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PATAGONIA POWSLAYER BIB

▸ The PowSlayer’s 100-percent recycled nylon shell underscores one of the better trends we’re seeing in the industry: recycled technical fabrics performing just as well (and lasting as long) as the virgin stuff. (To achieve this, scrap nylon is chemically broken down, then cleaned and reconstituted.) But these pants have more than just green cred: They have an uber-tough Gore-Tex Pro membrane, which proved weatherproof and durable across subfreezing backcountry tours outside of Jackson, Wyoming, and wet spring slogs in northern Colorado. One tester lauded the

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