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    Starting my thru-hike in mid-March this year and here is my first draft gear list. I've read a ton of other peoples gear lists so I have been able to add and subtract a lot of gear based on that. I'm interested in any comments you have about my specific gear choices. In general im not looking to save an ounce if it means spending 100 dollars but all advice is welcome. Thanks!

    All weights are in ounces.

    Sleep

    -0 degree SwissGear synthetic bag-spring 81.3
    I know heavy but I want to be warm and I dont want a 300 dollar down. Ill suck it up.
    -40 degrees SwissGear synthetic bag-summer 46.6
    -Sea to summit thermolite bag liner- 2.8
    -Homemade bivy-7.3 (shelter use only)
    -thermarest Solite foam pad- 8.6
    -Emergency blanket- 1.7 (just in case)
    -MSR skinny one solo tent- 74.0
    -Black Diamond Tarp tent- 19.0 (used as ground cloth or extra rain/wind protection)
    -Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil dry sack 35L- 2.4

    Subtotal- 197.1 (used heavier bag in total)

    Eat

    -Austrian windproof lighter- 1.3
    -Primus Litech Kettle- 6.5
    -Plastic GSI cup from pinnacle soloist- 1.5
    -Sea to summit 13L evovac dry sack(food sack)- 2.4
    -Soto Micro-regulator Stove- 2.5
    -leatherman- 8.4
    -Miox purification system and Aquamira chemicals- 7.2
    -Ti spork- 0.6
    -Camelbak 3L- 7.8
    -MSR microfilter with 2.0L bladder- 11.3
    -Stove fuel- 8.1
    -50' spectra rope- 0.6

    Subtotal- 58.2

    Hike

    -Scarpa boots size 11 (heavy but keep me dry)- 70
    -Rainpants/long johns(spring)- 19.9
    -waterproof gloves- 6.5
    -Merino wool shirt- 7.0
    -Underarmor esq shirt X2- 6.0 (12)
    -Homemade gaiters- 2.5
    -Ball cap- 2.7
    -bear bell- 1.4
    -head lamp- 2.8
    -Rain shell- 16.0
    -Longdistance running shorts- 3.0
    -Running tights- 6.3
    -towel-3.0
    -heavy weight long Johns (spring)- 8.8
    -underarmor hoody- 18.3
    -Wool socks 3X- 2.5 (7.5)
    -5200 ALPS cascade backpack- 86 (heavy but I dont like cramming things in my 30L packs, also weight includes rain cover)
    -BlackDiamond Carbon Cork trekking poles- 17.8
    -Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Clothes Bag 20L-2.4
    -Compactor bags X2- 1.0 (1 for pack liner and one for hiking skirt)

    Subtotal- 294.9

    Luxuries

    -biodegradable soap concetrated- 1.9
    -Garmin GPSMAP GSX- 5.5
    -4 extra batteries- 1.5
    -Nikon coolPics camera- 4.9
    -Pepper Spray- 1.5 (just in case)
    -cell phone- 4.4
    -cell phone charger 1.5
    -mini playing cards- 1.3
    -Journal and pen- 11.7

    subtotal- 34.2

    Total- 584.4 (36.5lbs) Skin out weight without food/water (add 5 lbs= 41.5lbs)


    Chopping Block

    -bear bell- 1.5
    -Rainpants/long johns(spring)- 19.9
    these are actuall lightweight snow pants that I hike use to hike in the winter. I dont think it will be cold enough for them
    -MSR microfilter with 2.0L bladder- 11.3
    dont know if ill need a filter or just chemicals. Ill down grade to a 2L camelbak at 7.0 ounces.
    -Plastic GSI cup from pinnacle soloist- 1.5
    -Black Diamond Tarp tent- 19.0 (used as ground cloth or extra rain/wind protection)

    subtotal- 46.2

    New total- 538.2 (33.6 lbs)

    Pack weight is probably around (400 ounces or 25 lbs) (30lbs with food and this is good cause this is my goal)

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    You shouldn't need a bivy, a tent, and a tarp tent. Reconsider those options.

    The bear bell and GPS are pretty unnecessary. A hiker's companion will be much more useful than a GPS so you can also know about the towns to resupply in.

    I'm not sure about the cup. If I were hiking starting in March, I'd probably bring a cup, just so I could have hot water for food, and also have something to drink out of. Since I'm hiking later, my need for hot beverages isn't as high, so I'm just taking my cookpot to serve as a mug.

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    One tent is all you will need. Good choices for the chopping block. Good luck!

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    I'll bet you're going to make a new "friend" only a few miles up the trail. His name is Winton.

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    Bag is overkill, 15 degree is enough for mid march start
    One tent, no bivy (I'd go with the lightest shelter)
    Leather man is heavy, go with a small swiss army
    no kettle,just warm water in your cooking pot (I'd keep the cup to dip water from a stream)
    too many water bags- if you are using a drink tube take one 3 liter bag
    Skip filter, aqua mira is fine
    the boots are overkill, your feet will not stay dry no matter what you wear. Better to get something that will dry out quickly, like trail runners (if you get your pack weight down though)
    no pepper spray
    you're gonna need an insulated jacket for a spring start. One t-shirt and one long sleeve shirt to hike. Long johns for camp (why are you chopping them? you'[ll need them). personally I like rain pants (like precip) for spring and then again in the WHites. You need an insulated hat ( I would not take a hoodie to hike in, but that's me)
    first aid kit?
    headlamp?
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    maps and guidebook pages - don't need GPS for AT
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    Listen to what Blissful is saying. Of major concern is that your pack/tent/sleeping bag combination weighs 15lbs. Not saying you can't carry it, but most folks these days carry about 1/2 that on those three major items without giving up any comfort or safety. Add in a lot of the other choices of things you're carrying and you're going to lug a full 10 to 15 lbs extra from GA to ME. Pay attention to every ounce. But in the end it's your choice. It will cost a lot less to lighten up now than it will at Mountain Crossings.

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    Ditch the sleeping bag liner and all the other things others have already listed.

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    Keep the Scarpa boots - mine kept my feet dry last spring down there. Everything else Blisful said is right on.
    The AT - It has it's ups and downs...

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    So, I made a tent decision and it turns out MSR skinny one is only 53 ounces. Also I forgot to list a few things.

    Sleep
    -0 degree SwissGear synthetic bag-spring 81.3
    I know heavy but I want to be warm and I dont want a 300 dollar down. Ill suck it up and trade for the bag below in late april, early may.
    -40 degrees SwissGear synthetic bag-summer 46.6
    -Sea to summit thermolite bag liner- 2.8
    -Homemade bivy-7.3 (works as a waterprotection layer for my sleeping bag in lieu of a groundcloth)
    -thermarest Solite foam pad- 8.6
    -Emergency blanket- 1.7 (just in case)
    -MSR skinny one solo tent- 52.8
    -Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil dry sack 35L- 2.4
    Subtotal- 156.9 (used heavier bag in total)
    Eat
    -Austrian windproof lighter- 1.3
    -Primus Litech Kettle (this is my pot)- 6.5
    -Plastic GSI cup from pinnacle soloist- 1.5
    -Sea to summit 13L evovac dry sack(food sack)- 2.4
    -Soto Micro-regulator Stove- 2.5
    -leatherman (i use extra stuff and dont use the knife so I dont want to substitute it for a knife alone)- 8.4
    -Aquamira chemicals- 2.2
    -Ti spork- 0.6
    -Camelbak 2L and 3L- 14.8
    -Stove fuel- 8.1
    -50' spectra rope- 0.6
    Subtotal- 48.9
    Hike
    -Scarpa boots size 11 (no seriously they stay dry. Only time they were wet was when I submerged them 2 feet in a stream. Took about 23 hours to dry)- 70
    -waterproof gloves- 6.5
    -Merino wool shirt- 7.0
    -Underarmor esq shirt- 6.0
    -Homemade gaiters- 2.5
    -Ball cap- 2.7
    -head lamp- 2.8
    -Rain shell- 16.0
    -Longdistance running shorts- 3.0
    -Running tights- 6.3
    -towel-3.0
    -heavy weight long Johns- 8.8
    -smartwool bacaclava? 1.2
    -wool winter hat- 2.5
    -underarmor hoody (much lighter then a regular hoody)- 18.3
    -Wool socks 3X- 2.5 (7.5)
    -5200 ALPS cascade backpack- 86 (heavy but I dont like cramming things in my 30L pack, also weight includes rain cover)
    -BlackDiamond Carbon Cork trekking poles- 16.0
    -Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Clothes Bag 20L-2.4
    -Compactor bags X2- 1.0 (1 for pack liner and one for hiking skirt)
    Subtotal-269.5
    Luxuries
    -first aid/duct tape wallet/bathroom stuff- 5.5
    -biodegradable soap concetrated- 1.9
    -Garmin GPSMAP GSX (has AT maps and trail guide info and saves 3 ounces of weight and GPS is waterproof)- 5.5
    -2 extra batteries- 0.75
    -Nikon coolPics camera- 4.9
    -Pepper Spray- 1.5 (just in case)
    -cell phone- 4.4
    -cell phone charger 1.5
    -mini playing cards- 1.3
    -Journal and pen- 11.7
    -safety pins X3- 0.01
    -carabiner- 0.1
    subtotal- 39.06
    Total-514.36 (32.1lbs) Skin out weight without food/water (add 5 lbs=37.1 lbs)

    Chopping Block
    -GPS trade for 2011 NOBO AT guide-8.1 (use less batteries and GPS is more for my entertainment but I can do the math on the mph I guess).
    -Plastic GSI cup from pinnacle soloist- 1.5
    -wool hat or bacalava-1.2-2.5
    might not need both
    -mini playing cards 1.3 (but its only an ounce)
    -half of my towel- 1.5
    -gloves- 6.5 (use my extra socks but not waterproof)
    subtotal- 21.4
    New total- 492.96 (30.81 lbs)+5=35.81
    Pack weight is probably around (350-400 ounces or 22-25 lbs+5 lbs= 27-30lbs)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOMP View Post
    Starting my thru-hike in mid-March this year and here is my first draft gear list. I've read a ton of other peoples gear lists so I have been able to add and subtract a lot of gear based on that. I'm interested in any comments you have about my specific gear choices. In general im not looking to save an ounce if it means spending 100 dollars but all advice is welcome. Thanks!

    All weights are in ounces.

    Sleep

    -0 degree SwissGear synthetic bag-spring 81.3 (You'll wish for down, but ok)
    I know heavy but I want to be warm and I dont want a 300 dollar down. Ill suck it up.
    -40 degrees SwissGear synthetic bag-summer 46.6
    -Sea to summit thermolite bag liner- 2.8
    -Homemade bivy-7.3 (shelter use only) (Ditch this)
    -thermarest Solite foam pad- 8.6
    -Emergency blanket- 1.7 (just in case) (Ditch this - you've got a bag - just in case)
    -MSR skinny one solo tent- 74.0 (Hubba? - sounds good)
    -Black Diamond Tarp tent- 19.0 (used as ground cloth or extra rain/wind protection) (Ditch this - you have a tent)
    -Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil dry sack 35L- 2.4

    Subtotal- 197.1 (used heavier bag in total)

    Eat

    -Austrian windproof lighter- 1.3
    -Primus Litech Kettle- 6.5
    -Plastic GSI cup from pinnacle soloist- 1.5
    -Sea to summit 13L evovac dry sack(food sack)- 2.4
    -Soto Micro-regulator Stove- 2.5
    -leatherman- 8.4 (Ditch this - you won't use it - take the tiniest little pocket knife you can find for cutting cheese and maybe a cord or cleaning your toe-nails)
    -Miox purification system and Aquamira chemicals- 7.2
    -Ti spork- 0.6
    -Camelbak 3L- 7.8
    -MSR microfilter with 2.0L bladder- 11.3 (Ditch this - aqua-mira is plenty)
    -Stove fuel- 8.1
    -50' spectra rope- 0.6 (50' - you going to tow something - go for 25' - you won't hang that much anyway)

    Subtotal- 58.2

    Hike

    -Scarpa boots size 11 (heavy but keep me dry)- 70 (no they won't keep you dry - except in snow - I have the italian made scarpas too - go to trail shoes)
    -Rainpants/long johns(spring)- 19.9
    -waterproof gloves- 6.5 (ditch - get merino wool or fleece gloves - I just use liners - all you really need)
    -Merino wool shirt- 7.0
    -Underarmor esq shirt X2- 6.0 (12)
    -Homemade gaiters- 2.5 (leave them at home - unless you expect a lot of snow - which you dont)
    -Ball cap- 2.7
    -bear bell- 1.4
    -head lamp- 2.8
    -Rain shell- 16.0
    -Longdistance running shorts- 3.0
    -Running tights- 6.3
    -towel-3.0
    -heavy weight long Johns (spring)- 8.8
    -underarmor hoody- 18.3 (You've got a merino wool shirt already - too many clothes)
    -Wool socks 3X- 2.5 (7.5) (wear one pair - carry one pair - that's it)
    -5200 ALPS cascade backpack- 86 (heavy but I dont like cramming things in my 30L packs, also weight includes rain cover)
    -BlackDiamond Carbon Cork trekking poles- 17.8 (Consider black diamond Z-Poles - much lighter)
    -Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Clothes Bag 20L-2.4
    -Compactor bags X2- 1.0 (1 for pack liner and one for hiking skirt)

    Subtotal- 294.9

    Luxuries

    -biodegradable soap concetrated- 1.9
    -Garmin GPSMAP GSX- 5.5 (Ditch immediately)
    -4 extra batteries- 1.5
    -Nikon coolPics camera- 4.9
    -Pepper Spray- 1.5 (just in case) (In case of what? - ditch this ****e)
    -cell phone- 4.4
    -cell phone charger 1.5
    -mini playing cards- 1.3 (you'll find a card game with card - know when to hold em, when to fold em - in this case, walk away)
    -Journal and pen- 11.7

    subtotal- 34.2

    Total- 584.4 (36.5lbs) Skin out weight without food/water (add 5 lbs= 41.5lbs)


    Chopping Block

    -bear bell- 1.5 (how about a cow bell around your neck - seriously - ditch it)
    -Rainpants/long johns(spring)- 19.9
    these are actuall lightweight snow pants that I hike use to hike in the winter. I dont think it will be cold enough for them
    -MSR microfilter with 2.0L bladder- 11.3 (not I)
    dont know if ill need a filter or just chemicals. (don't filter at all unless water isn't from a spring - then just chemicals) Ill down grade to a 2L camelbak at 7.0 ounces.
    -Plastic GSI cup from pinnacle soloist- 1.5
    -Black Diamond Tarp tent- 19.0 (used as ground cloth or extra rain/wind protection) ​(stick with your Hubba)

    subtotal- 46.2

    New total- 538.2 (33.6 lbs)

    Pack weight is probably around (400 ounces or 25 lbs) (30lbs with food and this is good cause this is my goal)

    Hope my bold comments help - like most, you have made the most common mistakes of too many clothes and a water pump (and a cowbell)

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    mostly agree with what everyone is saying as well as....
    -ditch that windproof lighter, use a mini bic (trust your windscreen[which I didn't see listed])
    -use the tarptent and ditch everything else.
    -get rid of all filters and just use aquamira
    -too many clothes
    -rain pants, rain shell, rain skirt, too much!
    -drop the towel, a bandana works just as well.
    -86 oz = 5.375 pounds. too much backpack
    -everything on the chopping block can go (except tarp tent, replaces the tent)
    I've seen more spine in jellyfish

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    I'd be interested to know how you will get by with only 5 pounds of food and water. 2 liters of water and you have 4 pounds right there. You are going to be very hungry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Storm View Post
    I'd be interested to know how you will get by with only 5 pounds of food and water. 2 liters of water and you have 4 pounds right there. You are going to be very hungry.
    this is very, very true. i carried the same food bag you're going to carry, and 5 pounds of food will hardly fill it halfway up.

    Quote Originally Posted by TOMP View Post
    So, I made a tent decision and it turns out MSR skinny one is only 53 ounces. Also I forgot to list a few things.

    Sleep
    -0 degree SwissGear synthetic bag-spring 81.3
    I know heavy but I want to be warm and I dont want a 300 dollar down. Ill suck it up and trade for the bag below in late april.
    you said you wanted to save weight, but didn't want to spend 100$ to save 1 oz. how about saving money and ounces and springing for a 20* down bag? i bought campmor's 20* down bag for 120$ and carried it the entire way with a mid-april start.
    -40 degrees SwissGear synthetic bag-summer 46.6
    -Sea to summit thermolite bag liner- 2.8
    i seriously doubt you'll need this if you stick with your 0* bag, and there's no way you'll need a bag liner if you have a 40* bag in july.
    -Homemade bivy-7.3 (works as a waterprotection layer for my sleeping bag in lieu of a groundcloth)
    -thermarest Solite foam pad- 8.6
    -Emergency blanket- 1.7 (just in case)
    i took one of these as well... sent it home in hiawassee. ounces make pounds...
    -MSR skinny one solo tent- 52.8
    -Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil dry sack 35L- 2.4
    what's this for? if you're using it for your tent, just skip this and use the stuff sack that your tent came in. use trash compactor bags to line your pack to keep your stuff from getting wet.
    Subtotal- 156.9 (used heavier bag in total)
    Eat
    -Austrian windproof lighter- 1.3
    it may weigh the same as a bic, but it's probably more expensive. just use a regular lighter.
    -Primus Litech Kettle (this is my pot)- 6.5
    -Plastic GSI cup from pinnacle soloist- 1.5
    -Sea to summit 13L evovac dry sack(food sack)- 2.4
    ​good choice. i loved mine.
    -Soto Micro-regulator Stove- 2.5
    -leatherman (i use extra stuff and dont use the knife so I dont want to substitute it for a knife alone)- 8.4
    -Aquamira chemicals- 2.2
    have you thought about MSR's sweetwater drops? same price, but just one bottle and almost 1/3 the amount of chemicals & taste.
    -Ti spork- 0.6
    -Camelbak 2L and 3L- 14.8
    drop the 2L and stick with just a 3L. 5L of water is super heavy. at the end of my hike, i had a carrying capacity of 4L (1L nalgene + 3L camelback) but i was carrying water for myself and my dog at times. you won't need to carry 5L with as plentiful as water is down south.
    -Stove fuel- 8.1
    -50' spectra rope- 0.6
    Subtotal- 48.9
    Hike
    -Scarpa boots size 11 (no seriously they stay dry. Only time they were wet was when I submerged them 2 feet in a stream. Took about 23 hours to dry)- 70
    -waterproof gloves- 6.5
    i didn't hike in mid-march, but i never used gloves.
    -Merino wool shirt- 7.0
    -Underarmor esq shirt- 6.0
    -Homemade gaiters- 2.5
    -Ball cap- 2.7
    -head lamp- 2.8
    -Rain shell- 16.0
    -Longdistance running shorts- 3.0
    -Running tights- 6.
    skip these and just hike in your long johns. i took UA cold gear tights with me and wore them under my running shorts on maybe 10 occasions. i dropped my pants in the middle of the trail after a 30* morning on sassafras mtn to take them off and again on a mountain somewhere in maine because you work up enough body heat hiking that they're really only needed in camp.
    -towel-3.0
    -heavy weight long Johns- 8.8
    -smartwool bacaclava? 1.
    skip it. or buy a buff ... it can be used for a balaclava, hat, etc. i even used my buff as a towel after showers sometimes.
    -wool winter hat- 2.5
    -underarmor hoody (much lighter then a regular hoody)- 18.3
    skip this
    -Wool socks 3X- 2.5 (7.5)
    -5200 ALPS cascade backpack- 86 (heavy but I dont like cramming things in my 30L pack, also weight includes rain cover)
    -BlackDiamond Carbon Cork trekking poles- 16.0
    -Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Clothes Bag 20L-2.4
    -Compactor bags X2- 1.0 (1 for pack liner and one for hiking skirt)
    do you really think you're going to hike in a trash bag?
    Subtotal-269.5
    Luxuries
    -first aid/duct tape wallet/bathroom stuff- 5.5
    -biodegradable soap concetrated- 1.9
    -Garmin GPSMAP GSX (has AT maps and trail guide info and saves 3 ounces of weight and GPS is waterproof)- 5.5
    -2 extra batteries- 0.75
    -Nikon coolPics camera- 4.9
    -Pepper Spray- 1.5 (just in case)
    skip this. i took a thing of mace for the "just in case" reason, too, and it exploded in my pack. i took everything out of the bag it was contained in, wiped everything down, and thought i was safe. a few days later, i got out my pocket mirror because i was having contacts issues and guess who got mace in her eye? one of my friends pointed out that mace is no good anyways unless you can get to it at a second's notice. if, "just in case," you get attacked, no one's going to wait for you to call time out so you can fiddle through your pack for a defense mechanism.
    -cell phone- 4.4
    -cell phone charger 1.5
    -mini playing cards- 1.3
    -Journal and pen- 11.7
    -safety pins X3- 0.01
    why safety pins? if you're concerned about keeping broken things together, why not a needle and thread instead?
    -carabiner- 0.1
    subtotal- 39.06
    Total-514.36 (32.1lbs) Skin out weight without food/water (add 5 lbs=37.1 lbs)

    Chopping Block
    -GPS trade for 2011 NOBO AT guide-8.1 (use less batteries and GPS is more for my entertainment but I can do the math on the mph I guess).
    -Plastic GSI cup from pinnacle soloist- 1.5
    -wool hat or bacalava-1.2-2.5
    might not need both
    -mini playing cards 1.3 (but its only an ounce)
    -half of my towel- 1.5
    -gloves- 6.5 (use my extra socks but not waterproof)
    subtotal- 21.4
    New total- 492.96 (30.81 lbs)+5=35.81
    Pack weight is probably around (350-400 ounces or 22-25 lbs+5 lbs= 27-30lbs)
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    Ok, I refined the list a bit and put it on geargrams. Its a 22 lb pack load without food and water and I expect it to be around 30lbs with that in it (4-5 days worth of food). I know I can save a 1 lb by going with a smaller pack, but I see my pack as a cadillac and I think the comfort is going to be nice on the long hike, and eliminate my boots but I have everything I want at a weight I can handle. I think this is going to be about where I stand and Im ready to go. Getting excited. I also decided to get a thermarest haven 20 top bag (22 ounces) just couldnt pass up the weight and size reduction. Any last comments, hints, or suggestions? Thanks for your help.

    http://www.geargrams.com/list?id=5712

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    I wanted to reach out to everyone to get a feel for wearing Gaiters for a NOBO thru hike starting in mid March. Also, if you have a particular brand that has worked well for you. Thanks in advance

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    I made my own out of tyvek and elastic cord to tighten the top around my leg as well as on the bottom to go under my boot. It weighs 0.8 oz each, waterproof, and comes up about mid shin on me. I like them because it keeps the bottoms of my pants dry and mudless. I only bring one pair of pants on long hikes so I try to stay as clean as possible. Often the gaiters are crusted in mud and I dont want that on my pants and later on my sleeping bag.

    I was very underwhelmed with the name brand gaiters (REI) that I bought in the past. Mainly because they were made of heavy nylon, had a heavy strap, and full lenght heavy velcro. Each one was about 9 oz. And they were not waterproof so muddy water still got through. I have seen dirty girl gaiter that look nice and light but I dont think they are waterproof either.

    I have heard people say they are hot to wear but I havent personally noticed a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CROCKETT View Post
    I wanted to reach out to everyone to get a feel for wearing Gaiters for a NOBO thru hike starting in mid March. Also, if you have a particular brand that has worked well for you. Thanks in advance
    I wear gaiters to keep the snow out of my shoes - if there is no snow, you don't need gaiters water will just run down the tops and get in your shoes anyway. They could (maybe) ward off a bit of poison ivy but that's what your eyes are for. I'd save the weight and leave them home - probably one of the "most-mailed home" items among thru-hikers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOMP View Post
    I made my own out of tyvek and elastic cord to tighten the top around my leg as well as on the bottom to go under my boot. It weighs 0.8 oz each, waterproof, and comes up about mid shin on me. I like them because it keeps the bottoms of my pants dry and mudless. I only bring one pair of pants on long hikes so I try to stay as clean as possible. Often the gaiters are crusted in mud and I dont want that on my pants and later on my sleeping bag.

    I was very underwhelmed with the name brand gaiters (REI) that I bought in the past. Mainly because they were made of heavy nylon, had a heavy strap, and full lenght heavy velcro. Each one was about 9 oz. And they were not waterproof so muddy water still got through. I have seen dirty girl gaiter that look nice and light but I dont think they are waterproof either.

    I have heard people say they are hot to wear but I havent personally noticed a difference.
    Hey TOMP I've been curious as to those home-made gaiters as well. Any chance we could see a pic of the finished product? Also, is it pretty easy to pick up tyvek at Lowe's or some place similar? Elastic from... fabric store? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CROCKETT View Post
    I wanted to reach out to everyone to get a feel for wearing Gaiters for a NOBO thru hike starting in mid March. Also, if you have a particular brand that has worked well for you. Thanks in advance
    I'd skip it. Blister enhancer, imo. I sent mine home in '07.







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    Thanks for the information on the Gaiters. I look so forward to the NOBO. I just retired from work at the end of 2011. Doing the Thru Hike has been a dream for a long time.

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