PCT Hiker Gear 2021

I did the John Muir Trail in 2021 and had a good chance to check out thru hiker’s gear in person.

Most surprising to me were the increased number of sun hoodies.

Mac posted his annual Pacific Crest Trail Hiker’s Survey, interviewing 654 thru hikers.

  • Average backpack size 53.9 litres
  • Average sleeping bag rating 16.8°F (-8.44°C)
  • Most popular app ~  FarOut Guides (formerly Guthook)

Most Common PCT Backpacks

  1. ULA Circuit
  2. Gossamer Gear Mariposa
  3. Hyperlite Mountain Gear Southwest

Most Common PCT Shelters

  1. Zpacks Duplex
  2. Gossamer Gear The One
  3. NEMO Hornet 2P

Most Common PCT Sleeping Bags/Quilts

  1. Enlightened Equipment Revelation
  2. Enlightened Equipment Enigma
  3. REI Magma (Men’s/Women’s)

Most Common PCT Sleeping Pads

  1. Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite
  2. NEMO Tensor
  3. Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite – Women’s

Most Common PCT Insulated Jackets

  1. Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 2 – Hooded (Men’s/Women’s)
  2. Enlightened Equipment Torrid Apex (Men’s/Women’s)
  3. Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody (Men’s/Women’s)

Most Common PCT Shells

  1. Outdoor Research Helium II (Men’s/Women’s)
  2. Frogg Toggs Ultra-Lite 2
  3. Montbell Versalite (Men’s/Women’s)

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