Gear

Top Tents and Hammocks of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

Top Tents and Hammocks of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

For the fourth year, The Trek has surveyed long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) regarding the shelter systems they use - tents, hammocks, and more. Each year, we ask...

Jan 2, 2018 : Mariposa
Announcing the 2018 Badger Sponsorship!

Announcing the 2018 Badger Sponsorship!

Calling all 2018 AT, PCT, and CDT thru-hikers!!! The Trek wants to sponsor you! That's right- it's that time of year. The page on the calendar where we give away thousands of dollars...

Jan 1, 2018 : Zach
Planning Gear for your Flip-Flop AT Hike

Planning Gear for your Flip-Flop AT Hike

To begin, let me emphasize that no two hikers will have the same gear. You might have some of the same items, but ultimately everyone has to figure out what...

Dec 21, 2017 : Nick Offenbach
The Top Sleeping Bags and Quilts of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

The Top Sleeping Bags and Quilts of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

We surveyed 253 section and thru-hikers who were on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2017. We asked about the temperature, fill, brands, and models of the sleeping bags and hammock...

Dec 19, 2017 : Mariposa
Gear Lessons From a Hiker Who Never Learned Her Lesson

Gear Lessons From a Hiker Who Never Learned Her Lesson

“The next time we’re in town, you’re getting a shakedown.” My concerned/exasperated hiking companions said this to me countless times throughout the spring and summer of 2017. At its heaviest,...

Dec 12, 2017 : Jessica Tinios
Keep Your Feet Happy: Stop The Blisters

Keep Your Feet Happy: Stop The Blisters

Blisters Suck, Blisters Suck, Blisters Suck If you didn't catch my hatred for these terrible, hell sent annoyances then I'm going to throw it out there one more time....BLISTERS SUCK....

Nov 7, 2017 : Eiryn Reynolds
Gear Review: North Face Triarch 3

Gear Review: North Face Triarch 3

Outdoor Gear Lab has a great article on some of the mainstream backpacking tents. There are also companies such as Hyperlite who make them to order according to custom specifications...

Oct 22, 2017 : Alex and Amanda
Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail with a Hammock

Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail with a Hammock

I finished my thru hike this year, starting at Springer Mountain on March 12th and summiting Katahdin on August 30th. Before that, I had exactly one night of sleep in the...

Oct 7, 2017 : Rhys Hora
Think You Know What Gear you Need for a Thru-Hike? I did too… Until I didn’t

Think You Know What Gear you Need for a Thru-Hike? I did too… Until I didn’t

Despite the fact that I have two family members and multiple friends that have completed thru-hikes of the AT I still was just as completely lost as anybody else when...

Jul 17, 2017 : Kirsten Fraude
Gear Review: Montbell Colorado Parka

Gear Review: Montbell Colorado Parka

Circumstances of review Throughout the winter and early Spring I wore the Description This reversible down parka boasts a generous urban cut and value oriented performance details making it ideal

Jul 11, 2017 : Dylan Tonkin