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Summer bag?
I am a big believe in summer-weight bags for summer on the AT. Nights in June and July in the mid-Atlantic are hot and humid, and you will be roasting in a 35-degree bag. But it's still nice t...

In Gear Lists » northbound AT gear list
December 17, 1:43pm

Sleeping pad
I used a only a Z-lite for the entire PCT. Admittedly, I had a few cold nights, but I was okay with that. The Z-lite Sol has a higher R value than the version I used. So, that, along with your...

In GEAR » Is this sleeping pad combo sufficiently warm for a PCT thru hike?
December 17, 12:37pm

Poisonous plants
Besides the stuff mentioned above, the PCT has a lot of poison oak and poodle-dog bush in places (mainly in southern and northern CA; the Sierras, Oregon, and Washington are better). If you are re...

In GEAR » Are pants really necessary on the PCT?
December 17, 6:27am

Smartphone only
We had a smartphone as our GPS on our thru. We used it only when we were really lost, as in "I can't even figure out where I am on the map." This happened maybe 15 or 20 times on th...

In GEAR » GPS necessary for the CDT?
December 13, 1:27pm

Weekender
You'll never fit all the food you need into a Weekender. I carried an Expedition (the larger model) on the PCT and left Kennedy Meadows with more food than would fit in the canister. The Bear...

In Gear Swap » WTBorrow/Rent Bearikade Weekender for PCT Thru next year.
December 03, 7:47pm

Lawson Ironwire
I really like the Lawson Ironwire for bear bagging. Unlike the glowire, the Ironwire has a smooth coating that allows it to slide over rough bark without snagging or digging into the bark and gett...

In GEAR » Bear bag line options
November 19, 1:36pm

From a CDT thru-hiker
I thru-hiked the CDT NOBO this year. If you go NOBO (and you should! Glacier is the best possible finishing point, and NM in the spring is nice), a 20-degree bag should suffice. I used a 15-degr...

In GEAR » CDT Sleep System Debate!
November 16, 9:43pm

Powerstretch
I love my EMS powerstretch gloves. I think that they're the perfect weight for cold weather activities where you're generating some heat. The only drawback that I've seen with powerst...

In GEAR » Good base layer gloves?
November 16, 6:47am

My $.02
I run in neutral shoes, so when I started backpacking in trail runners, I used neutral shoes. This worked well for me for several years, including on my PCT thru hike. This year, I did the CDT,...

In GEAR » Neutral vs stability trail runners--how critical is the difference?
October 08, 10:31am

+1 on shoes
Brian's comment on shoes is spot on. I've seen a lot of people suffering on the AT and PCT because they started with the wrong shoes. Avoid that mistake if at all possible! As for spec...

In Gear Lists » PCT through hike list
April 14, 11:42am

All Reader Reviews by Scott S

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Mountain Laurel Design FS exodus
I used an Exodus FS for my 5-month CDT thru-hike. The pack was, by far, my least favorite piece of gear. What I didn't like: - The pack squeaked loudly and persistently, with almost every ste...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
December 23, 5:07pm