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Choosing the Right Gear

Choosing the right gear for a Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike is a balancing act. You'll want to balance your need for comfort while hiking (the lighter your pack the better) with comfort while camping (greater comfort, heavier bag). The number of miles you plan on hiking per day will help you weigh the importance of each: if you plan on hiking 25 miles or more per day, you'll likely want to focus on keeping your pack as light as possible, while if you're planning to hike lower miles (ie. 10 miles per day) comfort while camping will hold greater importance.

Testing Your Gear

Make sure to test your gear and clothing setup before you hit the trail. Test your cold weather gear with an early spring or late winter overnight hike. Your rain gear can be tested on a rainy day, or, if you don't want to wait, a friend with a garden hose should be happy to help.

Popular Gear Items

  • Osprey Packs Exos 58 Backpack

    43 oz

  • ULA Catalyst Backpack

    48 oz

  • Osprey Exos 48 Pack – Men’s

    42 oz

  • Osprey Atmos AG 50 Pack – Men’s

    67 oz

  • Osprey Women’s Aura 50 AG Backpack

    60 oz

  • ULA Circuit Backpack

    41 oz

  • Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Pack

    32.3 oz

  • Gorilla 40 Ultralight Backpack

    30.5 oz

  • Mariposa 60 Backpack

    30.5 oz

  • ULA OHM 2.0

    34.5 oz

  • Enlightened Conundrum Sleeping Bag

    25.5 oz

  • Western Mountaineering Versalite Sleeping Bag

    32 oz

  • Western Mountaineering UltraLite Sleeping Bag

    29 oz

  • Western Mountaineering Alpinlite Sleeping Bag

    31 oz

  • Feathered Friends Flicker 20° Quilt

    26 oz

  • Katabatic Alsek 22° Quilt

    21 oz

  • Feathered Friends Petrel Women’s Sleeping Bag

    32 oz

  • Feathered Friends Lark Sleeping Bag

    31.3 oz

  • Petzl Tikkina Headlamp

    3 oz

  • BioLite Headlamp 330

    2.4 oz

  • Fenix LD02 EDC Flashlight

    1 oz

  • Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL1 Tent

    34 oz

  • Zpacks Duplex Ultralight Two Person Tent

    19.4 oz

  • Gossamer Gear Polycryo Ground Cloth

    3.6 oz

  • MSR Hubba NX1

    39 oz

  • Big Sky Ultra Light Inflatable Pillow

    2 oz

  • Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spork

    0.4 oz

  • TOAKS Titanium Pot

    3.6 oz

  • Sea to Summit X-Bowl

    2.8 oz

  • Sea To Summit X-Cup

    1.6 oz

  • GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist Cookset

    21.6 oz

  • Solid Fuel Tablets

    0.5 oz

  • Snow Peak Trek 1400 Titanium Cookset

    7.4 oz

  • SOTO WindMaster Stove

    2.3 oz

  • BRS Ultralight Stove

    0.9 oz

  • Lighter & Safety Matches

    0.4 oz

  • Lighter

    0.4 oz

  • MSR PocketRocket 2 Stove

    2.6 oz

  • Aluminum Foil

    0.2 oz

  • Evernew Pasta Pot

    3.4 oz

  • MSR Titan Tea Kettle

    4.0 oz

  • MSR Universal Fuel Canister Stand

    1.2 oz

  • Sponge

    0.3 oz

  • Platypus Platy Water Bottle – 70 fl. oz.

    1.3 oz

  • Platypus Big Zip LP Reservoir – 1.5 liters

    5.4 oz

  • Platypus Big Zip LP Reservoir

    6 oz

  • EVERNEW Water Container

    1.5 oz

  • Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter

    3 oz

  • SteriPen Ultra Water Purifier

    4.9 oz

  • Aquamira Water Treatment

    2 oz

  • Hiker Hunger Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles

    15.2 oz

  • Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles

    19.2 oz

  • Foxelli Trekking Poles

    14 oz

  • Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Mattress

    12 oz

  • Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Sleeping Pad

    14 oz

  • Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad

    15 oz

  • Yaktrax Traction Cleats

    12 oz

  • 100% DEET Spray

    1.3 oz

  • Mosquito Headnet

    1.2 oz

  • Duct Tape

    0.3 oz

  • Tyvek Ground Cloth

    5 oz

  • BearVault BV450 Food Container

    33 oz

  • SPOT 3 Satellite Messenger

    4 oz

  • AUKEY USB Wall Charger

    1.6 oz

  • Anker Astro Portable Charger – 2 iPhone Charges

    4.8 oz

  • Anker 10000mAh External Battery

    6.4 oz

  • Anker 21W Solar Charger

    14.7 oz

  • Clear Waterproof Pack Liners

    1.2 oz

  • Pantyhose

    0.1 oz