Current Gear

Here’s a list of my current backpacking gear as of 2/24/2017. I’ll list the weights next to the products. You can click on the item names to open the product pages.


Granite Gear Crown VC 60 Liter Pack – 34 oz


DIY Silnylon Tarp – 9.5 oz

DIY Tyvek Ground Sheet 3×8 ft – ?

Sea To Summit Nano Pyramid  Single Net (For buggy locations) – 3 oz

Sleeping Pad:

Thermarest Neoair X-lite Inflatable Pad, Regular – 12 oz

Sleeping Bag/Quilt:

DIY Down Top Quilt ~10 *F – 21.2 oz


Evernew Ultralight Titanium 500ml Mug Pot – 2.6oz

BRS Titanium Ultralight Stove – 1.0 oz

Optimus Titanium Long Spoon – 0.7 oz  (5 Thumbs up)


Sawyer Squeeze Filter – 2.4 oz

Evernew 2 Liter Water Bladder – 1.5 oz


Patagonia Thermal Weight Long Sleeve Zip Neck – ?

Patagonia Thermal Weight Long Pants – ?

Outdoor Research Helium ii Rain Jacket (For warm climates) – 6.4 oz

Arcteryx Alpha SL Rain Jacket (For cold climates) – 12.0 oz

DIY Rain Skirt – 2.0 oz

Darn Tough 1/4 Merino Wool Cushion Socks (2 pairs) – 2.3 oz

Smart Wool PHD Outdoor Heavy Crew Sock (For Sleeping) – 3.5 oz

La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoes – 27.0 oz

Ibex Wool Beanie – 2.4 oz

Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch Glove – 2.0 oz

Nike Dri-Fit Running Shorts – ~5 oz

Mountain Hardwear Canyon Longsleeve Shirt– ~8 oz

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket – 7.0 oz


Leki Trekking Poles –  17.5 oz

GoLite Chrome Dome Umbrella – 8.0 oz

Phone Mount (For Stickpic) – 0.7 oz

Stickpic (For Video Shooting) – 0.4 oz

Spyderco Ladybug Knife – 0.6 oz


Iphone 6 – ~4.0 oz

Lifeproof FRE Waterproof Phone Case (Iphone 6) – 1.3 oz

Anker 13,000 mah Rechargeable Battery Pack – 8.4 oz

Apple Micro-USB To Lightning Adapter – <0.1 oz

iClever 24 watt Dual USB Charger – 2.4 oz

Black Diamond Iota 150 Lumen Rechargeable Head Lamp  – 2.9 oz



58 Replies to “Current Gear”

  1. can you provide any comments on your wood cook stove, I noticed you went to a wood stove part way through the PCT and then back to the gas.


  2. Question: Are the Patagonia base layers lightweight or mid weight?

    BTW I work at the REI in San Diego and sold you your La Sportivas right before you took of on your trip! Awesome videos man…keep it up!

  3. I remember, it was nice meeting you! Patagonia makes a range of base layers from light (capilene 1) mid (cap 2) normal (cap 3) expedition/heavy (cap 4). I use a cap 4 (heavyweight) long sleeve top and cap 3 long john bottoms (I would use cap 4 bottoms but I already have the cap 3’s). The cap 4 is warmer than cap 3, but I think it is a little more susceptible to wind chill due to its baffled design. You’ll need some wind protection with the cap 4. If wind is a big concern and you don’t have a wind jacket/outer layer maybe stick with a cap 3 setup.

  4. I wish that golite umbrella was still for sale. After seeing you use it on the pct i really started to want one.

  5. What are you using to dig cat holes?

    My Deuce of Spades broke (bent at the handle, torn sharp tip). I really hate digging holes, and using a trowel that digs into my hand doesn’t make it any better. Looking for a replacement.

  6. I use my MSR Groundhog tent stake. It is super durable and has yet to fail me. Though it isn’t broad like a traditional shovel, I’ve very rarely found it incapable of digging a sufficient LNT cat hole.

  7. Evidently, the GoLite umbrella was manufactured by EuroSchirm. They still make the same umbrella under their own label as the EuroSchrim Swing Liteflex.

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  13. Hi Joe!

    Enjoyed your layer comments today, nicely done. One question, what shorts were shown in your listing of layers. I particularly like the insert and the drawstring arrangement. I’m hoping they were not Go-Lite.



  14. Hey Hank!
    Sorry for the delay, my website comments are kind of broken right now. I hate to say it, but they were Go-lite 🙁
    Give some of the Nike running shorts a look. They are pricey, but comparable to Go-Lites.

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