Though not talked about frequently by thru hikers, gear does play an essential role on trail. Having the right gear on a thru hike can make all the difference in your comfort, ability to cover miles, and even tends to affect your mental attitude! Walking day in and day out with so little, really allows you to appreciate the gear that works well for you, or despise what doesn’t. What follows is some of my favorite gear that I recently used on my Continental Divide Trail (CDT) thru hike. I leave the video to do most of the explanation, but I’ll put the links to the gear after the video so you can check it out yourself.

CDT Gear: