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David "Day-Late" Thibault
Begins: Apr 29, 2009
Date: Mon, Sep 14th, 2009
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Trip Distance: 2,630.6
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Post trip gear review
Warning this post is only about the gear I used on the trip and is provided for other hikers. This may be of no interest to the average reader.
Sleeping bag feathered friends 20 deg. A
Sleeping pad z-Lite B+
Windjacket montbell B
The hood needs a way to be velcroed down when not used as in the wind it can whip around and hit you in the head and face. Otherwise excellent preformance
Shoes NB 811 B
Wore a little quickly. The newer model (812) didn't fit as nicely.
ULA Pack A
Used the Catalyst to start and switched to the circuit to end. Think the circuit is a little more comfortable. Excellent pack for a thru hike.
Base Layer Capiline A
Gloves ULA Overmitt B-
Wore easy had some moisture issues. I had a pair of fleece mitts (homemade) that worked well.
ULA Rain skirt A+
Worked great and didn't cause me to overheat.
Dryducks rain gear (top only) B
Had a zipper fail early on. Worked okay and was durable enough to last the whole trip with only a couple of duck tape patches.
Shirt - Railriders A
Worked great in desert and mountains.
Pants Columbia Titanium C
Worked okay but a little hot at times. Also had several seams unravel - not the greatest workmanship.
Peek email device A+
Exceeded my expectations worked well. Would be nice to have a couple of enhancements but great journalling device for the money/weight.
Hat - balaclava C
I'd skip the balaclava and just get a regular warm hat next time.
Other: If I were doing it again I would have shipped my self warmer wool or neoprene socks for the Sierra's and Washington.
I also went through a lot of socks on this trip so I may have shipped some to myself - as the selection in the towns visited at times was poor.
(from my peek)
Thru Hiking the PCT in 2009 (yes all 2650 miles)
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