Socks & Shoes- We both hike in Injinji socks. These toe-socks keep the blisters at bay and dry quickly.
Cope wore Brooks Cascadia Trail Running Shoes in the past, but has been trying out the ever popular Altra Lone Peak 4 recently. Both shoes provide light-weight protection and tend to dry quickly. Smartwool socks for camp socks and Z-Trail Xero Sandals for camp shoes.
Trailbride hiked in Patagonia’s AC Drifter hiking shoes prior to them being discontinued. No longer an option, Trailbride hopped onto the Altra train and has been hiking in Lone Peak 3.5 and 4s. These light-weight shoes offer sure-footing and security. Smartwool socks for camp socks and classic Crocs for camp shoes. While Crocs are heavier than many other camp shoes, they offer toe protection and can be worn without getting your socks wet.
Cope hikes in Patagonia’s Cap 1 short sleeved shirt. While this shirt is very light-weight and comfortable it tends to hold the stank more than other shirts. For layers, Cope carries a Feathered Friends Ecos Down Jacket, Under Armour’s US Base 2.0 or 4.0, and Marmot’s Precip for a rain jacket. Stocking cap & gloves.
Packs & Poles
Cope carries a variety of bottoms to hike in. He usually hikes in Nike Running Shorts, occasionally layering with Under Armour heat gear leggings. He also carries Marmot Precip Rain Paints for the wetter days. At night, he sleeps in Under Armour’s UA Base 2.0 or 4.0 depending on the climate.
Trailbride hikes in Prana’s Halle Hiking pants and sleeps in Under Armour’s heat gear leggings. Trailbride does not carry rain pants. If it is raining, she continues to hike and then changes into her sleep pants after making camp.
Tent: For the CDT we will be trying out the Copper Spur Platinum 2. A free-standing, two door tent weighing in at 2lbs 5 oz., we have to try it.
Sleeping Pad: We recently began using an Expo Synmat HL Duo LW. A double mattress offering almost 3-inches of thickness, it takes up the entire tent floor while allowing each side firmness autonomy. It weighs 38 oz.
cooking & Cleaning
Headlamp & Knives- Small Leatherman knife and lightweight headlamp.
Battery Pack- We just started carrying the Anker 26800mAh which charges a phone at least 6 times. It’s pretty heavy though.
iPhones- Cope carries an 7s and Trailbride uses an 8plus.