I took 11 days to hike from Shepherds Pass to Tuolumne Meadows. (The Whitney Portal trail was being blasted and walk-in permits were not being issued. Shepherds Pass cut off about 7 trail miles but added another 2000' of climbing.)
ZPacks SoloPlus – A solid shelter I can set up with ease.
Seam sealing, on the other hand, appears to be a challenge. Or User-Error, depending on how you look at it. I set up the SoloPlus in the garage to seam seal. I've used it on several trips before this one. Once in a torrential downpour. But on this trip, after an hour of light rain, I had leaks emanating from the pole cone stitching and from one of the pull outs. Nothing serious, just drips running down the wall. I think they result from setting up the shelter Tight when on the trail, and stretching out the SeamGrip. So I'll pitch TIGHT on a lawn and re-do everything.
Also, and much more of an issue, is the .75 oz ground Cuben ground sheet. By the end of this 11 day trip it was full of pinholes. Whether from pitching on gravel/rock (of which there is plenty above 10,000'), or dry stubble I cannot say. If I had had significant water running underneath I would have had a problem. Although heavier, I think PU coated taffeta might be more robust – able to conform over pointy things without puncturing.
Easton Nano Stakes – I like them, will continue to use them, and be a little more careful on driving them into rock.
This was the result of a "dark-thirty" desperation pitch, being nearly brain-dead, and in a hurry.
Nothing but little rocks on top of big rocks.
On all other 9 campsites I could either step on the stake to set it, or lightly tap in it, moving a bit if needed to find "drivable" ground. I had to hammer the stakes in three other sites, and had no problems avoiding further damage. And all heads are still tight. I have the Version 1 Nanos and think the walls on Version 2 are a little lighter, requiring just a little common sense when in a tough situation.
Saucony Perigrine 2 Trail Runners – Solid, tough, capable trail shoes. Excellent grip/traction on all types of trail, as well as wet rock.
The peeling toe caps were a cosmetic issue, but had they gone further I could have been in trouble. I SeamGripped them back into place but they popped free pretty quickly.
Note the wear areas. On the next pair I'll "armor" them with a smoothed layer of SeamGrip for some added abrasion resistance.
I'd put about 50 miles on them on local trails before this trip, so they did very well, but they are Done. Towards the end of the trip I did notice a loss of traction in "loose stuff on top of rock", and looking at the soles you can see why. The JMT is hard on footwear.
Patagonia Tropic Comfort Sun Hoody - A great garment for me. I really like the hoody aspect. It was a welcome feature for cold morning starts and for near perfect sun protection. The fabric is very breathable and the cut is generous. It never felt too hot, even with the hood up at 3pm under a blazing sun (at 8,000' and 75° days). I am disappointed in the finish of the cuffs. The stitching is too tight (non-stretch), and when I pushed the sleeve up my arm it broke, setting the end trim free.
I hand stitched in the field. No big deal, but I expect better.
Edit: I just received my 2nd Tropic Comfort replacement from Patagoina (version 3) and what do you know - stretch stitching on the cuff trim! I'll see if they got it right.