Gear I Use

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I’ve been backpacking for over a decade. Over the years I’ve tried lots of different gear and learned a lot about what works best for me and my style of backpacking. I’m not an ultralight hiker by any means, but I like to be comfortable, both in camp and with the load I carry on my back.

Here’s the full list of gear that I take on most backpacking trips. Some of the items only come on more relaxed trips where I don’t mind carrying a bigger load. Where possible, I’ve included links to items I have reviewed. If you have questions about how to choose gear for backpacking, I’m happy to answer.

This list is up to date as of summer 2018.

Backpacks:

Multi-Day and Overnight Pack: Boreas Lost Coast 60 Women’s version with raincover (read my review)

Collapsible pack for dayhikes from base camps: MEC Travel Light Top Loader

 

Hammock on Flores Island, BC

Sleeping and Camp Gear:

Tent: MSR Hubba Hubba NX with footprint. Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com

Sleeping Bag: Big Agnes Roxy Ann -9C/15F Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com or Therm-a-Rest Oberon -18C/0F Check price: MEC | Backcountry.com | Amazon

Compression sack: OR Ultralight Compression Check price: MECBackcountry.com | Outdoor Research

Sleeping Pad: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com

Pillow: MEC Air Pillow

Kitchen Tarp for group trips: RAB Siltarp 2 Check price: MEC | Backcountry.com | Amazon

Guylines and rigging: 2mm reflective cord in various lengths and NiteIze Figure9 Caribiners Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com

Pegs: MSR Mini Ground Hog Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com

Lounge Hammock: Therm-a-Rest Slacker Double Hammock and Suspenders (read my review). Check price: MEC | Backcountry.com | Amazon

Bum Pad: MEC Seat Cushion


 

Kitchen Gear:

Stoves: Snow Peak GigaPower with add-on windscreen Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com or MSR Whisperlite Check price: MEC |  Backcountry.com

Pots: MSR Alpine 2 Pot set Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com, Primus eta Pot (discontinued) or Sea to Summit X Pot 2.8L Check price: REI | Amazon

Fire starter: Bic Lighter or Light My Fire Swedish Firesteel Check price: MEC | Amazon

Eating/cooking utensils: Snow Peak Titanium Spork Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com, Single blade Gerber folding knife (discontinued model)

Clean up: Sierra Dawn Campsuds soap Check price: MEC | REI, GSI Compact scraper Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com

Bowls: Sea to Summit X-Bowl Check price: REI | Backcountry.com or Orikaso folding bowl (discontinued)

Mug: Snow Peak titanium double wall: Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com

Hydration: Source 2L Reservoir Check price: MEC and Platypus Soft Bottle collapsible bottles Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com

Water Treatment: Platypus Gravityworks 2L Check price: MEC , REI | Backcountry.com; Steripen Classic 3 Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com or Pristine Drops Check price: MEC

Bear Canister: Bear Vault BV450 Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com, Garcia Machine Backpacker’s Cache Check price: MEC | REI or URSack Check price: MEC | REI

Food Bag: Seal Line Bulkhead View Dry Bag Check price: MEC | REI and cheap hardware store yellow poly rope for hanging


 

Navigation and Electronics Gear:

Headlamp: Petzl Actik Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com and Petzl e+Lite Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com

Wrist watch: Timex Ironman Sleek Check price: MEC | REI |Backcountry.com or Garmin Vivoactive 3 Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com

Compass: Silva Ranger Check price: MEC | Backcountry.com

GPS: Garmin eTrex 30S Check price: MEC | REI |

Map Case: Gallon sized Ziploc freezer bag Check price: Amazon

Map/Guidebook: Paper maps and guidebook photocopies/internet printouts for the area

Reading material: Amazon Kindle

Power Bank: Mophie Powerstation Mini or Jackery Mini 3350

Emergency Communication: DeLorme InReach (discontinued), iPhone 6S, and Fox 40 Whistle Check price: MEC | REI 


 

Camera Gear:

Camera: Sony A6000 and kit lens Check price: Amazon

Camera Clip: Peak Design Capture Clip Check price: REI | Amazon

Camera Bag: Lowe Pro Dashpoint

Tripods: Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Check price: REI Sirui T-025X Carbon Fiber Check price: Amazon


 

Health and Safety:

Sunscreen: Small tube of sweat-resistant sunscreen

Head Net: OnSight Equipment Mosquito Head Net Check price: MEC

Toothpaste: Travel sized Sensodyne (free from the dentist’s office)

Toothbrush: Generic drug store toothbrush with travel cap

Deodorant: Travel sized from the drug store

Toilet paper and hand sanitizer in a ziploc

Hair elastics

Foam ear plugs

Lip Balm: SPF Blistex in a tube

Towel: PackTowl face cloth Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com

Bear Spray: Frontiersman Check price: MEC Seattle Sports bear spray holster Check price: MEC

First Aid Kit: Zippered case with first aid supplies personally chosen and assembled by me

Repair: Gearaid Tenacious Tape Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com MSR Tent pole repair splint Check price: MEC | Backcountry.com


Hiking the King's Throne Trail in Kluane

Outerwear:

Waterproof Breathable Jacket: MEC Alpine Refuge (discontinued) or MEC Synergy

Waterproof Breathable Pants: MEC Hydrofoil pants

Rain Skirt (yup that’s a thing): Enlightened Equipment Rain Wrap

Wind Jacket: MEC Farpoint Jacket

Insulated Jacket: MEC Uplink, MEC Warm Obsession (discontinued but you can read my review), MEC Spicy Hoody, MEC Hot Cocoa Parka, MEC Light Obsession (I know… I have too many MEC puffies)

 

Hiking Clothes:

T shirt or tank top: wicking tee or tank – I have tons from lots of different brands but right now my favourite is the Patagonia Nine Trails Short Sleeve Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com

Long sleeved warm shirt: MEC T2 Long Sleeved Zip T or MEC Flyer long sleeve.

Long sleeved sun protection shirt: MEC T1 Long Sleeved Zip T, MEC Lupin Long Sleeved button up

Pants: MEC Amanita Straight Leg Pants, MEC Terrena Stretch Pants or MEC Agility Tights

Shorts: MEC Terrena Stretch shorts or Black Diamond Valley Shorts Check price: MEC | Backcountry.com

 

Sleeping and Camp Clothes:

Base Layer Top: MEC T3 Hoodie or MEC T2 Hoodie

Base Layer Bottoms: MEC T3 Long Johns or MEC Merino T2 Long Johns

 

Underwear:

Sports Bra: Knixwear Evolution bra

Underwear: Patagonia Active Hipster Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com | Patagonia; PACT cotton panties for in camp Check price: MEC | Amazon

 

Accessories:

Hat: Sunday Afternoons Northwest Trucker Cap Check price: REI | Backcountry.com or Nike running hat

Toque/Beanie: MEC Fleece Toque, or Chaos recycled cashmere knit hat Check price: REI 

Buff: Outdoor Research Echo Ubertube Check price: MEC | Outdoor Research or MEC MT2 Neck Gaiter

Gloves: DeFeet Dura ET gloves Check price: MEC | Backcountry.com or MEC Windstopper Gloves (discontinued)

Trekking Poles: Black Diamond Trail Poles Womens version Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com

Sunglasses: Sunskis Headlands Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com


 

Footwear:

Socks: Wright Sock Double Layer Socks (as liners) Check price: MEC | REI Great Canadian Sox Company Super Wool Hiker GX Check price: MEC, Defeet Wooleator Check price: MEC | Backcountry.com or Darn Tough Light Hiker Micro Crew Check price: MEC | REI | Darn Tough Socks

Camp Socks: Defeet Woolie Boolie Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com

Gaiters: MEC Kokanee Gaiters

Boots and Shoes: Salomon X Ultra Mid GTX Light Trail Shoes Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com,  Scarpa Kailash GTX Day Hiking Boots Check price: MEC | Backcountry.com, Salomon XA Pro Trail Running Shoes Check price: MEC | REI | Backcountry.com

Camp Shoes: People Footwear The Rio Slip on Shoes Check price: MEC | Amazon


 

So that’s the full list of things I might usually bring on a backpacking trip. If you have any questions about my gear and why I chose it, let me know.

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