The Best Comfort Thru-Hiking Gear

Luxe gear for hikers willing to carry a little more.
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Luxe gear for hikers willing to carry a little more.

There's no way around it: thru-hiking takes a toll on you. But plan your recovery and practice self-care, and you'll keep going strong. This gear is a good place to start.

Western Mountaineering UltraLight

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It weighs less than 2 pounds and I never once slept cold on the PCT.

Thermarest Neoair XTherm

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With an R-value of 5.7, this pad is warm enough for sleeping on snow.

Swing Trek Liteflex Umbrella

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Carrying a reflective umbrella keeps the desert sun from baking you to a crisp in addition to keeping the rain out of your face.

Osprey Atmos AG 65

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The Antigravity mesh backpanel is probably the main draw over most lightweight packs because of the added ventilation between the pack and your back.

Montbell Alpine Light Down Parka

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The 800-fill down kept me warm in the evenings and early mornings, and the hood cinches snug to keep heat in. And it still packs down to the size of a Nalgene.

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2

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This tent is easy to set up compared to trekking pole shelters, and its taut pitch is weathertight.

Black Diamond Trail Back

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The locking mechanisms were bulletproof and never broke. Foam grips were soft on the hands, too.