Favorite piece of gear

Ironically we both forgot to include our favorite pieces of gear in our respective gear reviews. Perhaps subconsciously we felt they were special enough to warrant a separate post.

http://amzn.to/2hj8ujXLaurie’s favorite item: Exped Schnozzle Pumpbag

This ingenious stuff sack weighs a scant 2 ounces and makes inflating a sleeping pad enjoyable rather than an annoying task. And believe me, after you have hiked 25 miles day after day after day, the last thing you want is another task.

It is a waterproof stuff sack with a schnozzle at the end of it. You gather air in the stuff sack, roll down the top, and a large gust of air funnels directly into the valve of the sleeping pad. This greatly speeds up the inflation process without having to gasp for air – especially at higher elevations.

The schnozzle is made for Exped pads. When our Exped Hyperlite pads failed us for the 2nd time and we switched to the Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm pads, Andy cut the intake valve to fit over the Thermarest valve. Thermarest makes their own version of the schnozzle but it didn’t work as well (nor was it as light) so we stuck with our tried and true Exped schnozzle. The schnozzle isn’t cheap (around $40) but for us it was worth every penny.

Over a time span of 2 years and 3,000 miles, it has only one small hole which was easily remedied with a piece of duct tape. Once you buy  a schnozzle –  you will never go back. Inflating sleeping pads have never been so fun and easy!

aeros_ultra_light_reg_resultAndy’s favorite item: Sea to Summit Aeros UL Pillow

Little pieces of comfort go a long way. This pillow held air for over 1,500 miles, then slowly started to leak but luckily since we frequented so many REI’s it was easy to replace. They come in two different sizes – regular and large. Andy started with a large and switched to the regular. Both worked well and honestly he didn’t notice a difference.

The pillow didn’t slide around and allowed him to easily add or remove out air (thanks to its ingenious dual valve design) to maximize comfort. It also felt really good against his face, unlike plastic stuff sacks.

In the thru hiking world a pillow is probably the most luxurious item one can carry. Sleep was important to both of us and Andy was willing to carry 2 extra ounces to ensure a good nights rest.

Andy’s one complaint with this pillow is the deflate valve. He had to use a lot of force to open the valve and over time this put a lot of pressure on the areas where the valve met the pillow fabric. Andy believes this is what caused the slow leak.

Click here for a detailed review of our shared gear.

You can find Andy’s gear review here, and Laurie’s gear review here.

As always, please comment or contact us with any questions.

PCT Gear Review Part 3 – Laurie

If you’re thinking of doing a thru hike, especially the Pacific Crest Trail, you probably have a lot of questions about gear. Below are my honest thoughts about the gear I used, what worked and what didn’t.

ULA CatalystBackpackULA Catalyst – this pack was fantastic! I could carry a bear can horizontally in the main compartment. The mesh netting was an easy storage place for frequently used items and the elastic around the mesh was a perfect drying rack for clothes. The pack adjusted as my pack weight changed throughout each resupply. I never had any issues with chaffage. After 500 miles I switched to a smaller hip belt and the versatility of the hip belts was amazing.  The hip belt pockets are big enough to carry a phone and plenty of snacks. Thank you ULA – I am never using a different pack again!

zpacks quiltSleeping Bag – Zpacks 20 degree quilt – jury is still out on this one. I appreciate the warmth to weight ratio but the feathers needed fluffing every night and had to be redistributed to the top of the bag before every use. Also, as it got colder in September I thought about making the bag warmer for true 3 season use. Unfortunately though, Zpacks does not offer to refill the bag to make it a zero degree bag like other companies.

Montrail Bajada IIShoes Montrail Bajada II – I was pleasantly surprised by these shoes. The tread was still good after 700 miles and there was very little break in time needed after each new pair. The laces were a little short when tying in a lace (aka heel) lock but it was doable. Overall, I loved these shoes and have already stocked up on a few extra pairs for the years to come.

Wrightsock coolmesh IISocksWrightsock Cool Mesh II Quarter Socks – being a double layer sock they run warm but boy they are durable! Wrightsock advertises a “no blister guarantee” which was not the case for me but I think it is impossible to avoid some blisters when walking day after day in the heat and dirt (of the desert especially). Their 2 layer system allowed the socks to last longer – around 400 miles/pair – but also required more time to dry between washings.

levagaitersScree gaiters – LevaGaiters – one pair lasted the entire trail! They stretched a little and would slide up my shoes once they got a hole near the stitching. I appreciate that these work with all shoes and don’t require Velcro to stay put.

prana halle pantsHiking Pants – prAna Halle pants – I love these pants! They are comfortable, stretchy and dry quickly. They stretch in the waist between washings but the drawstring acts as a nice belt. Through our 1000+ downed tree section in Southern Oregon I never had to worry about hoisting up my pants to step over a log.

Undies – Patagonia Active Hipster Briefs – sturdy and comfortable. The high waist helped prevent hip chafing. The elastic waist is thicker than other underwear and that slowed the drying process, but overall, I loved them!

patagonia active sports braSports Bra – Patagonia Active Mesh Bra – I have nothing but positive things to say about this bra. I wore the same bra for every mile of the trail and it still looks good. It doesn’t smell, has a few frayed pieces of elastic but still provides excellent support. I am never looking for another sports bra.

Smart wool shirtHiking shirt for the desertSmartwool NTS 150 Micro Base Layer Long Sleeve – This shirt was surprisingly cool in the desert. I choose the long sleeve version for sun protection and found that my sweat actually helped me stay cool. It is thin which was nice for ventilation but easily ripped. This shirt lasted less than 500 miles and had many wear holes, mainly in areas of friction on my back, within 100 miles.

ExOfficio BugsAway Breez'rBug proof button down shirt – ExOfficio BugsAway Breez’r shirt – Mostly bug proof and very sturdy. It was warm with limited ventilation despite the ventilation systems on the front and back. And I was still bitten through the shirt in Oregon where we encountered the worst mosquitoes. I am sure it helped ward off the mozzies but it did not keep them away entirely. This is probably because this shirt is meant to be fashionable, meaning it is tight fitting around the shoulders and arms – exactly where I was bitten.

DriDucks suitRain Gear – Frogg Toggs Pro Lite Rain Suit – The pants are great for hiking on fire roads, but not much else. They easily snag on bushes and ripped instantly when I squatted down. They are very fragile and a lightweight option for emergencies but I would not rely on these as my primary rain pants in the future.

The jacket performed much better. It kept me dry and warm when needed. The jacket seemed to last a lot longer than the pants. On the upside, Frogg Toggs breathe better than your average rain jacket and pants.

rei talusphere pantsRain Pants – REI Talusphere Pants – these pants are expensive and heavy but work well. They are high quality and very flexible. These pants also have pockets which added unnecessary weight but they did the job.

Rain jacket – Mountain Hardware Raincoat – Simply put – it did what it was supposed to do. It kept me dry. This rain jacket is a bit heavy but very sturdy.

Fleece – North face fleece – Hands down my fleece was my favorite piece of gear. It’s very old and heavier than newer fleeces but I didn’t care. It makes for a great pillow, is warm despite getting wet and was my go to item at the end of the day to get out of sweaty hiking clothes and get cozy.

ghost whispererDown Jacket – Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Hooded Down Jacket – I love the hood feature. I learned that coziness is huge for me and this item was essential. The hood allowed for extra warmth and never got in the way. I think the hood would only be an issue when using a raincoat over the down jacket which I rarely did and when I did, I had both hoods up. Great, lightweight, reliable down jacket.

GoLite Chrome DomeUmbrella – GoLite Chrome Dome – worked great for both rain and sun. There was only so much wind this umbrella could handle, but it was tougher than most conventional umbrellas. I never found the ideal way to attach it to the pack but it was worth its weight in the desert for sure! Since GoLite is out of business now, other manufacturers are selling the same umbrella under different names. You can find them here.

Thermarest NeoAir XthermSleeping pad – Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm – a tad heavy but warm and cozy. They are noisy at night but worth it and when you are the one moving around you don’t notice the noise. It’s durable and well made.

I started with the Exped Synmat Hyperlight air pad, which was very comfortable but the baffles burst. Eventually the risk of sleeping on a mound of a burst baffle wasn’t worth the comfort, so we exchanged them for the NeoAir Xtherm.

Outdoor Research SunRunner CapHat Outdoor Research Sun Runner hat – not the most fashionable or flattering but functional. The drawstring helped keep the hat on during windy days.

Pepper's polarized sunglassesSunglasses – Pepper’s Wild Thing Polarized Sunglasses – They lasted the entire hike, worked great and looked good! The lenses got scratched but that is because I dropped them and ran into quite a few branches. The polarized lenses made all the colors on the trail more vibrant.

Pee rag – initially I didn’t understand the purpose of this but I carried it anyway. I would forget to grab it before I went for a squat. Eventually I found a rhythm. I hooked it to the ice axe loop of my pack where I could grab it before or after I peed. The pee rag caught the extra drips and kept my underwear smelling better for longer.

buff-originalBuff – Bugproof model – makes the best pillow case. Every night I rolled my fleece and down jacket and stuffed them in the buff for a perfect pillow. It didn’t slide and kept its shape to allow for a great nights sleep.

mountain hardwear grub glovesGlovesMountain Hardwear Grub gloves – these disappointed. They weren’t as warm as they looked. There was no way to attach the mitten portion when using the liner fingers so the flap just got in the way.

ice-breaker-liner-glovesCold weather gloves – Ice Breaker Glove liners – These gloves are warm and functional. Using them with trekking poles caused them to thin and get holes where they rubbed against the trekking pole grips but gear can only last so long. I plan to invest in another pair when these are no longer functional.

coolibar fingerless glovesSungloves – Coolibar fingerless gloves – the original ones worked great. They got holes but were easily sewn. The 2nd version were too thin and got holes very quickly. I am now using the third generation which are thicker and seem to be lasting longer.

3L platypus bladderHydration Bladder – 3 liter platypus bladder– I used the same 3 liter bladder for the entire 6 months. I was surprised it lasted but we were very careful about where we placed our packs. The 3 liter capactity was nice in the desert when longer water carries were necessary. For majority of the trail I carried 1-2 liters and the extra capacity led to more air that had to be sucked through before accessing the water.  If I were to do it again, I would carry the 3 liter bladder through the desert and switch out to 1 liter platypus for the remainder of the hike.

sawyer 3 in 1 filterWater Filter – Sawyer 3 Way Inline Filter – bulky but worked great. It maintained a better flow rate than the Sawyer Mini and required less cleaning. We never found a good method to back flush it though – neither the sawyer squeeze bottles nor the syringe fit well on the tip. But with 4 hands we managed.

nutrasilverWater PurificationNutraSilver Colloidal Silver – We used Nutrasilver for all our dinner water because we didn’t want to boil our water or waste time squeezing SmartWater bottles. One drop of this stuff in one liter of water is all it takes to kill all bacteria, protozoa and other nasties. Simple and effective. I didn’t get sick once!

iPhone 6 Plus with ottorbox defender caseSmartphone – iPhone 6 Plus in Otterbox Defender Case – The phone and case both worked great the entire trail. I bought the 64gb iPhone to accommodate the apps and have all the memory I could want for the photos I’d be taking. I No issues with the phone at all.

And with many tumbles, the phone only has one crack in the screen cover thanks to the case. I put my own screen cover on it and tore off the plastic screen the case comes with because I couldn’t handle the decreased accuracy when using the keyboard. This meant the case was no longer water proof but when it poured I placed my phone in my raincoat or a ziplock bag anyway.

If you have any questions, comments or want my opinion on items not reviewed here, please leave a comment below or send me an email.

You can find our Shared Items gear review here and Andy’s gear review here.

PCT Gear Review Part 2 – Andy

With the exception of a few items, I accumulated, tested and refined most of my gear to suit my needs over the last two years. Overall, I was very happy with most of my gear choices. I won’t be providing a review for ALL the gear I used but I will touch upon the major items.

REI Flash 65Backpack – REI Flash 65 – I love this pack. Used it for over 2,000 miles and much to my surprise, it is still in very good shape (although quite stinky!). I started the PCT with my 6 year old ULA Circuit, but that pack never fit me quite right – I could never get enough of the weight off of my shoulders and onto my hips.  Even with only 25 lbs, it wasn’t super comfortable.

After trying 6 or 7 packs I settled on the REI Flash 65 pack and carried it all the way to Canada. This pack does a great job transferring weight to the hips and is padded very well. It’s super comfortable, lightweight and very durable. Definitely worth considering.

There are a few things however REI can improve upon to make it more thru hiker friendly. For starters, the sternum strap tends to pop out from time to time but when this does happen it is easy to pop it back into place.

Second, the side pockets are small and angled badly. They are made to accommodate Nalgene bottles and not much else (like SmartWater bottles).

Lastly, the hip belt pockets are small and made of mesh. I’d prefer them to be bigger and made of Dyneema fabric which would be water resistant and more durable.

Shoes – Brooks Cascade 7 – Loved them, got 700 miles out of each one, but they are too old now and the current versions don’t work for me. But the ones below did..more or less.

pearl izumi em v2 n2Pearl Izumi em v2 n2 – In Oregon my feet hurt after wearing these shoes for 100 miles. The trouble is, those were brutally tough 100  miles, with over 1,000 downed trees, snow, rain and mud. I hiked in them again for about 300 miles from the Sierras to Beldentown.

These shoes have wide a wide toe box, are pretty comfortable and very durable. The uppers are very soft and very breathable. These shoes are very well made.

And in regards to traction, they are very grippy and still have lots of life in them. I’ll hike in them until they fall apart.

vasque mindbenderVasque Mindbender – I wore these shoes from Crater Lake to Canada – almost 900 miles! They required a few days of break in time but they got more comfortable the longer I wore them. The toe box is narrower than its competitors – such as the Brooks Cascade, Pearl Izumi – but surprisingly they got wider and accommodated my feet really well over time.

Simply put these shoes have great traction, very rugged soles and durable uppers.

But will I buy them again? Probably not because they weren’t very comfortable the first few hundred miles. On uneven terrain, which is a lot of the time on trails, my toes hurt when they rubbed the inside of the toe box.

Keen Logan Mid Waterproof bootsKeen Logan waterproof boots (for the Sierras) – I wore these high quality boots in the Sierra. They were very comfortable, kept our feet warm, handled the snow with ease and worked quite well with our crampons.

On average we hiked 11 – 15 miles per day in these boots, with our maximum being just over 20 miles. Like most Keens, these shoes have a nice wide toe box. They also have durable and grippy soles.

Unfortunately however, to no fault of their own, these shoes worked against us in the many swollen, freezing river crossings. Once wet, these boots required many, many hours to dry. And when they were dry, we crossed another river and our feet were once again wet the rest of the day.

I wouldn’t normally hike in boots on dry trail because they would be too hot for my feet, but for cold weather hiking where river crossings aren’t a consideration, I’d definitely wear these boots.

zpacks quiltSleeping bag Zpacks 20 Degree Quilt – Very lightweight, roomy and durable but if I had to do it over again I wouldn’t buy this quilt. I have no complaints about the craftsmanship and longevity as I used it the entire trail.

My biggest issue with this quilt is the constant need to fluff it and bring the down back into the center of each baffle. The down tends to move to the corners all the time and on a thru hike this was one extra chore every time I got to camp.

Also, this quilt wasn’t warm enough for me. When the temps got down into the low 30s, I was cold and wore my down jacket – and I’m a relatively warm sleeper. I contacted Zpacks to see if they can add more down to my quilt for extra warmth but unfortunately they don’t offer that service.

Thermarest NeoAir XthermSleeping pad Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm – This air pad is great! It’s warm, durable and not too loud. I started with the Exped SynMat Hyperlite air pad but a baffle burst on the first one. I exchanged it for another and same thing happened again.

With the NeoAir Xtherm I feel more confident. It feels much more durable and is my go-to sleeping pad. I definitely recommend it.

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Hiking shirt – Smartwool long sleeve base layer and White Sierra bug proof button down shirt.

I love wool shirts for their breathability, comfort and odor control. But wearing one day after day led to breakouts on my shoulders and traps. Not to mention they are not bug proof unless you treat them.

So after the desert I switched to my long sleeve bug proof shirt and wore it the rest of the hike. It’s looser, breathable and very comfortable. And no breakouts.

A comfortable hiking shirt is – as with everything else – a personal choice. Find something that works and go with it. And if you have something that works but it doesn’t work as well on the PCT, change it. Be comfy. It’s important.

Rei sahara cargo pantsHiking pants REI Sahara pants – lightweight, breathable and very comfortable. I’ve  had these pants since 2012.

These are cargo pants which means they don’t have convertible zippers. The zippers aren’t very comfortable for me and since I don’t hike in shorts often, I opted for pants. And they performed great.

darn-toughHiking socks REI wool liner socks / Darn Tough women’s crew socks

Thin socks work best for me. Regular hiking socks are too thick and make my feet sweat too much.

In the California desert I only got 3 blisters – the first one formed 400 miles into the hike!

I typically got 100 – 150 miles out of the REI liner socks. I taped my feet as a preventative measure and the Leukotape rubbing against the socks probably decreased the life of the socks. While I was happy with them, I ultimately changed to the Darn Tough socks because I got more mileage out of them.

Darn Tough women’s everyday socks – They either don’t make these in a men’s version or don’t carry them for men in REI stores. So I bought the women’s socks and made them work.

Super comfortable, durable and they come in fun patterns. Great socks. I highly recommend them.

OR helium jacketRain jacketOutdoor Research Helium II – I started with Frogg Toggs but those were shredded to bits early on so I went back to my trusted OR Helium.

It doesn’t breathe very well but it keeps me dry. Lightweight and does the job when I need it.

Ghost WhispererDown jacketMountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer (no hood) – this was my least used piece of clothing the entire hike – especially once I added a fleece. When I did use it, I loved the warmth it provided.

And even though this jacket feels and looks very delicate, it held up very well. Many times I thought I’d be reaching for the duct tape to patch it up after snagging it on a branch, but it survived the hike without a single tear.

I will say that I wish I had purchased the model with the hoodie. I thought with my beanie I’d be fine but my neck was cold without the hood.

marmot fleeceFleeceMarmot Rocklin 1/2 zip – I was always opposed to carrying a fleece because of its weight, especially when I already carry a down jacket. But once I added this fleece as another layer, I never looked back.

It’s very cozy and feels great next to skin, unlike down jackets. While not as warm as a down jacket, when layered with other clothes I was plenty warm with just this fleece.

Terramar silk long johnsSleeping clothesTerramar Thermasilk EC2 top and bottoms – I’ve had the same silk long johns for 6 years. And they are still going strong. No holes yet. Super comfy and feel great next to my skin.

beanieBeanieMountain Hardwear Windstopper – Great beanie. Have had it for 6 years and don’t plan on updating it anytime soon. It’s warm and comfortable. Exactly what you want from a  beanie. Oh, and it keeps your ears warm too!

Brooks wind jacketWind shirt – Brooks LSD Lite jacket IV – Super lightweight, warm and durable. I used it mainly for biking prior to the PCT and used it for about 400 miles. And since I wasn’t getting much use out of it, I ditched it.

I recommend it if you like wind shirts. It is an older model and you may not be able to find it, but most wind shirts (such as the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite) are very similar.

exofficio-boxer-briefsUnderwearExOfficio Give-N-GO boxers – Very durable and comfortable. I used one pair for a few years, including the first half of the PCT, but the elastic waist bad had lost it’s elasticity, so I switched to another pair and wore it the rest of the trail.

They are great. Never have to worry about them.

nike running shortsExtra shorts/boxers – Nike running shorts – I love these shorts because of their versatility. I wore them primarily in towns on laundry days and sporadically  when I took dips in rivers and lakes.

Weighing under 4 ounces, this is one piece of gear I will never think twice about taking with me. And since they have built in undies, I don’t carry more than one pair of underwear.

mountain hardwear grub glovesGlovesMountain Hardwear Grub gloves – I liked these gloves because of their versatility. If it was cold I would wear them with the synthetic mittens over my fingers.

When the mittens were unnecessary they just flapped about. A small piece of velcro would be nice to eliminate the mittens from flapping about, but overall these are good gloves and warm enough when the temps dipped into the low 40s.

buff-originalBuffBugproof model – I loved my Buff. I wore it around my neck or on my head for extra warmth. It’s soft and very comfortable.

And if you need to, you can use it as a pillowcase by stuffing clothes into it. MUCH more comfortable than a stuff sack against your face.

platypusPlatypus bottles – Platypus 1 Liter PlusBottle With Push Caps – These bottles are my favorite for the trail. I’ve used the same ones for 6 years now with no issues.

The current ones seem less durable because they don’t feel as thick as these, but they are light, pack up small when not in use  and are easy to clean. What more can you want from a bottle?

sawyer_mini_water_filterWater filter – Sawyer Mini – Does the job but very slowly. I was annoyed with the flow most of the trail. Get yourself the Sawyer Squeeze instead. It will save you time and your experience will be faster and more enjoyable.

nutrasilverWater treatment NutraSilver Colloidal Silver – This product peaked more interest from hikers than any piece of gear.

Hands down, this product is the best, most efficient and easiest water treatment system available, period! The last thing I want to do on the trail is filter up to 5 liters of water each day. I’m too lazy for that. With this awesome product, all I have to do is add 1 drop to 1 liter of water, wait 15 to 20 minutes, and drink to my heart’s content.

NutraSilver does not alter the taste of the water at all, although it does give the water a yellowish tint. It also stains my Platypus bottles but those are non-issues for me. What matters to me is that I have NEVER gotten sick in the backcountry while using this product. It’s super lightweight, super compact, super effective. I LOVE it!

gerber l.s.t. knifeKnifeGerber Ultralight L.S.T. – I used this knife the entire trail. It’s very well made, small and very light. It’ll cut chord, apples and cheese.

And I never had to have it sharpened in towns. Highly recommend it.

samsung-galaxy-s5Smartphone Samsung Galaxy S5 in Ottorbox Commuter Case – I specifically bought this phone for the PCT. The camera is good enough, but what I like about it most is that I can access the memory card and battery. This is not the case with the models that followed it.

Unlike the Galaxy S6, S7 and iPhones, I can increase the phone’s storage capacity by inserting a microSD card into the phone (up to 128GB) and change the battery when it died.

I carried an extra battery with me (2 were always enough to get me to the next town) and used the battery pack (review is in our shared gear post) to charge Laurie’s iPhone.

EuroSchirm Swing Liteflex UmbrellaUmbrella – Swing Trek Liteflex Umbrella – This is the original Chrome Dome umbrella. Nowadays there are different retailers (Gossamer Gear) and various names for the same umbrella (euroSchirm Swing is another) but this one is the cheapest.

I used this umbrella in the California desert and loved it. It is much cooler to carry this umbrella than to wear a hat and have the intense sun constantly beating down on your head.

It also works well in the rain and hail. It is an umbrella after all 🙂

This umbrella can withstand winds up to 15 mph, maybe 20, but not anything past that, unless you hold onto it with your hands.

Having said that, it is very sturdy and even it it does bend, it won’t break as easily as other umbrellas. We even rigged it to our backpacks for hands free use, making it even better.

halfjacketSunglassesOakley Half Jacket – Polarized, sturdy and dependable. Great sunglasses. In my opinion, any polarized sun glasses will do.

The key is for them to be comfortable for your face since you will have them on for most of the day. Another important factor is how well they fit around the top of your ear. It needs to work well with the hat you wear.

levagaitersScree Gaiters LevaGaiters – You may not have heard of them but these gaiters are really great. And super easy to use – no glue, no velcro, no mess.

And no string looping around the bottom of the shoe either. Simple and very effective. I wore the same pair on the entire PCT that I’ve had for 5 years and they performed great.

LevaGaiters dry super quickly and breathe very well. They exceeded my expectations from day one and I can’t say enough about these gaiters. They are awesome!
After a while they do lose their elasticity but they are still very functional.

Outdoor Research SunRunner CapHatOutdoor Research SunRunner Cap – Dorky but effective. It’s lightweight, breathable and keeps the sun off most of my head, face and neck.

I’ve used this hat since 2011 and I’m not looking to replace it anytime soon. A word of caution though – if you put this hat in the dryer and expose it to high heat too many times the brim will start to bend awkwardly from the shrinking fabric.

s-l300Sun glovesCoolibar fingerless gloves – Coolibar has updated their gloves in recent years. And by updated, I mean made them worse. Their current Sun Gloves are crap. Ours fell apart after 80 miles.

Their Unisex Fingerless Gloves however, are much better. They are a little thicker and a lot sturdier while being light and breathable enough for use during the hottest days.

If you’re like me and don’t like slathering yourself with sunblock, I recommend these gloves.

If there’s anything on my gear list I didn’t review that you are interested in, email me and I will give you my thoughts on them.

And you can find our mutual gear review here. This includes our tent, groundsheet, camerastove, battery pack, etc.