the available pockets on the Nikki, you find some more. In addition to the two zippered, hand-warmer pockets, this jacket has a forearm zip pocket, Napoleon zip pocket, inside mesh pocket, map pocket and zippered stash pocket.

If you’re looking for more features, the Nikki also comes with cross-body zip vents and a concealed hood that adjusts three different ways. Your neck and chin are also guarded with a soft polysuede material.

In the men’s technical line, the Kittle Jacket ($135) is light-weight and waterproof. Breathable stretch panels are situated in key areas of this jacket.

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