One of the most important parts of a thru hike is your backpack. Part of what is considered the big three of backpacking, your shelter, pack and sleep system can truly make or break a long distance hike! So far we’ve seen all types of packs on the PCT, some more popular than others. Here’s what’s on the backs of hikers this year:
When I was deciding on my PCT pack, this model was top on my list. Available in a variety of colors, the Circuit has the capacity and accessories needed to complete a thru hike. Ultralight and ultra stylish, it’s no wonder this is the most popular pack of PCT Class of 2017
Mountain Laurel Designs
Another big favorite, MLD produces a plethora of options for every ultralight backpacker. Complete with or without a hipbelt and frame, I’ve seen plenty of hikers toting all types of models around in their various colors. Again, another contender in my search for the perfect PCT pack.
Speaking of perfect PCT pack, Gossamer Gear has created a wonderful line of packs and is also my first and top choice. Currently I’m sporting the 60 liter Mariposa, but I’ve seen hikers carrying anything from their 35 liter Kumo, all the way up. These are well thought out pieces of gear for all types of use, especially long distance hiking!
Not the ultralightest or the most common, but when I’m not seeing any of the above, it’s almost always a Granite Gear! What I love about this company is the diversity in packs. Some ultralight and minimal, others burly and tough. There’s something for everyone when it comes to Granite Gear.
What it all comes down to at the end of each mile heavy day is that you are comfortable and happy with your pack. It should fit properly and match your sparkling personality, all while carrying your load of gear! Happy Trails!