GEAR UP!

Great Deals On Some
of Our Favorite PCT Gear

It’s that time of year! It’s time for the REI Anniversary Sale! This is when our favorite outdoor retailer puts gobs of great hiking gear on sale, just in time to get ready for summer on Oregon’s trails. There’s always plenty of cool things on sale, but this year we’re especially stoked to see several of our favorite trail-tested gear picks from last year at killer prices—including one of our all-time favorite tents and backpacks! Check ’em out below, and grab one of these great deals while you can!

big agnes tiger wall
The Tiger Wall UL2 tent features two doors, two vestibules and 28 square feet of living space...and weighs just 2.5 lbs.

This is a steal for one of the best ultralight tents we’ve ever used. Last year, we packed along the Tiger Wall UL2 on the PCT and other treks around the Northwest and were more than pleased with its easy setup and ample living space. This ultralight shelter features two doors for easy in and out, and two vestibules for ample storage space. With two people, it’s roomy enough for head-to-head sleeping, without being too cramped, with a little extra space for gear storage. Going solo, it was luxury living with plenty of room to spread out without weighing us down. It also features three internal pockets for keeping essentials handy and organized. This tent will be a mainstay in our packs for years to come!

osprey atmos ag backpack
We've tried lighter-weight packs, but we keep going back to [the Atmos 65] for superior long-distance comfort.

Since our first outing with Osprey’s AG backpacks, we’ve been a fan. We put this first offering in their Antigravity line, the Atmos 65to work on the PCT a few years ago. Wow—talk about form-fitting comfort! This is not an ultralight backpack, weighing in a little over 4 pounds, but you would never know it by the way it distributes pack weight to manage heavy, long-distance loads. The big mesh harness and hipbelt keep things cool and ventilated so it stays comfortable as the miles rack up. Plus, it has plenty of pockets, and a floating, removable lid, keep things organized for quick and easy access to essentials. We’ve tried lighter-weight packs, but we keep going back to this one for superior long-distance comfort.

REI Flexlite Chair
Our [Flexlite] chair gives us a nice, comfy place to sit for taking trail breaks, cooking dinner, and enjoying sunset views.

Our trail name isn’t “Lounger” for nothing! That’s why we never hit the trail without our ultralight camp chair.  No more pointy rocks, or bug-filled logs and tree stumps. Our portable camp chair gives us a nice, comfy place to sit for taking trail breaks, cooking dinner, and enjoying sunset views—anywhere we wanna plop our butts and take a load off. The 1-pound Flexlite Air is an even lighter, more compact model than our own Flexlite, which we’ve been carrying for years. It’s made of ripstop nylon, so it won’t snag, has a DWR finish for repelling light rain and spilled ramen, and, packed up, will easily fit in your pack’s side pocket for quick and easy access any time you want to kick back and relax.     

salomon x-ultra 3 gtx mid boots
With the comfort of a runner and the support of a boot, we can't wait to get these back on the trail!

Comfy right out of the box—no break-in time required. The X-Ultra 3‘s comfort comes from an ergonomic Ortholite sock liner and a contoured footbed and heel cup for superior foot support. The Gore-Tex-lined mesh and leather upper kept our feet dry and airy. At no time did we feel our feet getting stuffy inside, even over long hauls. Plus, the moderately-sized toe box, with reinforced toe cap, gives our piggies plenty of wiggle room, and protected from rocks and roots. Underneath, they’re supported by an EVA midsole and a beefy, Contragrip outsole, which provided plenty of cushion and traction on every type of terrain—even wet. With the comfort of a runner and the support of a boot, we can’t wait to get these back on the trail!

From showers on the PCT, to thunderstorms in the Rocky Mountains ... this thing does the job.

Staying dry and comfortable when the weather goes south can make or break a hike. That’s why we’ve been packing our Quasar Lite II rain jacket. From showers on the PCT, to thunderstorms in the Rocky Mountains, to downpours in the Scottish Highlands, this thing does the job. Its 2.5-layer DryQ Elite construction and unique tricep vents provide exceptional breathability, so it doesn’t get muggy underneath. Plus, we love this shell’s soft touch and slightly stretchy fabric for easy freedom of movement. Without sizing up, it’s a little bit on the trim side, but we found layering underneath to still be comfortable when we needed to add our puffy on chilly, wet mornings. This jacket has definitely found a place on our Essentials list.

Looking for even more great gear deals? Check out the sales going on at some of our favorite brands!

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