Tent # 1 – Big Agnes – Fly Creek Ul 2P– I started with this tent but I’ve never really liked the tunnel tent. Its light, simple to erect and was one of the most popular tents on the PCT. Great tent for most people but just not for me.
Tent # 2 – Big Agnes – Copper Spur UL 2 Person TENT– The second tent I used on the PCT. I love the side entry, great for comfortable camping (hiking the PCT is not a camping trip) and cooking while in the tent when the weather is bad. Stable in bad weather, double wall and very waterproof. Would be ideal for 2 hikers as a couple. But is on the heavy side, there are lighter options out there.
If I hiked the PCT again – I like the following tents for ultralight thru hiking on the PCT:
Sayer Squeeze Filter System – I broke all of the squeeze bladders, they are poor quality. The filter also broke and was replaced under warranty.
Water treatment tablets
Also, initially I stored my food in a LockSac smellproof plastic zip lock bag. They were constantly breaking and a spent too much money replacing them.
I stored my food in large zip lock bags on all sections of the trail except the Sierras where a Bear Proof, approved, barrel is necessary.
There were no problems with bears or mice attacking me or my food. I did have a rodent (or similar) make a hole in my tent one night (I slept through it) but no food was eaten and I can’t even be sure it got entered my tent. Zip Lock bags worked fine for me and I will continue to use them again in the future to store my food. Oh and by the way, almost every hiker keeps their food inside their tent at night.
Cons – I broke 2 x cameras (one with a badly scratched lens, one I dropped in the snow in Washington and the rear screen stopped working, but it still took great photos).
I used 2 lifeproof cases. The first was so badly scratched I couldn’t see the screen very well. I purchased another one in Ashland, Oregon.The microphone adapter for the 2nd lifeproof case stopped working after only 3 weeks, I will return and exchange it.
A waterproof and drop proof case is a must for thru hiking the PCT.
If I hiked the PCT again – I have changed some of my gear and recommend the following:
Pros Everything, lifetime warranty against holes and you will get holes. Many outfitters along the trail will exchange them if you get holes, no questions asked (just wash them before returning them. Just buy them.
Cons Nil, well I did get holes after 2400 miles!
If I hiked the PCT again – Highly recommended. Just buy these socks.
The gear I have is almost all high quality. Despite a lot of wear and tear is still good enough to start another thru hike with. Some gear will be replaced or repaired under warranty. There are many other brands that are lighter than the brands I used. Some of which is higher quality, some is less durable, some more expensive.