After around 800 hiking miles this season, the final ‘go-to-gear’ list is ready to be baselined and improved for next season.

Weight goals:

  • Day Hiking – as light as possible, but weather dictates (OR weather can demand 2 rain shells, warmer clothes, micro-spikes for ice, etc) – water kept to <1L unless really hot
  • Multi-day hiking – < 28 pounds including consumables and extras (includes backpack) – this is without bear canister.
PurposeProductSeasons usedRatingPlans
Day hike packGregory Citro 3013 BellsUse 2022
Multi-day packGranite Gear Crown 2 (rejected!)

Osprey Exos 58

2 Bells

Too soon
Replace now

Use 2022 / test
Summer shoesTopo Terraventure24 BellsUse 2022
Wet weather shoesTopo TrailventureTesting 1x4 BellsUse 2022
Multi-day tentREI Flash Air 12 2.5 BellsUse 2022
Sleeping bagREI Magma 303 3 BellsUse 2022
Sleeping padNemo Tensor1 3 BellsUse 2022
Trekking polesBlack Diamond Carbon Cork2 3 BellsUse 2022
SocksDarn Tough Hiker Micro2 4 BellsUse 2022
Shoe gaitersOutdoor Research Thru G.53 BellsUse 2022
Rain shellMountain Hardwear Exposure1.5 3 BellsUse 2022
Down shellPatagonia Nano Puff14 BellsUse 2022
Water purificationMSR Trailshot22 BellsTesting new 1
Maps/ routes toolPCT = Guthook / Out There

Other = GaiaGPS

4 Bells

3 Bells
Use 2022

Use 2022
StoveJetboil Flash Carbon23 BellsUse 2022
HeadlampBlack Diamond Cosmo33 BellsUse 2022
Bug protection Sea to Summit Head Net23 BellsUse 2022
Multi-day food (dinner)Patagonia Provisions23 BellsUse 2022
Food bag (rodents)Armored Ratsack1 Season4 BellsUse 2022
Mobile phone serviceT-Mobile.5 Season1 BellSatelite Garmin

The Bells rating system

  • 1 Bell – should not use again
  • 2 Bells – works but is not something to recommend and needs a better alternative or product
  • 3 Bells – works well, meets objectives of function, durability and comfort – will not replace unless necessary
  • 4 Bells – works great and exceeds objectives and is highly recommended for others to try

Obviously, there is a bunch of other gear that I use, like stuff bags, waterproof bags, emergency gear, etc … but that list would make things too long and uninteresting.

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