Our gear. Man, so many decisions to make when you will be carrying your entire life in one pack. One thing was certain though, and we chose quality over quantity. The items we bought are expected to last us the entire duration of our trip. We did not go the cheaper route of buying lower quality items with the plan to just replace them as we go. We invested a good amount of money in our gear and I am excited to put it to the test. During our trip, I will give my thoughts on the gear  – pros, cons, likes, dislikes, durability, etc. We bought all our gear on three main sites – REI, Steep&Cheap, and IceBreaker. REI has great sales year round and if you are a member, their garage sales offer amazing deals. We have heard nothing but great things about merino wool, so we decided to test it out for ourselves. Although a bit on the pricey side, we shopped at IceBreaker for all our wool needs. Now Steep&Cheap was a little secret that I had learned from one of my well-traveled friends. If you have never checked it out before, now is the time. This site is awesome and has great deals on last year’s or out of season products. It is not the place to find the latest gear, but rather a place to find high quality gear from all the big brand names at a fraction of the price. Because we had plenty of time to prepare for our trip, we were able to patiently wait and hunt down the best deals for a good portion of our gear. Having a plan and some time to spare, you are able to save a lot of money if you are willing to put in the work!

What’s in her pack:

  • Osprey Ariel 65 L
  • Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite Women Sleeping Pad
    • I love this sleeping pad. I have had it from day 1 since I started backpacking, and it has never failed me to give a good night’s sleep. It’s light, easy to inflate, easy to compact, and it insulates my body heat very well. Definitely would recommend it.
  • Moutain Hardwear Laminina Z Flame Sleeping Bag 21 F / -6 C
  • SmartWool PhD Running Shorts, size S
  • IceBreaker Sprite Hot Pants, size M (x4)
  • IceBreaker Aria Tank, size S (x2)
  • IceBreaker Sprite Racerback Bra, size M (x2)
  • Polyester T-shirts (x3)
  • Tall SmartWool socks (x3)
  • Short SmartWool socks (x2)
  • Patagonia Merino 2 lightweight bottoms, size S
    • itchy and a bit uncomfortable to wear, we’ll see if it’s worth having the wool
  • Patagonia Capilene 3 Midweight Crew Top, size S
  • Black Cotton Dress (x2)
    • Something simple that I can dress up or dress down for any occasion.
  • Arc’teryx Maeven Fleece Jacket, size S
  • GOLITE 800 Pertex Microlight Eco Puffy, size M
    • Love this jacket! I have had it for a few years now and it is still in great condition. It has kept me warm and dry, even in rainy situations.
  • Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket
    • size M to allow layering – fits perfect with shirt, fleece jacket, puffy
  • Black Diamond Distance Z trekking poles
    • I am interested to see if these will be worth the extra weight and space. They have been a life saver on my knees for uphill and downhill climbs, but not sure how often I will need them.
  • Rainbow flip-flops
  • Nike running shoes
  • Vasque Breeze 2.0 Mid GTX Hiking Boots

What’s in his pack:

  • Osprey Atoms 65 L AG
  • REI Lumen Sleeping Bag
  • ALPS Mountaineering Ultra-Light Air Pad (Regluar)
  • Black Diamond Distance Z trekking poles
  • Patagonia Capilene 1 Silkweight T-shirt short-sleeve, size M (x2)
  • Patagonia Air Flow T-shirt short-sleeve, size S
  • Levi Jeans
  • Hurley Board Shorts (x2)
  • Patagonia Micro D Fleece Jacket, size M
  • The North Face FuseForm Originator Jacket, size M
  • Arc’teryx Atom AR Hoody Men’s, size M
  • Short SmartWool socks (x2)
  • Tall SmartWool socks
  • Rainbow Flip Flops
  • Adidas Samba Shoes
  • Benchmade 556 Mini-Griptilian Serrated Locking Knife

What’s in their pack:

  • Nemo Blaze 2P Ultralight Backpacking Tent, 2lb. 5 oz.
  • Jetboil Flash Cooking System
    • Great little stove. Boils water within minutes. It is super convenient to have a hassle free system after a long day.
  • BlueWater 3mm NiteLine Utility Cord – Package of 50 ft.
  • Travel Kit — First Aid Stuff
  • Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter – 32 fl. oz.

Gadgets and Gizmos:

  • iPod Nano 16 GB
  • Canon Rebel T3i
  • MacBook Pro
  • MacBook Air 15″
  • Moto X (2013)
  • Moto X Pure Edition
  • Goal Zero Nomad 3.5 + Switch 8
  • GoPro Hero 4 Silver

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