In no particular order, some gear ideas I am starting to gather for a long distance thru-hike!
Garmin InReach Mini – $314.99 / Small, rugged, lightweight satellite communicator enables two-way text messaging using the 100% global Iridium network (satellite subscription required). Trigger an interactive SOS to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center (satellite subscription required). Access downloadable maps, U.S. NOAA charts, color aerial imagery and more by using the free Garmin Earthmate app and compatible devices. Optional inReach weather forecast service provides detailed updates directly to your inReach Mini or paired device; basic and premium weather packages available
LFOTPP 4PCS Glass GPS Screen Protector Compatible for inReach Mini – 4 pieces, 9H Tempered Glass Guard Shield Scratch-Resistant Extreme Clarity. A lot of people say the Inreach screens scratch really easy. For $11 dollars it’s cheap to save the screen so you can see easily.
TUSITA Case for Garmin inReach Mini – $12.90
1,000 LB SurvivorCord XT – $38.98 / 15.8 ounces / Black, 103 FEET | Patented Military Type IV 750 Paracord/Parachute Cord (7/32″ Diameter) with Integrated Kevlar Thread, Braided Fishing Line, and Waterproof Fire Tinder.
Cold Weather Gloves – Seirus Innovation Women’s Ladies Xtreme Waterproof Form Fit Gloves.
Deuce of Spades – Ultralight Backpacking Shovel
Antimicrobial Pee Cloth – A Kula Cloth™ is the first of its kind – an intentionally (and obsessively) designed reusable antimicrobial pee cloth!
GothicBride Mini Compressed Towel – Biodegradable Outdoor Sports Hand Towels for Camping
Darn tough socks – Unconditional lifetime warranty. If the get holes you get a new pair no questions asked.
Lock Laces – Stop tying your shoe laces!
Dirty Girl Gaiters – She uses all profits from this dirty business to “pay forward” and “pay back,” donating to worthy non-profit causes
Altra – Best Thru-Hike shoes for wide toe box. Thru-Hikers shoe of choice!
Vasque Saga GTX – Most comfortable hiking boot I have ever worn, and I have long narrow feet with high arches. It’s hard to find shoes that work for me. These boots are pretty waterproof too when you buy them, I would recommend still treating them with some sort of waterproofing. I have immersed them in streams multiple times in a hike and my socks stayed dry. However, according to the manufacturer they are NOT water proof. LOVE these boots.
https://goosefeetgear.com/products/down-socks/ – A must have if you get cold feet at night when you sleep.
Camp kicks – Crocs or Chacos. Air out your stinky feet at camp after a long day on the trail.
Ursack Bear Bags – $90-$150 Bear bags are made of ultra-high-performance UHMWP fabric (Ballistic Fabric) and designed to prevent bears from getting your food.
Bearikade Weekender – $255 The Bearikade Weekender is just the right size for 2 people to escape for the weekend. If used as a personal unit, it can supply you for up to 6 days. Specifications: Weighs just over 31 ounces, 9″ diameter base by 10.5″ length, 650 cubic inch volume.
BearVault BV500 Food Container – $79 Keep bears from inviting themselves to your feast! The BearVault BV500 container features simple access, light weight and large volume. 2 lbs. 9 oz./ 8.7 x 12.7 inches
Camp Stove – Ultralight
Spork – Long handle or short?
Water Container – Cnoc Outdoors 2019 Vecto 2L Water Container
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Fenix CLO9 ultra compact lantern – 3 inches tall and 1.6 ounces, this ultra compact lantern delivers. With the added bonus of being IPV6 waterproof and impact-resistant. Great little tent lamp!!
Fenix HL60R USB Rechargeable Headlamp – 4.3 oz. (121g) excluding batteries / Fenix HL60R Headlamp delivers a maximum output of 950 lumens, beam distance of up to 381ft, and a runtime of up to 100 hours from just one rechargeable 18650 Li-ion battery. The Fenix HL60R is one of the best rechargeable headlamps on the market. This feature rich headlamp is equipped with neutral white LED for better color rendering, a side switch to activate the five brightness levels, and the red reading light. The HL60R is an all-season headlamp designed with an all-metal housing and waterproof up to 2m underwater.
ARB-L18-3500U Built-in USB Rechargeable Battery – Best Headlamp battery!!! ARB-L18-3500U is a high capacity 18650 Li-ion USB rechargeable battery with a built-in micro-USB charging port. It also includes a protection circuit in the anode to help prevent short circuits, over charge/discharge and over heating. These USB rechargeable batteries can quickly be charged without the need for a separate charger. This not only save you money from purchasing a charger, but also convenience of not having to carry around another device. Warranty Period: 12 month from date of purchase
SLONIK 1000 Lumen Rechargeable – 4.19oz / 2x CREE LED Headlamp w/ 2200 mAh Battery – Lightweight, Durable, Waterproof and Dustproof Headlight – Xtreme Bright 600 ft LIGHTWEIGHT, The Slonik is a 1000-lumen rechargeable headlight capable of reflecting a 220-yard beam without distorting the natural colors of the illuminated objects. Detachable and adjustable, 5 different light modes: detach the light to fit it in your pocket. Swivel it up and down 90 degrees. Adjustable nylon headband for a snug and comfortable fit. Switch between 5 different lighting modes with a single button. 100,000 Hour lifespan, 48 Month Warranty!!
There are so many, and honestly once you do some research the best thing to do is go try them on, and see how they fit (pro tip grab a 20 pound weight and walk around the store with some weight in your bag). Beyond that it’s about weight, and if your backpack is waterproof. In no order here are a few I found that seem pretty good.
A+D Original Rash Ointment -For backpack/waistbelt rashes
Arc Scout 50L Backpack – $325.00 Weight 18.8 oz / 534 g / A smaller frame size creates a good fit for most hikers with a torso height shorter than 17″ (43cm).
Arc Zip 57L Backpack – $350.00 Weight 23.0 oz / 652 g
Granite Gear Crown2 60 Pack – $199 Women’s Bag 2 lbs. 5.8 oz. / women’s backpack is an ultralight, weather-worthy, multiday backpack. Great Buy for the extra waterproofing they offer. This is my #3 Packback choice! Some waterproofing and still well made with good pockets, and extra hooks for poles, and an ice pick.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear – $345 Weight: 2.00 lbs | 32.00 oz/ Capacity: 55L 3400 Junction. The high-tech cuben fiber material helps keep this pack at a flat 2 lbs. The material is so water-proof, you can usually get by without using a pack cover or liner at all. It’s one of the only waterproof bags on the market. This is my #1 Packback choice!
ULA EQUIPMENT – CDT – $145 Weight: 1 lb 8.0 oz Capacity: 54 L / A very well balanced pack – not too minimal, yet not too excessive. Similarly, 54 Liters is a great size for thru-hiking – not too small to carry a week-long food supply, yet not too bulky. This pack has a very simple and rather non-existent frame which makes it only ideal for light loads (under 20 lbs). Complete with spacious hip pockets, side water bottle pockets and a massive mesh front panel. Main issue is it can only hold 20 pounds of gear and isn’t very weather proof.
ULA CIRCUIT – $255 Weight: 41 oz Capacity: 68 L / Weighing in at less than 41 OZ, this pack has great load carrying capabilities, comfort, and durability of the Circuit pack. If you have your total pack weight down around 30 pounds and want to feel the freedom of traveling light, this is the pack for you. The Circuit has been the most popular pack on the Pacific Crest Trail for the past 3 years according to the Halfway Anywhere annual survey of PCT thru hikers. The Circuit pack utilizes a 1.2 OZ carbon fiber and Delrin suspension hoop in conjunction with a dense internal foam frame and a single aluminum stay to give you excellent back panel support, maximum load control, weight transfer, and pack rigidity without limiting your range of movement. The Circuit can be ordered with a 12″ to 18″ adjustable harness system that works great for kids.
SWD – LONG HAUL 50 – $275 Weight: 1 lb 9 oz / Capacity: 60 L / The Long Haul Full Suspension comes with 50L of internal volume along with 10L of external pack space. The suspension frame is comprised of 2 removable aluminum stays, enabling it to carry heavier 30 to 35 lb loads. S shaped shoulder straps, trekking pole attachments, cushy hip belt and waterproof material make this pack a winner.
GOSSAMER GEAR – MARIPOSA – $260 Weight: 2 lb 0.7 oz (Med) / Capacity: 60 L / Gossamer Gears’ Mariposa is one of my favorite ultralight backpacks. It is a simple pack with a perfect amount of external pockets and loops. The Mariposa has a top loading flap that is super easy to buckle down and is adjustable for varying load capacities. The flap’s zipper pouch makes small items, like your map or a snack that don’t fit into the hip pockets, very accessible. This is my #2 Packback choice!