Pacific Crest Trail Gear List 2017

This is my 2017 NOBO (Northbound) PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) gear list before leaving. This will change as I get into different regions like from SoCal to the Sierras. I wanted to let you guys see what I am carrying for those of you that are wondering what my pack weight and gear is. I have seen many gear lists and they helped me quite a bit on deciding what to get. I also did a ton of research using REI, Backcountry, and Outdoor Gear Labs as references. REI has a great comparison tool that I utilized ALL the time!

I bought most of my gear on sale and with a credit card to get that cash back. Just make sure and pay your bill on time so you don’t incur interest. If you’d like to see my methods of saving hundreds of dollars on gear, click here! GSI Outdoors graciously gave me the *Pinnacle Soloist Cookset. I’m not trying to be picky because it was free and I really appreciate it but I would like to get lighter in that area eventually. Another gracious company is Shady Rays, James sent me two pairs of sunglasses, so big shout out to them! Someone also gave me the SteriPEN to use as like a backup which is awesome but I might ditch that as I think the Sawyer Squeeze will suffice. I have gotten lots of help, so thank you to everyone! You know who you are. Here is a list of places that I shopped:

I shop mostly online because sales and cash back sites. Plus, there’s mostly free shipping on every site so if you’re willing to wait for your gear then I’d recommend that. Without further ado, here is my Pacific Crest Trail backpacking gear list:

Sleeping and Shelter

Item Brand Ounces
Backpack Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 43
Sleeping Bag REI Magma 10° 20
Compression Sack Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil 2.6
Tent + Footprint BA Copper Spur HV UL 1 (Trail Weight) 38
Sleeping Pad Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol 14
Total Weight 7.35 lbs (117.6 oz)

Cooking & Kitchen

Item Brand Ounces
*Pot/ Mug GSI Pinnacle Soloist 10.9
Stove MSR Pocket Rocket 3
Utensil Snow Peak Titanium Spork 0.6
water filter Sawyer Squeeze 3
Total Weight 1.1 lbs (17.5 oz)

Clothing Packed

Item Brand Ounces
Rain Jacket Outdoor Research Helium II 6.4
Top Base Layer Smart Wool NTS 250 (Zip) 7
Bottom Base Layer Smart Wool NTS 250 7
Socks Darn Tough Socks x2 4
Total Weight 1.5 lbs (24.4 oz)

Clothing Worn (Excluded from pack weight)

Item Brand Ounces
Shirt Icebreaker T-Shirt 4.8
Sun Glasses

Signature Series – Black Glacier Polarized

Shorts Myles Everyday Short 6
Socks Darn Tough Socks 2
Shoes Lems Primal II 19.5
Total Weight 2.02 lbs (32.3 oz)

Part-Time/ Swappable Gear

Item Brand Ounces
Trekking Poles

Leki Corklite Trekking Poles – Pair

Bear Vault

BearVault BV500 Food Container

Micro Spikes

Kahtoola MICROspikes – M

Total Weight 4.4 lbs (71.1 oz)


Item Ounces
ACR RESQ Link 5.4 Ounces
Phone Samsung Galaxy S6 with Life Proof Case 5 oz
Total 10.4 oz

So, what’s my total pack weight?

Item lbs
Total Pack Weight (excluding: clothing worn, food, water, fuel and part-time gear) 10.6 lbs (169.9 oz)

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