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M Windshirts: 2012 State of the Market Report - Part 1: What is a Windshirt?

by David Chenault

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A light, weather repellent and breathable layer is the most versatile garment a lightweight wilderness traveler can have. The following report discusses the virtues of windshirts, the evolution of windshirts over the past decade, proposes definitions for several distinct categories of windshirts which exist today, and briefly describes the windshirts surveyed in this report. Part 2 of the report, which will follow in several months, will contain detailed subjective and objective evaluations of each garment.

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