Gear for the Long Haul

Per­fect picks for ev­ery thru-hiker

Backpacker - - GEAR - BY SCOTT YORKO

Sure, we all love gear, but there’s no breed more opin­ion­ated about it than thru-hik­ers. That’s fair: They walk for months, ask­ing more of their gear than most any other recre­ation­ist. We polled a dozen of them to find the stuff thruhik­ers are reach­ing for most, and they came back with packs, bags, shel­ters, puffies, cook sys­tems, and ac­ces­sories that fit neatly into three cat­e­gories: ul­tra­light, com­fort, and bud­get. Which­ever path you choose, you’ll find the right pieces for your kit on the fol­low­ing pages.

Ul­tra­light, com­fort, or bud­get: Which route will you take on your next thru-hike?

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