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Post-Trail Comments and Rating out of 10
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Big FourPack
Mountain Laurel Designs
DCF Burn w/bottle pkt + 2 hip pkts
63522.4
https://mountainlaureldesigns.com/product/burn-38l/
9: Excellent pack held up whole trip; Slightly small but capacity could cover 110-150 miles on a food supply.
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Sleeping PadThermarestNeoAir XLite Medium37313.2
https://www.amazon.com/Therm-Rest-Ultralight-Backpacking-Mattress/dp/B00PZL14EK
8: Good pad; a little noisy; but overall good.
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Sleeping QuiltKatabatic GearAlsek 22F61021.5
https://katabaticgear.com/shop/alsek-sleeping-bag/
9: Great quilt; happy to have switched to 15F version for colder weather though; cowboy camping comfort was only to ~35F. Still a draft once in a while.
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ShelterKatabatic GearBristlecone Bivy2438.6
https://katabaticgear.com/shop/bristlecone-bivy/
9: Great bivy
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Groundhog Mini x6 + hooks x2
782.8
https://www.amazon.com/MSR-Groundhog-Stake-6-Pack-Regular/dp/B006ZC5KLG/
8: Good
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Cord + mini-biners x6702.5
https://www.amazon.com/Kelty-TripTease-LightLine-Reflective-Cord/dp/B001M0NVGW/
8: Good but a little heavy
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Mountain Laurel Designs
Poncho Tarp w/DCF2187.7
https://mountainlaureldesigns.com/product/mld-pro-rain-poncho/
7: Works well as a shelter if you know wind direction and rain isn't constant over several days; takes a few minutes to set up; super goofy to wear in rain but worked OK. Would prefer normal rain gear + tent in winter conditions
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Total Big Four222778.6
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4.9lbs
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Post Trail Comments
My big four worked well from Washington through to the start of the Sierra. When entering the cold Sierra in late September, I swapped my bivy for a 1P tent, the TarpTent Aeon Li, I swapped my 22F Alsek quilt for the 15F Sawatch quilt, and I swapped my NeoAir XLite for a NeoAir XTherm sleeping pad. This meant I could now comfortably sleep down to about 15F, whereas previously I was only comfortable above 32F or so. This increased the weight only a few ounces, and it provided me substantially more shelter in snow and wind. I swapped back to the NeoAir XLite when I got to the desert but kept the tent and warmer quilt to deal with the colder temperatures.
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ClothesInsulation LayerMontbellSuperior Down Parka2378.4
https://www.montbell.us/products/disp.php?p_id=2301237
8: Good jacket; held up well and warm. Started to smell like hiker by the end...
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Wind JacketPatagoniaHoudini1003.5
https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-houdini-windbreaker-jacket/24142.html
10: Among my favorite pieces of gear; great to stop the wind and easy to get on/off
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Wind PantsPatagoniaHoudini1053.7
https://www.patagonia.com/product/houdini-windbreaker-pants/24132.html
10: Among my favorite pieces of gear; great to stop the wind and easy to get on/off
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Sleeping TopSmartwoolMerino 150 Longsleeve1685.9
https://www.amazon.com/Smartwool-Merino-Baselayer-Sleeve-T-Shirt/dp/B01HMUO45M
7: Good, but swapped out for Patagonia Capilene Air when reached Sierra for more warmth
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Sleeping BottomsMontbellMerino 100 Long Unders1274.5
https://www.montbell.us/products/disp.php?cat_id=25053&p_id=2307267&gen_cd=1
6: Good, but swapped out for Patagonia Capilene Air when reached Sierra for more warmth
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Sleeping SocksREIMerino Socks401.4
https://www.rei.com/product/856655/rei-co-op-merino-wool-liner-socks
5: Fine for warm weather, but not great when weather drops below ~40F; Swapped for thick wool WigWam socks for Sierra/Desert
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Extra SocksDarn ToughQuarter Height652.3
https://www.rei.com/product/128814/darn-tough-hiker-quarter-cushion-socks-mens
4: 2 pair of darn tough socks worked OK for non-Sierra, as I could wash one pair and let it dry on my pack over the day; Sock quality not great and got holes after ~500 miles. But you can return on trail for replacements.
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BuffBuffMerino Buff501.8
https://buffusa.com/buff-products/multifunctional-headwear/lightweight-merino-wool/graphite-multi/117819.901
10: Best piece of clothing I owned; wore almost 24/7 for warmth / sun protection / bug protection; never stunk at all
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CapMontbellTwo-sided cap381.3
https://euro.montbell.com/products/disp.php?cat_id=25072&p_id=1118237&gen_cd=2
9: Good for warmth while cold hiking and sleeping
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Mosquito NetMLDMosquito Net190.7
https://mountainlaureldesigns.com/product/bug-head-net/
8: Didn't wear as much as I should have; good to keep mosquitoes off, but doesn't do much with hovering midges/gnats
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Total Clothes94933.5
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2.1lbs
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Post Trail Comments
Overall mostly hit the mark here with these clothes. The only major change is that I swapped out the sleeping top and bottom for Patagonia Capilene Air tops and bottoms when I got to the Sierra. I also bought a lightweight fleece, a fleece neck gaiter, and some full-on waterproof/windproof mittens for the Sierra, which I think helped when the temps got down in the teens. Again, this added maybe a pound total, but I think it was worth it considering the cold weather.
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FoodStoveNone00.0
9: Going stoveless was fine for 90% of trail, but it would've been nice to have warm food in the cold Sierra
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SporkToaks
Titanium Long-Handled Spork
180.6
https://www.amazon.com/TOAKS-Titanium-Handle-Spork-Polished/dp/B01M69WHEA
9: Great; long handled spoons are far superior for trail food.
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Soak VesselJifPeanut Butter Jar (28 oz)582.0
https://grocery.walmart.com/ip/Jif-Extra-Crunchy-Peanut-Butter-28-Ounce/10308178
9: Worked perfectly until I poured boiling water into it on the penultimate night, causing it to shrivel up and be ruined. But just avoid that and it's wonderful! Perfect volume for ramen + mashed potatoes at once!
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Bear BagUrsackUrsack Major2107.4
https://www.ursack.com/product/ursack-major-black/
9: Glad I brought this--I never had a single problem with critters because I hung my food every night unlike almost every other hiker
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Odorproof BagsOpsak12"x20" x2832.9
https://www.rei.com/product/884265/loksak-opsak-odor-proof-barrier-bags-12-x-20-package-of-2
7: These are good bags when new, but they break down over a couple of weeks; This size is perfect for the Ursack. Not a bad idea to have an extra in case you need to store breakfast in the tent overnight.
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WaterWater PurificationSawyerSqueeze1023.6
https://www.rei.com/product/103050/sawyer-squeeze-water-filter-system
7: Pretty good, but I went through like 4 of these, two from freezing temperatures, and two from just getting so clogged that they lost their flow.
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Water BottleSmart Water1L Bottle x2 w/ sport caps762.7
https://www.amazon.com/smartwater-vapor-distilled-premium-bottle/dp/B000WGBH1S
8: Great! Life Water bottles work too, but the labels are slower to come off Smart Water bottles.
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Water FlaskEvernew2L flask x2843.0
https://www.amazon.com/EVERNEW-Water-Carry-System-2000ml/dp/B000AQYY5Q
5: Fine for an occasional extra couple liters, but do *not* trust the lid on this when it's turned upside down in your pack!
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Bidet FlaskSalomon0.5L321.1
https://www.backcountry.com/salomon-soft-flask
2: Problematic to use with one hand on your tuckus, so stopped using this after a couple of weeks and started using TP like everyone else
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Backup Water Purification
Aqua MiraSmall Containers301.1
https://www.rei.com/product/866996/aquamira-water-treatment-1-oz
6: Ended up using this when my Sawyer froze and I'm glad I had it! Hard to camel up because of delay time on chemicals.
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Water ScoopSalomonCollapsible Cup70.2
https://www.amazon.com/Salomon-Unisex-Soft-Speed-150ml/dp/B01MCY1CYS
3: Never used. Don't think scoops are really necessary (even in late autumn desert!) if you don't mind 15-20 mile water carries. But the scoop itself is a good quality if you need it for that and weighs nothing.
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Total Food & Water (Empty)
70024.7
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1.5lbs
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Post Trail Comments
Mostly good with this gear. Ended up swapping the bidet flask for more traditional toilet paper, and then moved to "Portawipes" which were great--portable and easy to use and better than TP: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074K2CSQL/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 . I probably only needed 1 Evernew flask, as I used it rarely, and didn't need my water scoop at all.
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ToiletriesToothbrushGUMTravel toothbrush190.7
https://www.amazon.com/GUM-Folding-Toothbrush-Antibacterial-Bristles/dp/B07KPZRKW4
9: Great! Happy I had this guy and its collapsible cover.
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ToothpasteCrestTravel-size toothpaste281.0
https://www.amazon.com/Crest-Protection-Fluoride-Anticavity-Toothpaste/dp/B019EC3SXU
6: Fine, whatever.
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FlossOral-BGlide Travel (4m)40.1
https://www.amazon.com/Glide-Oral-B-Pro-Health-Clean-Floss/dp/B01KZOTTSO
6: Don't skimp and get these tiny little flosses, just get a normal floss.
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Baby WipesSea to Summit Wilderness Wipes x81274.5
https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Summit-Travel-Wilderness-Wipes/dp/B00P6U52P2
7: These were fine, but I think the best / most accessible / cheapest ones were "Wet Ones (Sensitive Skin)" since they were odorless.
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ChapstickChapstick15 SPF80.3
https://www.amazon.com/ChapStick-Moisturizer-Protectant-Original-Sunscreen/dp/B07GVPQXRF
7: Fine, good to keep accessible.
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SunblockNeutrogenaSheer Zinc Face 50 SPH301.1
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MDOA0V4/
8: This zinc stuff is good for staying on all day. I used this every day on my face and neck and ears and went through a bottle in 4 months. Great!
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Insect RepellentUltrathonBug Repellent150.5
5: Used only once. DEET is not good for gear or for you, just have it around as a backup.
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Hand SanitizerPurellSmall Bottle341.2
5: Fine; I ended up getting two bottles, one for my poop kit, one for just normal use.
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Total Toiletries2659.3
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0.6lbs
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Post Trail Comments
All of this worked well for the most part. Never used the DEET insect repellent, and I recommend getting whatever baby wipes you can. I found these no-scent wet ones to be the most easily accessible and no extra smells: https://www.amazon.com/Wet-Ones-Wipes-Gentle-Sensitive/dp/B01HM0H0HQ .
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ElectronicsBatteryAnker10,000 PD1966.9
In general, this was good. I could usually last on a full charge of gear for 5-5.5 days, but it suffered from the cold in the Sierra and would only last me about 3-4.5 days. I liked the PD aspect, as it charged fast, which was great for quick stops.
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ChargerAnker1023.6
Great charger--a little heavier than the base level, but it could do fast charges, which really helped with quick stops.
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Garmin inReachGarminInReach Mini1003.5
Excellent item--allowed me to text with others on trail or with friends at home; dropped breadcrumbs every 10 minutes; battery lasted ~3 days on one charge.
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USB-C to USB-CAnker260.9
Great cord. Used a lot.
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USB to Micro USBAnker80.3
Great cord. Used a lot and happy it was so small.
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USB to LightningAnker80.3
Great cord. Used a lot. Would recommend a longer cable so you can use your phone whilst charging.
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USB to FenixGarmin160.6
Great cord. Used a lot.
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PhoneAppleiPhone 71364.8
Battery was suffering by the end in terms of draining quickly, but the phone held up well. Decent photos.
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Phone CaseLifeProofFre371.3
This case was definitely worth it. Never had any issues with the phone thanks to this.
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TripodJobyGorillapod802.8
Only used a few times in Washington, then just relied on balancing on rocks.
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HeadlampNiteCoreNU25531.9
Super awesome! Good brightness, red mode, and charged pretty fast. Really happy with this.
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HeadphonesAnkerBluetooth Headphones230.8
Used quite a bit and was glad to have had them. Batteries last a long time on these--probably 10-15 hours on one charge.
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Total Electronics78527.7
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1.7lbs
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Post Trail Comments
My electronics generally worked well, although I did run a little low on battery in the Sierra when the temperatures got low and it drained the lithium batteries too much. The only upgrade I would suggest is a slightly longer cable (6') for your phone so you can charge and use it at the same time. And maybe a headlamp with more battery if you're going to be doing more than 2-3 hours of night hiking at once. I had to get an extra headlamp when I did my 24h effort all night long, but other than that my headlamp was great.
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MiscMassage BallRawlogy1.75" Cork Massage Ball281.0
This saved me when my feet were suffereing in the first month. Highly recommended to keep injuries at bay.
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KnifeVictorinoxEvolution 10562.0
This knife was too large, so I swapped for a "classic" that weighed less. Very useful for the nail file. https://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-Swiss-Classic-Pocket-Knife/dp/B00004YVB2/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=swiss+army+knife+classic&qid=1583372195&s=sporting-goods&sr=1-4
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TrowelTheTentLabThe Deuce #2170.6
Great! Used every day.
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MatchesUCOStormproof matches170.6
Never used, but good to have them.
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Ibuprofen200.7
Glad I had these when my tooth started hurting.
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Stuff sacks
Mountain Laurel Designs
DCF stuff sacks x4401.4
These worked well for my packing style, and I used one consistently as a pillow.
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Hitching SignTyvekPostal Envelope150.5
Never used and threw out after a few weeks.
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First Aid KitNOLS
Med Kit 1.0 (with additions)
2057.2
Great kit. Didn't use it much but glad I had it. Saved a guy who was having a major reaction to a bee sting! Leukotape was a life saver for blisters and fixing tents!
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(Additions included: assorted bandaids, latex gloves, cravat, surgeon's scissors, tweezers, leukotape roll, gauze, ace bandage, painkillers, alcohol swabs)
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Total Misc39814.0
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0.9lbs
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Post Trail Comments
The real winners in this bunch were the massage ball, the trowel, and leukotape, which is the key to avoiding blisters on the trail: https://www.amazon.com/Leukotape-1-5-Inch-15-Yds-Cover-roll-Stretch/dp/B000FMMTKM
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WearingWatchGarminFenix 5X Plus953.4
https://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Ultimate-Multisport-Smartwatch-Monitoring/dp/B07D9B9DJM
Never let me down and I used it every day. I could get about 15h out of one charge.
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SocksDarn ToughQuarter Height652.3
https://www.rei.com/product/128814/darn-tough-hiker-quarter-cushion-socks-mens
Went through about 5 pairs of these. Not as sturdy as they used to be, but still very good.
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GaitersDirty GirlSmokin' Hot331.2
https://dirtygirlgaiters.com/my-empire-of-dirt/smokin-hot.html
These were great! Lost one from a deer coming into camp and making off with it for its salt. Got another pair.
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ShoesBrooksCascadia 1463322.3
https://www.amazon.com/Brooks-Mens-Cascadia-Grey-Navy/dp/B07L6LJ3ZV
I was really pleased with these shoes. I went through 5 pair, and they were solid throughout. Highly recommended.
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ShortsPatagoniaStrider 5"1003.5
https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-strider-pro-running-shorts-5-inch/24633.html
Amazing shorts. They got some tears but survived the whole trip. Wonderful extra pockets.
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ShirtArcteryxElaho Long-Sleeved1655.8
https://www.amazon.com/ARCTERYX-Elaho-Shirt-Nocturne-Small/dp/B073TKMSTV
Amazing shirt. This thing survived the whole trip with only a little sun-bleaching to show for it. Really great garment.
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Hiking PolesBlack DiamondDistance Carbon Z Pole2759.7
https://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en_US/trekking-poles/distance-carbon-z-trekking-poles-BD112205_cfg.html
One of these poles broke after about 700 miles, and I heard lots of other complaints about them being flimsy. Swapped for the Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork, and I'm glad I did. Not a single problem with the new set--slightly heavier but much more sturdy and more easily adjustable. https://www.amazon.com/Black-Diamond-Alpine-Carbon-Trekking/dp/B07MJCN4M4https://www.amazon.com/Black-Diamond-Alpine-Carbon-Trekking/dp/B07MJCN4M4https://www.amazon.com/Black-Diamond-Alpine-Carbon-Trekking/dp/B07MJCN4M4
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Trucker HatPatagoniaTruckBill Hat w/ Jedi Patch752.6
https://www.patagonia.com/product/duckbill-trucker-hat/28756.html?dwvar_28756_color=PIGR&cgid=mens-hats-accessories-hats#tile-40=&start=1&sz=60
Great hat--happy to wear it all trail.
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Sun GlovesOutdoor ResearchActive Ice Gloves150.5
https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/activeice-spectrum-sun-gloves-250152
Good gloves, but slowly got shredded over the trip. Threw them out after finishing.
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SunglassesGoodrFalkor's Fever Dream411.4
https://goodr.com/products/falkor-s-fever-dream
Scratched after 400 miles. I really *want* to like Goodr, but honestly their stuff is pretty crap and scratches really easily. Looks good, but just not long-lasting. Got a pair of Native sunglasses and didn't have any problems.
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Wallet
Mountain Laurel Designs
DCF100.4
https://mountainlaureldesigns.com/product/simple-ul-wallet/
Great simple light wallet. Still using today after trail!
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