Not So Ultralight, But Just Right
As any potential thru hiker will tell you, researching and deciding on your gear is an absolute crazy endeavor. If I had a dime for every review I’ve read and every YouTube video I’ve watched regarding all the gear available, well… I’d have a lot of dimes.
So what makes a gear set ultralight anyway?
The way that I understand it is, a base weight less than 10 lbs is considered ultralight and anything under 20 lbs is lightweight. There’s even a superultralight that weighs 5 lbs or less, but that’s certainly something that I’m unable to imagine at this point. But in my case, lightweight works best for me splendidly. My base weight is almost 17 lbs and I’m totally fine with it after many shake down pre hikes. I’m very comfortable and confident with my gear as I hike my own hike respectively.
So here’s what I’m packin:
- Western Mountaineering Megalite 30° dri-down 850 sleeping bag
- Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
- Sea to Summit CoolMax Adaptor Bag Liner
- Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow
- ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxers x2
- Patagonia Men’s Capilene Lightweight Long Underwear Bottoms
- Darn Tough Merino Wool Micro Crew Cushion Hiking Socks x2
- Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Pants
- Mountain Hardwear Wicked Lite short sleeve T-Shirt
- Mountain Hardwear Wicked Lite long sleeve T-Shirt
- MontBell Chameece Jacket
- Patagonia Men’s Baggies Stretch Board Shorts
- Outdoor Research Beanie
- Salomon X Ultra II Low Hiking Shoes
- Dirty Girl Gaiters
- Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Outdry Gloves
- The Packa, pack cover/smock rain gear
Hygiene / First Aid / Survival:
- Hygiene Kit
- First Aid & Repair Kit
- Foxelli Head Lamp
- Platypus GravityWorks Filter System Bottle Kit – 2 Liter
- TheTentLab The Deuce of Spades Trowel
- Nexus 6P, Anker 13000 Charger, tri-pod, cords etc.
- AWOL, nobo half guide
- Leki CorkLite Trekking Poles
- Cuben Fiber stuff sacks x3
- Ear buds
Maybe just a tad too heavy? Only time on the trail will tell…
I probably could have tweaked away a few more ounces, but this is what feels best for me. This should cover the nobo portion of my flip flop thru hike beginning at Harper’s Ferry 4/23. Hope to see you out there and may sunshine flood your path.
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