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Begins: Apr 17, 2011
Date: Fri, Dec 30th, 2011
Trip Distance: 229.5
Entry Visits: 1,470
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Gear review: One of my favorite past times was reading PCTs gear reviews so I guess I owe it to the community to post ours.
Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus pack: Worked great. Handled a bear canister well. When I loaded the pack at 35 lbs. it was a bit uncomfortable but, served well thru the Sierras. The back pad was worn out by the end but, over all the pack held together well. The external pockets were very handy. The light weight was great. I really liked the wide shoulder straps. The optional hip belt was a bit flimsy and would get twisted.
Golite 3 season quilt: I picked this up on a sweet deal and was worried but, It turned out to be a great piece of gear. I am a tosser and a turner and the quilt was perfect for that. By adding some layers and coat I was able to sleep even in the mid 20s Golite has upped the down in the from previous models and I think they really nailed it.
NeoAir Medium length: I splurged and got the 72 length. Never had a leak. By the end of the trip the baffles around my hip area was coming undone (a bulge in the mattress) I used this as padding in the back of the pack and it survived the abuse fine
Double Rainbow tarp tent. Loved it. We used it every night but once. The zipper on both sides started to fail in the last month (we were able to zipper the other side so, not catastrophic) The acess on both sides was very convenient. There was enough room that we could load up our packs in the tent before exiting. We only had a couple of nights of rain but, never a worry. On pleasant nights we could roll back the sides and look at the stars and laugh at the mosquitoes. Since it was a single wall there was some condensation but, due to low humidty and good air flow it was not a big issue.
Montbell Thermawrap Jacket: I didnt get overheated in it but, survived very nicely.
Ice breaker Long sleeve T shirt-super comfy. I lived in it. Only on mosquito/hot sunny condition did I switch to the Rail Rider Madison river shirt. The Madison river shirt held up well and the repellent seem to help. I wish it was a lighter material.
Brooks Cascadia-great shoe, I was surprised how prevalent it was on the trail. We used 3 pairs in 2100 miles and could of got away with 2 pairs.
Cooking: we used a 1.3 liter Evernew Titinum pot and MSR pocket rocket. The pot was just the right size for the two of us. The convenience of the canister stove was great. They worked fine together. A couple of times we had to switch to alcohol cat stove ( I made in the field) because I couldnt find a canister (Big Bear, Mohave and Dunsmuir).
ULA Ohm backpack. She loved it. It barely held a bear canister.
Marmot Helium Sleeping bag: Holly sleeps cold but, this bag kept her toasty the whole way.
Pacific Outdoor Equipment Ether Elite reg. It was half the price of the Neo-air and Holly liked the vertical baffles. It was comfy but, did develop a slow leak at the end of the trip that we could never find but, required blowing up in the middle of the night
Marmot 800 fill down coat: At bit heavy but, it kept the wife happy
Brooks Cascadia shoes: Ditto
Feminine Product: Moon Cup worked fine for Holly