(R)evolution of my gear

My gear has evolved throughout the years, and while I'm prepping for a long thru-hike in Spain, I thought I’d share some of my packing tips and equipment advice

2 months ago

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My gear has evolved throughout the years, and while I'm prepping for a long thru-hike in Spain, I thought I’d share some of my packing tips and equipment advice with you. I will be counting on hostels a lot of sun. So off-course my gear will reflect that.

The base

As with every gear list, I have to start with the base. Among this I count my backpack and my sleeping gear. For my hike this summer I'll be counting on hostels, so no tent. But I'll add my normal trekking tent in this list as well.


My backpack has been designed by the people over at Waymark. They design lightweight gear and my backpack, the Waymark Thru, is a 40L sack that weighs about 900g.

Sleeping Bag

My sleeping back is a "Crystal down" Nordisk Balance 400. Down is the greatest, lightest and most natural insulation material known to man. Keeping waterbirds warm all winter and still light enough to fly, down are complex structures with thousands and thousands of super-soft, keratin filaments that grow radially outwards from a tiny center.

Not only will down insulation keep you warmer and lighter than any synthetic alternative, it also compresses much better, leaving you warm, with more space in your pack and feeling light enough to fly.

Trekking Tent

My tent, which will not accompany me on my hikes this summer, is an MSR Elixir 1. It weighs almost 1.7kg so it will probably be replaced in the future, most likely by an ZPacks Solo tent weighing 395g (!).

Air mattress and inflatable sleeping pillow

Undeniably and of the most importance! My air mattress is a Therm-a-Rest Neoair sleeping pad. My inflatable pillow is also a must have in my travel kit. It weighs almost nothing, but the comfort I get is really I don't want to live without.

Hiking boots

One of the most important part of your gear are your boots! I have been walking around in my Merrel MOABs for as long as I can remember. These "Mother of all boots" are heavy duty and extremely light. Remember, you have to drag your boots with every step you take. So lighter boots means less weight!

Trekking poles

Even though I don't really like walking with trekking poles. But on long hikes with lots of height differences, you can't go without. I recently added the Trail Ergo Cork Trekking Poles to my base gear.



for my clothes I always rely on Merino wool. It's extremely light, it's soft and good in both cool and warm temperatures. It's odor resistant, doesn't itch, is UV resistant and is much stronger and more durable than cotton. Which is kind-off important on those long walks 😉! It dries amazingly fast, is wrinkle resistant and machine washable.

I have three pairs of Super.natural Merino Boxers in different colours (important to see which ones you used). I pack one Merino Woolpower base shirt, one merino liner shirt, an Arc'teryx shirt, and a Merino Icebreaker Pullover for colder weather. But, as you can see, merino is the base for almost all my clothing.

Liner socks

I will never, ever hike without liner socks again. Five-toe design Liner socks conforms to your foot for a streamlined fit that rides comfortably under an outer sock. These beauties provide blister protection and a feeling of freedom (you can wiggle your toes!). As they are odor resistance and thermoregulation. After my hiking day I normally walk around in my liner socks in other shoes!

Rainy day

I absolutely love my Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody! High performance, water resistant, breathable, wind resistant and extremely light-weight. It's awesome!

A Poncho which covers both myself and my backpack will be my next layer of resistance. I'm normally not a fan of poncho's as it limits my movements and freedom. But the benefits out-ways the drawbacks. So I'll try it out this summer.


Don't underestimate the importance of buffs! I carry three Merino lightweight buffs and they serve a wide range of purposes. I never hike without them.

Tim Sommer

Published 2 months ago


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