com­fort

luxe gear for hik­ers will­ing to carry a lit­tle more

Backpacker - - COMFORT -

PACK Osprey At­mos AG 65

“The Anti­grav­ity mesh back­panel is prob­a­bly the main draw over most light­weight packs be­cause of the added ven­ti­la­tion be­tween the pack and your back. You can es­pe­cially feel the dif­fer­ence in the desert, like on the south­ern PCT or Arizona Trail.” –Snorkel $260; 4 lbs. 6 oz.; 65L; os­prey­packs .com

BAG West­ern Moun­taineer­ing Ul­tra­Light

“It weighs less than 2 pounds and I never once slept cold on the PCT. The hood has a warm down col­lar, and they both roll up to make a pil­low. The con­tin­u­ous, hor­i­zon­tal baf­fles let you move the in­su­la­tion to the top of the bag for ex­tra warmth.” –Lol­ly­gag $500; 1 lb. 13 oz.; 20°F; west­ern­moun­taineer­ing.com

PAD Ther­marest Neoair XTherm

“With an R-value of 5.7, this pad is warm enough for sleep­ing on snow. The ex­tra in­su­la­tion only adds 3 ounces over the XLite (page 44), mak­ing this a great choice for shoul­der sea­sons, big snow years, and cold sleep­ers.” –Snorkel $200; 15 oz.; 72” x 20” x 2.5”; cas­cad­edesigns.com

TREKKING POLES Black Di­a­mond Trail Back

“I used a pair of these the first time I did the AT. They lasted the en­tire AT and more than half of the PCT. The lock­ing mech­a­nisms were bul­let­proof and never broke. Foam grips were soft on the hands, too.” –Wolver­ine $80; 1 lb. 5 oz.; 25”-55”; black­di­a­mon­d­e­quip­ment.com

PUFFY Mont­bell Alpine Light Down Parka

“I got this 14- ounce jacket for the high al­ti­tude and windy con­di­tions of the CDT in Colorado, and it saved the day. The 800-fill down kept me warm in the evenings and early morn­ings, and the hood cinches snug to keep heat in. And it still packs down to the size of a Nal­gene.” – Greg from Wild $199; 14 oz.; S-XL; mont­bell.us

SUN AND RAIN PRO­TEC­TION Swing Trek Lite­flex Um­brella

“Car­ry­ing a re­flec­tive um­brella keeps the desert sun from bak­ing you to a crisp in ad­di­tion to keep­ing the rain out of your face. I’ve car­ried um­brel­las on my last 10 thru-hikes, and would never hike with­out one.” –Lint $40; 8oz.; eu­roschirm.com

SHEL­TER Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2

“This tent is easy to set up com­pared to trekking pole shel­ters, and its taut pitch is weath­er­tight. Con­den­sa­tion is not bad if you guy out the rain­fly cor­rectly. Plus, there’s plenty of room for two full-size peo­ple and a vestibule for gear.” –Lol­ly­gag $390; 2 lbs. 5 oz.; bi­gagnes.com

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