Little Lady’s Clothing:
Short Sleeve Shirts: (2) Outdoor Research Short Sleeve Tees
Base Layer Top: Patagonia Women’s Capilene 4 Expedition Weight Zip Neck 5.9 oz
Base Layer Bottom: Patagonia Women’s Capilene 4 Expedition Weight Bottoms 4.4 oz
Fleece Jacket: Patagonia Women’s R1 Fleece Pullover 8.1 oz
Rain Gear: Stoic Vaporshell Jacket 14 oz / Rain Kilt (Zpack)
Down Jacket: Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket 6 oz
Sock Liners: Injinji Liner Crew Socks
Camping Shoes: VivoBarefoot Ultra (without the liner)
Hiking Shoes: Merrell Moab Mid Gore-Tex Boot (these might change)
Insoles: Superfeet Insoles
Gaiters: Dirty Girl Gaiters
Glove Liner: SmartWool Liner Tech-Compatible
Sunglasses: Costa Del Mars
Short Sleeve Shirts: random old running shirts
Pants: Exofficio Men’s BugsAway Ziwa Convertible Pant 14 oz
Base Layer Top: Patagonia Men’s Capilene 2 Lightweight Crew Zip Neck 5.5 oz
Base Layer Bottom: Patagonia Men’s Capilene 2 Lightweight Bottoms 5 oz
Fleece Jacket: Patagonia Men’s R1 Fleece Pullover 11.75 oz
Sock Liners: Injinji Liner Crew Socks
Camping Shoes: VivoBarefoot Ultra
Gaiters: Dirty Girl Gaiters
Hiking Shoes: Salewa Men’s Wildfire Approach Shoe 13.75 oz
Hat/Beanie: Arc’teryx Rho LTW Beanie 1.1 oz / Buff
Sunglasses: Native Eyewear
Little Lady’s Post Trail Reviews:
Clothing is all based on your own needs and comforts but here are my tips, tricks, and reviews on what I wore on the trail:
Underwear/Bras: I never thought I would be one of those people on the “no underwear” train but here I am! I started off wearing the Exofficio underwear which are extremely comfortable and great for hiking but after a while I started going commando! It took a little while to get used to but it was more comfortable for me, but I did keep a pair for in-town use. I used one bra the whole time, a Patagonia and it was comfortable, my only problem was the material did not dry that quickly so a lot of times I would go to sleep with it wet. I didn’t bother taking it off most nights unless I was extremely soaked.
Shorts/Pants: I started with a pair of REI Fleet Shorts that had a built in liner. They were comfortable but they did not dry quickly. I also had some chafing issues when I started losing weight because they were getting too big and would slide down. I switched to Under Armour 7″ Compression Shorts (helps with chafing if you are prone to it) and a pair of UA Play Up Shorts, both of which dried quickly and were extremely comfortable. I highly recommend Under Armour for clothing on trail. They are quick drying and if you find some good deals, they can be fairly inexpensive. I had a pair of Marmot Lobo Convertible Pants which were pretty tight when I started. I didn’t really use them most of the trail except a few times in North Carolina when it was raining and cold and then in New Hampshire and Maine. I lost a good amount of weight towards the end of the trail so they did not fit exactly the way I needed them to but they were comfortable and it made it easy to layer my base layer items underneath when I needed to stay warm. They are helpful when you’re dealing with light rain as they are somewhat waterproof.
Shirts: Be prepared to go through shirts. Don’t go buying expensive shirts from Patagonia because it will be ruined. I went through probably 4-5 shirts. My only opinion about shirts is wear something comfortable and something that will dry quickly. Again, Under Armour is a good brand if you can find some discounted items! I also used a Stoic long sleeve shirt once it started getting comfortable. Steep and Cheap usually has good discounts on their items.
Base Layers & Jackets: I loved my Patagonia base layers. They kept me extremely warm. I didn’t use my tops as much as my bottoms but they were still helpful to have. I usually slept in them when it was cold but be careful hiking in them because even if it’s cold outside you will sweat. Keep them dry during the day so you have something dry to wear at night in colder temps. The Patagonia fleece was also my go to item to wear when the temperatures started to drop. It kept me warm and was pretty lightweight, I did send it home during the warmer months but it was a lifesaver up North! The down jacket didn’t get a lot of use but it was still comforting to have and when I really needed it, it was nice to have. It was also extremely lightweight so I didn’t mind carrying it. If you are a super minimalist you might think twice about carrying one. Usually when it would get cold I would wear my fleece with my rain jacket over it. Rain gear is tricky. When we hiked in the rain during the warmer months we usually just hiked in our normal attire without our jackets. It was too hot and we usually ended up just as wet because the amount of sweat you produce with the unbreathable material of rain jackets. The rain jacket was far more important in the colder weather when it would rain. The key is to stay as dry as possible and keep moving until you really have to stop when you are dealing with cold weather and rain.
Socks & Shoes: The biggest issue I had on the trail was with my feet. I went through 4 different pairs of shoes and each of them had their own issues. I swear by Darn Toughs, I will never hike in any other socks. They are extremely durable and comfortable even after a week of wearing them all day. I started the trail wearing Injinji liners and DT socks but after a discussion with a fellow thru-hiker I went with just the socks. I started the trail with heavy Salomon Quest 4D Hiking Boots. I blistered in them immediately and once I got to Mountain Crossing I immediately purchased a new pair of shoes (REI was nice enough to let me return the boots without any issues). At Mountain Crossings I purchased a pair of Salomon Ultra Mid Hiking Boots which were definitely more comfortable but they had their own issues. I made the huge mistake of purchasing the shoes with Gore-Tex. The heat caused a lot of foot issues when I was hiking through West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Gore-Tex is good for keeping water out, but it’s bad for keeping heat and moisture in. By the end of each day my feet were soggy, wrinkled and starting to get athlete’s foot from the amount of sweat that was pouring into them. Unfortunately Cash had to take the brunt of the smell when we got into the tent but it was pretty uncomfortable for me. When we made it to New York and we made at side trip into the city I bee-lined it to the nearest REI and purchased some trail runners. Unfortunately, I was hasty in my purchase and went with the Brooks Cascadia 10 Trail Runners. They were definitely breathable and much lighter on the feet then my boots but within the first 50 miles a hole started forming on the toe box where the laces and the meshing connect. At first it wasn’t a big deal but then each side ended up forming holes, and large ones! Apparently I am not the only one who has experienced this as most of the reviews I have read now all say the same thing! Stay clear of these shoes if you plan to thru-hike with them, they will fall apart. When we got to New Hampshire my shoes were completely destroyed so I decided to purchase another pair of shoes (please note, this is not the best plan. Changing shoes throughout the trail is not the best course of action. Try to have your shoes picked out and tested before you make the journey. Trying new shoes and breaking them in trail can be a pain as I have experienced.) I stopped in an outfitters and purchased a new pair of Salomon low cut hiking shoes and they did pretty well for the most part, except for an issue where Cash had to cut the side of one of my shoes because it was hitting the bottom of my ankle bone and causing extreme pain! There’s nothing quite as sad as seeing a brand new pair of shoes ripped and torn apart but you have to do what you have to do in some cases if you are in pain! Another note, I started the trail with the green Superfeet. What I did not know was that you really need to ease into wearing Superfeet. Start each day only wearing them for a couple of miles at a time otherwise it will cause pain and be extremely uncomfortable for you!