Aug 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm #1278596
Now that I have my basic gear list pretty much set, I am starting the task of finding and looking into the best/ligtest/most comfortable clothing and shoes for my early March NOBO thru-hike. Any suggestions? Again budget isnt too much of a concern as I am more interested in quality.Aug 27, 2011 at 12:43 pm #1773476
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
In March I would look at some Nylon Hiking Pants (RailRiders Eco Mesh Pants for example) and a long sleeve wool shirt (Smartwool Lightweight L/S Crew for example). Later in the year I would switch to running shorts and short sleeve shirt. I would go with the trail runner than fits you best (I like the Salomon XA Pro 3D but YMMV).Aug 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm #1773496
Not A.T. specific but good info:
some A.T. lists here
Not the lightest and it is 2 people but you might get an idea from their series of videos,they are currently hiking the A.T. and uploading new ones as they go:
I would contact Matt Edwards or hopefully he will get on and give you some advice he has a nice list from doing the trail this year and he has triple crowned.I linked his profile and list above.I am sure he would be very helpful.Aug 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm #1773500
Starting in March it is still a bit cool out, and can and does drop well below freezing at elevation. When i did 3.5 months on the AT I started in December so i had full on winter gear.
For a March start If it was me I would bring:
Head-Smartwool balaclava and smartwool beanie
Torso-Capaline 3 l/s, columbia l/s hiking shirt, pantagonia nano puff, stoic vaporshell. (if you get cold easily you might want an additional layer like a r1 pullover etc)
Legs-capaline 2 long johns, summer weight bdu pants, ecwcs goretex pants
Feet- Smartwool trekking socks, OR crocodile gaitors, and my zamberlan trekker boots
Hands- smartwool glove liners, ems fleece fingerless/ mittens, and or endeavor mitts
Towards the end of april- mid may i would send a good portion of the cold weather stuff home as it is usually plenty warm by then. (balaclava, cap 3 l/s, bdu pants, croc gaitors, ecwcs pants, fleece mittens) and replace with some convertible pants, and a smartwool tshirt.
I like the bdu pants because in the colder months i like having a fire, and since they are 50/50 cotton poly blend they wont burst into flames and leave you with giant holes from embers like the other synthetic options and they still dry fairly quickly. The ecwcs pants i just have because they are as durable as they come , though there are much lighter options out there for rain pants(i only use rain pants in late fall-early spring).Aug 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm #1773543
I think I have settled on a pair of shoes to get, the Merrell Trail Glove Cross Training Shoes. They seem to have good reviews and will give them a try.
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