Duuuude, I love gear.  This love is universal among hikers and outdoors folks in general.  If you want to hear my opinions about hiking gear, then you are in the right place. If not, then go do something that you actually want to do. Life’s too short to read gear reviews that you don’t care about! Go!

Alright, now that they’re gone, I will start by saying that Outdoor Gear Lab is a wonderful, free resource for finding gear information. I never buy outdoor gear without consulting that website first.  You can also click on any links below for a gear review written by me.  Heed the advice if you want, but keep in mind that what works for them or me might not be the best gear for you.  Heck, a lot of the gear I use probably isn’t even the best gear for me!  It changes all the time based on my experiences and expected conditions. If you have any questions for me about gear, please feel free to contact me.

Here’s my constantly evolving gear list.  Currently it is tailored to the Sierra High Route (bear canister, ugh) and some items will be shared with SpiceRack.  My CDT gear list can be found here.


What Description Weight (oz)
Insulated Jacket EE Torid jacket 7.3
Extra Socks Darn Tough Light Crew 2.1
Warm Hat SpiceRack Beanie 2.5
Gloves Seirus Gloves 3.6
Rain Jacket Sitka Vapor SD* 5.3
Wind Jacket Houdini Come Along Jacket* 4
Wind Pants Dance Pants 3.5
Sleep Leggings Nike Leggings 7.8

The Big Three:

What Description Weight (oz)
Shelter Zpacks Free Duo* 30
Sleeping Bag Enlightened Equipment 20° Synthetic Enigma Quilt* 28.5
Sleeping Pad Thermarest Zlite Sol* 14.4
Backpack Arc’teryx Aerios 45* 38


What Description Weight (oz)
Camera Sony RX-100 MII 10.1
Camera Extras Camera case+battery 3.9
Battery Anker 10,000mAh 6.7
Plug+Cord Anker plug+USB cord 1.4
Phone Moto G4 Plus w/ case 6.5
PLB Garmin InReach Mini 5
Headlamp Nitecore NU25 1
Solar Nekteck 21W 18.3


What Description Weight (oz)
Knife Mini Swiss Army knife 0.7
Water Filter Platypus Quickdraw* 3.7
Water Storage Bottle(smartwater or other) 0.4
Water Storage 2L Platypus 1.3
Fire Bic lighter 0.7
Compass Suunto A-10 1.1
Wallet Money and Stuff 0.3
Maps Printed 11”x17” 3
Trowel Old plastic one 1.3
Bidet CuloClean* 0.5
Pack Liner Compactor bag 2.3
Cord 50ft 2mm nylon cord 3
Headnet Sea to Summit 0.9
Guardian Ganesh 0.5


What Description Weight (oz)
Bowl PB Jar 1.1
Spoon Wooden Spoon from CDT 0.3


What Description Weight (oz)
Tooth Hygiene paste+brush 1.5
Nerd Stuff retainer+case 0.8
Nail Clippers generic 0.6
First Aid Custom kit 1.8
Brace ACE bandage 1.8
Pills Vitamin I + other 0.8
Sunscreen Sun Bum 2.5
Bug Juice Sawyer Picaridan 3


What Description Weight (oz)
Bear Canister Garcia 44


total base weight 17lb 6oz

That base weight is kind of a bummer.  I’d feel a lot better about it if I didn’t need to carry a bear canister, but that’s the price of pristine Sierra high country.  It’s worth it.

Worn while hiking:

What Description Weight (oz)
Shoes Altra Lone Peak 3.5 18
Socks Darn Tough Light Crew 2.1
Shorts Superfly Paisley Trunks 5.2
Shirt Backcountry Tahoe Hoody* 9
Hat CDT trucker hat 3
Sunglasses Suncloud Stand 1.1
Watch Coros APEX 2
Mask REI mask 0.5
Trekking Poles GG LT5 Carbon Poles (pair)* 10.2
* These items were provided to me free of charge in exchange for performance feedback.  It is both humbling and awesome to receive free gear, but my opinions are my own.  Bigly.

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