1. Size your hood to fit over or under a helmet. Look for a stiff brim, and make sure it doesn't limit visibility. 

2. Plastic toggles are easy to operate with wet, cold hands. Two hood cinches better ensure a symmetrical fit.

3. Abrasion-resistant patches prevent wear from pack straps and can help boost shell longevity.

Cold weather adventurers, look for ; electronics, like camera batteries or a phone, will stay warmer there than in a hand pocket.

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