Here’s my basic hiking gear. I shop mainly at REI, Amazon, TNF and Columbia outlets, and Target.


Dayhike pack: Osprey Talon 22
Overnight pack: Osprey Atmos 65


Muddy/Wet Trail shoes: The North Face Ultra 109 (Waterproof) Lightweight: Asics Gel Venture 4
Rough Trails: Salomon XA 3D Ultra 2 GTX
Trail boots: Vasque Wasatch GTX


Shorts: Kuhl Raptr, Columbia Shirts: Champion C9 shirts, Adidas Climalite T-Shirts, The North Face Flight series (back venting is glorious)
Underwear: Under Armour boxer briefs, Adidas Climalite boxer briefs. Don’t forget BodyGlide. It’s a bacon saver.


Jackets: Salomon (stretchy fleece zip-up), The North Face lightweight softshell, Marmot PreCip rain jacket. Hat: Currently looking… But I bring along a Buff.

Other Gear

REI Traverse trekking poles
 Headlamp: Black Diamond Spot
 Water Container: Platypus 2L soft bottle (multiple)


About Gear Posts

I am not on anyone’s payroll but my employer’s, and it’s wholly unrelated to what I’m doing here. I have no grandiose dreams of making millions being an Amazon Affiliate. I figure I’d give the program a shot.

I try my hardest to find gear on sale or special deals. Gear can get expensive, and some of it is hardly used, or disposable. Socks, for instance. They’re going to wear out after so much hiking. Do you want to spend $10 more a pair and have them last one extra season? Or an ice axe. How many hikes are you going to need one (I’m at maybe one a year)?

With that said, go forth and find it cheaper. If you can find it cheaper on Moosejaw, Backcountry, Sierra Trading Post, Campmor, CampSaver, Gear Exchange, or elsewhere, do it.

And on the flip side, do not let cost deter you from hiking. You do not need $100 SmartWool shirts for a 2-hr hike. You might need $200 shoes, if they are the most comfortable pieces of canvas and nylon to wrap around your foot. Splurge- or at least don’t skimp- on these important pieces of gear: Shoes, underwear, shorts, and rain jacket.

REI has a fantastic return policy. I recommend becoming a member ($25) and enjoying the knowledgeable staff. REI is not a Gander Mountain/Dick’s Sporting Goods/Bass Pro Shop. They have very good people working there.

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