There are few things that give me as much satisfaction as figuring out the best gear for a trip. All the research that goes into finding the perfect piece of gear, comparing functionality, comfort, weight, and price pays off in creating the best possible experience on the trail. People often exclaim that they couldn’t possibly carry all the necessary gear or hike without certain creature comforts. With enough research, you can find great gear to meet your needs and your comforts without breaking your back, and that will make or break your experience.
The value of all this gear is just below $3,000. That’s a lot of money for a hobby, but when you consider how much people spend on vacations, cycling gear, or computer hobbies, then $3,000 sounds more reasonable. Most of us can’t drop $3,000 just before a thru-hike, so if you plan it right, you can get away with paying much, much less. Buying items on sale or gently-used second hand over the course of a couple years meant I probably only spent around $2,000.
My base weight (the pack weight excluding all consumables and worn items) for my upcoming 3 month hike comes to 11.8 lbs., or 12.7 lbs. if I include the trekking poles. Whoohoo! Considering how many electronics I’m bringing, I’d say that’s pretty good. After adding in consumables such as sunscreen, food, and water, my pack weight will range from 20 – 30 lbs. There are a few undecided items sitting on the sidelines: a Golite Chrome Dome Umbrella (8 oz) and a warmer, yet heavier wool cap.
|Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack||27 oz|
*Came with hip belt pockets and a chest strap emergency whistle.
|Zpacks Backpack Cover||1.2 oz||$44||Zpacks Backpack Cover|
|Zpacks Hexamid Solo Tent + 8 Zpacks stakes||14.4 oz||$430||Zpacks|
|Zpacks Groundsheet Poncho||5.1 oz||$155||Zpacks Groundsheet Poncho|
|Zpacks 20° Sleeping Bag + roll top bag||20.4 oz||$410||Zpacks Sleeping Bag|
|Klymit Interia X-Lite||6.1 oz|
6.9 oz with the pump
|$69.95||Klymit Interia X-Lite|
|Gossamer Gear Thinlight Pad ||2.8 oz||$16||Gossamer Gear|
|Ursack s29 Bearbag||7.3 oz|
*Update: I ditched this bag after Nor. Cal. and then wished I hadn't because the rodents were a nuisance!
|Jetboil Sol Ti Cook System||8.5 oz||$149.95||Jetboil Sol Titanium Cooking System (Sand)
|Packit Gourmet Cook-in-Cozy||1.75 oz||$5.99||Packit Gourmet|
|Sea To Summit Alpha Light Long Handled Spoon||0.4 oz||$10.99||Sea To Summit Alpha Light Long Spoon|
|Sawyer Squeeze Mini Water Filter||3 oz||$16.13||Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System|
|MSR 2L DromLite Bag||4.6 oz for the 2L bag||$29.95||MSR DromLite Bag|
|Gossamer Gear Trowel||0.6 oz||$19.99||Gossamer Gear Trowel|
|Zpacks Ultralight Toothbrush||0.23 oz for the toothbrush and the handle extension||$2.95||Zpacks Toothbrush|
|Nano PackTowl Towel- Medium||0.9 oz||$10.95||Packtowl Nano Light Towel
|Victorinox Swiss Army Pocket Knife||0.75 oz||$14.48||Victorinox Swiss Army Pocket Knife
|Needle and thread||0.04 oz|
|Mini Nail Clippers||0.52 oz||$3|
|Black Diamond Spot Headlmap||3.25 oz||$30||Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
|SPOT Gen 3 locator beacon||4 oz||$150||SPOT Store|
|Suntactics Solar Charger-5||8.5 oz||$129.99||Suntactics sCharger
|PowerGirl 3000 mAh External Battery with LED Flashlight ||2.68 oz||$13.95||PowerGirl External Battery 3000mAh
|Eversame Durable USB Cable||0.68 oz||$1.10||Eversame Nylon Braided Durable USB Cable
|Smartphone: Samsung Galaxy S4||4.59 oz|
|Lifeproof Nuud smartphone case||1.6 oz||$31.95||LifeProof Nuud Samsung Galaxy S4 Case
|Joby GripTight Gorillapod Smartphone Stand||2.4 oz|
*Update: only used it a couple times, but was SO glad I had it!
|$21.95||Joby GorillaPod Stand for Smartphones
|iPod Nano + Roo Case||1.4 oz||$199||Apple iPod Nano|
|Noot Earbuds||0.42 oz||$8.99||Noot® Classic Earbuds
|Halfmile's Navigation App||0 oz||FREE||Halfmile's PCT Map App|
|Guthook's Navigation Apps||0 oz||$24||Guthook Hikes App|
|Travel Wall Charger||0.64 oz||$4||Travel Wall Charger
|Homemade Plastic Cup Speakers||1.24 oz||FREE|
|Passport + Tyvek wallet with ID, health insurance card, and credit card||1.2 oz for the passport|
0.98 for the wallet and it's contents
|$9.50 for the wallet||Dynomighty Tyvek Wallet
|Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack/Stuff Sack||2.4 oz||$32||Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack
|Leki Micro Vario Carbon Trekking Poles||15.6 oz||$179||LEKI Micro Vario Carbon Trekking Poles
|Tevas Women's Zirra Sandals||6.7 oz||$69.96||Teva Women's Zirra Sandal
|Montbell Ex Down Jacket||4.5 oz||$199||Montbell Ex Down Jacket|
|Montbell SPMW High Neck Shirt||7.1 oz||$89||Montebell|
|Icebreaker Everyday Leggings||8 oz||$47.99||Icebreaker Women's Everyday Leggings
|Icebreaker Neckie (Flexi Half Chute)||3.2 oz|
*Also worked great as a head rag.
|$14.99||Icebreaker Flexi Chute|
|Icebreaker Quantum Gloves||1.7 oz||$16.53||Icebreaker Quantum Gloves
|Zpacks Mirco Fleece Hat||0.95 oz||$12.95||Zpacks Micro Fleece Hat|
|REI Merino Wool Socks||2.86 oz||$14.50||REI Merino Wool Socks|
|Sierra Designs Microlight Rain Pants||6.5 oz||$45||REI|
|Billi Bandana||1.86 oz|
|Outdoor Research Spectrum Sun Gloves||0.6 oz|
|$24||Outdoor Research Spectrum Sun Glove|
|Columbia Insect Blocker II Long Sleeve Shirt with UPF 30||5.36 oz|
*Update: this was a fantastic shirt, but I ditched it once I hit the Nor. Cal humidity. I sweated so much more with it than without.
|$70||Columbia Insect Blocker II Long Sleeve Shirt with UPF 30
|Asics Racerback Tank||2.5 oz|
*Update: I loved this shirt!
|$35||Asics Racerback Tank
|Mountain Hardware Dynama Skirt||5.0 oz|
*Update: I started this hike in a longer cotton skirt, but couldn't stand it. This M.H. skirt was comfortable, breathable and durable.
|$55||Mountain Hardwear Dynama Skirt
|Injinji Toe Socks||1.52 oz|
|$15||Injinji Mini-Crew Toe Socks
|REI CoolMax Socks||(worn item)||$11.50||REI CoolMax Socks|
|Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boots||(worn item)||$99.95||REI|