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PCT Planning Part III - Gear Upgrades/Wish List

Gear Upgrades/Wish List


What I have now:

Paria Breeze Mesh Tent with SilNylon Tarp two-piece setup. I'm not worried about rain protection with this set-up, but I'm a little anxious to camp in high winds without a free-standing setup. The nice thing about this system is that it's not overly expensive and I can replace it on the trail if needed, but there are definitely better options out there.

Budget Upgrade:

3F Gear Ultralight 1P Tent ($119) - Basically a knockoff of a very popular model. Good reviews by people who have used this tent on long-distance hikes.

Top of the Line:

ZPacks Duplex Tent ($599) - Highest quality lightweight tent used by PCT hikers. Pretty expensive for a tent but considering this would be my home for 5 months splurging here is still a consideration. Ultra-waterproof and very stable against high winds.

Sleeping Pad

What I have now:

OutdoorsmanLab UL Sleeping Pad - This is the budget option that I got to start, but it's meant for warm weather camping and definitely won't keep me warm enough on the PCT. I'll switch to the ThermaRest at some point, just haven't pulled the trigger yet.

Top of the Line:

ThermaRest NeoAir X-Lite ($169.99) - The most popular sleeping pad on the PCT. Warm, durable, and comfortable.


I'll be re-supplying my food in small towns at general stores and gas stations at intervals along the trail, but I also have the option to send myself packages to post offices along the way and higher-quality food every few stops will be a necessary morale boost. Freeze-dried or packaged foods with a long shelf life are best, things like jerky, dried fruits, trail mix, bars, sports drink mixes, etc. There are also really great dehydrated meals made for hikers needing a ton of calories in a lightweight package:



  • Toaks Titanium Long Handled Spoon ($11.50) - Seems silly, but the long-handled spoon makes maneuvering into the deep dehydrated meal packages so much easier. This spoon in particular is great because the bowl is polished and easier to clean

  • Evernew 2L Water Bladder ($15) - Perfect and durable for extra water capacity through the desert.

  • NiteCore NU20 Rechargeable Headlamp ($30) - I have a great headlamp that works perfectly fine, but it runs off of AAA batteries and I don't want to get caught in the dark with dead batteries. This headlamp is easily recharged by my portable charging block and is actually brighter than the one I already have.

-Regiospecific gear

-bear canister

-ice axe



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