DOWN: Arc'teryx Cerium LT Hoody

This is one of my favorite pieces of gear and a direct benefit of working at a gear shop. Although on the pricey end of down jackets (unless you also get pro deals), this jacket is extremely light, durable, and warm. 850 fill down in each of the baffles, with synthetic Coreloft insulation strategically placed in areas prone to moisture and high wear (shoulders, cuffs, underarms).

SOCKS: Darn Tough

I got over a thousand miles out of each pair of these on the PCT. Tried and true, these socks are incredible. Even after washing granite dust and rocks out of these socks every night for months on end they held up incredibly. An additional bonus is that Darn Tough stands by their unconditional guarantee and I was able to trade my worn out socks for a new pair, no questions asked. An awesome sock from an awesome company. You will not find many people on trail wearing anything other than Darn Tough.

SLEEPING PAD: NeoAir Xlite

This pad has been through it all. I purchased it in 2012 when it first came out as my first expensive piece of gear. I had previously used the RidgeRest and never had a problem, but this pad was a huge step up. I bought the longer pad to accommodate for my height and it still rolls up to the size of one liter bottle and weighs just under a pound. Even though there are some lighter pads on the market, the thickness of this pad allows me to sleep on my side and never feel the cold ground. It has made it through seven hundred miles of cowboy camping in the desert and never got punctured. It has also kept me extremely warm while sleeping above 12,000 ft. Even after the wear and tear of a previous thru hike, this pad will stay inside my pack for yet another long hike.