Appalachian Trail Gear List

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This is a complete Appalachian Trail Gear List. Below is a list of the best to take when hiking the Appalachian Trail. The list will keep your base weight around 6kg/13lb. The Appalachian Trail gear list is my personal recommendations on what gear to take hiking the Appalachian Trail.

I am currently updating my very worn out gear – Check out My Lightweight hiking Gear list which has a base weight is around 6kg (13lb).

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Appalachian Trail Gear List

Shelter + Pack + Sleep System

Nemo Hornet 1 Person Tent850 Gram.
Osprey Packs Exos 48900 grams (minus the brain lid).
Western Mountaineering Ultralite 20F / -7C – 29oz / 820g
Nemo Tensor Insulated – 14oz/410g
Nemo Elite Pillow– 78 Grams
Pack Liner/Garbage bag  – 60 Grams.

All the best Ultra Lightweight Gear Guides:

Best Lightweight Backpacks
Best Lightweight Tents
Best Lightweight Sleeping Bags and Quilts
Best Lightweight Sleeping Mats
Best Lightweight Down Jackets
My Current Lightweight Hiking Gear List

Best Footwear for the Appalachian Trail

Footwear is a personal choice and what works perfectly for one person will not work with another. I’ve been a long time fan of both Vasque and Merrel shoes as they fit my foot perfectly. I also use Altra Trail running shoes as my lightweight shoe option. Below are my 3 recommendations for the best shoes for the Appalachian Trail.

When it comes to socks, Darn Toughs are my current favourites.

Vasque Breeze LT GTX Shoe
Merrel Moab GTX Shoes
Altra Lone Peak 

Darn Tough Merino Wool Socks 48 grams x 3

Clothing for the Appalachian Trail

Outdoor Research Filament Hooded Jacket – 281 grams.
PrAna Stretch Zion Convertible Pants
– 430 grams.

Smartwool Base Layer Pants – 150 grams
Smartwool LS Shirt– 255 grams.

Merino Wool Midweight Balaclava – 60 grams
Patagonia Strider Shorts – 119grams
Fleece Gloves – 65 grams
PCT Sunhat 55 grams –
A great lightweight sunhat
Sunglasses – 50 grams

Best Rain Gear for the Appalachian Trail

Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket 180 Grams
Outdoor Research Helium Pants 153 Grams

Six Moon Designs Silver Shadow 8 oz. Ultralight Hiking Umbrella – 227 Grams

Trekking Poles and Snow Gear for the Appalachian Trail

Leki Micro Vario Carbon Trekking Poles 413 grams (pair)
Petzl – TIKKA Headlamp = 85 grams (Only carried later in the trail when I hope to make bigger miles, I’ll use my camera light at other times)


Evernew Ti DX Stove Titanium 86 Grams.
Snow Peak Trek 900 Titanium Cookset
with homemade aluminum foil lid 114 Grams.
Sea To Summit X-Mug – 78 grams
Titanium Spoon 12 Grams

Gerber STL 2.0 Knife 28 Grams
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System 85 Grams
Steripen rechargable– 140 grams
Katadyn Micropur Water Purifier Tabs 20 Grams.
Bic Lighter – 20 Grams –
A necessary item, obviously.
600ml Coke Bottle to store alcohol for stove – 27 grams

During the hot sections of the Appalachian Trail I will go ‘Stoveless’, using a small plastic peanut butter jar to rehydrate food, this should save about 200 grams of weight and a lot of extra weight in fuel that I will not need to carry.

 Electronics and Camera

Apple iPhone XR unlocked + headphones + cable 149 grams.
Sony RX100 + spare battery + case + spare memory card 473Grams.
Anker 10000mAh Battery Bank plus wall charger- 155 grams (5.47 oz)

Other Gear

Plastic zip lock bags
Money / ID / Credit Cards
Blister pads
Strapping Tape
Giardia anti-biotic
Foot infection anti-biotic
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Safety Pin
Deet insect repellent
Lip Balm
Toilet tissue

How heavy is your baseweight? What gear would you like to change?
Let me know in the comments section below.

Appalachian Trail Gear List

You might like to read:

Appalachian Trail Gear Review
My current Lightweight Hiking Gear List
The Complete Appalachian Trail Blog

My Appalachian Trail Gear List weighs about 6kg (13lb).

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