Mythic Wool

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In Greek mythology, Aries was the ram that yielded the Golden Fleece. The merino wool/nylon blend comprising THE NORTH FACE ARIES HYBRID 1/4 ZIP ($99, thenorthface.com) is likewise magical: it offers exceptional thermoregulation, dries quickly, and doesn’t hold odor. The Aries is a solid autumn-climbing shirt — long-sleeved, with a high, zippered neck and a UV protection factor of 30 (blocks UVA and UVB rays, both contributors to skin cancer). Small stash pockets in the shirt’s tail and on the chest accommodate snacks during multi-pitch adventures. And for those vigorous approaches or athletic pitches, you’ll be psyched on the side and back wicking panels.

—Justin Roth