PCT gear review
In this PCT gear review I want to share my experiences and highlight the pros and cons of the gear I chose to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. You can find a complete list of all the gear I carried here: PCT gear list.
Bevor heading out on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016 I did a lot of research about gear and I know how hard it can be to select the right stuff. Carrying everything that’s needed on our backs we hikers are very limited. You can’t just bring everything! Therefore it is important to find good gear that is lightweight but still durable. And ideally this well-selected piece of gear serves more than one purpose.
As the PCT was my first long-distance hike I was very happy with a total base weight of my backpack of about 7.6 kg. Furthermore I am very proud of the fact that I didn’t have to get rid or exchange much of my gear. I made the right picks – right from the start!
My PCT gear review is based on my personal opinion and I only recommend what I am really convinced of. I had a hard time at the beginning of the PCT due to an early knee injury. I had to went hard on my hiking poles and some other pieces of gear! In the end it was also my well-chosen gear that helped me through a hard time. Finally my hike on the Pacific Crest Trail was a big success for myself and I think the right gear was most important for that.
How to select the best hiking gear?
I have chosen five criteria to classify the products with 100% meaning the product is very good with this criteria. Of course the classification reflects my personal opinion but it is supposed to give you a rough idea. I hope my PCT gear review helps you to find the right gear for you!
- Usefulness – It’s a personal decision. If you pack for a long distance hike you do not have the capacity to bring many luxury items. Ask yourself the question: Do I really need this?
- Weight – You will definitely talk about your base weight every day for the first two weeks. And every time your base weight is smaller than that of your fellow hikers you will be very proud! 😉
- Durability – You want a product that lasts for the entire hike, right?
- Cost – Most of us hikers travel on a tight budget and unfortunately the above mentioned points come at a cost. Of course most of the high quality hiking gear is more expensive. Therefore this criteria wants to stress if the price is okay for the quality you get.