The Thru-Hiker Gift Guide: Under $300

I t’s that time of year again. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the thru-hiker in your life, never fear: we’re here to help. From the hiker just starting out to the one who already seems to own everything, there’s something fun and helpful in this guide for every type of thru-hiker.

Help your loved one gear up for their next big adventure at any budget:

Osprey Exos 48 Pack Men’s | $220

  • Weight: 41 oz
  • Capacity: 48L

The Osprey Exos is consistently among the most popular backpacks among thru-hikers. It’s lightweight and streamlined compared to most Osprey backpacks but still features the company’s characteristically comfy and breathable trampoline suspension. The brain is removable, so you can make this pack even lighter if you want.

READ NEXT – The Best Backpacks for Thru-Hiking

Granite Gear Crown2 60 Pack Men’s | $200

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  • Weight: 37 oz
  • Capacity: 60L

The Crown2 is a minimalist pack that weighs barely over two pounds. The design is rugged and straightforward, without many bells and whistles to add weight and complexity to your setup. The brain is removable, so you can make this pack even lighter if you want.

Gossamer Gear Mariposa | $202

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  • Weight: 31 oz
  • Capacity: 60L

The Mariposa comes with a removable internal frame and a foam sit pad that can double as back support if you choose to use it frameless. It’s loaded with thoughtful, clever features that only an innovative cottage company like Gossamer Gear could devise, all designed to make this pack lighter and easier to use.

Gossamer Gear The One Tent | $240

  • Weight: 18 oz
  • Material: Silnylon

Ultralight yet still shockingly affordable, The One is the darling of the thru-hiking community. Thanks to its lightweight, spacious, durable design, it’s one of the best backpacking tents on the market. Need more room? Upgrade to The Two.

READ NEXT – Gossamer Gear The Two Review

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Tent | $250

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  • Weight: 26 oz
  • Material: Silnylon

The Lunar Solo is pitched with a single trekking pole and provides 26 square feet of floor space (plus a vestibule). This iconic, ultralight thru-hiking tent is designed with breathability in mind, with mesh ringing the bathtub and a vent at the peak of the canopy.

READ NEXT- Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Review

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Inflatable Sleeping Pad | $220

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  • Weight: 15 oz
  • R-value: 6.9

The XTherm manages to keep the weight on par with most other backpacking inflatables while being the warmest, most insulating four-season sleeping pad on the market. It now features a two-way valve that makes inflation and deflation easier than ever.


Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Trekking Poles | $190

  • Weight: 17 oz
  • Materials: Carbon fiber shaft, cork grip

A good pair of trekking poles makes all the difference. Black Diamond is known for making great poles. This pair features robust, ultralight carbon fiber shafts and comfy, moisture-managing cork grips.

Gossamer Gear LT5 Trekking Poles | $156

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  • Weight: 10 oz
  • Materials: Carbon fiber shaft, cork grip

These unique, three-piece trekking poles feature carbon shafts and cork-like EVA foam grips. Because they collapse in two different places, they pack up very small. They’re also dramatically lighter than most trekking poles, even other carbon fiber offerings.

READ NEXT – Gossamer Gear LT5 Trekking Pole Review

Hennessy Ultralite Asym Zip Hammock | $230

  • Weight: 31 oz
  • Materials: Silnylon rainfly, nylon taffeta + polyester no-see-um mesh body

This classic thru-hiking hammock weighs about the same as a freestanding ultralight tent and functions the same, but without drawbacks like clunky tent poles or the need for a large, flat tent pad to set up.

Enlightened Equipment Torrid Jacket Men’s | $175

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  • Weight: 8.4 oz
  • Insulation: ClimaShield APEX synthetic

This iconic insulated jacket is synthetic—you can sweat in it or wear it in the rain, and it will be no worse for wear, unlike a down puffy—but it’s every bit as warm, ultralight, and packable as its best goose down counterparts. YES PLEASE.


Patagonia Nano Puff Insulated Jacket Men’s | $199

  • Weight: 12 oz
  • Insulation: PrimaLoft Gold synthetic

The Nano Puff hits the sweet spot of style, function, and versatility so that you can wear it on the trail or in town. The epitome of lightweight warmth in a sleek package.

Arc’teryx Zeta SL Rain Jacket Men’s | $299

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  • Weight: 11 oz
  • Materials: Gore-Tex PACLITE

Arc’teryx is known for its well-made, stylish, purpose-built backpacking apparel. The Zeta SL jacket features premium Gore-Tex Paclite shell fabric, waterproof zippers, and an adjustable brimmed hood to keep the rain out of your eyes.

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